Rows of empty sunbeds.
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Saturday night, Marcello’s and Lemongrass in the centre of Protaras were busy, as was the Italian across the street, but these were the exceptions, not the norm.
No 1, a few rows of tables by the street occupied, the tables behind, empty.
Japanese restaurant in Eden Square empty.
New restuarant in Eden Sqaure taht only opened in June, already closed.
A new restaurant opened in Eden Square last year, it opened end of May, a few weeks later it had closed.
A coffee bar in Eden Square, last year was replaced by a new coffee bar. It did not open until June, by end of August had already closed.
The coffee bar became part of Guru. A bar with white seats, expensive prices and moronic music. Saturday night, the extension empty, in the original part, a handful of people, all but empty.
Several days ago a friend posted a couple of pictures of the beach. It was deserted.
Now middle of third week in May.
Looking along the beach yesterday, rows of empty sunbeds.
This morning little better.
Boats that sail from the pier twice a day, of three boats only one sailing.
Last May boats only sailing in the morning, not in the afternoon.
This May worse than last May, which was worse than May the year before, which was bad, the year Cyprus faced economic crisis when EU decided to trash the Cypriot economy.
Hotels are sitting empty, staff not paid, one hotel group has gone bust.
All very much as predicted in a report last year, that if the problems were not addressed, the collapse of Cypriot tourist economy would accelerate.
A few years ago, at great expense, a coastal path was constructed along the beach. It has proved to be very successful, but. This time of year, it would be a delight, spring wild flowers. A couple of years ago, the wild flowers were all scraped away with a digger. They have never recovered. Overlooking the beach, a look out point, shaded with sails. Or was. The sails hang in tatters. All winter, but no attempt to repair the sails.
These are but a few examples indicative of why the tourist industry is collapsing.
Each year, more tourists from the bottom end of the market which drive away the quality tourists.
Each year, more fast food takeaways.
Dependency upon any one country makes highly vulnerable to economic situation in that country. It used to be the Brits, of late the Russians.
Valdimir Putin has done an excellent job of destroying the Russian economy. Russian economy collapsed, rouble collapsed, no Russian tourists.
Dependency upon a handful of big tour companies, rather than intelligent use of internet and direct bookings, means on a whim, tourist flow turned off as easily as turning a tap.
All inclusive, means no money finds its way into the local economy.
If you are searching for something more than temporary spiritual relief, then Christian spirituality is a source for a deeper life. We are all seeking depth, meaning and fellow travellers to share the journey with. Our highly consumptive, technological culture has produced a generation of spiritual tourists who pursue a deep place of rest, but have no perceivable destination. Buying a new car, clothes or gym membership gives temporary relief but doesn’t bring lasting rest or centeredness. Even with our relative wealth, we still have a deep inner poverty.
The ancient narratives of Christian spirituality offer renewed, contemporary wisdom into this context. Exploring and embodying the teachings of Jesus through prayer, contemplation, and the practise of community, helps us become more truly human.
Life is a journey of ‘human becoming’, within which we shift from being lonely tourists to fellow pilgrims whose destination is God in whom we find rest.
Wisdom sayings from Jesus:
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Prayer for the Journey
Christ be before me,
Christ be beside me,
Christ be all around.
May the peace of Christ go with me, wherever God may send me.
May God guide me through the wilderness, protect me through the storm.
May God bring me home rejoicing at the wonders God has shown me.
May God bring me home rejoicing once again into our doors.