I am officially Maltese.

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

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

This morning I was woken by a morning call of a rooster at sunrise. I am not sure how many cities in the world where you will still be woken up by that sound! Well maybe there are a few but certainly not in Sydney! It was another beautiful day and I was keen to get to Valletta as early as possible. The city of Valletta is most beautiful early in the morning when it is in the process of waking up. Upon arriving I put on my iPod and just slowly meandered through the streets taking my time walking to Christine's convent. Very soon I found myself with the camera out taking photos of anything that struck my fancy, I really want to capture as much of Valletta and indeed Malta as I can to take home with me. Whilst I am quite certain it wont be another 30 years before I return who knows when it actually might be.

The time with Christine passed with a lot of laughter and a lot of conversations about different things. We really have become familiar with one another again and it is something that I did not consider I would have the opportunity to do before I set out for Malta. I have even become known by some of the local people who seem to visit the convent each morning to see whether the nuns are in need of anything. As I have said earlier the Maltese culture is very heavily ingrained with Christianity, and people who have devoted their lives to their faith such as priests, brothers and nuns are held in very high regard to the point of reverence. Sister Christine has a fortnightly radio "show" where she reads snippets of religious verses she has written. They are going to be published in a book. She is quite well known.

The rest of my day was spent at my favourite swimming spot again. It is hard to explain but after being here for 2 and a half weeks now I am incredibly relaxed and living at a pace I don't think I have ever before. I have had similar experiences at Repton with my family at Christmas time each year but that is more like camping and not really living like I am here in a city area. I have built up a strong sense of peace inside me, I am determined to try and keep it once I get home. Well at least until Christmas!

I caught up with Olga in the afternoon once again. It is something we do most days now which is great, she is really nice. I am trying to see whether I can meet a girl from Greenland, as that is probably the place on Earth furthest away from Sydney, with Moscow a close second. :( Oh well I have a few more days with which to see her before she goes home.

Another treat in the evening with Liverpool playing in the Champions League. Down to my "local" to watch it with Joseph, Giuseppe and his other mate Joe. Unfortunately Liverpool went down 1-0 to a French team, that was not a popular result. I have not really mentioned it but I am the most brown I can ever remember now so look 100% Maltese, therefore EVERYONE just talks to me in Maltese. My lessons, whilst going well are not really keeping up with it so I only pick up snippets of what they are talking about. Whilst watching the game I would want to comment on something, but by the time I would work out how to say it in Maltese the play would have moved on. I ended up just sitting back and nodding wisely whenever Joseph, Guiseppe or Joe would comment on something, say "yes" or "no" and fill in the rest with facial expressions. :)

Yes, I was starting to feel very Maltese. I have even have a few Ricotta pastizzi in the afternoons walking home from the beach. I will have to get a bocci game in at some stage. What a wog. :)
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