July 2014

1st July: I have a day off and my couchsurfers will spend that day with me. After a mediterranean breakfast I had to wait for my chest of drawers I bought the day before. Actually I had to go to the shop when they became late. At least, the chest was delivered and I was allowed to follow with the van. The workers carried the chest with the drawers all the four flight of steps up – and all for the same price = I love Malta!

Because my CS and me were a little late, but early enough to catch a van to Cirkewwa for going by speed boat to Comino and the amazing Blue Lagoon. Before we went back we attended a sightseeing by boat of some grottos. It seems there are lots on Malta, I think it depends on the limestone.

 

Blue Lagoon, Comino, Malta

Blue Lagoon, Comino, Malta

 

Comino, Blue Lagoon and Cominotto, Malta

Comino, Blue Lagoon and Cominotto, Malta

 

Caves, Comino, Malta

Caves, Comino, Malta

 

Cave on the Outer Side of Comino, Malta

Cave on the Outer Side of Comino, Malta

 

The Blue Window, Comino, Malta

A Blue Window, Comino, Malta

 

2nd July: My couchsurfers had to made their day by their own, because I had to work middle shift, starting at 11am and could not follow them. I explained how to get where, but they did not remember it later – so they missed the Mosta Basilica – but have had a nice day at the beach of Golden Bay. They came back to my home quite late.

 

3rd July: My couchsurfers left this day. For breakfast L. baked a starter filled with cheese (not a usual breakfast meal). I followed them to the X-bus to the airport – we took a warm good-bye. I hope to see you soon again! Fortunately I had time for that, but I worked middle shift that day, starting at 11am.

I was at home around 8pm. The rent book was under my door and I knocked at my landlords’, paid the rent and asked him some questions. He will buy curtain rails 🙂 and take this wired furniture out of my flat – it is not his either ;-). He will also help me with my window cleaning, that means: He will take down the windows so I can clean them, afterwards he will put them back – whenever it fits me and he is at home :-). He said, that it is to dangerous for me to take the windows down and I am very happy about this.

 

4th July: This Day was a Happy Day for me

In the morning I was on the Internet, cleaned my flat and took a shower. So it was time to go to work.

Today they celebrate the independence in the USA, my father was born this day and for me it was a great day, because I’ve got the allowance to work in our customer service by my own responsibility. I like these tasks much more than the tasks I have had before.

 

5th July My new couch surfer is arriving. She has already been some days on Malta with another host and she also already has couchsurfing friends here. Before I was going to work we were talking about going to Marsaxlokk. I recommend her to follow me the next day, because the Sunday is the best day to go there, but she will go to Comino with her friends.

When she arrived, I had to go to work soon afterwards. I will go home and eat at 9pm so hon can come into my flat, leave the bath clothes and going out meeting her friends again.

 

6th July It is Sunday and I am going to Marsaxlokk, because we (my son with family and me) were too late last time. I decided to be in Marsaxlokk at 10am, but I were to tired and I only were there at 11am. That was time enough anyway. I hoped, that there will be a flea market, but there was not. The stalls sell clothes, shoes, table clothes, fish, cakes, fruits and more on the market, but all new. So I could not really find the character of the Maltese. Anyway there were a Maltese singer with his wife. He announced Maltese Summer Folklore Nights. That is very interesting for me, even it is all for the tourists, but they are at Thursday Nights and I have late shift all that nights. He also asked me in which hotel I live and I told him, that I am working and living in Msida. At the end we found, that we know the same person, a colleague to me at Besedo. The world is not as big as you think.

[I did not make any pictures, I am so sorry.]

When I was at work, we were only three persons in our shift, but Sunday evening there are not so many requests. I made around 70 mails already in my 8-hours-shift and that is not bad att all. If I didn’t have had some very special cases, where I had to discuss this with my colleagues and at the end had to ask my team leader I could have made more – just the 80 expected emails. I think, there will be days soon when I can come up to it. Anyway I have still a lot to learn so I’m only answering usual service mails like deleting of accounts and similar.

 

7th July Today I have a day of and I am going to a furniture shop, which has advertised their furniture. I need something more for the bathroom, a table, chairs and a coffee table. They have a coffee table with a storage and I like the idea. Also I found a coat hanger, a trolley for the kitchen and a tall mirror. These things will fit in very well in my flat. Therefore I was going to that shop and ordered the items. The chairs were advertised with a kitchen table and unfortunately it was not possible to buy them without the table. I ordered delivery, too. So I have to wait for them around a week – but what is a week, when I will stay here for around five years?

