Malta Part 2: Birthday, Olympic road, and Good Byes
September 10, 2015
I can't believe it's already time for me to leave Malta. I've had so many good times and made so many memories. This week, in addition to swimming in beautiful places like the blue lagoon, and bonding with my cousins Jade and Luke while dancing in Paceville, I had the joy of celebrating my 23rd birthday. While my birthday is actually next week, I figured this trip was a good chance to get my family all together to celebrate and have a special night togther, so my dad hosted a birthday dinner for me and about 20 of my family members. It was really special to have my family there with me, and I'm so thankful for their company, and the amazing gifts I recieved (like a Maltese Cross ring and a Maltese Football jersey). After dinner we walked to the bumper cars and took over the whole place. Nothing like ramming into your loved ones after a good meal!
The next day I met with Joseph Casar, the Secretary General of the Maltese Olympic Committee. We discussed the road ahead, and shared our enthusiasm for the journey. If all goes according to plan, in just over two years I'll be wearing red and white at the Olympics. It's a relief knowing I have the support of the Maltese Olympic Committee behind me, and I'm so excited to work in tandem with them to bring pride to Malta.
Finally it was time to say good bye. There were some tears shed (it's ok Ella, I'll be back soon), but most of all, happiness for the memories made and the time shared together. I also said good-bye to my parents because the rest of my journey will be alone. As my parents head back to the US, I'll be flying to Milan, and then taking a train to Switzerland to begin training for the winter.