The superpower of Mediterranean Island of Cyprus

Dear readers, 

Cyprus, Presidential elections finished yesterday 4th of February with "teneka" ( ballot box) giving the winer.

Cypriots have shown to the world that Democracy is alive and that it works! 

That togetherness,respect and common sense have future. 

For that reason I join part one and two of this article presenting it for reading. Hope that it contributes to the better understanding of Cyprus and it's people.

Part three will come towards the opening of tourist season.


Expression from the title, as far as I remember, has been used to attract attention of important person some years ago, and off course to extend time of first,  brief, courtesy meeting between two personalities. It stayed in my mind as an example of beautiful way to make your interlocutor to, at least, remember you and what you represent.


It is showcase of a beautiful, sharp, practical mind which is characteristic of the people of Cyprus confirming the quote “little things are not critical, they define everything”. Even if it is nicely hidden, it is there on alert to be revealed till intention of other is presumed. I will not analyze why it is hidden. There are always reasons, like lessons learned from the past.


I would like to help the readers to reason why island of Cyprus could be called “The super power of Mediterranean”. To share my deep impression that, even as geographical position is very important, without its people with curius, adoptable, practical , fast learning mind, Cyprus would be just one deserted, forgotten appellation.   


Always hospitable, ready to listen, to help with genuine interest if you share burden, people of Cyprus are the real power of this beautiful Island.

With still strong family values and by investing in education, mostly abroad, Cypriots are at the same time acknowledging their roots and widening their perception of the world.


If they come back to the island after finishing studies, they are ready to commence work, as experience acquired abroad is the source of high confidence and awareness.

At the same time the field of education shows that the people of the island are fast learners and great implementers of both, human and profitable business ideas. Namely, there has been huge increase of foreign students attending Cypriot Universities with numerous success stories reported, as graduates go back to their countries applying successfully vast knowledge they got. 


There are places in the world that are known as “never sleeps” due to a great night life. As you definitely can find amazing places to visit in Cyprus and have an amusing night, Cyprus is going for a sleep.


However something never sleeps! 


And that is Cypriot entrepreneurship!

It is on alert 24/7. 


Maybe you will have an impression that I am exaggerating but it is real.

That I could call an intuition combined with entrepreneurship!

If, let’s say, Cyprus is in need to have more astrophysicist, Cypriots will organise themselves and in a due time Cyprus will have ready new scientists to practically offer their knowledge where is needed. The same goes also for plumbers, car mechanics, hairdressers, accountants, football coaches  etc….


Cyprus is a small Island but variety of different services on offer and competition in the market place is so strong, explaining, why business organizer mind is always on alert giving tremendous, sometimes not recognisable, but definitely very real, advance to Cypriot economy and at the end to its hard working people.  


All above and many more to be presented in the next two parts would not be workable if it wasn’t combined, entangled with still strong family values. 

I will finish this part with a story of Father and son talk occurred some thirty years ago.

Father and son, than 8 years old, were talking in the car about education! Just a small digression, but an important one! I need to emphasise the word Education! 


Talk was about words, about vocabulary. Father suggested to his son to learn four new words every day, explaining that by doing so, in some years, he will enrich his vocabulary and widen the way of thinking.


There was a short silence before son asked :" Wouldn't words drain after some time Dad? 


“No not at all, as we learn every day something new. It will generally help you in all of your life " father replied.


After some moments passed son said: “Dad do you know what the last word the man learns is?

” No”, father replied continuing to drive the car.

“What it is?” father asked.


“Death” son replied.


This conversation passed to me by a beautiful mind person, who happened to be the father in the above story affirms another important characteristics of people of Cyprus. Genuine, highly human, common sense thoughts about meaning and purpose of existence starting from the early life and continuing till the last word the man learns!  


