Valletta at night
Valletta Travel Blog› entry 5 of 51 › view all entries
May 12th, 2009 – by: jenn79
Went to the Upper Barrakka Gardens inside Valletta (it's a fortified city) and I have to say it was really beautiful. It overlooks the Grand Harbour and a lot of people were making out there - sort of a romantic spot for young and old alike. Malta is really into arches and the harbor was very dramatic draped in these arches. But these beautiful spots are likely few and far between.
Got dropped off at the Valleta waterfront where there are about 10 restaurants set against the water. Surprisingly the one that was TOTALLY PACKED was Hard Rock Cafe.
Met this lovely couple from Manchester in their 50's who were really sweet and let me talk their ear off all night. Deborah is originally from Barbados and so we were chatting about Barbados life vs UK life, and she was so interested in developing world stuff and I had so many stories to share of course! I miss Bangui. Being here is all sorts of funky and lonely and I've tried to call Adel to no avail. Deborah told me I'd have to leave him behind and the notion was kind of a funny one to be getting from a stranger.
More later, my tummy hurts too much!! And sorry for the blurry photos - no tripod and only the DSLR at my disposal!
Unfortunately missed my tour today because tummy felt like it was tearing apart (Joy, I totally thought of you!!) and couldn't get to sleep until 7am. Called to tell them I wasn't feeling well and they were nice enough to rebook me for Friday free of charge, probably since I had spent money on 4 tours, that kinda stuff makes you memorable I guess!
Got my ticket to Sicily when I came home last night - hope the Ferry is going to easy on the tummy tomorrow! I'm excited to see Italy again.
Malta so far is funny. Every person I've spoken to complains about working really hard because wages are really low. But at the same time cost of living is really low too! C'mon you're doing extremely well for a country of 425,000, no? But I do feel like visiting here is like vacationing in a blue-collar country. It's fine, but it's not exactly right, it's like everything that you get is second rate - from service to food to accommodations.
It was nice to go on a tour though and see other people's hotels. The other resort I was going to book instead of this one (Ramla Bay) was the Golden Sands, which is a Radisson resort/timeshare. It's brand spanking new and is set nicely on some cliffs, but is ALSO in the middle of nowhere! But at least they are near a village where they can buy groceries, as opposed to me here, the only thing I can get my hands on are rocks and salt water! Boo. But I think the price difference is something like 400%.
Alright, should rest a bit for a pretty hectic next 3 days. Am really looking forward to Sicily tomorrow!!! I promise not to gorge on Italian food!
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