Μοναδικές Erasmus stories από ξένους φοιτητές που επισκέφθηκαν την Κύπρο!

Τι είπαν μερικοί φοιτητές από άλλες χώρες, που επισκέφθηκαν την Κύπρο για να ζήσουν την εμπειρία του Erasmus;

 

Justas Čičelis.

Me and a group of another awesome Erasmus+ students went to see the haunted city of Famagusta. We spent the whole day there, enjoying life, sightseeing and tasting all kinds of beverages (including beer and such). The day went rather perfectly and then it was time to go back home. When we arrived at the beginning of Ledras street, I heard some kind of a live music performance which we decided to check out (live music is always good, right?). We went there, and apparently there was a charity wine tasting event of which we did not know about, until that point. Immediately we bought the glasses and tasted all kinds of wine, but that was just the beginning. After staying there until the end, we got some wine bottles for free (don’t ask how, I was amazed myself) and decided to go to the playground. Carrying wine bottles and wine glasses we went through the city cheering at everyone we met and then after we reached the playground we sat on the swings and swinged as much as we can, occupying every single bit of the playground. Then it started raining and we ran to the closest kiosk in which we bought some more wine and sat at the table drinking wine (AGAIN) from our own glasses like intelligent people would do, just in an environment that didn’t fit (that was the best part). That was the one of the most amazing nights of my Erasmus+. There are, of course, other stories equivalent to this one, which make Erasmus is the best experience so far in my life! Cheers!

 

Ewelina Sobotko

After more than two months here, I can tell you one thing: I recommend Cyprus. Not necessarily even as Erasmus, but also as the role of tourist (because that I was called by other students after walking all the time with the camera in my hands). I think it’s worth it, for temperatures, for views, for cool people. The beaches are beautiful as well as the cities, I have visited (Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta, Agia Napa, Kyrenia and of course Nicosia) are worth seeing.

 

Tabea Löckher

Here is my experience in Cyprus:

When I planned to come to Cyprus my sister suggested to join me for a few days. So she did. She came with me to Cyprus and we traveled a bit around. The first days we did “couch surfing” guided by two really nice guys! We spent a lot of time with them and they showed us really nice places in and around Larnaca. One day my sister and I thought about hiking somewhere. So we asked the boys if they know a nice place to go. They proposed us a route where they have never been by themselves but they had heard it is a nice place to go. They also told us that normally nobody hikes in Cyprus when it´s August. However, my sister and I we live in Bavaria, directly in the Alps, so we are used to hike and climb mountains which are much higher than the ones in Cyprus. Therefore we didn’t see a problem with it.

So, the next morning we took a bus to the small village and asked the inhabitants where we have to go. Most of them looked really strange at us because they couldn’t believe that we really want to climb the mountain. After a while we found a person who tried to explain us the right way up to the lake. My sister and I started walking but it wasn´t that easy to find the right way in the mountains without any signs. We really walked cross-country for 1,5 hours. On every curve we hoped that this is the top of the mountain and we will see the lake, but….there was no lake. We reached the highest point of the mountain and we couldn´t see anything.
We sat under a tree, because it was really-really hot, and we were really disappointed. We felt like we were walking for 1,5 hours by 50 degrees and still had not see anything.

After a while we heard a car, which was the car of some hunters. These guys saw us and started laughing so much they weren´t able to stop (I think they didn´t expect someone there because it was in the middle of nowhere, and we were sitting under the tree with our bottles of water, eating our peaches). After a while they asked us if we need any help. We told them our “problem” and they picked us up and drove us to the lake… which was 15 minutes away by car. So we were, actually, walking in the false direction.
The hunters presented us a bottle of water and an air-mattress for the lake! Finally, our trip was amazing and we also had made new friends!
That, was the first time I came in touch with the incredible friendliness and helpfulness of the Cypriot people. And this was definitely not unique.

In Cyprus I really like how friendly, helpful and hearty most of the people act.

 

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Enjey Batsukh

My name is Enjey, I’m a student at the University of Nicosia doing a Masters in International Relations.

The following is a real life story of me in Cyprus:

This story starts at the beginning of a beautiful sunny morning on a Tuesday mid semester. I woke up to some hot brewed coffee and some toast ready to take on my essay which was due the next day. Lazy as I am with doing homework I hadn’t started my essay for my course until the previous day. Relaxed, I started by thinking about what I was supposed to write for an essay for the course, I sat behind my desk for hours, wasting, actually, the morning procrastinating, doing all other things except the thing I should have been doing, writing my essay. I finally decided to get some work done by googling terms and looking up books for the course. Suddenly I realized I needed a cover page for my essay. I scrolled through my previous essay submits and saw that all the other cover pages I had done were useless. Feeling tired but still motivated I went out and made a visit to the nearby ‘Periptero’ to buy a couple of red bulls. I procrastinated some more looking at what a great job I had done with my cover page. I looked at the clock and it was almost midnight. I had, basically, wasted the whole day doing nothing but a cover page. It was time to open up those red bulls. I did some research on the internet and looked open some books and gathered information and material on the subject at hand. Time seemed to fly by, faster at night. The morning sun shined on my desk. I vigorously continued writing my essay until finally getting it done by the afternoon after a quick break making lunch. I swore to myself to never torture myself writing an essay just before the due date (unfortunately I still do it on a regular basis, stupid me). I got to class by bike at around 5:30pm just before classes started at 6:00pm. I handed in my essay and by a glance at my professor, I could tell he seemed content. Exhausted but relieved, I slept through the whole course until 9:00pm. I got back home and my Erasmus flat mates reminded me that it was Ithaki Wednesday. I decided I could take on the night having skipped the previous night’s sleep. I took a quick shower and got ready to head on down to Ithaki with my flat mates. We headed out with our bikes (we live quite far from Ithaki). We ended up drinking way too much but decided to stay for some more drinks until it was almost closing time. Some of us had left earlier. It was me and my German flat mate going back home completely drunk. We were painstakingly driving on our bikes on the road when suddenly two cars with people shouting at us drove passed us. At first we didn’t comprehend what was going on until fully equipped police officers, 6 of them, pulled over and stepped out of their vehicles. They talked to us in Greek at first and we didn’t understand what they were saying. They started demanding in English what we were doing drunk on our bikes in the middle of the night. We managed to explain to them the situation and they understood that we were Erasmus students having a fun night out in town. Me and my friend looked at each other and laughed it out. We drove back home. We recapped what had happened that night and made some delicious pizza, because after all what’s a story without pizza 🙂
And that is how this story ends. This is how I spend my days in Cyprus. Studying for University and hanging out with good friends.
I hope you enjoyed my story and hope it wasn’t too long.

