Petra tou Romiou

by Sam

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From snowy Boston to sunny Cyprus in a few short days (via home in Cambridge first). It’s been a whirlwind of travelling days, but I’m embracing graduated life and exploring as much as I can. Flights to Paphos from London this time of year are super low, since it’s the island offseason. It was noticeably quiet and many things were closed, but it was perfect for us to take in the natural beauty of the island without the crowds. 

This beach: Legend has it that, at this exact spot, the goddess Aphrodite emerged from the sea. Mother Earth first asked her son, Cronus, to mutilate his father, Uranus. He did that, and threw the parts into the ocean – these rocks. Then, the waves swelled up, and a goddess was born. 

The landscape was breathtaking, though I get the vibe that it was *much* more peaceful to take in during the January offseason than it might be in the summer rush. We assumed it would be too cold to swim and didn’t bring bathing suits, but we definitely could have in the intensity of afternoon sun. The water was warm, and the beach was empty. I loved it. 

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