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My family and I are moving to Cyprus in the first quarter of 2010, well as soon as I finish renovating my house...hehe. We have two young children, 7 and 9. We're looking to settle in Paphos. I've read many helpful threads about the weather (how hot it is), about the education system and about the cost of living. However, these seem to be mostly from a UK perspective. As an Aussie, the heat doesn't bother me as it regularly gets above 40 degrees in summer, so I'm looking forward to having a summer during our winter! But I'm very interested in more information about the education system, especially when compared with the Australian system. I'm also keen to find out more about the cost of living when compared with Australia. Any information will be most appreciated. Thanks.

Also, do they play cricket in Cyprus? I'm not holding my breath on an Aussie Rules Football league... lol

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Hi Steve,

I can't help with the education system but there are plenty of posts on it and a sticky thread about the schooling. Also not knowing what the cost of living is like in Aus I cant give you a comparison there.
What I can tell you is there is NO cricket but every village has a football team (not aussie rules though)

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Hi Steve,

I can't help with the education system but there are plenty of posts on it and a sticky thread about the schooling. Also not knowing what the cost of living is like in Aus I cant give you a comparison there.
What I can tell you is there is NO cricket but every village has a football team (not aussie rules though)

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Cricket is played in Nicosia - there are ad hoc matches keenly played on almost every public space large enough to hold a game every Sunday rain or shine. The immigrant workers have a league and hold matches on every conceivable holiday - they're absolutely passionate about the game. The sound of leather on willow wakes me most Sundays as we live just across from a school playing field. The cricket starts at about 7:30 and doesn't finish until dusk. I expect similar matches are held in most of the larger cities /towns wherever their are enough fellow cricketers to russle up a field.
 

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Cricket is played in Nicosia - there are ad hoc matches keenly played on almost every public space large enough to hold a game every Sunday rain or shine. The immigrant workers have a league and hold matches on every conceivable holiday - they're absolutely passionate about the game. The sound of leather on willow wakes me most Sundays as we live just across from a school playing field. The cricket starts at about 7:30 and doesn't finish until dusk. I expect similar matches are held in most of the larger cities /towns wherever their are enough fellow cricketers to russle up a field.
I have never ever seen any cricket or hard of any being played here so it goes to show we learn something every day.
I'd better not let my OH know though or he'll be looking for a team to join and at his age injuries take longer to get over. So shhhhhhh, don't tell him;)
 

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Cricket is played in Nicosia - there are ad hoc matches keenly played on almost every public space large enough to hold a game every Sunday rain or shine. The immigrant workers have a league and hold matches on every conceivable holiday - they're absolutely passionate about the game. The sound of leather on willow wakes me most Sundays as we live just across from a school playing field. The cricket starts at about 7:30 and doesn't finish until dusk. I expect similar matches are held in most of the larger cities /towns wherever their are enough fellow cricketers to russle up a field.
Thanks Kimonas. I'm keen to play cricket. If there's none in Paphos, I'd be tempted to drive to Nicosia... or start a team. Out of interest, how long would it take to drive there from Paphos?
 

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I have never ever seen any cricket or hard of any being played here so it goes to show we learn something every day.
I'd better not let my OH know though or he'll be looking for a team to join and at his age injuries take longer to get over. So shhhhhhh, don't tell him;)
When I played cricket in the Barossa Valley, we had a bloke in his 60's play for the Fours and he would bowl these very slow 'spinners' that did nothing, but he would take a bagful of wickets most weeks. None of us could figure it out! :confused2:
 

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Thanks Kimonas. I'm keen to play cricket. If there's none in Paphos, I'd be tempted to drive to Nicosia... or start a team. Out of interest, how long would it take to drive there from Paphos?
Legally, about 2 hours. It looks quicker on the map to go over the mountains, but it's a nightmare and would take hours. The Pahpos-Limassol-Nicosia highway often gets clogged around Nicosia on weekends so it may take a bit longer than 2, but the recent bypassing of the notorious Limassol roundabouts (which Nicosians joke are 7 opportunities to rethink travelling to Limassol) has made the journey a whole lot easier and faster.
 

