Starting Work in Apotheke

IMG_0011So we started work in the apotheke today – and it was both good and bad. We were able to make a good start on our projects list. Since we are the first ones to arrive this summer, it took us a few minutes to move things around, clean off a table, find working plug strips, and air out the building. The best part is that since we are the first ones to show up for the summer, we had our pick of location and were able to set up down at the end by the windows, which provided some nice lighting and a breeze. While it is still pretty cool on the island, relatively speaking, it appears to warming up a little each day. The hardest part of starting our work for me was remembering the system used for storing the pottery, so I had some IMG_0012trouble finding some of the trays of pottery we wanted to look at first. Eventually, we located what we were looking for and were able to start looking at pottery. Bill spent a lot of time talking about which levels were LRP “Late Roman Pottery” versus ones that were OPP – or “Other People’s Pottery.”

When we took a break for a mid-morning snack – sometimes referred to as “2nd breakfast,” I found some new potato chips to try out – very exciting. Just in case you do not remember, or are new to this blog, I have made an effort to devote some time to extensive potato research on Cyprus, an effort that has not received the acclaim and accolades that it deserves. To recap my earlier research, listed below are the chips and their ratings (out of a possible 10):

  • Argentinean Steak — ***** (5)
  • Baked Lays with Mediterranean Herbs — *****(5)
  • Barbecue — ******** (8)
  • Brazilian Mango and Chile — **** (4)
  • Caramelized Onion and Balsamic Vinegar — ******* (7)
  • Cheese and Onion — *** (3)
  • English Cheese on Toast — ***** (6)
  • Goldies Bacon Extreme. Bacon – *(1)
  • Goldies Extreme – *****(5)
  • Greek Salsa — **** (4)
  • Lay’s Baked Barbecue potato chips – ***** (5)
  • Lay’s Cream Cheese and Bacon – ******(6)
  • Lay’s Heinz Ketchup flavored – **(2)
  • Lays Cider Vinegar – **** (4)
  • Lays Mushrooms in Cream – ***(3)
  • Lays Sensations – Japanese Teriyaki – *****(5)
  • Lays Smokey Bacon – ****(4)
  • Lays Sour Cream and Black Pepper – ****(4)
  • Mama’s sundried tomato and basil chips -***(3)
  • Mediterranean Herb — ****** (6)
  • Mexican Peppers and Cream — ******** (8)
  • Oregano — ******** (8)
  • Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme — **** (4)
  • Prawn Cocktail — ********** (10)
  • Quavers with Cheese — ******* (7)
  • Salt and Vinegar — ******* (7)
  • Thai Sweet Chile — ** (2)
  • Tzatziki — * (1)

IMG_0013Today I found some Handy Snacks Cyprus Potato Chips Vinegar and Oregano flavor and I also noticed a few other flavors to try at the periptero we shop at for snack. I am a big fan of oregano flavored chips, and also a fan of vinegar flavored chips – so this should have been a great chip. Unfortunately, not so much. The potato flavor was good, as I expected since Cypriot potatoes are excellent – the best fries I have ever had have been in Cyprus. The oregano flavor, however, was very strong and harsh and the vinegar flavor barely there – more like they showed the vinegar bottle to the chips rather than pouring it over the chips. So….I am giving it a *** (3) out of 10.

The bad part of the day was when we stopped for lunch. I managed to lock the door behind us and leave the key in the apotheke. I was not in a good mood about this. This entailed some extensive walking and a phone call to resolve the situation. Bill took this in stride, me not so much. In the big scheme of things, a small bump in our work schedule, but still an embarrassing one.


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