 

Zoe

I will describe an extremely crazy night and I’m sure that it wasn’t just for me but, for the most of Erasmus people!!! I am talking about the Halloween party in University of Cyprus! The scene first seemed usual! We met with the other guys for pre-drinking in a friend’s house! There were many skeletons girls, drug dealers, zombies, Medusa from the ancient legend, one ugly and bad which (that’s me) without her ”husband” and she has with her only his broom and two cat thieves! We drank all different types of vodka … Cypriot vodka, Lithuanian Vodka, Russian Vodka in shots, in glasses, even from the bottle! The situation in the house was indescribable (let’s say that in the room there were 15 drank Erasmus students)! So we took taxis for the university (I don’t remember if and who paid for me or general if there was someone that paid that taxi) aaand, what’s next? The best! MUSIC and DANCE …two things that were something like drugs for us … The more we were listening the more we wanted! I danced with any kind of person (and believe me there were many kinds that night) was in the party! I want to say a big ”thank you” to the photographer of the party because my friends told me that he was a great dance partner! I hope my ”husband” will forgive me because he was at the party as well! But what I’m talking about? He was the worst! He met a skeleton girl (They just talked about 1 min) before they started to make out and became for a while a psychologist for her (after they were kissing for a while she started crying) and wasn’t the only erotic story but I can’t tell more!!! At the party, there was also a cool guy wearing only a sheet, he was dancing with all girls of our party, whatever! In the end, a good friend took me at my place because I had already slept on the terrace!

P.S. My “ex – husband” said me the next morning that he wants another girl and not the girl from the previous night.

 

Ewa Bielak

The best thing about Erasmus life is the integration with people. It is amazing how everyone wants to get to know each other. And Cyprus has this special atmosphere which makes people happy and more sociable. First two months here, reminded me of a never ending sunshine. When I think about this amazing time, in my mind always comes a memory of the craziest weekend in my life. It started with a very nice house party, which took place at my friend’s spacious balcony. Around thirty people came there, all of us in great moods, ready to have fun. We were drinking wine, talking about our countries and admiring the beautiful view of the city. This night was really special for me because it was when I realized that this Erasmus experience will be unforgettable. Next day, after only three hours of sleeping, almost all of us went together in Ayia Napa. We spent the whole day at the Nissi beach. I felt in love with this beautiful place. I love its clear and warm water. I felt like I could stay there forever.

After a very nice day, we were all eager for the night. I had heard so much about parties in Ayia Napa, so I was really excited. Firstly, we went to a bar, where there was an open bar. We could order really exotic drinks, which I liked a lot! So, our mood after an hour was extremely good. The real party was about to begin. We went to a club called “Black and white”. We danced like crazy, forgetting about everything, just enjoying ourselves. That cool night, finished with the sun and we fell asleep for few hours. Next day was spent of course in the lovely Nissi beach, again. Apparently we weren’t tired of partying so we started drinking there as well. It was a perfect day, relaxing and fun. We got the latest bus and got back to Nicosia. I was sure that the weekend is over because all of us were exhausted. But this is not possible with Erasmus people! Around fifteen people came to my place where we continued partying. We decided to play a crazy game “Never have I ever”. The time for confessions had come. During this game, we got to know each other, maybe even too much. Tired but happy we fell asleep in my flat.

I can say that it’s my best Erasmus experience because I had never thought that I can have so much energy to meet people and to party. Apparently, all of us are determined to make the best out of our time in Cyprus. I am sure that this weekend will always remind me of how crazy I was during my Erasmus days.

 

Iveta Galdauskaitė

It was one of my first days in Cyprus, full of sun, emotions and discoveries at every step I made, when He took me to another adventure. I close my eyes and still see it as a page of a book – two people, who spent long nights talking online and making plans to discover the island of Aphrodite, met each other for the first time. Tentative first conversations, smiles, short ride between narrow, curved streets of Nicosia’s old town, inner anxiety… and there I am, in a beautiful square, full of old trees and ancient buildings. My eyes suddenly catch a cave with a glass wall. It’s a café with a restaurant inside of it! Wonderful! It’s the only word that came to my mind. I could vividly imagine people sitting there, drinking coffee and enjoying their stay in the heart of Cyprus. He smiled friendly and encouraged me to go – that was not the stop we were looking for. We took old stairs and climbed a hill. I was feeling the whole city sleeping behind my back. I put my leg to the last stair and turned around. There it was – half of Nicosia covered with a soft cloak of a lot of stars. I felt as if I can touch the city with my palm! A lot of small lights blinking, cars chasing each other, distant voices of people, birds taking rest in the trees and me, admiring every detail I see. It was one of the nights when Nicosia heard a lot of silent stories never heard before. And till now…

Every meeting we have is like a magical journey to an undiscovered world!

ESN Nicosia

 

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