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Buffer zone blues

Madeline Blount
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Whether it's the guarded military towers, showing your passport to cross the street, or simply being re-routed in the city because of the border, the buffer zone in divided Cyprus can be tough to get used to. What's more, it can be a disconnect to see how normalized it has become for Cypriots; you may find yourself wondering how people can drink their coffee calmly in this military space, or you may even begin to wonder if you are the only one not ignoring the barbed wire in the middle of town. Remember that this is a deeply sensitive issue for Cypriots, who have each found their own way of living with their political situation, and thinking about the Other Side.


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