Poetry on the Rocks.

Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
Trip End Oct 17, 2007

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Monday, October 1, 2007

I was starting to get quite familiar and accustomed to life in Sliema, so much so that I was continually pushing back my impending trip to Sicily. I mean there was nothing to say I could not spend my entire 4 weeks in Malta however I had decided to go to Sicily and was looking forward to discovering a new country. So this morning I set out early to Valletta and bought my ferry ticket from the waterfront dock administration. I was to leave on Wednesday morning from Valletta for a 90 minute sea journey to Pozallo. There was a German navy ship and another ocean liner docked at Valletta so I took a few photos. Once I had locked the Sicily trip in I wanted to totally chill out in the sunshine whilst I still could so once I returned to Sliema I made a bee line for my favourite rock and spent the rest of the day swimming and lazing about.

Just before leaving Sydney I attended a book launch for a very good friend of mine, Nick Powell. Nick is a young Australian poet and whilst I am quiet a novice when it comes to the field of poetry I have enough awareness to know that he is a real talent. I had only seen him perform once before at his sister Sally's wedding last year, so I was very much looking forward to hearing him recite some of the poems from his book on that day. Once again I was set back on my heels. I have always enjoyed witnessing human beings when they are doing something of which they possess an obvious talent. Could be sports, musical performance, acting and in this case poetry. Well Nick is a special talent.

I was extremely happy to purchase one of his books that day and also to get it signed. I remember packing the book but had not opened it since arriving in Malta. Today for some reason Nick's book of poetry popped into my head so I put it in my carry bag and took it with me to the water front. Malta is one place where I would have the time to read and appreciate his poems, as well as give them the attention they require for me to decipher some of the stories! I had a great time reading Nick's poetry on the rocky bank of the Mediterranean, especially the one that made reference to Repton back home.

I also purchased 2 books whilst in Valletta this morning, one for learning the Maltese language and the second a Maltese - English (and vice verse) dictionary. I was hoping to increase my knowledge of the language as much as I could whilst I was still here and was looking forward to continuing that process when I got home, hopefully with the help of mum and dad.

Olga met me at the beach today so spending the afternoon with her was really nice. She taught me a few Russian words but with all the language learning going on in my head I am not sure how much I took in!

Spent the evening having a Maltese pizza in a café near my hotel before I settled in for a premier league football match between Tottenham and Aston Villa. I had one more full day in Sliema before I set off for Sicily, I was certainly going to savour tomorrow.
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