Sotira is waking up very slowly

Sotira sunrise in Cyprus

Sotira wakes up to a beautiful array of soft gold and deep orange shades. The sunrise is an captivating sight, especially if you’re jet legged. I am visiting my sister Nina and her husband Tasos, owners of 4 weddings and a caricature, and their three kids Emilio, Julia, and Sofia. They live in a teeny municipal with a few houses on a single street. Sotira is a sun-blushed area with a modest population just over 5,500 Sotirans. Sotira is not a place that you will ever visit unless you have family living over there. This municipal is so unknown that the street names don’t even show up on Google map. Sotira is on Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, off the coasts of Syria and Turkey. To be more precise it is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt and east of Greece.

Sotira beachThe the calming sound of waves gently pushing against the rocks is a welcome break from Hong Kong’s ongoing construction noise that I typically wake up to.

Sotira desolated constructionNext to my sister’s house was a stark reminder of the 2009 financial crisis that has effected Cyprus economy very badly. Just sitting next to Nina’s house is this deserted construction site on Sirens Beach. The tiny energetic dog standing on the right side is Diego.

Christmas time in SotiraEven Father Christmas was on a tight budget this festive season and had to pull his own sledge over the main and only street in Sotira.

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