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Legally, about 2 hours. It looks quicker on the map to go over the mountains, but it's a nightmare and would take hours. The Pahpos-Limassol-Nicosia highway often gets clogged around Nicosia on weekends so it may take a bit longer than 2, but the recent bypassing of the notorious Limassol roundabouts (which Nicosians joke are 7 opportunities to rethink travelling to Limassol) has made the journey a whole lot easier and faster.
It's much better now that the flyovers bypass Limassol.
We were across at Larnaca yesterday and it took us only 1hr.20mins from Paphos.
It used to be a real hassel getting through Limassol and it is now a breeze.:D
 

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UPDATE: We are flying out mid-February!!!! We've just signed a 1500 euro/month lease for a gorgeous 3 bedroom villa, fully furnished, with sea views near St Georges, which includes garden and pool maintenance (there are more properties available there Pepps!). Our business partner has leased the house next door - so we'll have a friend immediately, which is good. The real estate agent was really nice, she put us in contact with a British expat with a daughter the same age as ours and who'll be going to the nearby public school.

Anyway, I have some further questions re cost of living (I know, another one...lol). From what I've read on this site, I'm assuming that our total monthly income after tax, 6000 euro, will be enough for a comfortable lifestyle. However, I also realise that a comfortable lifestyle is subjective. With that in mind, here are our current plans and expectations: We have to buy a car and am looking to spend around 30,000 euro (what sort of late model - 2007/2008 - cars are available at this price?). No idea about size of repayments, interest rates etc. We need broadband internet for our business and would like satellite tv. We would likely eat out once per week and go out for coffee most days. We love a good bottle of wine with our evening meals (do they get good Barossa wines there? Also, what are some good local varieties, both red and white? mmmm). Would also like to travel a bit (perhaps twice per year) to see Europe, as we've been geographically isolated 'down under.' While my wife runs her business, I'll be continuing my studies. I've nearly completed my Bachelor of Theology (majoring in biblical studies), so I'm relishing the chance to see significant archaeological sites, not only in Cyprus, but also the region. Cities such as Corinth, Ephesus, Colossae, Jerusalem come to mind. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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UPDATE: We are flying out mid-February!!!! We've just signed a 1500 euro/month lease for a gorgeous 3 bedroom villa, fully furnished, with sea views near St Georges, which includes garden and pool maintenance (there are more properties available there Pepps!). Our business partner has leased the house next door - so we'll have a friend immediately, which is good. The real estate agent was really nice, she put us in contact with a British expat with a daughter the same age as ours and who'll be going to the nearby public school.

Anyway, I have some further questions re cost of living (I know, another one...lol). From what I've read on this site, I'm assuming that our total monthly income after tax, 6000 euro, will be enough for a comfortable lifestyle. However, I also realise that a comfortable lifestyle is subjective. With that in mind, here are our current plans and expectations: We have to buy a car and am looking to spend around 30,000 euro (what sort of late model - 2007/2008 - cars are available at this price?). No idea about size of repayments, interest rates etc. We need broadband internet for our business and would like satellite tv. We would likely eat out once per week and go out for coffee most days. We love a good bottle of wine with our evening meals (do they get good Barossa wines there? Also, what are some good local varieties, both red and white? mmmm). Would also like to travel a bit (perhaps twice per year) to see Europe, as we've been geographically isolated 'down under.' While my wife runs her business, I'll be continuing my studies. I've nearly completed my Bachelor of Theology (majoring in biblical studies), so I'm relishing the chance to see significant archaeological sites, not only in Cyprus, but also the region. Cities such as Corinth, Ephesus, Colossae, Jerusalem come to mind. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Theology and philology are big in Cyprus with c60% of state teachers holding degrees in either or. Your expected income sounds very comfortable and way above average, so you should be able to afford the various things that you have planned. Cars are expensive here but you should be able to get a decent one for the money you're looking to spend. There are few decent wines on the island (so far nothing that compares to a decent Australian shiraz for example) but there are some quite acceptable table wines around that are cheap and good for quaffing with al fesco souvlaki etc. An impored bottle will set you back anything from 8-20 euros for what I was used to spending c4 euros in the UK where e.g. Yellowtail was comparatively cheap and of course like everywhere else it's possible to find specialist wine dealers that will have a fine selection at fine prices (saw a bottle of 25 year old malt for sale at 8000euros a bottle in an upmarket Cava in Nicosia the other day - needless to say I'll have to start saving!)

