|Pieces of hail pounding the roof tiles outside of my bedroom window.|
|The two minutes of hail was followed by five minute of pouring rain and then all was quiet.|
|Photo of the main road that the course followed. Notice the rainbow from the afternoon rain.|
On this clear, warm day I was guided by a tail wind on the way out but faced a pretty fierce head wind for most of the way back (especially when the wind off the sea wasn't blocked by hundreds of hotels lining Limassol's coast). I ended up running an official time of 1 hour 30 minutes and 33 seconds which was good enough for 15th best male finish and 17th best overall.
|Obviously I was exhausted. Artemis, one of the other students at the Cyprus Institute who was there watch her mother, saw me finish the race and took this photo of me.|
|Also notice the unintentional green roof on the abandoned building in the background.|
|Anarchist and anti-division graffiti placed above the barbed wire that is protecting what I believe to be a former guard post.|
|Below a gun port in a concrete barricade is a posting for a room for rent... Not the most attractive location for advertising in my opinion.|
|This Ferrari was parked just outside of the ghost town of Varosha in the Turkish-speaking community of Famagusta. This red Ferrari F430 has licence plates from the unrecognized, Turkish military occupied zone known as the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", is left side drive (when most cars are right side drive because they drive on the other side of the road), and is parked in front of the fence/barricades that block entrance to an entire town occupied by the Turkish military. Due to the various casinos that operate in that area of Famagusta, I'm guessing that the driver of this vehicle has connections and resources that I am better off not inquiring about in further detail.|
|Photo from last night's match. Notice the Cypriot national team jersey (jumping in blue): http://newshopper.sulekha.com/cyprus-sweden-soccer_photo_1697992.htm|
|Greek national team jerseys: http://www.greekshops.com/images//WORLDCUP2010_AWAY_CHILD.jpg|
|Othello’s Tower, yes, Shakespeare’s Othello’s Tower, also known as the Citadel|
|Here's a boy exploring the intricate system of passageways that lead to various defensive positions within Othello's Tower. In the foreground are cannonballs that were undoubtedly used by the Ottoman's during their siege.|
Interesting use of a green roof atop a medieval archaeological site… I don't think neglect is a very sustainable technology though.
These important architectural sites lie unkempt and open to weather and abuse.
|The wall paintings in the apse of the church, which date back multiple centuries, bake in the sun all day and will continue to fade as long as they are uncovered.|
|At ages 9, 10, 4, and 9 (left to right) this group of children has arguably the coolest but most dangerous playground I've ever seen. There were no parental figures in sight.|
|Without being able to speak to them in Turkish, the boys would not listen to us as we told them repeatedly not to climb on the church for fear it would crumble beneath their feet. We stopped the little girl from following the older boys on multiple occasions.|
These dogs live down the block from me and after 4 months as their neighbor, they still bark at me as I walk by. That is… if they're not sleeping or too lazy.