 

Because I was half way to Rabat when buying the furniture I took the bus to this city, thinking I will get another bus from Rabat to Mdina when I have seen Rabat. I was surprised, when I was leaving the bus close to the Rabat Interchange and in some minutes just was in Mdina. I walked over a bridge to a fortress and that one is already in Mdina. There were a natural history museum and I thought I should learn a little more about Maltese history and was entering there. I bought a combined ticket for that museum, another museum called “Domus Romana”, entrance to the St. Paul’s Catacombs and a Sight Seeing Tour by a  sightseeing train, driven by a tractor. I’ve got all that for only 9 Euro, 3 Euro less than usual adults, because my age.

 

Entrance to the Fortress, Mdina, Malta

Entrance to the Fortress, Mdina, Malta

 

I was a little surprised about the natural history museum because it was all about animals on Malta, the limestone and fossils. Anyway it was interesting, but I did not need so much time as usual for a museum because the subject. Also I did not have much time because all museums were closing around 4pm and the train will also stop to go at that time. I tried to go by the train after the first museum, but it was not at the start point and that is nearby the “Domus Romana”. So I went in there in the hope I will be back in time to the next train and I was – anywhere there were no time announced when the trains are going. The “Domus Romana” was really interesting because there were excavations from a house of the Roman period on Malta. It was a home for a quiet rich family. They showed some things they have found like mosaic and statues and they hade made a reconstruction of the building – only to see on drawings. It was also explained how the families were living at that time.

 

"Domus Romana" in Rabat, Malta

“Domus Romana” in Rabat, Malta

 

The trip with the train was very interesting, too and took much more time than I’ve expected. The train was driving through Rabat, the country side and Mdina. We were coming through narrow streets, came close to the catacombs, saw the outer villages and the clock tower and had a magnificent view on the Cathedral of Mdina. We could also see Mosta in the distance. At that time I was thinking I might go back to Mdina the next day when I have been at my bank branch in Mosta, but afterwards I saw all the rest I was interested in and finished the trip to Rabat / Mdina.

 

Sightseeing Train Rabat - Mdina, Malta

Sightseeing Train Rabat – Mdina, Malta

 

At the stop for the train again, I asked the driver for the shortest way to the St. Paul’s Catacombs and went there. A little while I was not sure that I was on the right way, but then I remembered I have seen the place before, sitting in the train, and felt save about it. Following the signs I came to the catacombs, but I had to hear, that my ticket was not for that catacombs, because there are three different of them in Rabat. I was advised where the catacombs of St. Paul are and I found my way. When I entered there, I was all alone, there were no guiding but an audio guide. Because my hearing aids I have some problems with this guides. I was going down under all alone and was happy to have a torch with me. Also there were lights now and sen, it was quiet dark and the ground uneven. Actually I was afraid that I would not find the way out again, but it was very well signed, I could not miss. After a while more people entered the catacombs, but there were never many. At the end I ask for a guide on paper, so I can read about what I have seen ;-).

 

St. Paul's Catacombs, Rabat, Malta

St. Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat, Malta

 

From that adventure I was walking back to Mdina. On the way I have seen a lot like decorated churches (all still after the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul), very small lanes, an unusual pub (only from outside because it was not open) and nice houses.

 

A Decorated Church, Rabat, Malta

A Decorated Church, Rabat, Malta

 

Decorated Stage for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Rabat, Malta

Decorated Stage for the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Rabat, Malta

 

An unusual pub in Rabat, Malta

An unusual pub in Rabat, Malta

 

A nice decorated door in Rabat, Malta

A nice decorated door in Rabat, Malta

 

In Mdina again I was in a shop for Mdina Glass. They have so nice things there – all from bottles, clocks, lights to pictures. You can read about it here. https://www.mdinaglass.com.mt/about-mdina-glass I was thinking about to buy a light because there is no close to the bed and I have to take my torch when I switch of the light in my bedroom, but the one I liked was to expensive. Therefore I bought a kind of can, I also need. In the future my uncooked macaroni will be in there.

 

Mdina Glass, Mdina, Malta

Mdina Glass, Mdina, Malta

 

Mdina Glass, Boats, Mdina, Malta

Mdina Glass, Boats, Mdina, Malta

 

I continued from there to a platform at the end of a lane. From that I could see the clock tower very well and also I could see Mosta. Because I could not make a picture from the sightseeing train, I made it now. On my way back to Rabat and the bus I found a shop offering liqueur tasting. I went in asking when it will be off, if it is necessary to make an appointment and how much it is. The answers were surprising, because it is possible whenever we want, no appointment has to be done and it is for free. I think, they hope that the customer tasting the liqueur also will buy some. I will try that when I have couchsurfers who enjoy that.

