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one of the Cathedrals in Gozo
Oh man, people from Malta are going to hate me reading this blog, but I just found Malta and Gozo to be soooo boring.

We went on a 9am ferry to Gozo and had this typical knuckle-headed tour guide that just kept saying how beautiful the things we were going to see were. And the we saw the stuff, and were seriously unimpressed. Gozo is like a sleepier, emptier, more run-down version of Malta if such a thing is humanly possible. It just reminds me that when you have Mediterranean powers coming and completely dominating and ransacking your country, this is the kind of.. difficult position you'll find yourself in.

Gozo is made up of 14 villages, with the "capital" city being called Victoria or Rabat, depending on which empire you're referring to.
The Azure Window
I'm liking the middle eastern culture a lot since I met the twins so I'll call it Rabat for now =) It only takes a second of seeing how dilapidated buildings are, how subpar the goods are that are being sold, how uninteresting the food is, to realize this is not a country that has any real comparative advantage.

There are a couple of interesting things about Malta though. One is the whole "Knights of St. John" thing. The Maltese cross apparently has tie to the Knights of the Round Table with Grandmasters and all that. But nobody explained anything to do with this very niche history/legend. Another interesting thing is that it's one of the islands that the Oddysey supposedly took place on. We even saw "Calypso's Cave" where Ulysses was apparently held prisoner for 7 years to the passions of Calypso.
Gozo glass
Not bad if it weren't a work of fiction! I can't imagine being a 7,000 year old island and in the shape that it's currently in. Oye.

Today was the first time I've felt cold in Malta. It's been gorgeous, sunny and very very bright the entire week - then all of a sudden today it was overcast, which is good considering how much we were walking around. But I'm afraid all the disappointment that I've been feeling about Malta leaked out a bit today and I got some Brits on the tour to join in on voicing our amazement at this place. For example, the main square of Gozo had some.. er.. musicians. What they really were were 3 older, toothless men who were most likely drunk off their asses - shouting, smacking a tambourine and randomly strumming their guitar. No, none of the musical wonderments you find on the streets of Italy, France or New York. No, not by a long shot. A similar experience was our lunch at the Cathedral Restaurant (about a block away from the Citadel). We basically received boiled vegetables from one of those frozen sacks, boiled potatoes with some rosemary sprinkled on it, and some slices of fish that was pathetic at best. I was really glad I opted to save money while I was here and cook myself this week if this is the sort of cuisine I should be expecting! Sigh.
MoonStarFarAway says:
oh no, it it boring? I am going to Malta on 17th August :((
Posted on: Aug 06, 2009
jenn79 says:
DoctorJo you've absolutely humbled me with your comment, and I knew writing this entry that it was really more of a vent than a "travel-entry". It's been a tough few months. I came here without a truly open mind because we often rush through our vacations looking for the most fantastic things to see, do and experience. I apologize and thank you for the reminder of what a true visitor needs to be like!!!
Posted on: Jun 19, 2009
DoctorJo says:
Malta makes attempts at tourism but that is for the tourists...to risk stating the obvious. It is not to show off natural assets. Re cuisine...cusina povore is it's name...for obvious reasons. When in Malta, you need to discover for yourself. Don't do the tourism thing. Use a book, not a computer. Walk, reflect, be calm and old fashioned. Beauty in Malta is at the micro level. You cannot rush to 7 'must sees' in a day. Immersion is the way you will discover the spirit and the beauty of an island nation that has spent 7000 years fighting invaders and resource poverty to develop a truly soul-filled courage and resilience.
Posted on: Jun 19, 2009
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one of the Cathedrals in Gozo
one of the Cathedrals in Gozo
The Azure Window
The Azure Window
Gozo glass
Gozo glass
Calypsos Cave
Calypso's Cave
the ONLY sandy beach in Gozo (Raml…
the ONLY sandy beach in Gozo (Ram…
The Ggantija Temples
The Ggantija Temples
in front of the Citadel Cathedral
in front of the Citadel Cathedral
inside - now THIS was beautiful!
inside - now THIS was beautiful!
on top of the Citadel fortificatio…
on top of the Citadel fortificati…
view from the top of the Citadel f…
view from the top of the Citadel …
map of Gozo
map of Gozo
facing the lone cathedral
facing the lone cathedral
This pillar is more interesting th…
This pillar is more interesting t…
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