Back in Cyprus. It’s hot and, for a city that consists mainly of dust and sand, surprisingly muggy in the evenings.

After six months in Germany, there are a few things I still have to get used to again. Like not flushing toilet paper and, instead, putting it into a bin next to the toilet itself. This is (more surprises) not as stinky as you’d expect it to be, closing lids be thanked. At UniHalls everyone threw their paper into the overflowing bins outside which, as the temperatures reached sweltering 40°C, started to smell really bad. I doubt this will happen here, and just in case my lid doesn’t close well, I bought some room freshener.

I’ve started working almost exclusively on the iPad the past few days, with the big monitor only working as a script and teleprompter and soft light for videos. Sadly even iPadOS 14 does not let me use the 16:9 4K resolution on it, so I just stay with my iPad’s display, it’s less aggravating.

Another thing, I am slowly getting used to, is the “deliver everything” culture. Sitting at my favorite vape store, everyone just orders coffee from a place down the street for delivery. For food, Wolt and Foody battle it out, with Foody offering more than just Pizza delivery, covering everything from Supermarket shopping to Vape liquids and electronics. Tomorrow, I am getting a delivery of cleaning supplies and a mop… Less SARS-CoV-2 exposure is always a good thing.

Speaking of SARS-2. Starting in May, the country didn’t take its rules serious at all anymore. They were still on the books, but after a month of being confined at home, only allowed one trip a day, which had to be announced by SMS and cops checking for the SMS reply with a 90 minute window, everyone went back to normal and cops didn’t check at all, didn’t bother.

Holiday season changed all that. Despite PCR requirements and checks at the borders, SARS-2 crept back in, and now we’re at 1385 cases (pop. 1 million) with 20 deaths. So we’re back to masks everywhere, even in bars and restaurants, even when eating. Yes, no one here knows how to do this, either. Restaurants that can, have put their chairs and tables outside, the rest went on Foody or Wolt.

I am a bit lonely. The people here are lovely, don’t get me wrong, but I miss chitchatting with my baker or butcher, the friendly “Griaß Eana” everyone (except those non-Bavarians) or “Griaß Di” hollers when passing, the smiling faces, the green around me. Everything here is brown and yellow.

But then, I am here for a reason. And the people, at least the ones you get to know, are as lovely, friendly, and inclusive, as “my” people in Bavaria or Alabama.

My new place is moved in. It’s small, a one room studio and some stuff had to be relocated to the (massive) back porch, but it’s homey and thanks to its size it always smells of tea and baked cookies. Yes, yes, I have an oven now and can bake. And two induction burners, so I can cook!

So, yeah, I am back. Let’s see how long this one takes, there are hints of a second wave shutdown, which might see me back in Germany sooner than anticipated. But for the time being… this is my home.

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