The Island of Malta November 3, 2022
I had the best day, and that got me wondering why now because my first day here wasn’t that great. I was very tired but also not really liking what I was seeing and wondering why and how I was going to spend the next six days on Malta. However, today I was reminded that I have difficulty with change. I think I was OK on the Camino because it was 37 long days basically doing the same thing over and over but coming here was an absolute change and it took until today for me to really enjoy myself. I’m glad that I am here.
With all the travelling I have done and the different cultures, climates, foods, sleeping arrangements and people etc., I would think I would relish change and I think I do except when it happens, it takes me a while to get used to my new surroundings and rather than immediately see them in a fun and exciting way, I tend to be concerned that maybe it wasn’t a good or right decision - sounds like first impressions- I thought I was working on that too?
Another thing I was reminded of was that I don’t like tours. Yes they’re convenient and easy - pay a lot and see a lot buy yesterday was hard. There were about 50 of us getting on and off the bus at five different venues. The guide was often on the mic and maybe if she hadn’t also been speaking Russian (because She kept reminding me “what are Russians even doing here?”), and there were people, I think they were Brazilian, speaking Portuguese, that didn’t shut up for most of the trip. So there were some inconvenient and annoying things happening. Also in a group you’re on a strict time line and today was anything but and I did exactly what I would’ve done if I had paid €25 for a hop on hop off bus.
So my intention for the next few days is to embrace change as a positive and exciting possibility, to remember that new things are fun and everything will be OK if I just give it time.
So, even though I’d been up at 5, I didn’t leave the condo until 10 which was great because I felt ready to go. I was waiting at the wrong place for my first bus so I ended up going to the main transportation hub in Valletta and catching a bus from there to Dingli Cliffs which are on the south shore. There’s a great view from up on top-
It was built between 1833 and the 1860s in a neoclassical design based on the Pantheon in Rome. It has the third largest unsupported dome in the world and is Malta's largest and most famous church-