 

Clock Tower, Mtarfa, Malta

Clock Tower, Mtarfa, Malta

 

Mosta, seen from Mdina, Malta

Mosta, seen from Mdina, Malta

 

Rabat, at the Border to Mdina, Malta

Rabat, at the Border to Mdina, Malta

 

Around 7pm I was at home, spending the rest of the evening with my blog.

 

8th July – Naxxar Next When I was hanging my laundry, the senior owner of the house was on the roof and fixed new lines. I was really surprised because I did not think, that they will do it so quickly and also I was surprised, that the senior owner and not one of the younger ones made that work. He told me that he afterwards will help me to set up the plate, I asked for (it is a plate with a picture of my home town – just the “Herakles” – I have got years ago from my elder brother). I did not take a lot of pictures or paintings with me to Malta, but that was small enough to have. I also ask the man for putting my hooks with the Swedish geese on the wall for hanging my kitchen towels and similar. He did this to. Therefore I was late for going to Mosta, but there was still time enough.

 

I had to go to the branch of my bank in Mosta again because I have not got my debit card yet. I planned also to go to Naxxar if it is close enough, because I read that it is a “must be there”, too. When I told the clerk at my bank that I have got the code for my debit card already the 12th June, he answered that it takes 10 days to get the card. I told him, that it is four weeks ago and he tried to help me. I was of course a little surprised by his answer, because the 12th of July has not been yet, so he could not misunderstand me. Anyway a colleague of him ordered a new debit card for me and I was free to go wherever I want because I have a day off today, too.

 

Therefore I went to the bus stop and checked what busses and in which direction are going there and I found one which will be in Naxxar in 6 minutes and another one, which was going to Naxxar in 10 minutes. That was perfect even I missed just the right bus. The weather was nice as usual, but a little warmer. Around half an hour later I was leaving the bus in Naxxar, close to the Parish Church. I took some pictures from the outside and was disappointed that the Church was not open – that is not Mediterranean but Maltese style!

 

Portal Parish Church Naxxar

Portal Parish Church Naxxar

 

Parish Church Naxxar

Parish Church Naxxar

 

On the other side of the street there is the Palazzo Parisio and I became inquisitive. When I entered the hall I was very surprised because there were beautiful paintings on the ceiling and the hall was very well decorated. I read, that there is an admission charge and I went to the reception to see how much it was. The lady at the reception told me, that it is for free to go to the garden – there is, by the way, also en restaurant. So i started with the garden and it was beautiful! Because I was a little late I was very hungry and took a seat with a table and some minutes later I ordered a “Luna BLT”. Luna is the name of the restaurant, but was the BLT means, I do not know yet. It was bread with a delicious spread (bacon, salad …).

 

Palazzo Parisio - Garden, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – Garden, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - Second Garden, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – Second Garden, Naxxar

 

Luna BLT at the Luna Restaurant in Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar

Luna BLT at the Luna Restaurant in Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar

 

After the meal I bought the ticket and was walking through all the rooms with an audio guide. Because there are not so many people visiting these places – the most tourists on Malta enjoy just the weather – I could use this guide. It was interesting to know what they were telling by the guide, but it was amazing to see the famous building with all the paintings on the ceiling and the stucco as well as the wall papers, floors and furniture. I was very surprised to find that on Malta. I learned that the rich families on the island were very interested in these things. I was going home by bus after I have seen the palazzo, because there were no more interesting things in Naxxar.

 

Palazzo Parisio - Hall - First Floor, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – Hall – First Floor, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - The Red Room on the First Floor, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – The Red Room on the First Floor, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - Ballroom, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – Ballroom, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - Ground floor, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – Ground floor, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - First Floor, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – First Floor, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - See the Floor, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – See the Floor, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - First Floor - Another Ceiling, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – First Floor – Another Ceiling, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - The Bedroom, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – The Bedroom, Naxxar

 

Palazzo Parisio - Cellar, Naxxar

Palazzo Parisio – Cellar, Naxxar

 

Actually you should see it in real – I look forward to your visit!

 

9th July – My couchsurfer left today and I am really disappointed by her. She used me like a hotel. She was only sleeping here, hade her own meals – I could not invited her for breakfast either. She was interested in coming into my apartment for showering and changing clothes. She was always meeting her friends. I told her in the beginning, that I would like to make things together with her and I am off on Monday and Tuesday – but she was not interested att all. Even vi were at the same day at the same place (Mdina) she was not interested in an appointment there. She was not talk active either. I had to ask her if I would know something. I showed her the pictures from the Palazzo Parisio and had to ask her for showing her pictures from Gozo. She even only cleaned her plate after eating, but I had a plate in the sink, too. She left some groceries – not much, anyway she did not ask if I am interested in. So I have to take care about it. I found some yoghurt in the freeze! There were broccoli, which was to old and ice tea in the fridge – which I do not like (the ice tea I mean). Nearly she did not take the cover from the pillow. At least she invited me to visit her and she vill show me her hometown, but I am not interested in that. If I ever will visit her hometown I will surf hos another host, I guarantee!

