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Keep-Rus Is That an App for Your Phone or Something?

I don’t claim to know a lot about all the 200+ countries in this glorious world, but chances are, I know enough to at least pronounce them and say I have heard of them… at a minimum.

Summer vacation

In prepping for some summer fun with my wife over in Greece and Cyprus, I did my due diligence and prepared by contacting my mobile phone company letting them know in advance the dates I would be there. The following conversation is 100% legit and took place when asking my customer service agent at the phone company about my international phone plan. I can’t make this %#^@ up!

Actual phone conversation with customer service agent:

Me: Hey, I want to make sure my international plan is still active and applies to Greece and Cyprus. Can you help a brother out?

Agent (in a sweet southern accent): Yes, sugar! Greece is definitely on the international plan. You are all set. But what is the second word you mentioned? Keep-rus? Keep-rus?! Is that an app or something for your phone?

Me (in a sarcastic tone): Yup, it’s an app indeed! I called you today to ask you if a country and a phone app apply to my international phone plan. Have you tried the keep-rus app for your phone? It’s pretty addictive!

Agent: Hmmm… I think my friend downloaded it. Remind me what it does again? 

Me: It’s quite unique – you get to live in a cyber country with beautiful beaches, great food and annoying neighbors. Oh, and all the beautiful people speak using their noses. It’s amazing! So, can you please add this imaginary country app to my international phone plan along with Greece?

Agent (laughing and confused): Oh snap, Keep-Rus is a real country? My bad!

Cyprus is a real country!

My intent was not to make fun of this customer service agent (only slightly), but more to highlight the fact that people need to learn more about what is out there. The world does not consistent of whatever is between the west and east coast… there is more. I went on to tell her that Cyprus is not only a beautiful country, but the people are extremely warm people… they better be, my wife is half Cypriot.

411 on Cyprus – Wikipedia made me do it!

Cyprus (Greek: Κύπρος), officially the Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt and east of Greece. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960, becoming a member of the Commonwealth the following year. In 1974, seven years after the intercommunal violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, an attempted coup d'état by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta with the aim of achieving enosis (union of the island with Greece) took place. Turkey used this as a pretext to invade the northern portion of the island. Turkish forces remained after a cease-fire, resulting in the partition of the island; an objective of Turkey since 1955. The intercommunal violence and subsequent Turkish invasion led to the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots, and the establishment of a separate Turkish Cypriot political entity in the north. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of a continuing dispute. Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean.  An advanced, high-income economy with a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the Euro zone.

Where can I download this app?!

There you have it! Keep-rus is a real place, with real people, with a real flag… no cyber app! At least now I can sleep at night knowing that I helped one person learn about this little country… and more importantly, helped one person do her job a little better since Cyprus after all is on the international plan offered by this company.

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