Part two

Cypriots abroad


Many years ago I had encounter in small, cozy, very well-known tavern in London. Famous for traditional Cypriot food, including original Cyprus snails (transported secretly in those late seventies), halloumi cheese was , and hope still is, the place where most of Cypriots and their guests, like me, have been. The owner, now deceased, was long time London resident, but his English was not enough to comprehend, sometimes, what native English were saying. And that night he told us a story while serving, tasty traditional Cypriot meze.  

You know, he started, when my wife gave birth to my second child I went to the hospital to see her and child and to enjoy the moments with the family. As I wanted to smoke I went out to light a cigarette. While smoking and organizing my thoughts about the future of the new born child, the nurse I saw in the ward passed by and smiling said to me “Congratulations, 5 pounds 10 ounces!” (2.551 kg – Big baby it was!). I heard it and immediately forgot what I was thinking before! I looked at her thinking that for the first child no one asked for extra payment. I put a hand in my pocket, and fortunately I had 20 pounds note. I gave it to the nurse with a smile of proud father and said, please keep the change! After that I learned what Ounce is as I knew very well what Pound was!


You can find Cypriots everywhere in the world!


From NASA, London School of Economics, Amazon jungle from all sides, Chiapas in Mexico, Petroleum platforms in Alaska, Restaurant in Shanghai, to Sakhalin, Moscow, Krasnodar, whole Australia , Cape town , Yaoundé, Accra, Istanbul, Kirkuk, Dakar, Tangier, and all of Europe and everywhere else! 


Not to forget that there is a Nobel Prize laureate who is Cypriot.


Or that there was a Cypriot who as FIFA International Chief Instructor in Football Management and Development was in the team which helped Iceland organising their football with the result being their first time ever participation in UEFA Euro 2016 and in the FIFA World Cup in Russia this year!


Where ever they are they stay original, devoted to their native, superpower of Mediterranean Island of Cyprus! And they all are proud of that!


They visit one another, form relationships which due to circumstances would not be possible in Cyprus, marry between themselves. Share good and not so good moments, helping each other no matter from which part of Cyprus they are. 

They work hard having a dream to go back and spend at least retirement years, or follow their children to Cyprus. You can meet many of those during summer holydays and, over traditional hospitality combined with master chef souvla, exchange views about Cyprus and how it changed from the last time they visited.   


A story, just a brief one but subtle, told to me by a son in law living in Xanthi while mother and father in law moved from Cyprus to Izmir(Smyrna). Whatever food mother in law was preparing was a traditional Cypriot food only! Whatever food they were eating and was not Cypriot, she repeated all the time, if the food is good, that “you know son we have this in Cyprus” and if it was not tasteful, “they should learn from us how to make this food”!


I remember that I had a continuous debate with sharp mind, strong common sensed Cypriot man about the origins of different things. Sometimes serious, sometimes just teasing and being teased by me he was saying “We have that in Tremithousa (village in Paphos district) or “Origin of this is from 

Tremithousa”. There was, and still it is, a kind of competition between different parts of Cyprus claiming origin to different things. These arguments are continuing worldwide, wherever Cypriots live!  


First what they ask each other when introducing themselves is “Where do you come from? “Then it continues to Father, Mother surname and then there is a try to find common denominator in order to connect more to one another. 

And the dream? As I said, dream is to go back to Cyprus! 


As one lady with more than forty years experience of living outside Cyprus said when we fortuitously met and started conversation: “We came back to Cyprus after forty years in England. We decided to sell our house and my husband’s business, to follow our son to Cyprus as he found his lady here. They got married, started their family! We wanted to be near them and to help. We did the right thing? Even that a lot has changed in Cyprus in last forty years and it is difficult for us to adapt in an age we are, I can say that it was a good decision! We are in our country! Our Island, we love as we love our son! But what we love more is our grandson! You will understand when you become grandfather” she said finishing her story and as a sign of friendship giving me as a present a holy water from Saint Andreas Monastery to sanctify my heart! 

This is what you can expect when in Cyprus or when meeting Cypriots everywhere in the world!



Part three to follow...

As they say "stay tuned"


Philosophy of good news 


Darko Krstic