December 2, 2022

Bravo, North Cyprus!

A place worth living!

By Ralph Kratzer

Since my youth, I had the dream of emigrating. I do not know exactly why. Was it to do with the bad weather in Germany or had it to do with the people there?

But of course, this was for a long time just wishful thinking…

After my long years of military service and the subsequent studies, I took a longer break in my mid-30s and lived for a time, inter alia, on the tiny little Canary Island of La Gomera, in those days a so-called “dropouts paradise“.  It was a wonderful time-out in a beautiful unspoilt natural place. But after having been there a time, I knew every tree, every bush, every stone… there really wasn´t much going on there!

La Gomera
La Gomera

So I deleted La Gomera from my wish list and went back to Germany to start earning money.

I travelled to several islands in the following years, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Croatian, Irish and Greek ones. All of them were  kind of nice, but none of them had this special mix of nature, moderate climate, culture, tranquility, vitality and friendliness I was looking for.

In the end I came, through a twist of fate, to Northern Cyprus, fell in love with the country and stayed!

I have not looked back since! Because here I have found friends, I have peace when I feel like it and I can easily change my everyday life when I need to.

Again and again we report on our websites about events of various kinds, such as  classical concerts, exhibitions, rock concerts, organized walks, fundraising events, etc etc… and not least of motorcycle events which are particularly close to my heart.

Biker festival in Güzelyurt

A short time ago I reported about a biker meeting in Nicosia. Last Sunday again was a big meeting in Güzelyurt, this time perfectly organized by the bikers club “Mouflon Riders“ and held in the beautiful public park of the city. A really great event!

All cities, towns and villages, all clubs and associations of this little part of the island with less than 300,000 inhabitants pull together to make life here more worth living!

Cyprus map_1


This togetherness lets the Turkish Cypriot people and the foreign residents as well forget the decades of embargoes and political isolation! Bravo, North Cyprus! I’m happy to live here!

It is time for the rest of the world to take an intensive look at Northern Cyprus, we deserve it!

Here, to remember, only a few  of the many events we reported about in the last few months:

  • Classical Concert in Bellapais Abbey – click here
  • Master Musicians Reunite for a Recital After 30 Years – click here
  • Wooden Faces of Cyprus Exhibition – click here
  • Richard Chamberlain – The man behind the camera – click here
  • Deep Purple comes to North Cyprus – click here
  • North Cyprus Orchid Walk 2014 – click here
  • Esentepe Fun, Run and Ramble 2014 – Raising money for TULIPS – click here
  • Phoenix Line Dancers at Tepebașı Tulip Festival – click here
  • Biker Festival in Ozanköy: Bikes, Fun, Burgers, Beers, Music… – click here
  • The World sings and dances in Lapta – click here

7 thoughts on “Bravo, North Cyprus! A place worth living!

  1. I must admit that Mr Ralph Kratzer has got a lot a valid points about North Cyprus, the people and diverse cultures, it is a shame that the Government in the north doesn’t abide by the EU rules and allow EU Citizens to live in North Cyprus without charging them extortionate rates for resident and work permits, I truly believe in mix cultures brings people together and adds spice to all the people living in that country. I truly believe that if the Government lifted the charges for EU nationals more EU Citizens would choose to retire or come to work in North Cyprus.

    1. I thank you very much for this extraordinary comment, Erkin Salih! You are highlighting a topic which is very important for all foreign residents in North Cyprus.

  2. “It is time for the rest of the world to take an intensive look at Northern Cyprus, we deserve it!”

    No, we do not want our piece of paradise ruined as some other Mediterranean islands have been. You just look at the monstrous Cratos Hotel or the hideous thing being built on the road to Esentepe. Look at Noahs Ark and the one next door and I want to throw up, sorry but they do not belong in North Cyprus.

    There are many issues that we foreigners have to overcome here but many are simply just a pain in the rear end and easily resolved. Others like housing issues I would gladly take a baseball bat to builders, developers and the politicians that allow those situations to prevail, especially our own!!!!!!!

    I do believe some of the problems such as litter and dreadful driving for starters can be resolved by education, if only there was a will from above.

    Bu**er, we even have Deep Purple appearing soon, other half has already bought ear plugs!!!! So lets promote quietly and enjoy our little piece of paradise.

    1. Thank you for your opinion, David! But please accept that other people have different opinions. The state of Northern Cyprus deserves, after 40 years of embargoes and isolation, to be a fully recognized member of the United Nations. Our paradise will change one way or the other, we can´t close our eyes! Let us look positively to the future.

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