Blogs from Malta, Europe - page 7


Europe » Malta » Gozo April 21st 2012

For our last full day in Malta we had committed to trekking to the island of Gozo, one of Malta’s two sister islands, along with Comino. Gozo is more than a third the size of Malta, but it has less than one-tenth of its population and is seen as the more laid-back, green, relaxing island one can escape to. To get there we first had to take a bus to the northwest corner of the island, Ċirkewwa, where a 20-minute ferry would take us to the Gozitan port city of Mġarr. Given that we were on island time, this took maybe an hour and a half, but luckily the ferry was leaving soon after we arrived, so we didn’t have to wait too long. The ride was short but scenic, and we couldn’t have asked for ... read more
Walking up to the Citadel
Looking down from the Citadel toward St. George's Basilica

Europe » Malta » Malta » St Julians April 15th 2012

In case you don't realize why I'm here, I'm here for a week-long management training program called 'Take Off!'. 12 of us from various EC centers were selected to come - EC Central, Malta, Boston, Toronto, New York, London, and USA (me!). Throughout the week we received training on various performance-related skills and were split into two teams to develop a project and present it to members of the board. Our team's project was to find a way to target EC's staff, students, agents, in communicating our 4 core values. I'm not a fan of more abstract tasks like this, but in the end our team one and it was a fairly well-thought-out proposal. It nonetheless caused major stress. The program itself consisted of interactive lectures on things like self-awareness, unlocking creativity, time management, etc. The ... read more
Me in Spinola Bay
Pizza Maltija
Fenek! (rabbit)

Europe » Malta » Malta » Mdina April 15th 2012

Sunday morning was up to a rough start. The plan was to meet Jackie, a colleague of mine who works in Central Admissions, at the main gate around 9am. She was going to take me to the fishing village of Marsaxlokh. Well...that didn't happen, and I slept through my alarm, getting up at 10:17. I will need to somehow make this up to her...Anyway, I had booked a taxi transfer at 10:30am so I basically threw all of my crap into my bags and booked it downstairs to check out. The trip to St. Julian's, which I had done both prior nights, was quick enough and I was back at the George hotel in maybe 20 minutes. This would be a major upgrade and is the fanciest hotel I've stayed in on my own. Thanks, EC! ... read more
Mdina Glass Factory Store
More Saintly street corners
St. Paul's Cathedral

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta April 14th 2012

Day two started off on the later side, with a housekeeper knocking on my door and waking me up around 11:30am – oopsie! I wasn’t feeling too hot, but Malta’s most impressive church, St. John’s co-cathedral, was only open until 12:30 so I had to book it if I wanted to be able to see that. Luckily it was only a couple blocks from my hotel. Built between 1573 and 1578, the church has equal status to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina, hence the term “co-cathedral”. It was constructed as the conventual church of the Knights of St. John, and despite its rather plain façade the interior is spectacular. The blue walls studded with Maltese crosses were for some reason the most beautiful part to me, but opulence was everywhere. The floor was a patchwork ... read more
Inside the Cathedral
Upper Barrakka Gardens

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta April 13th 2012

Well it’s certainly been a 24-hour journey! At 4:30pm Boston time I was heading out from Faneuil Hall catching the Blue Line toward “Airport” to face my flight to that illustrious island of Malta. After almost two years working with EC my trip to our Central Offices was finally under way! The trip itself was fairly underwhelming – no major delays or traumas that I’m accustomed to. Boston-Heathrow via Virgin Atlantic was quite pleasant. I had never flown them but was definitely a fan of the entertainment selection – I ended up watching Almodóvar’s latest, “The Skin I Live In”, as well as an episode of the revamp of “Absolutely Fabulous” on BBC and the first half an hour of “An American Horror Story”. Food was edible - I had the beef slop adorned with ... read more
From the British Hotel
Looking down the street
Street-corner Saint

Europe » Malta April 9th 2012

Hi all, Magnificent Malta!!! This trip was an extra special trip for me, because it marked the 75th country I have visited to date. Unfortunately, I was sick heading out, so it was also one of my most relaxing trips ever... but more out of necessity than choice. I arrived in Malta and made way way up to the northern tip of the big island. I planted myself in a rather decent hotel, overlooking the ferry to the next island, Gozo. For the first few days, I was very thankful that I could see the ocean from my room, as that is all I seemed to see. After a few days, I ventured out for some short walks and to sit in the warm afternoon sun. I was shocked and amazed at the local roads. The ... read more
more local landscape
maltese boats
view from the ferry

Europe » Malta » Gozo April 9th 2012

Last buffet breakie today! :( And as I got to the waffle maker I see that someone has made wayyyyy more of a mess than I did yest!! And the lil girl was there so i could point out that it wasnt just me that overdid the mixture! we enjoyed our last breakfast and then got dressed for our trip across to gozo for the day. We were gutted cos Karla had got us excited about going to Camino where the blue lagoon was but unfortunately cos it was so windy they werent sending boats across so we settled for a day in gozo and just looked at blue lagoon postcards!! We hopped on the ferry and omg it was so rockywith the wind. Apparantley it was force 8 out of 10! I felt really sick ... read more

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta April 8th 2012

So, we woke up this am and it was pouring with rain! :( But another buffet breakie turned things around after i woops put too much mixture in the waffle maker and spread batter everywere and i mean everywhere! the poor cleaners! A lil girl was waiting next to me and her dad said to her now you live and learn from that lady's mistakes! haha i was like thaaanks! Great tasting waffle though! the chef thought it was hilarious and really didnt care so all fun and games! We then headed back to the girls' room cos sarah had excited come up with the plan of an easter egg hunt! So one by one we went outside the room like we had been kicked out and everyone else hid 7 eggs in the room! Was ... read more

Europe » Malta » Malta » Bugibba April 7th 2012

This morning we all woke up refreshed and ready to explore. So we paid like 5 euro for buffet breakie which was awesome! We all were stuffed to the brim. Nice day so decided to go to the old capital for the am and head to a beach or the pool for the arvo. When we steppe doutside though it was really cold cos the wind was bitter again like last ight. So, all went back inside to sadly ditch the summer clothes and rug up more! We had directions and instructions as to what buses to catch but ended up wiating like 40min for the 1st bus, grabbed a drink and sat on the side of the road next to a bomb truck for another about 45mins waiting for the next bus. After this i ... read more

Europe » Malta » Malta » Mellieha April 6th 2012

Arriving back to the UK yest am, our 4am getuyp this am was slightly rough but it so didnt matter cos its easter and we're off to Malta! We went down to the bus stop to catch the 4.20 bus and got in time to see our bus just drive straight past us even though we had tickets!! So we were a weeny bit worried as if the next one wasfull we didnt actually have tickets for that oe and would miss our flight. sarah was finding her own way there and karla was supposedly on the bus after us. The next one came at 5am running late too and the guy eventually let us on it thankfully but was not hapy about it! Hardly our fault. We sat down realised karla was sitting next to ... read more

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