My first trip out of Iraq is at an end. It was well needed and I indeed do feel more rested. So does Pooh. 🙂 My trip started with a few flights, included a few flights, and will end with a few more. My first flights took me to Ankara, Turkey where Lysa was waiting for me with hot pizza and beer! A couple movies and nights later, and we took off to Northern Cyprus for the Thanksgiving weekend. We arrived at our lovely hotel, The Acapulco, where we took a little walk around before heading to lunch.
After lunch, what better way to unwind than head to the spa? We stopped in, hoping they had openings, and they did! We each had a massage, as well as manicures and pedicures. I had a tropical massage, which was your basic massage but with tropical aromas. It was awesome. Dinner was great as well, as we realized we were quite popular with the waiters. Lysa commented at one meal on how they reminded her of the waiters in Dirty Dancing. They were very attentive. The cats are very attentive too. There were many roaming around the resort, as well as the country. The cats at the resort tended to congregate around the entrance to the restaurant – they were very friendly and didn’t seem like they were going hungry. We saw some one morning that would turn their nose up at some food while waiting for the good stuff.
The next two days we toured around the northern part of the island. We saw beautiful ruins, old cathedrals and churches converted into mosques, and castles! We even saw the castle that is supposed to be the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Snow White. We learned a lot about “the Cyprus problem,” and a lot about the history of the island. Our tour guide was very informative and our group was a lot of fun. The last day was free until about 2pm, so we decided to end the trip the way we started it – with another massage! We decided to splurge and go for a whole treatment – I went with the chocolate treatment and Lysa went with honey (mostly to make Pooh jealous, I think.) 😉 Mine started with a coffee scrub, followed by melted chocolate slathered all over my body. I was then wrapped in plastic and a heated thermal blanket and left to relax for a bit. As I lay there all chocolatey, I started pondering what kind of chocolate bar I was…deciding on Almond Joy – a little bit nutty, a little bit tropical. After rinsing that off, I was treated to a hydro massage bath, then a nice relaxing massage. A wonderful end to a wonderful weekend.
A few more relaxing days, some good sushi, a little homemade soup, and some more fun movies, and it all ended too soon. Now, here I am in Amman, one flight away from being back ‘home’ again. My hotel here, while not quite as nice as the last one I stayed in here, is very near the airport and has a free shuttle. I do look forward to being back to my stuff again, unpacking and settling back into routine. Once I get home, I’ll add some more pictures of the beautiful trip! Now, time to start planning the next one!