July 4, 2004. After standing for three hours in sweltering heat with ten thousand screaming football (soccer) fans, Greece took the Euro Cup final late in the second half of the match against Portugal. The Nicosia municipality set up a giant screen in the middle of Plateia Eleftherias (Freedom Square) to broadcast the match, and after the victory there were fireworks and a cheering session led by the mayor of Nicosia.
The partying went on in the streets till dawn. It was pretty much the only time during my stay on Cyprus that I was grateful to have a hotel room on the interior of the building.