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My last visited place in Cyprus and also in the 2017.
Hala Sultan Tekke or the Mosque of Umm Haram is a Muslim shrine on the west bank of Larnaca Salt Lake. Umm Haram (Turkish: Hala Sultan) was the wife of Ubada bin al-Samit, a companion of the Prophet Muhammed.

Hala Sultan Tekke complex is composed of a mosque, mausoleum, minaret, cemetery, and living quarters for men and women. The term tekke (convent) applies to a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood, or tariqa, and may have referred to an earlier feature of the location. The present-day complex, open to all and not belonging to a single religious movement, lies in a serene setting on the shores of the Larnaca Salt Lake, which appears to be an important site also in prehistory. Hala Sultan Tekke is a listed Ancient Monument.

It was already near the sunset time, so it was rather dark and also it was the only evening with some clouds. After visiting the mosque we went to give away the rented car at the airport. How happy was my personal driver that all went OK after driving on the left :).

I can summarize the past year. It was for me personally a good year. I was healthy and fit enough to travel. I visited two new countries, Albania and Cyprus, they were the numbers 75 and 76. By planes, trains and buses I traveled around 40 000 km. I had wonderful meeting with Christiane, Gigi, Veronique and Isabel (all in French, haha).
How will be the new year? I have some plans...

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