vacation week (part 1 of 2)

I have for the past two weeks been eager to start this post with you all, but a couple of things have kept me quite busy. Having an event to prepare for required time management and getting fair bit prepared ahead of time, so naturally I had to prioritize certain things.

And then came the editing and publishing of my interview with an amazing Canadian diplomat, which by the way, can be viewed online here:

And speaking of publishing, the other day I had some time to kill at a train station so I went into the bookstore nearby and saw the 360° magazine with my sailing article in it (some of you may have read about that on facebook). I smiled and took a picture:

travel mags

Now comes my vacation week in Malta. For a place stuck in the middle of the sea generating very little agriculture Malta is quite the sweet place! It’s interesting landscapes are visible as the plane gets ready to land and from there it’s just an amazing journey piecing together the culture, historical facts, and food influences.

As we battled through the Monday morning traffic in our rented car with people busily trying to get to work we automatically knew this was going to be an adventure. The traffic, although moving quite slowly, was hard to navigate, seeing these guys drive on the left side of the road as the English do.

Finally, arriving at our hotel, parking the car seemed extremely exciting. After a little bit of a “discussion” with the manager we finally settled into our room with a spectacular view of the sea and nestled in for a breather, listening to the sound of the crashing waves and realizing our vacation has finally started!

We stayed in the city of St. Julian’s, which is conveniently placed on the northern coast of Malta, close to the capital Valetta. The island itself is not very big and a car is totally not required, as you can walk to many places or use the excellent bus network. Heading to Valleta and other nearby towns would require the purchase of a bus day pass for €1,50/person, nothing can compete with that.

The language in Malta I found to be quite interesting: it sounds like a mixture of Arabic, Dutch, French and Italian, so it takes a bit of getting used to. But almost everyone speaks fluent English.

On the first day, we took a nice long sunny walk along the seaside to explore the town by foot and here are some treasures we found.

The second day we took our trusty car and embraced the Blue Grotto. Driving down to the southern coast of the island is quite interesting because on either side of the road all you can see were cacti and then all of a sudden you turn the curb and there you have a picturesque view of hills, sea, a little beach and just pure beauty. Usually you would take a boat which takes you in the cove and allows for the snorkels to get up close and personal. However, the day we chose the sea was quite choppy so instead we hiked a bit and come upon the beauty from up above. I could spend days photographing all the nooks and crannies of this magnificent rock. Right before leaving we, of course, had to indulge in some fresh seafood at a local restaurant accompanied by local white wine. Heaven…

Stay tuned for part 2 of our Maltese adventures with a lot more cool pictures – coming to being adelina later this week!



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