Tom Kane's Blog

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Yes, it’s a play on words and poor attempt at humour. But if you’re not British you probably won’t understand the connection between Aaron and jumper… I think I’ll leave it there now. If you’ve been to Cyprus or Greece for that matter, you may well have seen the Glass Dance. Put simply it’s where […]

In a short while I’m off to Jordan, using Ryanair’s regular flights between Paphos and Amman. It’s only for a short break but it will give me the chance to experience a new culture. Jordan has some stunning ancient buildings, like Petra above, but most people seem attracted by the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea […]

You never know what goes on behind closed doors. Here we are, setting up a self-catering holiday rental apartment, for which we already have a few bookings in August, September and October, only to discover the odd behaviour of some guests in such establishments. It’s not so much a matter of behind closed doors but […]

A couple of years ago I wrote a piece lamenting my inability to pick up the Greek language, you can read it here. I’ve lived in Greek speaking Cyprus eleven years now and it’s still all Greek to me. I cannot fathom the spoken language, but I’m not too bad at written Greek… well, at […]

Yesterday my wife and I took a stroll round Paphos harbour with it’s fine selection of dining areas, potential boat trips, some expensive boats and the old castle that was playing host to the Ninth Paphos Beer Festival. The area was packed, mostly with people wanting to taste beers from around the world. My wife […]

Buying a property has its ups and downs. Buying a property in Cyprus tends to have a little¬†sideways motion to it as well, things that need doing by a certain time can slide a little, especially in the summer. Put it this way, it’s not easy. But then, having something good in your life is […]

Buying a holiday apartment turned out to be a lot less complicated than I expected. Having said that, we don’t get all the legal documentation or another four months… and nobody seems to know the reason why. I suspect it’s because the next two months have a U in them and the following two months […]

Once upon a time you could set your watch by the seasons. You knew that there would always be a Spring, Summer, Autumn and a Winter. These days the seasons seem to have merged and moved around. Our spring in Cyprus was basically so wet you could have floated a boat in our garden. Spring […]