Holy shit / guacamole!! (Depending on if you’re a person who swears or not…) I am the former, obviously!!!!
I cannot believe I am 3/4 into my trip already. You know that feeling when a trip has gone ridiculously quickly, but then at the same time the the first day feels like a lifetime ago? I’m totally having that feeling right now, I’m so settled here, it actually feels normal to be living in paradise, whereas the first day I was like WTF?!?!??! How is this where I am staying for the next 2 months?!?
Time is strange isn’t it? And speaking of, I’ll stop wittering on, wasting your time and get down to business!
Monday (Day 36):
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I don’t dread Mondays anymore! And it’s such a wonderful feeling!!
On Monday I was tired, on my period (sorry guys – TMI) and completely off my antidepressants but soooooo happy!
I feel like every blogger and their dog are talking about mental health issues at the moment, and while that’s great – it’s not what this post is about. So in quick summary: I was officially diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) back in September – even though I know I’ve had it for years and years – on the same day as my accident, actually.
I went on antidepressants for the first time in my life (personally, I think they’re bullshit, but a number of my close friends and family take them and swear by them, so each to their own I guess). I also went to a psychologist and she was terribly shit. So while I understand that what I’m doing now is a band-aid… it’s a pretty damn good one. I know when I eventually go back to the Netherlands I’m going to have to deal with the SAD stuff again, but for now, Malta, Asia and a career break are calling! 😀
Anyway, back to Monday – I didn’t do much except book the Dutchie’s flights to Asia!!! Whoop whoop!! And work x 2.
Tuesday (Day 37):
I don’t need to go into much detail about dead duck day, as I already wrote a post about it when I was still reeling. But let’s just say it was the worst day I’ve had since I’ve been here, and the first time I’ve cried in months. Highs and lows eh?
(Since Tuesday, in addition to the 2 dead ducks, I’ve also had to deal with a dead baby bird, 2 lizards and a mouse head. No idea where the body went!! So I have decided that the 2 cats here are basically dicks.)
Thankfully I had plans to go out with my new friend on Tuesday night for drinks, so I was able to talk to someone about it face to face and have a cocktail to commiserate. I also went for a lovely walk along Sliema/St Julian’s promenade and caught the sunset 🙂 🙂
Wednesday (Day 38):
Wednesday was a lazy day, I just walked to Top of the World and along Naxxar ridge, to Naxxar Gap. In the evening I had to ‘babysit’ for my hosts’ children (they’re 9 and 13 years old) and so I spent the evening writing (yes, there are more posts coming soon!).
Thursday (Day 39):
You know those days when the day just totally gets away from you? That’s what happened on Thursday. I had big plans to start work at 9am, finish at 12 then go for brunch and then either visit Zabbar or the 3 cities…
It actually went a bit more like this: I was babysitting until midnight the previous evening, so I started work at 10.30 am until 1.30pm, I then put the week 5 blog post live, I Skyped my family and then had my ‘brunch’ at around 3.30-4pm… so it was actually more like drunch!!
I then got on a bus towards Valletta but it was so crowded and we were stuck in heavy traffic so I jumped off the bus in Birkikara (not literally) and started to walk instead.
Somehow, all of a sudden, it was 6.30 pm, I was nowhere near Valletta (where I had to go to get my connecting bus) so I had to make the executive decision to abandon my plan!! And I’m so glad I did. Instead I walked along the promenade past Msida, Ta’ Xbiex and Gzira.
I also went to Manoel Island for the first time – it’s a bit abandoned apart from the yacht club and the fort is currently closed… BUT the views of Valletta from across the water are awesome – and without the crowds of Sliema! It’s a lovely place to go if you want peace and quiet!!
Friday (Day 40):
YAY!!! I finally visited 2 new destinations on Friday: Zabbar and Marsaskala 🙂
I couldn’t find much information online about Umbrella Street, much less the exact location, so here it is: Triq il-Kbira 🙂
Quick Maltese lesson: triq = road/street
Due to the lack of information available online, I’ll probably do a brief, separate post about Umbrella Street 🙂 But in a nutshell: it’s lovely and well worth the trip if you’re in the area 🙂
There wasn’t much else to do in Zabbar, so I hopped back on the bus to Marsaskala, a small seaside town in South-East Malta. I walked the entire length of the promenade and around the coast to St Thomas Bay. Beautiful!!!
A couple of previous Workawayers had recommended a bar in St Thomas’ called Zion Reggae Bar so I went to check it out, but unfortunately I was left extremely disappointed. There’s no view as it’s set back from the road, the loos are portaloos (!!) and I paid €5 for the worst Pina Colada I have ever tasted 😦 Jammer! (Damn!)
Saturday (Day 41):
Over the weekend there was a heatwave, so it was about 33-34 degrees, Asia-stylie except that I don’t have air-co!!
I also had to work (x 2) and look after the dogs so a bit of a nothing day. Just going to the shop was a mission in itself 😅
However, silver linings and all that. Here I present to you the perks of working at a gourmet fish & chip shop:
(Pieces missing because I started eating and then suddenly remembered to take a photo! Doh!)
Sunday (Day 42):
On Sunday I looked after the dogs again, I did some writing (I’m currently up to 35 draft blog posts! Eeek!) did a workout (seeing as it’s too hot outside at the moment to keep up with my 20k+ steps per day!!) and then I went to The Point in Sliema. I had decided that I didn’t bring enough short sleeve / vest tops with me so I wanted to rectify that. Instead I bought a bikini, a black dress and a yellow jumpsuit!!!! Hahahaha. Oops. Anyone else do this??
I then jumped on the ferry to Valletta for free (I couldn’t find anyone to pay!) and had a poke about there for an hour or so because the temperatures are a bit cooler late afternoon/evening…
Only 2 and a bit weeks to go!!! Eeeeeeekk!!
Week 6 stats:
Photos taken: 98
Distance covered on foot: 83 km
NEW Destinations visited: Manoel Island, Zabbar and Masaskala
Lowlights: it begins with dead and ends with ducks.
Things I have learned about Malta this week:
- Buses have the registration number BUS followed by their bus number! Simple, eh?
- Fresh fruit and vegetables are really bloody expensive here 🙃
- Bigilla is one of the best dips known to (wo)man
- Health and safety: not really a thing here…