Having a car in Cyprus is the ultimate means of expression.
Teenagers and young people who live on this Mediterranean island often spend long meals and days with their large families.
Finally they get free of the shackles of their parents, aunts, uncles and cousins and go out late at night at honking their car horns incessantly as a sign of independence.
Unfortunately their behaviour is antisocial to say the least. Picture the scene. It’s Sunday night – the day and been blissfully and uniquely quiet.
You’ve watched a movie with a cup of hot chocolate and you’re in your pyjamas ready to hit the hay.
Once you get to bed it’s hard getting to sleep at first because you had a lie in that morning so your sleeping routine is out. By about 11pm you’re finally getting drowsy.
But just as your eyes start to feel heavier……..it begins.
Beeeep. Beeeeeeeep. BeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeP. BEEeeeep. BEEEEEEEeeeppppp. BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.
And so on. You get the idea. Only it goes on for about four hours.
You lie there, wishing you had a rocket launcher and wondering how anyone old enough to drive a car can find honking their horn repeatedly for four hours amusing.
Most of the culprits are usually 18 year olds (who look about 12) and drive around latest model Mercedes Benz or BMW sports cars.
It is of course illegal to honk your horn in Cyprus between the hours of 10pm and 4am and they do so right outside the local police station but the police never do anything.
And when you are living by choice in another person’s country you don’t really feel you can complain that much.
So, I’ve decided if you can’t beat them, join them. From now on I’m going to drive around dementedly honking my horn on Sunday night (and most other nights). Maybe the Cypriots have the right idea.