I made it to Malta!
My first week in Malta has been equal parts relaxing and crazy – or “mental” as Gabi and Ciara would say.
When I arrived to Malta with Sion and Jimena, I was greeted by Gabi, Russel, Zee, Aled and a warm breeze. We discussed dropping our belongings off at Aled’s house and going for a late night swim in the Mediterranean Sea. So that’s exactly what we did!
I was a little hesitant jumping into the sea after dark because I am not accustomed to swimming in seas and oceans. I think my first thought was something like, “how many sharks could be swimming in this water? I’ve seen too many scary movies for this sh*t.” Which is an understandable first thought to have when you grew up in a state known for The Great Lakes…with no sharks.
Luckily, the water was clear enough for me to see the bottom and Gabi assured me that the water is too warm for sharks. So we all jumped in!
I think we took turns jumping in and swimming in this spot for about 30 minutes before we realized we were in jellyfish infested waters…and then we got the hell out.
The next day, we took a walk to the beach and I realized all of my surroundings looked vaguely familiar.
To me, Malta looks similar to what I imagined the Middle East to look like from what I’ve seen in movies. Then I realized, that’s because the movies that take place in the Middle East were filmed in Malta!
Walking through the streets of Gzira, I felt like I was an extra in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – which is understandable since most of it was filmed here!
Other movies/tv shows that were filmed in Malta include Captain Philips, World War Z, and Game of Thrones! I’m secretly hoping another Hollywood Blockbuster is filmed in Malta this summer so I can meet my future husband.
After spending two nights in Malta we headed for the ferry to take us to Gozo, where we would meet our second host, Ciara.
Ciara is Gabi’s best friend from Scotland, and she was generous enough to host six people in her apartment for over a week!
My days in Gozo have mostly been spent swimming in the sea, eating delicious pizza and seafood, drinking wine, visiting the Azure Window, shopping in Victoria and enjoying my summer.
Most of my friends are leaving this week, so by next week Gabi and I are hoping to find our own apartment and get off Ciara’s couch. Although it is a pretty comfy couch. 😉