We're heading to Nicosia, Cyprus! Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and is just south of Turkey and east of Syria.
It is a popular regional tourist destination, and has very little crime. A member state of the European Union, Cyprus is currently divided as Turkish Cypriots control the northern third of the island. The UN maintains a buffer zone between the two sides, and is currently trying to negotiate reunification. This video offers some of the history.
Cyprus also participates in the spectacle that is Eurovision and now I will have to root for Cypriot performers forever. Their entry from 2017 was really good.
The Historian and I are very excited. I am intrigued by the work I will be doing, and all of our research indicates that this will be a great post for us. Cyprus hits all of my career priorities - embassy size, level of responsibility, a language, and PD. Personally it is also everything we'd wanted for this tour - it will be the Historian's first time living overseas, and Cyprus is a good fit for him given its many layers of history. Happily it is a cat-friendly country as we just need to meet EU standards for transit. There is even a monastery devoted to cats under the patronage of St. Helena, the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas of the Cats.
I will be learning Turkish, and we'll arrive in July of 2019, insha'Allah.