Freedom of movement from Warsaw to Lisbon is self-evident for the Schengen generation. Cyprus in its entirety has de facto been part of the EU since 2004. However, due to the island‘s location, the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus and the sovereignty of the two British army bases Akrotiri and Dekelia, it is impossible to drive a car in Cyprus for a single hour without reaching some natural or artificial boundary. Since the last two incidents in the UN buffer zone in the 1990s, the situation in Nicosia has relaxed. Nevertheless, with their oil barrels and barbed wire, the border fortifications between parts of the old city centre under Greek and Turkish control are more evocative of urban warfare than of transnational cultural exchange.