“Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. Despite a constitution which guaranteed a degree of power-sharing between the Greek Cypriot majority and the Turkish Cypriot minority, the two populations – with backing from the governments of Greece and Turkey, respectively clashed in 1974, with the end result being the occupation of the northern and eastern 40% of the island by Turkey. In 1983, the Turkish-held area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus". So far, only Turkey recognizes the TRNC, while all other governments and the United Nations recognize only the government of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island. The UN operates a peacekeeping force and a narrow buffer zone between the two Cypriot ethnic groups. Fortunately, open hostilities have been absent for some time, as the two sides (now with the growing involvement of the European Union) gradually inch towards a reunification of some sort.” (Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Cyprus)
後來去到Arabahmet Quarter附近，遇到了一群大學的人。他們來自土耳其，當天就回搭飛機回國。帶他們四處走的是一位學生，和Emre他們一樣都是來自Girne American University。他們知道我一個人旅行，也覺得很不可思議似的。走著走著，看到一間屋子外頭有不少人，我走過去時他們跟我小小，然後邀我坐下來喝茶。
Arabahmet Quarter - Its narrow streets, its houses with bay windows, its doorways with low archways and wooden entablatures, the quarter attracts much attention from tourists. Most of the well-preserved houses were builtin the late 19th and 20th centuries.