You're definately in the right place for archaeology as the island is stuffed full of it. Some of the key sites and personalities of the bible are represented in the archaeology, churches, chapels and shrines on the island. Of course the island is also a melting pot with key theological battles being played out from the apostolic missionariy conflict with the Jews in the first century, and a rollercoaster of Romans, Franks, latins, maronites, Byzantines, Ottomans and almost every other Christian and islamic sect variously cooperating and squabling down through the centuries to the present day. You'll love it. As an ex-archaeologist, I know my way around quite a few of the sites, so do give me a shout if you need any tips on places to visit.

Good Luck with the move!
 

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Theology and philology are big in Cyprus with c60% of state teachers holding degrees in either or. Your expected income sounds very comfortable and way above average, so you should be able to afford the various things that you have planned. Cars are expensive here but you should be able to get a decent one for the money you're looking to spend. There are few decent wines on the island (so far nothing that compares to a decent Australian shiraz for example) but there are some quite acceptable table wines around that are cheap and good for quaffing with al fesco souvlaki etc. An impored bottle will set you back anything from 8-20 euros for what I was used to spending c4 euros in the UK where e.g. Yellowtail was comparatively cheap and of course like everywhere else it's possible to find specialist wine dealers that will have a fine selection at fine prices (saw a bottle of 25 year old malt for sale at 8000euros a bottle in an upmarket Cava in Nicosia the other day - needless to say I'll have to start saving!)

You're definately in the right place for archaeology as the island is stuffed full of it. Some of the key sites and personalities of the bible are represented in the archaeology, churches, chapels and shrines on the island. Of course the island is also a melting pot with key theological battles being played out from the apostolic missionariy conflict with the Jews in the first century, and a rollercoaster of Romans, Franks, latins, maronites, Byzantines, Ottomans and almost every other Christian and islamic sect variously cooperating and squabling down through the centuries to the present day. You'll love it. As an ex-archaeologist, I know my way around quite a few of the sites, so do give me a shout if you need any tips on places to visit.

Good Luck with the move!
Thanks Kimonas. Cyprus sounds like an archaeological paradise. I'll have to take you up on your offer. I'll bring the wine - you bring the cheese :D. I'm bringing over a couple of bottles of Australian wine with me - some bottles from my Dad's winery in the Barossa and one special bottle I've been saving for a special occasion, a 1998 Grant Burge Meshach. I think moving to Cyprus is a special enough occasion :). I'll need to build up a new 'stockpile' in Cyprus as there's a limit as to what I can take with me. Are there any decent wine shops in the Paphos area? Or will I have to go to Nicosia?

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Thanks Kimonas. Cyprus sounds like an archaeological paradise. I'll have to take you up on your offer. I'll bring the wine - you bring the cheese :D. I'm bringing over a couple of bottles of Australian wine with me - some bottles from my Dad's winery in the Barossa and one special bottle I've been saving for a special occasion, a 1998 Grant Burge Meshach. I think moving to Cyprus is a special enough occasion :). I'll need to build up a new 'stockpile' in Cyprus as there's a limit as to what I can take with me. Are there any decent wine shops in the Paphos area? Or will I have to go to Nicosia?

