Malta: Exploring Qormi {Day 1}

Bakery

Alex and I are currently cuddled up in our pajamas, getting ready for bed after an extraordinarily long day. I’ll probably go into further detail about this tomorrow, but let me explain the minor situation that took place at 4AM this morning. I woke up at 330A to get ready for my early morning flight and taxi pick up at 415A. I had called to book the cab on Saturday to make sure we’d have a ride to the airport. Shortly after 410A, a cab pulled up in front of my accommodation. When I went to get in the cab, I discovered that it wasn’t the cab that I had ordered. At that exact same moment, I received a  phone call from the cab company letting me know that they wouldn’t be sending a cab for us! As luck would have it, the cab parked in front of my complex hadn’t been booked (what are the chances at 4AM?!), so I was able to get him to take me to pick up Alex and drop us off at Victoria Station. Let me just say — NEVER book with London Black Cabs. I was so disappointed. If, by the grace of God, a cab hadn’t been lingering in front of my complex, I would have been in a bit of a bind considering the tube station doesn’t open until 5:30AM. In any case, after that minor incident, we jumped on the Gatwick Express, made it through check-in and security in record time and got into Malta without a hitch.

We’ve now been in Malta for nine or so hours and have already been exploring Qormi, including an extra-special visit to the house my mom grew up in and the bakery that her parents owned.

Bakery

I had actually imagined the old bakery to be in decent working order and was a little sad to see the once-used building in a state of rubble. Still, the fact that my mom walked in same building when she was a child is a pretty cool thing to experience.

We’re staying with family that I hadn’t really met  before this trip and they have been so incredibly accommodating. Not only did the entire family come to the airport to greet us, they also spent the entire day escorting us to must-see sights, making us Maltese treats plus they took the week off to be our personal tour guides. Truly incredible and for that we’re so grateful!

I’ll have to catch up tomorrow on some of the incredible sites that we’ve seen: St. George, San Sebastian, a ridiculous amount of otherwise nondescript churches, a Christmas market, a life-sized house made of chocolate and tons of other gems. We’re planning on visiting Valletta and Mellieha tomorrow, followed by a trip to Gozo on Wednesday via ferry.

Malta: Fun Facts

1There are 365 churches in Malta. One for every day of the year.
2Malta is a mere 122 square miles with around 425,000 inhabitants. Despite the low population (in terms of absolute numbers), Malta is the third most densely populated nation in the world. That definitely speaks to how small the place is!
3 Gozo is called the Isle of Calypso, referred to by Homer in the Odyssey.
4 Gozo is home to Ġgantija megalithic temples, a UNESCO heritage site and the world’s oldest free-standing structures.

I’ll post more pics and info tomorrow, but sleep is a must!

xoxo,

  • http://malta.cc/ Emilie from Malta

    Hi Shannon,

    Welcome to Malta! I do take care of a blog about Malta at http://malta.cc/ feel free to have a look, am sure you will find a lot of information too.

    If you need anything, don’t hesitate to contact me,
    Emilie

  • lyndseyjenkins

    Oh Shannon! Always book addisson lee or green tomato cabs – both of which text you the license plate when they are on the way so that you don’t get into a random car by mistake: much safer and v. useful when trashed!
    Glad you got there in the end – have a great trip. Lyndsey http://www.teadevotee.wordpress.com

  • http://www.thetravelingscholar.com ShannonElizabeth

    Ahh! I wish I would have known that before-hand because that Black Cab company was sooo awful and unreliable! At least we’re safe and sound in the Med now :)

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    Love the character of Malta. Nice pictures.

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    Great post! Malta is a wonderful place full of story and a great place to relax.