The end of the malta experience adventure
The end arrived
The last post about the Malta experience, the end arrived!
After five weeks of staying in Malta thanks to a European project in collaboration with the Trento’s province, the end arrived… I’m back home.
Five weeks fly and what remain is what we’ve been able to take from this experience. As usually in life, there are the good things and the bad things. Bad things can be summarized on the pathetic organization from the local agency that had to manage our staying in Malta. From the internship to the host house to stay, was just embarrassing how they didn’t care about most of us with the amount of public money invested in this project.
Anyways, talking about the bad side of life it brings people to be negative. I need to try to be positive, so I want to spend more time to talk about what this experience left to myself.
Malta is a nice archipelago in the Mediterranean see, just southern Sicily. In Malta, there is the proper language, the Maltese, which is a mix of any language of any country near Malta. The second language and common to anybody is the English, then, also the Italian is very spoken from many of the Maltese people. The capital is Valletta, amazing city all built with the typical Maltese rock.
What impressed me was the architecture and the style all aver the island of Malta and also in Gozo. I like a lot this kind of dark yellow and those big churches everywhere. This amazing old architecture style anyway causes the difficulty on keeping a good viability on most of the streets that connect the main places. The most congested are those on the cost from Valletta and Paceville, or Valletta to Mosta, because there is no more space to increase the streets, and that’s way the traffic there it becomes a problem in the busy hours of the day.
I’ve been there in the low season but Malta was full of tourist and every place was busy. I’m very curious to see how it becomes in high season! Being a small island have the sea all over, but there are not many sand beaches because the land is a rock. Anyhow there are many places where enjoy the sun and the see. The main tourist attraction anyway doesn’t seem to me to be the sea, but the places with a lot of bars, restaurants and pizzerias, like Sliema or St Julian. Then there is Paceville with the crazy place of clubs and everything you need for a crazy night if you are twenty years’ old, and you want to party till six/seven in the morning.
Talking about Malta there are many other places that need to be considered. Mosta is one of the biggest city there, and it said to have the third largest unsupported dome in the world on the famous dome called Rotunda of Mosta. Another city I liked, was Bugibba, less chaotic then the coast places, is placed northern and it has everything you need to spend a good holiday or even to live there if you’re used to be in a much more quiet places then what can be Sliema for example.
Things to see in Malta are a lot, like the Marsaxlokk fish market on Sundays, one of the most popular markets in Malta. Needed to visit also the Blue Grotto, which is a number of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta. Must be seen also Mdina , also known by its titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta. Then there are other things that I hadn’t been able to visit but I think that are very interesting. For example the Hagar Qim temple, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Island of Malta: A Neolithic Cult Site, the Golden bay beach, Mnajdra Temples of the Maltese Bronze Age and the Family Fun Times at Popeye Village. I think I will go back in Malta, so I can see everything I left to see there!!
Other then the Malta island, there are two more very beautiful smaller islands, Gozo and Comino. If you go in Malta you can’t miss them. Gozo is reachable from Cirkewwa, by taking the ferry, which leaves every 30 minutes. In Gozo, the main attraction is the Azure Window, which is very beautiful. Surrounded by the blue of the sky and the blue sea, it’s something to leave people breathless with this windows excavated from the rock. Another thing I enjoyed there, is the Cittadella , also known as the Citadel, the Castello or the Gran Castello, which has been included on Malta’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1998. Xlendi is also a nice spot to visit, most beautiful during the sunset because his location.
But the top of everything is Comino. Also reachable from Cirkewwa, or from the ferry in Gozo, Comino is the smaller of the three islands, it measuring 3.5 square kilometers (1.4 sq mi) in area. Named after the comin seed that once flourished in the Maltese islands, Comino is noted for its tranquility and isolation and it has a permanent population of only four residents. The blue lagoon is something where to swim, probably the best swimming place in the archipelago. Comino has also other beaches where to enjoy the time, like St Mary bay, or around the island on the rocks.
In conclusion, being the end arrived, I have to say that Malta was very nice, unfortunately the problem is to move from one place to another one that with public transportation takes a while. It has a good weather and temperature. The amazingness of the blue of the sky and the sea is something that I forgot living in Europe. I consider to go back in malta soon, maybe for work and for sure, for enjoy the warm weather there.