Malta, June 2006
My girlfriend decided to attend a language course on Malta, which
gave me the opportunity to join her and to have a closer look on this
We took of course the plain to get there namely Air
Malta. This was all together quite ok, even special wishes regarding
eating habits that ware stated at the Air Malta homepage when booking
the flights had been taken into account. Thus who ordered vegetarian
food got it.
But the hotel Topaz in Buggiba was then a flop.
Apparently some employees are not familiar with their own hotel and
so the guy at the reception directed us in the wrong direction to
look for our room. Well, this can happen. The room was then really
difficult to reach, going down, along a corridor, up again and so on,
finally on the opposite side of the street to the hotel entrance. And
it could also not be called very orderly, the quality of the
furniture was lowest level, in addition much noise on the floor -
altogether this left no good impression.
The first walkabout through the city of Buggiba had been
also not that impressive, it was quite loud and not very tidy. One
can even not have a relaxing walk along the water line because next
to the water there is a main street with lots of cars and busses. All
this is far away from a normal beach with sand. We could also not
take pleasure in the large number of English football fans (there was
Football World Cup at that time) that were around. Malta had been an
English colony until 1964, which became obvious in this context. But
also besides this one could think that Malta had seen better times
before and that times ended with the last day of the colonial period.
Today they are something like a voluntary colony without much Maltese
tradition, also not regarding food.
Allegedly there are 0 days with rain in June on
Malta. But how else should it be? When I am there it also rains in
June, in any case on that Sunday. And because of the weather we
decided to undertake a small trip by bus to the city Masaxlokk. In
this conjunction of course the yellow busses on Malta have to be
mentioned. That are in most cases old, individually arranged,
uncomfortable, more or less well conditioned old English makes that
jolt over very bad roads. Some people get headaches from this
combination. Similar to Buggiba, Masaxlokk could also not enthuse.
Maybe without rain it would have look better.
On the next day there was then nice sunshine and we
were looking around for some beach. With this Malta is also not very
well equipped. But the Ghajn Tuffieha Bay next to the Golden Bay is
quite nice since there are very few buildings around. Only the digger
on the beach was a bit annoying in the beginning. And stupidly the
used sunscreen failed to work as expected, which caused that day to
end with sunburn.
When you walk around in the country you will notice
that in fact everything is quite jam-packed. Cities and villages are
close to each other without much space in between. Not much space
remains for nature on the already not very green island. There are
practically no possibilities for cycling and marked hiking tracks do
also not exist. In addition much waste lies around in the country
side, especially such strange fireworks- or gun rounds. This can
really be found everywhere.
Mdina, which is the old capital of Malta, one should
not miss, if you are once there. Compared to the rest of the island
there are almost no cars thanks to the narrow lanes, it’s tidy
and calm. Not that calm it is in the old town of Valetta, the current
capital. But you should definitely also not miss it. Really
impressive are the very massive buildings towards the sea. By watching
this you can easily imagine how some attacking armada found it a hard
nut to crack.
Also worth to see is Blue Grotto. There you can for
3 Lm take a short trip on a boat, which takes you to small caves in
the steep coast. Due to the illumination by the sun the water shines
in magnificent light blue. Quasi typically for Malta during the boat
trip a plastic bag got entangled in the propeller because the ocean
is really full with waste. I don’t know why it has to be like
this, it’s quite a disaster.
The crowning end was then our last dinner on the
island. It seemed like that they wanted to diddle us quite brazen,
like pay big salad while a small one was served and so on. This was
really pretty steep, and made goodbye not too difficult.
… yours Supernobby
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