Most of you will probably recognize her from Kyrenia harbour, the happy Swedish girl that always smiles when you pass by. Swedish Ingrid moved with her parents from Tranemo in Sweden to North Cyprus 15 years ago. She was 19 years old back then, and the idea was that she would only stay for a week, but like so many others Ingrid fell in love with North Cyprus’ atmosphere and nice people. She chose to stay and since then she has been living here permanently. Ingrid has not always worked in the harbour, far from it; in fact, she has a broad resume to show off. Over the years, she has worked as a guide for Scandinavian tourist groups, worked with paragliding and had her own pig farm!
Today, Ingrid is part owner of Corner Restaurant in Kyrenia’s harbour. Her friend Angela from New Zealand has had the restaurant for three years, but since March this year, they both run it together with a new concept of burgers and snacks on the menu. The imaginative burgers on the menu, among many others, include the Kiwi, Hawaiian and Tuna & Ginger.
We tried the vegetarian burger and the Mexican chicken burger, which were both really good. Even the sangria, which is served in a jug, tasted exceptionally good. The restaurant is located in the heart of Kyrenia’s cosy harbour, which naturally contributes to the cosy atmosphere. The candles flicker lightly in the evening breeze from the ocean while tourists from the countries of the world pass by.
On Mondays and Thursdays they serve you coffee with cookies from noon till late, and when the autumn season kicks off you will be able to visit the Corner Restaurant for coffee seven days a week. On Wednesdays at 20 o’clock there is live music, Ingrid’s husband is a musician and performs with his band.
We asked Ingrid what are the main differences she notices today, compared with how the country looked 15 years ago. She smiles and says that there is a big difference in North Cyprus from when she moved here 15 years ago. Firstly, there are many more buildings and houses today, especially in recent years many new buildings have popped up, especially in the Kyrenia area. There are also many more foreigners and tourists here. She meets many more Swedes than she did in the early years when she moved here. Back then, Ingrid met only a handful of Swedes, today she regularly meets new faces who have moved here. Then there is also the number of stores, which have really increased and the range of goods available is much broader. Today you can even find Swedish products like Arla cheese and Annas ginger breads in the stores.
What about Ingrid’s parents then? Well, they still live in North Cyprus. Ingrid plans to stay in Cyprus because it is home now.