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Birkibrisli's Cyprus dairy...My first 17 years in 7 days...

Postby BirKibrisli » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:53 am

Last time I stood in front of this house the year was 1969...I was 17 years old...It belonged to my Ayshe Teyze,my mother's younger sister.It is in a village called Civisil...In fact I spend my last 2 weeks in Cyprus in this house...It was like a refuge or a hiding place...Back in those good old days if you were a Turkish Cypriot and you lived in the Turkish enclave in Nicosia you were not allowed to get out of the enclave if you were a male between the ages of 12 and 55...Unless you had a very good reason...

My father had a very good reason. He had made a deal with the TMT a few years earlier. He would leave the island as soon as possible,and keep his mouth shut about TMT activities he disagreed with.In return they promised not to whack him in the meantime...But I had no such luck...
I had to stay and do my national service,then I could join him in exile...
Rightly or wrongly my father did not want to leave me behind.So I had to be smuggled out of the enclave and come here,to this house in Civisil, in good time to wait for the plane ride which would take us to Southampton in England in time to catch the good ship Australis bound for Australia.

Visiting this house on my first day in Cyprus after 38 years was not on the agenda.When my True Cypriot Brother (TCB!) picked me up from Larnaca Airport our first stop was Hala Sultan's Tekke (Um Kharam Muselium) not far from the airport...I had been there once before as a 12 year old on one of the school excursions...I remember that day well...We were happy as only students who have a day off from their routine can be...More interested in playing tricks on each other than looking at the Other Worldly offerings in front of us...I was happy to get this opportunity to make ammends and show proper respect to one of the holiest shrines in Islamic history...

Our next stop was to be the Aytotro (Ayios Theodoros) village in Larnaca where I had lived for one year.My father was a primary school teacher and I had the terrible misfortune of attending 4 different primary schools as Father's occupation took us to different parts of the island...As we drove along the highway I saw the sign pointing to Civisil and made a special request of my TCB (True Cypriot Brother)...We were now standing in front of the house which I had no trouble finding even after 38 years...A slow drive through the little village,a left and a right and here we were...

"Lets see if anyone is home," my TCB said. I hesitated. Not wanting to disturb the people inside..."It is my Auntie's house and I was only here for two weeks..." I mumbled..."Did she have any children?" -"yes,a boy and two girls" - "fine ,we'll tell them you are the son."


(To be continued....)
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Postby BirKibrisli » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:58 am

I am finally back in Oz and in front of my computer. I can now fulfil my promise to some of you and write down some of my experiences...What you see above is the style I intend to use...Please feel free to make and comments or ask me any questions you like...I will try to answer them if I possibly can...There is a big storm brewing around me here in the Mountains...So i better cut it short and switch off the computer...Catch you all later.. :)
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Postby Niki » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:33 am

It must have been a whole mix of emotions for you.

Really well written Bir, I look forward to the next installment. :D
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Postby iceman » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:31 am

Birkibrisli wrote:Please feel free to make and comments or ask me any questions you like...I will try to answer them if I possibly can...


I suggest otherwise.....please complete your story without interruption and if anyone has any questions they can ask at the end...
Easy to hijack the thread if questions start coming in now...
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Postby humanist » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:31 am

My dear friend M .......... I am so sorry.


I am also looking forward to your Cyprus experiences.

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Postby zan » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:16 am

Love the style of writing Bir....Looking forward to it.
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Keep it coming

Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:07 pm

Please keep it coming mate. There is obviously a story here that deserves to be heard.
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Postby Nikitas » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:31 pm

I want to read it all the way through. Then ask questions. Not being a religious guy I do not visit monasteries and churches when in Cyprus, but always pass by the Teke. It is a special place.
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Postby T_C » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:35 pm

I like.... :D :D :D
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Re: Birkibrisli's Cyprus dairy...My first 17 years in 7 days

Postby denizaksulu » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:55 pm

Birkibrisli wrote:Last time I stood in front of this house the year was 1969...I was 17 years old...It belonged to my Ayshe Teyze,my mother's younger sister.It is in a village called Civisil...In fact I spend my last 2 weeks in Cyprus in this house...It was like a refuge or a hiding place...Back in those good old days if you were a Turkish Cypriot and you lived in the Turkish enclave in Nicosia you were not allowed to get out of the enclave if you were a male between the ages of 12 and 55...Unless you had a very good reason...

My father had a very good reason. He had made a deal with the TMT a few years earlier. He would leave the island as soon as possible,and keep his mouth shut about TMT activities he disagreed with.In return they promised not to whack him in the meantime...But I had no such luck...
I had to stay and do my national service,then I could join him in exile...
Rightly or wrongly my father did not want to leave me behind.So I had to be smuggled out of the enclave and come here,to this house in Civisil, in good time to wait for the plane ride which would take us to Southampton in England in time to catch the good ship Australis bound for Australia.

Visiting this house on my first day in Cyprus after 38 years was not on the agenda.When my True Cypriot Brother (TCB!) picked me up from Larnaca Airport our first stop was Hala Sultan's Tekke (Um Kharam Muselium) not far from the airport...I had been there once before as a 12 year old on one of the school excursions...I remember that day well...We were happy as only students who have a day off from their routine can be...More interested in playing tricks on each other than looking at the Other Worldly offerings in front of us...I was happy to get this opportunity to make ammends and show proper respect to one of the holiest shrines in Islamic history...

Our next stop was to be the Aytotro (Ayios Theodoros) village in Larnaca where I had lived for one year.My father was a primary school teacher and I had the terrible misfortune of attending 4 different primary schools as Father's occupation took us to different parts of the island...As we drove along the highway I saw the sign pointing to Civisil and made a special request of my TCB (True Cypriot Brother)...We were now standing in front of the house which I had no trouble finding even after 38 years...A slow drive through the little village,a left and a right and here we were...

"Lets see if anyone is home," my TCB said. I hesitated. Not wanting to disturb the people inside..."It is my Auntie's house and I was only here for two weeks..." I mumbled..."Did she have any children?" -"yes,a boy and two girls" - "fine ,we'll tell them you are the son."


(To be continued....)



Isnt it a great coincidence that we share the same auntie Ayshe. In that very same house the food we had was second to none. Now I realise that the taste of the food was the Istinco taste. The Potatoes from uncle Mustafa's farm in Kivisili. I hope you re-acquaint yourself with your three cousins, if you have not done so already. :lol: They are fine people.

Selams..............awaiting the rest.
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