Ancient Malta and water!

Trip Start Feb 21, 2007
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Monday, April 2, 2007

Martha took me to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra the other day.  These are some of the oldest known self-standing structures in the world.  There's another on Malta's other island of Gozo as well.  Oh my god.  What is the point in seeing the Acropolis now???  seriously.  Like if I was an architect and took a look at what the prehistoric peoples of the 3600s BC were able to throw together, I'd just throw my hands up, call it a day, and get another job.  They had tables inside the temples, portholes like giant windows, and in Mnajdra where the oldest temple dating back to 3600 BC is (East temple) are rocks that have what appears to be some kind of calendar or time system carved on them.  One of its other temples (South) has a doorway and door stops kind of things that align with either the equinoxes or solstices - where depending on when.  How freaking cool is that????  Simply incredible.  Not to mention the fact that the buildings are believed to be intentionally shaped to seem like the outline of the Venus-style statuettes from a bird's eye view.  And you know what?  It's pretty insane but it is soooo true.  I'll try to post a pic of the layout soon so you can appreciate.  Plus think of how special that specific point of land must've been for them to drag giant stones, carve and arrange them in specific ways and shapes... all so long ago!  It's mind-boggling, really.  Like has building intelligence progressed up till now, or in cycles, or not at all???  This place really makes you think!!!

We've also been driving along the coasts, to various chill-points where you can watch boats go to some grottoes, or poeple fishing or scuba diving/snorkeling (they have both).  More often than not this comprises the tourists, but still....  Well at one of these stops we sat next to the slanted pavement of the boat drop off which says SLIPPERY.  and that it is.  We sat for a time, watching the waves and all, and me a starfish.  Which when I finally realized it was a starfish, had to take a picture of it.  Which required standing just above the actual wet part of SLIPPERY to take the pic.  But of course somehow the underside of my fantastically tractionless 'sport sandals' got slippery anyhow, because next thing I knew I was doing everything a person can do on a steep slope with tractionless shoes and slippery moss beneath to not get wet. Which I suceeded in doing, as well as keeping the camera high and dry (that didnt work last time in Ireland with a now retired camera sadly).  However the one pair of clean pants I did have now had slimy goodness all nicely rubbed over my backside.  yes!  So I will be doing laundry tonight I think.  We stopped for a nice lunch as well along the coast where I tried some local fish (awkara or something? I dont know... sorry martha!), which was good once Martha cut the bones out for me to make it edible.  I'm not used to food that looks at me and also appears to be able to get up and go swiming at the drop of a hat.  So this was weird for me, but good.
It's been great staying with a friend though, who you dont relate the same 20 questions game with (how long are you travelling, where are you going, where have you been, what are your horror stories or advice on a certain place, what do you do as a real person back home during real life, blahblahblah).  And also get a taste of the normalcy of daily life where you dont drag your things about, even for the shower, and don't have to worry about things getting stolen or finding a place to sleep.  It's nice not to think!  Although they are still on the Lira (pound) even though the Euro is coming, so it is foreign but in English.  I can do this. :D However now I leave Malta against my better judgement (I'd happily just move in) and head back to Sicily to think in Italian for a few more days before heading to Athens for Easter.  Well, that's the plan anyways....

NOTE: Aislinn was very tired and ambitious this morning in posting some pictures up to keep things interesting... so things like the bruises really should be under the Verona entry, although it happened upon my beginning travels in Florence, thanks to iron chained off pedestrian walkways.  augh.  So she figures you're too entertained by the entries or photos (or both) to notice these things but she was wrong :(  very sad.  Hopefully this will teach her to update her photos more often!!! :)
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