 

After her leaving I had to do the usual things in a home and wash the bed linen and towel she had used. After that I was going to work as usual. It was again a nice evening at work and I love the team I am in.

 

10th July – 13th July Just some days more of my live on Malta Nothing special happens but I become more and more a member of my group at work. On the other hand I make enemies in the German department because I need light for working and because it is still WM some colleagues will see the games during their working hours and would like to dark the whole room, but I cannot work without light – the light from the computer is not enough for me and I will not get worse eyesight as I already have. Therefore I defend my right for a good work environment. On 13th I had to look for another computer, which is not at my usual place and I tried three (3) before one was working! I lost half an hour and put that also in my day report as work environment issue because the football WM.

 

14th July – walking from the Dingli Cliffs to SiÄ¡Ä¡iewi When I was in Rabat and Mdina I already thought about going to see the Dingli Cliffs, so I did this day off. Because I am not a usual tourist, I walked from Dingli to SiÄ¡Ä¡iewi, seeing as much as possible of the cliffs. Unfortunately you have to see them from the sea to see them in full. I made nice experiences anyway and the best was the Maltese seller of fruits and refreshments at the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalen. But I try to remember the way like I walked it, adding some pictures.

 

I was going by bus 202 from Gzira (quite close to me) and was leaving this bus in Dingli. The first i saw was an advertising for a restaurant in the direction I had to go – but I never found that restaurant ;-). I was already on the cliffs and there were also benches from time to time, so I tried to make some pictures, but it was not so easy to get the cliffs on them. So I pictured some flowers on that barren land.

 

Barren Land, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Barren Land, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

Thistle, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Thistle, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

I became interested in an unusual building in front of me. It looks a little like a mosque, but could not be one. By coming closer I also saw some big antennas. I took pictures all the way 😉 and was surprised when I read that this building is a Radar Navigational Transmitting Site – and of course not allowed to come close.

 

Radar Navigational Transmitting Site, Dingli, Malta

Radar Navigational Transmitting Site, Dingli, Malta

 

… and more surprised I was when I was walking around that “thing” and found this warning – because they were warning   people with cardiac pacemakers and similar devices, not because the site is dangerous for them.

 

Varning till People who has Cardiac Pacemakers and Similar Devices, Radar Site, Dingli, Malta

Warning till People who has Cardiac Pacemakers and Similar Devices, Radar Site, Dingli, Malta

 

I continued by the coast and tried to make a good picture of the island off shore and also a boat coming to the shore, but I was unhappy with that. Later on I discovered, that this island is really far away yet from that place. After a while I came to a chapel and another building in front of the church – I think it was a tomb. There I met a nice Maltese tradesman – he was there with his car, like it is usual in this country, and it seems he was happy that someone where coming around. He was talking with me more than offering his strawberries and cherries. I bought some strawberries, they were quite expensive but so sweet I never have eaten so sweet strawberries before. So, they were worth the price! I also bought a little bottle of still water, because I never have these small bottles at home and always buy on the road. The Maltese was eager to come on a picture with me and before that, he also offered me to take a picture of his car ;-).

 

Me in Front of the Chapel St Mary Magdalen, Dingli, Malta

Me in Front of the Chapel St Mary Magdalen, Dingli, Malta

 

Grocery Car in Front of the Chapel St Mary Magdalen, Dingli, Malta

Grocery Car in Front of the Chapel St Mary Magdalen, Dingli, Malta

 

Maltese Grocery Car Owner and Me in front of his Car, close to the Chapel St Mary Magdalen, Dingli, Malta

Maltese Tradesman and Me in front of his Car, close to the Chapel St Mary Magdalen, Dingli, Malta

 

When I continued on my way I tried to find a place where I really could take a picture of the cliffs, but there were no really good site. Also I tried to go down to the land in front of the cliffs, but the only way I found was prohibited, because it was a private one. Nonetheless I was walking that way some hundred meters, but when it fell steeply I returned to the public road.

 

Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

Cavern, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Cavern, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

I found this one, too ↓ – a suitcase in nowhere!

 

Suitcase in Nowhere, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Suitcase in Nowhere, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

And there were another private area – just on the cliffs!

