Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

Nicosia’s maps

Posted by worriedlebanese on 15/11/2006

nicosia_aerial_with_green_l.jpgIt’s quite strange to walk in a divided city where hardly any map shows that the city is actually split in two and that somewhere in the middle, all roads are dead-ends. The only ‘fence’ most maps show are those built by the Venecians centuries ago, and that have now become completely porous.

The map the hotel gave me ignored the division completly. So I had no idea which road will eventually end in roadblock, a wall, barbed-wire or pilled barrels. But very quickly, I noticed tourist information signs showing where the visitor was and suggesting ‘walking routes’ that are of interest. These maps hinted that the city was divided; even though they showed the whole city center as if it were undivided, only the southern parts seem to have roads and paths, the northern part was completely blank.

The choice seems to be between ignoring there is an other side and erasing it.

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