Return To Malta.

Trip Start Mar 16, 2004
Trip End Jun 13, 2004

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Thursday, April 1, 2004

April fools day, but the sun is not playing any tricks today. It is shining brightly when I peek out of my bedroom window. The huge spire and dome of the church opposite are a warm brown colour.

Five women are working hard in the kitchen as I head through into the dining room. a huge breakfast of meat,cheese, toast, tea and coffee, orange juice, honey, jam, is put before me. I make a good effort at eating most of it. One of the women is sorting cutlery at a counter by me, and we chat as I try to eat in a civilized manner.

I learn that the Maltese people sometimes feel isolated, which I find ironic considering they are right in the middle of everything. The majority of people are looking forward to EU membership and see that it will be a great benefit and provide many opportunities to young people. However some groups are not so sure, businessmen fear ruination, the hunters want to keep their way of life going. Others say that having just gained freedom they will give it up to the EU. But the jobs and education argument has won the day. I think they are also hoping for some grant aid to repair and maintain many of the old historic buildings and improve infrastructure.

The reason so many people are working here is that now that it is no longer a home for boys it caters for travellers and is a day centre for old people. I think that is a great combination. Fr George later tells me that they cater for other vulnerable groups such as homeless people when necessary.

The harbour is sparking in the sunshine as I head for the ferry. Fantastic views looking back at Mgarr harbour. (I put the photos on the wrong page, I,ll move them later.)

I,m back in Malta by 11 am and a strong tail wind helps me to get over the ridges. I have to keep stopping to look back at the view. Everything, St Paul,s Bay, Mellieha, the countryside looks so much better in the sunshine.

Before returning to the Hibernian I go to the travel agents in Valetta to book the ferry to Salerno for tomorrow. the lady in had to retrieve my details from the waste paper bin. She didn,t think I,d be back.. Cheek.

In the evening I spent a little time catching up on internet stuff and back in the hostel I have a quiet beer while watching the TV. there was a BBC documentary on about the Pantanal. It featured good old Capybara (a large south American rodent)going about their business and great footage of the Maned Wolf.
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