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The mushy post.

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine

Last week, I experienced my third graduation.

The first was high school, second was college, and third was graduating from the GLS program. Granted, there was much less pomp and circumstance in this one than in the last one. But we still got a nifty certificate.

This will be my last blog entry from Cyprus. Today is the fourth of July and we leave tomorrow night for the airport (to fly out at 3 am).

There are a lot of mixed emotions from the group. Some of us are sad about leaving and others wish we’d left sooner. And I think we all hate not being home for the holiday.

While I have missed my family, my friends, my dog (yes, I said my dog), and life in general back home, I have also had one of the best times of my life.

Having traveled before, I knew some of the difficulties and adjustments that would have to be made. Conversion to euros and the metric system, being aware of the change in road rules (i.e., they…

Eat ‘til you die.

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Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
The ultimate focus of the documentary our group has been filming was on the food of Cyprus, specifically the meze.

A meze is a massive meal. Think of a feast, a Thanksgiving meal and a cookout, then throw in all the food from the freezer and you have the idea of a meze.

By some accounts, it started as a means of feeding visitors by bringing out all of the local foods (usually equaling to 20 or more plates) for them to taste.

Many Cypriots enjoy a meze at least once a week. It’s best done in a large crowd, as it gives you a chance to spread the food around.

Since being in Cyprus, I’ve been able to enjoy three mezes. The first was at a more modern restaurant. This is where I was able to try things like octopus and fried celery leaves and all of the food was pretty fantastic. 

The second meze was our group meze. It was more traditional Cyprus food and was so very goo…