RW Cypress: It truly was a #CypRIOT!

              by Tina Chen, Class of 2020

by Tina Chen, Class of 2020

Our random walk crew met in the O’Hare airport on Aug 16th, 2018. We were so energetic and excited that we constantly forgot each other’s names. The general consensus as to why we all chose Cyprus as our Random Walk trip was because it was far away and we would probably never have gone to Cyprus if not for Booth. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

From O’Hare, we landed in Vienna and used the famous Priority Pass to take over lounges while we waited for a next flight. Three hours later we were back on baby-filled airplanes and on our way to Larnaca. Our first hotel was the wonderful Napa Mermaid Hotel in Ayia Napa with views of the ocean and a fantastic beach right across the street. Our crew was on the beach within the hour.

We proceeded to go to our welcome dinner, where we practiced the art of eating and drinking as much as possible, as fast as possible. We succeeded. We then continued the night out on the town, partying it up with the locals and other European tourists. Our leaders cleverly negotiated tables for us. We returned to the hotel for some sleep with what was left of the night. Remember, this was day one.

The next day was our Catamaran Day. We had thought we would be getting a catamaran from the movies while in reality, we got a pirate ship. Although this was a hiccup in the journey, we embraced the ship and spent the day jumping off the roof, drinking lots of frosty beverages and continuously taking aerial footage with Trevor’s drone. We all left the cruise a few shades darker and more importantly, as a true RW family.

 Embracing our journey aboard a pirate ship

Embracing our journey aboard a pirate ship

The next leg of our trip took us to Agros, a quaint town in the mountains. We conquered a ropes and ziplining course, with some members braving the ropes in flip flops and others getting stuck halfway across the rope and relying on other friends to drag them back to safety.

 Ropes & Flip Flops? Not for the faint-footed

Ropes & Flip Flops? Not for the faint-footed

There was no rest time that day. We left to go to Kyperounta for an orienteering course. Don’t look down on orienteering. While people initially grumbled about running through a mountain, the Booth competitive spirit kicked in, and we finished the 2hr course in 30 min. “Why are you here and not somewhere else?” Because you’re surrounded by awesome people.

Our last leg of the trip took us to beautiful Limassol. Surrounded by water and beaches, we enjoyed some time on the sand, with some individuals splitting off to explore sea caves and restaurants. We had a complete day of kayaking and snorkeling. While a few members got a little seasick on the waves, we were back at 100% when the “raft” race was mentioned.

 “Why are you here and not somewhere else?” Because you’re surrounded by awesome people in a beautiful country! CypRioters on the beach

“Why are you here and not somewhere else?” Because you’re surrounded by awesome people in a beautiful country! CypRioters on the beach

We split into two groups, building a raft out of a few materials we were provided. With some challenges along the way, 1We raced to the finish line, Group 1 winning, but let’s just say, it was a close race, and would have been even closer if Group 2 had actually tied the raft to the kayak. *cough*

Our last “physical” activity was RV-ing. We had a combination of RVs and dune buggies, which we drove around the entire town and beach. The Cyprus crew doesn’t rest-- we went back out for a last hurrah, and returned home just in time to checkout and get on the bus to the airport.

 If the Booth flag doesn’t feature in every picture - did you even Random Walk?

If the Booth flag doesn’t feature in every picture - did you even Random Walk?


Tina's a first-year from the Bay Area who holds onto the belief that her UPenn undergrad has prepared her Chicago's winters.