Wied il-Balluta

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  • Day9

    Holm Boutique & Spa Hotel

    July 24, 2020 in Malta ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Unser Hotel liegt versteckt und unscheinbar in einer Sackgasse. Es wirkt sehr edel aber eher kühl. Unser Zimmer ist ein Eckzimmer im Erdgeschoss mit Terrasse und Whirlpool 😎. Das Zimmer ist bunt und stylisch - insgesamt gibt es 11 verschiedene Lichtquellen/Lampen dafür wenig Tageslicht. Aber wir fühlen uns wohl und es ist ruhig. Auf dem Dach gibt es einen kleinen Infinity Pool mit Blick auf die Bucht - aber links und rechts Hochhäuser und Baustellen 😏. Leider vermissen wir zu den Sonnenliegen die Sonnenschirme ⛱- nach einer kleinen Abkühlung im Pool gehen wir daher schnell in unser kühles Zimmer zurück. Schnell geht es dann leider doch nicht, denn der Aufzug bleibt auf einmal stecken. Zum Glück sind wir nach ca. 10 Minuten befreit worden 😅. Der Mitarbeiterin war es sichtlich peinlich und es gab 2 Freigetränke. 😇.Read more

  • Day377

    Day 378: Across to Malta

    February 27, 2018 in Malta ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Time for a long day of travel. Checked out of our Airbnb around 10:30am, and drove the hour or so south to Catania airport. Dropped the car off with no issues and walked into the terminal. Check-in process was fairly quick and easy, long line at security but we got through with still about 45 minutes before boarding.

    Had some arancini and a coffee for lunch before boarding our plane. Only a handful of people boarded and it looked to be a super empty flight, until we actually got on and realised it had come from somewhere else and was already mostly full!

    Our seats were a couple of rows from the back, and we had a group of three to ourselves which was nice. Schnitzel sat in his bag underneath the seat in front of me and didn't make a sound - probably a bit scared. The flight was extremely short, only about 35 minutes or so. We were still over Sicily when the captain throttled back for descent which I found quite funny.

    Landed on the ground no dramas, and we were both very relieved that Schnitzel had behaved himself. I think because he's in his bag and crammed under a seat he has no idea what's going on - when he's been on the floor of trains and buses there's usually more people moving around which in turn makes him bark a bit more.

    Bus to the terminal and then a wait for our bags, as we were met by the animal control officer. He checked through Schnitzel's paperwork then strongly advised we register him at the nearest vet office in case he got out or otherwise escaped. Turns out he mis-heard "eight nights" as "eight months" and thought we were staying much longer!! No need to register for 8 nights, obviously.

    Decided to get a shuttle bus service to our apartment since taxis here are a rip-off and the buses are comically unreliable. Didn't have the greatest first impression since the traffic was very heavy and our driver was quite aggressive. It's the typical story of a dense population with tiny historic streets and way too many cars for the system to handle. That and people have a real third-world style of driving, just stopping and putting hazard lights on whenever they need to.

    Our apartment's in a neighbourhood called Sliema, an expat enclave across the harbour from the capital Valletta. Typical mid-90s crumbling concrete apartment building, though it's been renovated and is fairly nice. Will be comfortable here for 8 nights, and I have no complaints!

    Spent a couple of hours unwinding before heading out for a drink and some dinner at a nearby bistro. Decided to have a burger while Shandos had a chicken salad. Still a bit spun out that I can understand others' conversations, and I can't help but eavesdrop on the banalities of life.

    Back home to mull over things - it's an odd place so far! It really feels north African, like Morocco or Tunisia - very different from Sicily and Italy, that's for sure. Will see how things pan out over the week!
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  • Day384

    Day 385: Still Working in Malta

    March 6, 2018 in Malta ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Not much to report again today! Still working, editing video and writing, and playing a few games as well.

    Went out for dinner at least, to a nice waterfront place about 10 minutes from the apartment. Shandos finally got to try Maltese rabbit which she really enjoyed, while I had a Maltese burger (beef, Maltese sausage, ash-covered goat's cheese and peppers). Both quite nice, and well-priced too! Last night in Malta.Read more

  • Day378

    Day 379: Relaxing

    February 28, 2018 in Malta ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Took a merciful day off today and spent it variously writing, editing and playing video games. Had huge sandwiches from a cafe around the corner which were really good! Stayed in for dinner and had pasta, so a fairly unexciting day all round.

    I know it's a bit weird to arrive in a new place and then not immediately go exploring, but there'll be plenty of time for that later!
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  • Day2

    Tas Sliema, Malta

    April 24, 2018 in Malta ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Vores anden aften på Malta var allerede kommet og denne gang bevægede vi os ned i en anden del af Valletta, Tas Sliema. Her fik vi, ud over god mad på én af de mange restauranter, også en superskøn aften med masser af smukke oplevelser. Bydelen byder på et helt fantastisk lys og midt i det hele, finder man en svømmepøl, som på en finurlig måde, er bygget ud i selve vigen. Den aften vi var der (første gang) var der vandpolo kamp i bassinet.

    Bemærk også de små træhuse på billede nummer 4. Disse kreative huse er lavet til byens mange hjemløse katte og ud over husly, ligger folk mad til kattene og sørger for der altid er frisk vand. Denne slags "oaser" findes mange steder i byen og det er tydeligt at indbyggerne elsker disse katte og ofte ser man tilfældige mennesker, sidde lige så stille på f.eks. en bænk, og hygge med et par katte. Man bliver glad når man oplever denne omsorg <3
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  • Day225


    August 20, 2015 in Malta ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Last summer I was in Malta.
    But i didn't like malta so much. Ok the food was Ok and the alcohol was cheap but the streets are stinky and dirty. The people there are not so friendly and there are not many things there you can do without Party all Night.
    The only things i liked was Jet Ski, the blue lagoon and a trip to an Waterpark near Slima.
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