 

Private, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Private, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

I continued walking the road on and on because every time, when a bus was coming I was not close to a bus stop. If you are interested in: Here is only one bus route, the 202, and it is running once an hour! The road I walked seemed a little dangerous because it was very small and on some places smaller than that because of buildings or walls. I was very happy when I was coming down to the quarry. I had met a lot of quarry trucks before and now there were no more driving the road, because they were just driving from the quarry to a depot. That depot was on the way between Dingli and the quarry.

 

Cliff, Dingli Cliff, Dingli, Malta

Cliff, Dingli Cliff, Dingli, Malta

 

Stones, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Stones, Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

Last Bus Stop Close to Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

Last Bus Stop Close to Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

The Most Dangerous Part of the Road, Close Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

The Most Dangerous Part of the Road, Close Dingli Cliffs, Dingli, Malta

 

Now I hoped there were more bus routes to the nearest town, but there were not and after all I am happy I was not at a bus stop either when the bus was coming again. I was now in the “ever-green valley” of Malta. By the way there is one in Gozo, too. I enjoyed the views and to see where the salad is coming from.

 

Sallad, Ever-Green Valley, Siġġiewi, Malta

Salad, Ever-Green Valley, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

Ever-Green Valley, Siġġiewi, Malta

Ever-Green Valley, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

I also found or did not a palace named Girgenti Place, once an Inquisitor’s summer palace dating back to 1625, which is today the Maltese Prime Minister’s official residence. I could actually not see the palace, but there were a gate and a sign. So it should be possible to visit it, but I suspect, not when the Prime Minister is there.

 

Girenti Palace, Ever-Green Valley, Siġġiewi, Malta

Girenti Palace, Ever-Green Valley, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

Sign Girenti Palace, Siġġiewi, Malta

Sign Girenti Palace, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

Because I saw a city not very far away I asked an old man, I think, he was a farmer, for the nearest city and what the city I can see is named. He told me that the city is Siġġiewi and that it is the closest one. So I walked on and was coming to the signs which tell me that I am close to some important places on Malta, but my legs and feet were too tired to go further than to the city.

 

Sign, Siġġiewi, Malta

Sign, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

I decided to go only to Siġġiewi and did that. I tried to find the centre of the city and because I was remembering the church I have seen from the ever-green valley I thought, the centre will be there and was looking for the church. That was quite easy and I took some pictures of the church and the place in front of it and also of the Saint Nicholas, of course. The statue is so big, you cannot miss it.

 

Siġġiewi Parish Chuch, Siġġiewi, Malta

Siġġiewi Parish Chuch, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

Saint Nicholas, Siġġiewi, Malta

Saint Nicholas, Siġġiewi, Malta

 

I tried to find a nice restaurant in Siġġiewi, but I did not and so I took the bus no. 62 in the direction to Valletta. On the way we were coming through Qormi and I saw a place where they were selling lots of different chairs. I have to go there soon!

 

I left the bus in Hamrun at Daniel’s and was eating something in an Asian restaurant, but I was disappointed. The noodles were not warm any more and the other stuff, too. It was not made for my senses either. Also, there were no vegetables. Anyway I found the shop “Attards” in Hamrun, which I was looking for some weeks ago and did not find. That time I found a similar shop with the name JB’s and it is much better than Attard’s in my opinion.

 

When I was coming home it was already between 8 and 9 o’clock. It was a very nice day – with too much sun (I should have had something for protecting my arms. I did take sun oil before I was leaving my home, but 5 hours in the sun – starting just before high noon, is not healthy for the skin. I know, I have to go back to SiÄ¡Ä¡iewi because there are a lot of interesting places around like Għar Lapsi with its cave and natural sea-pool of crystal green and blue waters and the temples. Also I came around the Ta Qali Crafts Village by the bus in the direction to Dingli (the village is situated between Attard and Mdina). To go there will also be an interesting day, I think.

 

 

15th July – updating my blog It is true, it took me the whole day to update this blog. First of all I had to download pictures from my google drive, because that is the easiest way to copy them from my android tablet to my laptop. I have a USB-contact for my tablet, but the Android and the Linux system are not compatible.

 

I started around noon with the update and I was waiting for my new furniture – just some small things like a mirror, a cliffhanger, a kitchen cart, a bathroom trolley and also a table for the couch – I will show you pictures of my flat with my new furnitures later. The shop assistant called me last week and told me the furniture will come today during the afternoon. Between 3pm and 4pm it was delivered. It was printed on the receipt, that the furniture only will be delivered to the first floor, so I was prepared to ask the men to carry almost the table up, because it is heavy, and I had a 5 Euro note in my hand when I was meeting them. They were very kind an carried all items they could take onto my fourth floor – I was only carrying my new mirror and that was not heavy at all.

