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All Aboard the Knight Bus to Malta

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“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Laozi

Gozo, Malta

Gozo, Malta

 

The sooner I can get back to Malta, the better.  The food is the perfect combination of southern Italian, Greek, and a whole bunch of other things. The weather is warm. The wine is delicious (and, surprisingly, local), as is the prickly pear liqueur…when you live on a small remote island you learn to make the best use of everything.  The people are friendly and, most importantly, you’re never more than 30 minutes from the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean…unless you’re taking the bus.  Now that is an adventure.  There must be one bus manufacturer for the entire world, because the Maltese buses (including their psychedelic fabric seat backings) are exactly the same as the buses in DC, Mainz, and probably Mars.  The funny thing is that these buses do well on the (mostly) smooth, paved, and relatively flat roads of DC, but put them on the insanely narrow, crazy hilly, and potholed roads of Malta, add a wannabe Mario Andretti as the driver, and you have what S and I decided is the real life version of the Knight Bus from Harry Potter.  We’d sling around corners, and people and things would sling around the bus.  We’d crest a hill and I swear the whole bus would catch air like the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when the valet took it for a joyride.  A couple nights, we hopped on after some of the busiest stops and had to stand. Holding the ceiling hand straps and attempting to stay upright without slamming into our fellow riders was the hardest arm workout I’d had in a long time, maybe ever.  At one stop, a lanky (slightly tipsy) Brit failed to get off in time.  On his way toward the door, Mario suddenly took off. Half signaling Mario to stop, half attempting to verbally steady himself, the wobbly Brit weaved around yelling, “whoa whoa…whoa whoa whoa.”  Something about his goofy tone and cadence mixed with the scene of the Knight Bus struck S and I as truly hilarious.  We haven’t stopped repeating it since.

Moral of the story: when in Malta, rent a car.  Also, enjoy the journey!

Here are some of my favorite shots from our trip in August 2013:

 

A locals mainly beach on Gozo that we found through a woman selling blown glass who lived in New York for 12 years.

A locals mainly beach on Gozo that we found through a woman selling blown glass who lived in New York for 12 years.

 

 

 

Hiking Gozo

Hiking Gozo

 

 

 

Hiking on Gozo

Hiking on Gozo

 

 

 

Church, Malta

Church, Malta

 

 

 

Church #2, Malta

Church #2, Malta

 

 

 

One of my all-time favorite photos, Malta

One of my all-time favorite photos, Malta

 

 

 

Church 3#, Gozo

Church 3#, Gozo.  Now I understand the decor of Our Lady of Pompeii in Baltimore.

 

 

 

Church #5, Gozo

Church #4, Gozo

 

 

 

Fresco, Malta

Fresco, Malta

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

The Azur Window, Gozo

The Azur Window, Gozo

 

 

 

The Azur Window, Gozo

The Azur Window, Gozo

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

Heading down to board a boat for the Blue Grotto, Malta

Heading down to board a boat for the Blue Grotto, Malta

 

 

 

Blue Grotto, Malta

Blue Grotto, Malta

 

 

 

Blue Grotto, Malta

Blue Grotto, Malta

 

 

 

Blue Grotto, Malta

Blue Grotto, Malta

 

 

 

Gozo, Malta

Gozo, Malta

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

 

Gozo

Gozo

 

 

Sunset on Gozo

Sunset on Gozo

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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I'm an American living in Mainz, Germany and, after a a one-year sabbatical from office life, working as a corporate lawyer in Frankfurt. While living in Europe with my fiancé, my goals are to see as much art, taste as much food, and experience as much life as possible.

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