Mdina and Rabat
Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
141Trip End Dec 15, 2005
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Where I stayed
Balco Harmony Hostel
The people in Malta are very kind and relaxed for the most part. I suppose if you live on a small island long enough, you realize there's no big hurry for anything. Even our bus driver calmly waited for someone whose car was blocking the street while they onloading boxes from it. All of the bus drivers look really scary, but are really helpful if you just ask them a direct question. As I move around the country, the rudeness that I initially noticed seems a lot less bothersome. In fact, I don't even really notice anymore.
Today we took a trip out to the cities of Mdina and Rabat. Mdina is an old walled city built to defend against someone or another. It seems like most of the things here to see involve someone defending the island against the Turks. Mdina has been heavily restored and looks really nice inside
There is a grand cathedral in Mdina that I would estimate as better than all of the churches I saw in Northern Europe. The inside was extremely colorful, textured, and graphic. I actually felt as though I was in the middle ages. It really amazes me that in a church that has no less than 10 signs that say "no photos", '''everyone''' was armed with a camera snapping away. Being as it was the best church I'd seen, I decided to take a video, since that was not disallowed (keeps my conscience clean). I guess I can't blame the Americans this time since the American tourists here comprise 1% of the total.
In Rabat, we visited the catacombes of St
I find it funny that the only thing in America that uses the metric system, the 2 liter drink bottles, is not used in Europe. They use a 1.5L bottle! It boggles the mind, but I guess its because they walk or bike to the store more often where in America we drive to the store once a week. I just have to say again how great the sea breeze is here. It literally never stops because of the small size of the island. In other words, the island is climactically insignificant. The breeze permeates everywhere you go. It seems that no matter which way the windows face in the places I stay, the breeze is blowing strongly through them at a temperature of about 68F. The only minor drawback (and I do stress this is minor) is that my hair gets really dirty really fast. By the end of the day I can hardly run my hand through it.
We moved to a new hostel today, the Balco Harmony Hostel
What I ate today
With my being sick, many people have emailed me suggesting I eat better. Here's what I ate today:
*Bowl of cornflakes with milk
*A further 2 cups of milk
*A ham and cheese sandwich
*A croissant containing cheese
*Leftover half of my companions vegetarian pizza from yesterday
*2L of water (so far)
Wednesday, we are headed to the island of Gozo. I'm not sure what infrastructure they have there, but I know it is less developed than here on Malta. I may not be able to easily post updates until I return.