 

Around 6 o’clock I was going to the supermarket for buying some items. I did not find a disk brush! All the others and also Müsli (I did not have on my note) I bought. After eating a late meal I was continuing with this update and finally I have done it now and I hope you will be happy about it.

 

16th July and 17th July – putting together furniture When I started to put together with my new items I thought I will need some days because I have to go to work at 3pm, but I did only need two days for it and it was only the table left to the other day. The system was like IKEA’s, so I know how to do. Unfortunately I needed a screwdriver, but it was working with my scissors the first day. For the table I needed a hammer and a screwdriver. Therefore I knocked on the door of my landlord asking him for these tools – and he had very good ones, especially the screwdriver. It was very easy to put the table together with these good tools and I am very happy about the table. When I have found nice chairs for my dining table I will make pictures of my flat and let you see how nice it is.

 

18th July until 20th July – just working like usual Anyway I found that it is great to work with my colleagues in my new group and we also are talking about private things when we have some time for it. Moreover we have got an announcement from our employer that we will have a summer party the 8th August and the most of us decided to attend and were writing her names on the list for the bus – that means, we will get a ride to the place at the seaside where the summer party will happen. The employer is paying for all of it: The bus ride, the meal and the drink. I am sure I have to take my camera with me – and I am not the only one who will. The 19th an Italian girl should have started her couch surfing at my place, but she postponed. I invited a couple instead who wrote that it is very difficult to find a host, but the did not answer my invitation at all!

 

21st July – Visiting the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village Unfortunately I slept too well, so I was late to the village – and I could have needed more time, because the village is already closing at 4pm. I also read on the Internet, that there will be restaurants, but there were only one café. Anyway I was surprised about the filigree works and the potteries. There were more to see of course, like usual things for tourists (magnets for the fridge, hats, bags etc.). There was a carpenter, too and I was asking him for chairs, but they would be to expensive and I do not need chairs for a life time. I visited all of the craft shops but the Valletta Glass – I just could not make it before 4pm. The last shop I visited was of a guy who make nice things of olive wood.

 

Some interesting thing was, that it belongs to what they are selling how good their house was. The people selling just touristic items only has huts, the jewellers nice houses and the glassblower and other shops selling glass and similar items had a kind of house between both of these. Among the touristic items there were also alcoholic beverages and jam. Some where selling aprons, tablecloths and other kitchen items. The last-named were very cheap, so I bought an oven cloth and an apron – the oven cloth because I needed one and the apron because there is the receipt for “Maltese Rabbit Stew” on it – the national Maltese meal. I bought two more things: A mortar of Maltese stone and a silver set (collar, bracelet and a ring) in filigree. So, I already have enough things for remembering Malta but I did not change my mind and will try to work here for around five years.

 

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Pottery

 

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Plates

 

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Art

 

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Tables for the Garden

 

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Cheese Plate (no, there are not wooden, that’s pottery!)

 

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Bags

 

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Plates with Fruits

 

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The Sign – I am on the right place – and another shop offering glass, but also Maltese Stones

 

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Glassblowers

 

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Jewellers

 

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Advertising on the Way to the Crafts Village

 

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A Nice But Lonely Road to the Crafts Village

 

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Seen from the Road to the Crafts Village – Rabat and Mdina

 

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The Huts on the Main Road of the Crafts Village

 

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Another Picture of the Main Road of the Crafts Village

 

Coming back from the Crafts Village I left the bus at Birkirkara because I was very hungry. I found a nice restaurant and ate a delicious pasta with the mandatory Parmesan Cheese on the top. Meanwhile I was looking for the next bus stop I saw that there has been feast the last weekend here, too, because they still had the banners in the streets.

 

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Coming to Msida I just became aware when people were removing statues in front of the church, e. g. a donkey and man. Fortunately there were still figures left so you can get in impression about how they are celebrating their feasts on Malta.

 

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22nd July – Health Insurance possibilities Besedo really tries to give their employees benefits which are not on the note for the company. Therefore they negotiated with a Maltese Health Insurance Company for good conditions for their employees. The rate is good also for elder people because there are many young people working at Besedo. We all have to fill in a health declaration of course – and we have got the form of our company. Nobody told really about the conditions, therefore I only filled in my name and place where I live as well as my health condition.