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There are plenty of good wine shops, and of course there are all the wineries.
We love to go around and sample the wines and usually go home with a case or two.:D:D:D:D:D:D

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Thanks Kimonas. Cyprus sounds like an archaeological paradise. I'll have to take you up on your offer. I'll bring the wine - you bring the cheese :D. I'm bringing over a couple of bottles of Australian wine with me - some bottles from my Dad's winery in the Barossa and one special bottle I've been saving for a special occasion, a 1998 Grant Burge Meshach. I think moving to Cyprus is a special enough occasion :). I'll need to build up a new 'stockpile' in Cyprus as there's a limit as to what I can take with me. Are there any decent wine shops in the Paphos area? Or will I have to go to Nicosia?

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If you are shipping your household goods in a container ship all the wine you can in the container. That is what we did. Unfortunately now we have another 4 cases stuck in New Jersey and no way to get it here. We have only found one Cyprus wine will like so far so any recommendations would be appreciated.
 

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If you are shipping your household goods in a container ship all the wine you can in the container. That is what we did. Unfortunately now we have another 4 cases stuck in New Jersey and no way to get it here. We have only found one Cyprus wine will like so far so any recommendations would be appreciated.
Have a trip around some of the wineries and do some free wine tasting. Its a great day out (or several days if you want to get them all in:D) and a way of testing to find a wine you like for free.
We have found several that we enjoy at reasonable prices but as everyone has a different taste it is far better to try them out for yourself.
We have a lot of wineries in our area and still havnt got round them all.
Kolois winery at Statos Ayios Fotios has some lovely wines and if you fancy a Sunday meze you can ring to book (you have to book as they buy fresh meat to cater for the numbers that have booked) and have a wonderful meal with all the wine you can drink in their new restaurant which sort of clings to the edge of a cliff with breathtaking views.

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Have a trip around some of the wineries and do some free wine tasting. Its a great day out (or several days if you want to get them all in:D) and a way of testing to find a wine you like for free.
We have found several that we enjoy at reasonable prices but as everyone has a different taste it is far better to try them out for yourself.
We have a lot of wineries in our area and still havnt got round them all.
Kolois winery at Statos Ayios Fotios has some lovely wines and if you fancy a Sunday meze you can ring to book (you have to book as they buy fresh meat to cater for the numbers that have booked) and have a wonderful meal with all the wine you can drink in their new restaurant which sort of clings to the edge of a cliff with breathtaking views.

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That sounds amazing! Will have to book in.:D
 

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If you are shipping your household goods in a container ship all the wine you can in the container. That is what we did. Unfortunately now we have another 4 cases stuck in New Jersey and no way to get it here. We have only found one Cyprus wine will like so far so any recommendations would be appreciated.
Do you know if there's a limit as to how much wine you can bring in via container? Not that I have a container load (I wish). Will customs impose an import duty on wine? If I can take a fair bit, I'm going to have to go shopping in the Barossa and stock up on some favourites before I leave :D:D:D:D:D
 

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Do you know if there's a limit as to how much wine you can bring in via container? Not that I have a container load (I wish). Will customs impose an import duty on wine? If I can take a fair bit, I'm going to have to go shopping in the Barossa and stock up on some favourites before I leave :D:D:D:D:D
I brought 4 cases nobody asked nobody checked
 

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Do you know if there's a limit as to how much wine you can bring in via container? Not that I have a container load (I wish). Will customs impose an import duty on wine? If I can take a fair bit, I'm going to have to go shopping in the Barossa and stock up on some favourites before I leave :D:D:D:D:D
Our shipping company said wine had to be declared on the loading list and duty would be charged at something like 25p per bottle but Customs didn't actually charge the duty. I don't know why. Maybe it was because we were moving within the EU. We brought in 100 bottles without a problem.
 
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