Business and Pleasure in the Jewel of the Mediterranean
November 17, 2015
I’ve had a busy week here in Malta. As I pack up to journey back home, I thought I’d share everything thats happened since I last wrote.
I made it to the bus depot in Saas Fee at a painfully early 7am, shuffled from the bus to a train, to another train, to a bus, and to my hotel. I soaked in the views from the train, knowing it would be my last chance to see them for a while. There's this amazing town on a lake that the train goes through, that I really want to take a trip to at some point. I wish I could take more train rides like this.
I found a little carnival going on about a mile walk from my hotel so I wandered around for a while taking it all in. This was one of the few times I felt loneliness on my trip. I don’t mind going off and adventuring on my own, but having friends to go on the rides with would have been fun. I strolled back to my hotel and treated myself to a steak dinner at the hotel restaurant.
In the morning I jumped on a flight to Malta and in less than two hours I landed on the glistening limestone covered island. My cousin Caroline's husband, Anthony, picked me up at the airport, and drove me across the island to Bugibba, where they live. We stopped at The Corner Cafe, owned by another cousin of mine, Allison, and had some lunch. I had already eaten my leftover steak from the night before, a sandwich on the airplane, and a bag of chips, but in Malta when someone offers you food, you don't have much of a choice. I ate until I was uncomfortably full and then headed to Anthony and Caroline's house to settle in.
During the week spent at Caroline and Anthony's, I was treated to some amazing hospitality. We did some site-seeing, I swam in the sea, had countless home cooked meals and had an all-around great time. It's so great to have family to take care of you when you travel!
While in Malta I sat down with Charles Camenzuli to do an interview for the TV program, Sport Extra. It was my first time doing an on camera interview about my snowboarding so I was a little nervous, but Charles and his crew were great. I'm so excited to watch it once it airs on TV!
I also met up with Melanie Vella, a writer for Air Malta's in flight magazine, Il-Bizzila. We chatted about my plans, representing Malta, and other snowboard related things. I'm so thankful for that opportunity and I can't wait for the article to come out.
I’m so thankful that I was able to schedule in this unexpected little stay in Malta before returning home. I can’t wait until the next time I have a chance to visit!