It was in 2008 when we were close to retirement that we decided we wanted an easier life in the sun and Cyprus was our goal. Cyprus is in Europe and part of the European Union and the second language was English. By the time we had eventually got to the point of selling our house in the United Kingdom, the World Banking crisis hit and house prices were plunging.
It was the worst of times and there were no best of times on the horizon. But were ploughed on regardless.
By the time we arrived in Cyprus, it was September 2008 and the world was heading for a deep recession and in Cyprus, we got more than we bargained for.
We arrived by plane at Larnaca airport and within minutes of landing the authorities had lost our two dogs.
Within weeks we had been evicted from our rented villa.
Within months our car blew up.
Within years the tiny Mediterranean island had gone bust and our closest neighbour, Syria, was in the throes of a bloody civil war.
Was it something we said?
The hilarious account of our attempt to live the dream as ex-pats in Cyprus where we have braved snakes, insects the size of rats, rats the size of dogs and more bush fires than we care to remember.
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About the Author
My mother inspired me to write, Doctor Who and Isaac Asimov inspired my love of science fiction, Monty Python inspired me to be silly and I blame Billy Connelly for my infrequent bursts of bad language.
After an uninspiring bout of education at Grammar School, I failed my GCSEs miserably. I blamed it on too much revision and not enough coffee - yes I was addicted at an early age.
After a number of years working in an office and gaining the giddy heights of special director at the age of twenty-two I did what only a child of indeterminate birthplace could do, I resigned. Personal computers had just been developed, and I wanted to buy one to become a writer. So I got a job in a warehouse shifting boxes. It paid better than office work and I could use my brain to write stories in between tea-breaks. That was forty years ago. Now, after forty years as a computer programmer, I have finally come full circle and have started a career in writing.
I may pop my clogs tomorrow, but I have managed one thing on my list of things to do before I die, writing and publishing a book.
I currently reside in the Republic of Cyprus with my wife and two mad English Springer Spaniels.