 

When meeting the representatives for the Health Insurance Company this day, they started asking me which cover I would like to have and told me how much it will cost for the rest of the year. I tried to ask some questions, but that was not possible. It had the way to go as usual. When we finally came to my health declaration – and they did not tell before anything about the conditions for signing the insurance – they told me, that all bad conditions I have written there will be excluded. Now I thanked them for my time they had stolen and did go home, because there is no idea for me to have a health insurance excluding all my diseases like the abnormal kidneys. I lived with them for more than 60 years without any bigger problems and my aunt, who had the same disease, became more than 90 years old without getting sick of the disease. There should not be any reason to exclude such a disease from the insurance.

 

When I came home from the meeting with the insurance I saw a letter in the mailbox of my landlord and thought, it looks like there will be my debit card in there. This day the landlord did not empty the mailbox and I had to wait for the day when he will do it.

 

23rd July – Finally I have got my debit card and I am happy about it. Now there is no more need to travel for taking out money of my account. Another good thing with this debit card is, there is a VISA-card included. So it works like the Swedish debit cards. Every time you use VISA, you can see it at once on your account. There was another good thing for the security of the card, because it was not activated. I had to make a call to the customer service of my bank and after some security questions they activated the card for me. They told me, it will take a couple of hours before I can use it. I did not have any need this day and did not check if it is working.

 

This day I was not very effective, but not for the reason of my debit card, and I nearly missed that I have to be earlier at my work, because a team meeting was scheduled half an hour before starting at work as usual. My calender told me about the team meeting just five minutes before the start of it. So I took my necessary things like my badge and hurried to my work place. I came just in time and I was happy one more time for living so close to my employer’s place.

 

24th July – Debit card is working I just hade to check if my credit card is working like it should and it dit.

 

25th July – 26th July – Nothing to declare 😉

 

27th July – CS Carla is coming This day it was time again for the visit of a couch surfer. I was waiting for Carla, an Italian girl. She should be with me since a week and it should have been her last day at my home, but she postponed. She wrote that she has not got a flight from Rome, where she is living and studying for the moment, to Malta and had to postpone that from the 19th until the 27th of July. When she took contact with me two days before, she told me that she already is in Sliema in the same HiHostel I have been in February. Because I know the place and the surroundings I wrote to her exactly which bus she should take and where she should go of the bus. I told her, that I will meet her at the bus stop. So, I was waiting at the bus stop for her, but she was not coming by the bus. I waited for another one and after one more left I have got a sms from Carla, that she is on the bus, but another one, not going to this stop. Anyway I sent her an answer, where she had to leave the bus and was walking down there. At that other bus stop I could not see any girl waiting for me and so I was waiting for her. Finally I have got a call and she told me where she left the bus. She pronounced the name of the bus stop so I thought it was Attard, a bus stop very far away, but that stop is not for the same bus. Though I asked her for sending a sms with the name of the bus stop and after a while I have got it – it was Tal Pieta. That bus stop is only the third bus stop from the place where I was waiting. I walked there and met her at that place, then we took a bus back to my place because her backpack.

 

By this matter we were too late for going to the market in Marsaxlokk. I asked her for going to Melliah to take a look at the Red Tower (Agatha’s Tower). I planned it for the afternoon that day anyway. I thought I will meet my first Malta host there, because he told me that he is guiding at the tower. At last, when we got there he was just closing the tower because it is not open during the “siesta”. He took us back to Melliah and told us about more interesting buildings at the city. On the way to these we also picked up Carla’s boy friend, who is visiting Malta, too and live in Bugibba. At that time we were very hungry. We were lucky finding a cheap and simple, but nice place for eating. I tried to invite Carla and Valerio (the boy friend), but they did invite me instead. Later on I was lucky that I could pay the entrance for the Red Tower for all of us, but it was hard work to get the allowance for it! Before we could come into the tower we had to wait around half on hour because the new guide was coming by bus and that has been in a traffic jam. We were happy, that we were waiting and was looking at and reading about the tower. Unfortunately the guy did not guide us, we just had to read the flyer.

 

The Red Tower, Melliah, Malta - climbing the stairs

The Red Tower, Melliah, Malta – climbing the stairs

 

The Red Tower, Melliah, Malta - Inside

The Red Tower, Melliah, Malta – Inside

 

The Red Tower, Melliah, Malta - On the roof

The Red Tower, Melliah, Malta – On the roof

 

Leaving the tower and because we were prepared to go to the beach afterwards, we decided to take the bus to Cirkewwa for going to the Paradise Bay. I have never heard about that, but Valerio did know that bay and recommended it. When we came there I was very happy that he did tell us about it. It is so different to the others, it really looks like a paradise. Unfortunately this impression is not easy to catch by a camera.

