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Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Anthonychen0205 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:47 am

Hey Guys,

Just moved here to Alassa and wondering why I don't receive my mails from banks or other documents like it used to be in Switzerland. I have changed all the address to the new one here in Alassa but my mail box at home is nearly empty the whole week and only got them like once a week.

I have heard that some postman do not send the mails properly because they have to drive so far, instead they throw them away or just never send it, anyway I don't know if its true, thats why i am here to ask. Because I have been expecting some important post sent from Luxembourg and it's been 17 days which is impossible. :-(

Is it better to have a mail box in the main office and go there to pick it up every week? or i should trust the post system here that they will deliver the post to the house.

(in Switzerland the postman is there Mon-Sat but I never seen the postman here lol)

Thanks a lot
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby DrCyprus » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:05 am

The first step is to identify who the local postman is and become his friend. Buy him a pint or a cup of coffee or something. He probably has your mail stashed in a corner somewhere in his house and can't be bothered to bring it to you. You are unknown to him.

The next step is to go and open a P.O Box and divert all your future mail there. The end.
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:34 pm

I live in the urban area of Limassol and the mail is delivered to the mailbox at the entrance to the block of flats I live in. My late mother and father used to live in a village in the Limassol area and I know they told me that in their village all the mail went to the village shop and you had to go there to collect it. I can't speak for Alassa, but perhaps there is a similar arrangement there. Is there a village shop? If so, why not take a look in there and see if that's where the mail comes (you might find the shop is only open for very limited hours)? Otherwise, make inquiries locally. Perhaps they keep all the mail somewhere else.
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:53 pm

In fact, I am pretty sure that in Cyrus the post office only has postmen making house to house deliveries in urban areas. As far as I know, with post sent to villages, they send a mailbag with mail for the village out to that village and the post office's responsibility ends there, and the way the post is then dealt with in the village is that village's internal affair. In fact, in many villages nowadays, you see a set of mailboxes somewhere central in the village and everybody presumably has the key to their own box and comes to pick up their mail here. It may help to find out who the mukhtar, or village headman, is, the person officially responsible for organising things in the village, and he may be able to tell you what the arrangements are. Unfortunately, the probability of him speaking English is less than 50%.
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Lordo » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:44 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:In fact, I am pretty sure that in Cyrus the post office only has postmen making house to house deliveries in urban areas. As far as I know, with post sent to villages, they send a mailbag with mail for the village out to that village and the post office's responsibility ends there, and the way the post is then dealt with in the village is that village's internal affair. In fact, in many villages nowadays, you see a set of mailboxes somewhere central in the village and everybody presumably has the key to their own box and comes to pick up their mail here. It may help to find out who the mukhtar, or village headman, is, the person officially responsible for organising things in the village, and he may be able to tell you what the arrangements are. Unfortunately, the probability of him speaking English is less than 50%.

you are right, there is no post service in the villages. There is always a shopkeeper nominated to pick up the post from lefkosa and then people in the village pick it up from the shop.

although this day an age we never send letters everything is emailed or scanned and attached.
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:19 pm

Lordo wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:In fact, I am pretty sure that in Cyrus the post office only has postmen making house to house deliveries in urban areas. As far as I know, with post sent to villages, they send a mailbag with mail for the village out to that village and the post office's responsibility ends there, and the way the post is then dealt with in the village is that village's internal affair. In fact, in many villages nowadays, you see a set of mailboxes somewhere central in the village and everybody presumably has the key to their own box and comes to pick up their mail here. It may help to find out who the mukhtar, or village headman, is, the person officially responsible for organising things in the village, and he may be able to tell you what the arrangements are. Unfortunately, the probability of him speaking English is less than 50%.

you are right, there is no post service in the villages. There is always a shopkeeper nominated to pick up the post from lefkosa and then people in the village pick it up from the shop.

although this day an age we never send letters everything is emailed or scanned and attached.


Well, in this part of the island (where Alassa is) I know they send mailbags to the villages - actually they go on the village buses, now that I think of it - but I think it is pretty much up to the village community to devise their own system as to how the mail is distributed once it gets there.

I think the original poster would do will to learn who the mukhtar in the village is and how he can be contacted because, sooner or later, he will probably need to have dealings with him (it always seems to be a 'he' here).
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby DrCyprus » Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:11 pm

Make sure to pretend you like the cooking of the so called first lady of the village aka Mukht'arenah.
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Pyrpolizer » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:07 pm

What amazes me is how naive some foreigners can be!
He expects his mail to be delivered right to his door at a remote village?! He never received anything and instead of asking some other villagers posts to a forum. :shock:
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby DrCyprus » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:42 pm

We need to rewatch Heidi the cartoon and see if Heidi's grandfather received envelopes by a postman or had to drive down to the village.
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Re: Having a post-box in the post-office?

Postby Anthonychen0205 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:05 pm

Pyrpolizer wrote:What amazes me is how naive some foreigners can be!
He expects his mail to be delivered right to his door at a remote village?! He never received anything and instead of asking some other villagers posts to a forum. :shock:


I did ask the people in village, my neighbours and friends in Cyprus. Also visited the tiny post office here which is actually not really a post and they are closed most of the time. I got different answers that's why I wanted to ask the expats here how they do.

I have received few times my letters from Germany and CH but just wondering how they work here, that's why I came here.

Anyway, thank you :)
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