It's really heating up here now. 34C today dropping to the upper teens at night. All the restaurants are now serving dinner outside, which we love. Because I've been ill, we haven't gone out for dinner yet but tonight we are going to go to one of our local favourites, Tervetuloa.
Quite a busy day today. We have some friends coming at the weekend for a stay. They are flying in and out of Larnaca and so we needed to go and buy the special 3rd party insurance for the hire car so that we an take it over the border into the Republic. In order to do that we had to get a letter from Gunray, our hire car company, saying that as owners they give permission for us to do this. Not a problem, but we had to go to Kyrenia to pick it up.
We have also decided to have full health checks at the medical centre while we are here. Our friends who live here have been telling us about the superb health checks available on an almost walk in basis in Kyrenia. They run a whole raft of tests and scans and you get a full report. It costs about 130 euro. So, we have booked in for one each of those next Tuesday and today we picked up their paperwork and some "jars" for us to take our samples along in. To give you an idea of the tests to be done:
A physical inspection by the doctor
Chest X Ray
Bone Density test
Cholesterol Risk Factor
Complete Blood Count
Stool Occult Blood Search
CA125 Ovarian Cancer Screen
The above are just the tests for women. Bob's tests are somewhat similar but include more male oriented tests. We think it will be money well spent.
So, having picked up our paperwork, we headed up to the border in Nicosia and crossed over, stopping to purchase the insurance. It costs 25e for a month's 3rd party cover which is all you can get.
We made a quick foray to a couple of supermarkets to pick up some supplies. AlphaOmega which is a sort of Tescos equivalent, and LIDL. Got some taramasala which you cant get in the north and some filo pastry spinach pies. Also some Filfar which is our absolute favourite orange liquer and which you can't buy anywhere else. It's delicious.
Got home about 2pm and had a swim and pegged out by the pool for a while. That was nice. Then I made my Slut's Red Raspberry Jellies for tomorrow.
Tomorrow we are going to a special concert/picnic in the gardens of the British High Commission in Nicosia. Pam and Eddie have a table in support of the British Legion and we are sitting there. Each couple is bringing a course. Much more on this tomorrow. Really looking forward to it.
So, tonight we ate at Tervetuloa, our go-to local restaurant. There really is just too much food!!! You pay the price for your entrée - in my case this was 4 lovely grilled lamb chops served with rice and chips. Bob had lamb baked with vegetables in a clay dish also served with chips. This would be a decent dinner in itself. However, included in the price is a 15 item meze - hot and cold - and then after the entrée there is a dessert and coffee and brandy. All in, we paid about 65 ytl each. Such a bargain.