 

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta - Looking from the upper on it

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta – Looking from the upper on it

 

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta - Another view from the upper place

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta – Another view from the upper place

 

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta - Nearly down at the beach

Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa, Malta – Nearly down at the beach

 

We stayed at the beach around an hour and went back to the bus stop after that. Unfortunately one of the Gozo Ferries (the harbour is just a ten minutes walk away from the bus stop for Paradise Bay) was arriving at that time and the busses were all full when they were coming to our bus stop. Therefore we were talking a bus to the harbour and entering there. At that time all the passengers of the ferry had left, so it was an unnecessary decision, but we could not know how many more passengers would be waiting there. The way home by bus – Valerio did take another one because he had to go in another direction – took more than two hours for us. The bus was ending at Sliema Ferries and we was walking the remaining part of way home to my place. It was lovely because it was still warm but not hot and there were a lot of people outside and making the night living. By the way: On that walk Carla was telling me that she already could move into the flat she was renting from the beginning of the following month and that the apartment is closer to her school, so she will leave me again already next morning.

 

28th July – Going to Naxxar again, but continuing to Bugibba Because I had no couch surfer this day I was going by bus to Naxxar for asking at my BANIF branch for my username for my online account, because I did not remember it and I did not find it on the letters I have got from the bank. It was easy to go to Naxxar, but I had to ask there for the branch. Fortunately in small cities all the bank branches are on the same road. So I was close to the BANIF branch when I was asking for it. I was wondering why there was a security man again like in St. Julians and also branches of other banks. but not at the branch in Mosta, where I have been twice. Then I remembered that the only bank I have seen yet with secure glass walls around the cash point is in Mosta. Though I found the explanation by my own.

 

After visiting the bank I was looking for a place to eat and found one I liked. It was a combined cafè and bookshop with stationery items. I chose a pie because it was around noon and very hot this day, too. I also ordered an iced latte, that means a cold coffee with milk. It was really refreshing and because I like the taste of coffee I ordered another one. When I was asking for the bill the waitress was asking me if it is right with the two latte on the bill ;-). Now I was not longer starving and thought I have to take a closer look on Naxxar because I missed some areas when I was there last time. I also found the direction for the bus home, but was walking down to the Melita store for asking how I will get my prepaid card with 3G working on my tablet. When it finally was my turn, the clerk did make the settings on the tablet so I can have WiFi everywhere on the island, even when I am not on public places.

 

Hereafter I was looking for the next bus stop but did not find the right one. So I was walking down the street, thinking there will be one soon. I did not find one for a while because the one, who would have been the next, were taken down because a construction site behind it. I continued my way looking for all the nice buildings. I was sure, I was in an area for rich people at that time. At the next bus stop I saw that there was only one bus going and it would go back to Naxxar before going to Buggiba. I took that bus anyway and I was not changing the bus in Naxxar because I have never been in Bugibba but heard about it because a lot of people are living there taking the bus each morning for working in other cities. I enjoyed the island through the windows of the bus and left at the last stop, at Bugibba. Before arriving there I also could see the cost there. There is no beach but people are sun bathing on the rocks and taking a swim from time to time.

 

I went from the bus stop into the city, was window seeing and shopping, too. Because I was looking for a bikini for weeks but did not find the right shop for it before, I was happy to find such a shop here. Moreover I’ve got a very good service and left with a tankini instead, a kind of bath suit which fit me much better than a bikini because my age and my skin disease. A tankini is a kind a bath suit but with trousers and a kind of shirt. It looks good and is really comfortable because it is easy to ware already on the way to the beach and it is not so difficult to take a swim at the sea-side because there is not need for changing clothes, just take of the skirt. Also it is much easier to go to the restroom wearing it than wearing a whole bath suit.

 

29th July – free days are always running away to fast Today I had to work again, so I gave the cleaning of the flat and ironing of some of my clothes a chance, too. Without the AC I could not stand it, so I am very happy for my decision to take only an apartment with an AC. That is much more worth than a nice table or nice chairs.

 

30th July – there a days just running by, this is one of them

 

31st July – Today I’m waiting for the next couch surfers They will come in the afternoon. I had enough with time for taking out part of my salary and shop groceries. In addition to that I booked the flight for my next vacation. A flight for Zürich/Switzerland in September. The prices are already a little higher than before, but I had to be sure that I am allowed to go on vacation and that answer I have got during the last days.

 

Although my description how to come to my place were very good again, my surfers – a French couple – were calling me because they could not find my house. Anyway they were in the right street and that was great. The came around half an hour before I had to go to work. So they left their backpack at my place, we were talking just a little and answered their questions where to start and how to go to Valletta. The said good-bye until midnight and were leaving, so where I.

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