Cyprus

#1
My brother's just started Phase2 in Blandford and found out yesterday that after Yorkshire he's off to Cyprus for 3-5 years.

Whats the reality of Cyprus? My bro's acting like a jammy bugger

Cheers
 
#2
He will undoubtedly be in close contact with the RAF when he arrives in Cyprus as every unit there is crawling with the sad feckers.

If your brother is a Spec Op, he will most likely fellate the male members of the RAF.
 
#3
Great for 6 months then you get bored with the sun and sea. Services are generally treated as 3rd class citizens and dependents as 6th class. The locals will be useless at their jobs despite adequate dependents able to fill them (on base) You will be offered many promises by the locals but all they are interested in is your money, quality and workmanship are non exstistant, you will be ripped off from your local bar to car showroom.

Very very disapointing posting, spend as much time travelling OFF the island as possible.

The island itself is a building/rubbish site totally ruined by the tourist trade and locals lack of hygiene and self respect
 
#4
chimp503 said:
Great for 6 months then you get bored with the sun and sea. Services are generally treated as 3rd class citizens and dependents as 6th class. The locals will be useless at their jobs despite adequate dependents able to fill them (on base) You will be offered many promises by the locals but all they are interested in is your money, quality and workmanship are non exstistant, you will be ripped off from your local bar to car showroom.

Very very disapointing posting, spend as much time travelling OFF the island as possible.

The island itself is a building/rubbish site totally ruined by the tourist trade and locals lack of hygiene and self respect
You're not a fan then?!
 

Alsacien

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#5
chimp503 said:
Great for 6 months then you get bored with the sun and sea. Services are generally treated as 3rd class citizens and dependents as 6th class. The locals will be useless at their jobs despite adequate dependents able to fill them (on base) You will be offered many promises by the locals but all they are interested in is your money, quality and workmanship are non exstistant, you will be ripped off from your local bar to car showroom.

Very very disapointing posting, spend as much time travelling OFF the island as possible.

The island itself is a building/rubbish site totally ruined by the tourist trade and locals lack of hygiene and self respect
The Greek half of Cyprus well summarised..... :wink:
 
#6
Alsacien said:
chimp503 said:
Great for 6 months then you get bored with the sun and sea. Services are generally treated as 3rd class citizens and dependents as 6th class. The locals will be useless at their jobs despite adequate dependents able to fill them (on base) You will be offered many promises by the locals but all they are interested in is your money, quality and workmanship are non exstistant, you will be ripped off from your local bar to car showroom.

Very very disapointing posting, spend as much time travelling OFF the island as possible.

The island itself is a building/rubbish site totally ruined by the tourist trade and locals lack of hygiene and self respect
The Greek half of Cyprus well summarised..... wink
I suffered a tour in Ay Nik, will wholeheartedly agree!
Once the novelty has worn off pretty stuck for things to do, unless you are prepared to travel, also the winters are Dire!
 
#7
Did my motorcycle licence there.
Went orienteering every week.
Did the on island cross country season every week.
Learned to windsurf and waterski.
Got my pilots licence at Akrotiri.
Played cricket every week in the Summer.
Occasionally went to the beach.
Didn't really drink because the headaches were horrible.

It is a great opportunity but, like above, there are things to be wary of. Ay Nik is a car ride from anywhere and I can see how it can be lonely there.

As ever, it is what you make it and there is never, ever, any reason to be bored in Cyprus.

G
 
#8
As has been said before (to a degree) - it's what you make it.

Personally:

Sub Aqua
Water + snow ski (once on the same day..)
RYA qualified Dinghy + RIB
Cheap booze + fags
Duty free purchasing
Holidays: N. Cyprus (much better than S.), Jordan + Egypt
Cheap eating out
Weather (agree winters can be freezing)
Some afternoons off (but early starts!)
 
#9
If they got rid of the Cypriots it would be excellent.
 
#10
What a shithole Limassol is.

The standard of driving in Cyprus is a disgrace, if you think we have boy racers wait till you see these halfwits. The Cypriots are only interested in your money.

I was too busy doing tours & excercises to enjoy all the adventure training.

Would go back though (the wife told me to say that)
 
G

GLESGA-NED

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#11
Cyprus!!!!!!!!! The bain of my life. As a "Squad" you think it's going to be a place that's top notch all 18-30's (truth be know it was better before 18-30, it was cheaper). You get there and the restrictions are against you, if you do anything wrong outside the Soverign Base Areas, you'll be on a higher wanted list that Osama Bin Laden. Then again a lot of my pals had a good time before the murder of a certain Swedish bird. I suppose it depends on the political situation with the Greek Cypriots at the time and how much of an arse you are!

As other guys have said, get out and about and don't just get caught in the Bar Strips in Limmasol and Larnaca or Ayia Napa.
 
#13
Although it was 95 when I left, I found Cyp was an awesome place to be. You can enjoy the heat in the summer and skiing in the winter. Also lots of opportunities to visit Egypt & Israel (although a bit dodgy at mo) on cruises from Limassol. Yep the North is a great place to visit - esp in the summer, get away from the Greek side (the Turks are actually a better species, and respect the Brits more)! I have been back a few times since 95 - and it has changed (for the worse) - but still not to be sniffed at (he could be in Tidworth for 2 years)!! :D
 
#14
Cyprus great place but the rainy season is the pits...Seen dead dogs and cats floating around, drains are always blocked and my car nearly floated :!: ...but I would still go back :D
 
#17
Anyone who says Cyprus is sh1t must be a dullard of the first order. Was there 88-89 fantastic if you get off your arrse and do something with your time.
 
#19
Was here 98-01 which I really did love. I was young and hitting the bars in napa every weekend, skiing in troodos, lots of beach time in the summers but mostly it was very cheap to live here and have a good quality of life..
Since then, things have drastically changed.. for the worse. Because of the number of UK citizens moving over here and with Cyprus joining the EU the cost of living has skyrocketed. I'm currently not living on camp as my misus is here with me this time around and we're not yet married. Rent is reasonable but utility bills, cost of daliy items such as food and toiliteries are skyrocketing.
 
#20
I left in 94, 3 days after the Green Jackets did a bit of gardening. My tour was awesome, 3 summers in Napa, not to be sniffed at. Since then i think Napa has evolved from the dingy nightclubs and bars that it used to have, been told it's a bit like Ibiza. Not quite sure how the ban/curfew affects us nowadays. But rightly so there are a multitude of opportunities to do a bit of AT, anyone who didn't enjoy cyprus needs their head looked, i'd go back any day, beats the pants off anywhere else i've been so far.
 

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