An ordinary day, at home on my street

I was driving on an ordinary day a few weeks ago on my street and what did my eyes behold?

Well, an elderly man was riding on a donkey. I felt warm all over and stopped of course and asked if I could take a picture, which I did. He stopped while the donkey chewed on the grass, and said in Turkish that this was his araba = car.

Today when I got home and had parked the van and was about to open the car door, what did I see? Well, goats take a short cut across my yard, super nice. Then came the elderly goat herder trudging alone like nothing had happened, he was out and herded them as we went out with the dogs.

It’s one of the benefits of living side by side with the locals, I get so warm and fuzzy in my heart when I see these kind of ordinary things. Then I feel humbled that I get to be a part of this fine country living.

Here you can be who you are, as long as you behave as you should; show respect for older people and for other people’s property and are polite to each other, in short: Pure and sound common sense. Values that have been mostly forgotten and hidden in Europe…

Now is the month of November, the sun is shining and the days are sweet. Daytime temperature is about 25-28 degrees, could it be better?




About Margaretha Lindén 106 Articles
Margaretha is a true northern Cyprus veteran and an incredible ambassador for the country. She moved to Northern Cyprus in May 2000, and lives with her seven dogs and four cats in a small village outside Kyrenia. Margaretha refers to various services such as excursions and guided tours for Sunseeker-tours, a tourist company that caters primarily to the Scandinavians. Margaretha is a writer for NC Magazine and has written many interesting articles about what is happening in the country, tours and much more. If you have any questions for Margaretha, please write to: