Travel (#7)

It is a sunny December day. In 14 degrees and a slight breeze, we stroll along the waterfront in San Giljian, Malta. We have come here for a week to escape the cold Christmas days and to bag some relaxation time as the year draws to an end. The island has more to offer than the apartment complexes and hotel resorts we are faced with now: ancient temples ruins, caves, cliffs and some still pretty old towns. But the sun is out and we just want to enjoy that for now. Even over the next couple of days, I don’t feel a huge need to explore the island which – past the parts that were cleared up for tourists’ sake – seems to have many abandoned stone structures (old and new) and a weirdly deserted feel to it.

We do visit Mdina a pretty old fortified town, Valetta, which is to be Europe’s culture capital 2018, a small fishing village and also hop out of a bus at some cliffs. While all of this is nice I can’t help feel that something is missing to make this a great travel experience.
You could argue that I should have bothered to swing my ignorant ass into a museum or two and learn more about Malta or that we should have taken a boat trip.

My ideal definition of travel is a combination of adventure and exploration. The adventure comes from taking risks, being reckless enough and being active. Exploration comes from foreign cultures, food, music and dance. Maybe you could define it as leaving the comfort zone in every aspect – physically and mentally. We escape our real life with all its routines, distractions and go somewhere to be present and to enjoy the novelty of newness.

This is at least what I have tried in most of my travel endeavours but I guess it is also very legitimate to acknowledge when your body and mind need a break, an actual holiday. And it seems funny that we have the need to remove ourselves from our homes, our countries even, to fully relax and recharge. Most things I want to do here in Malta at the moment are things I could easily do at home: Sleep in, read, walk around and chill in coffee shops. And if I can do that in a new environment with warmer weather all the better.

2017 has been a good travel year for me – adventures as well as holidays – and 2018 has great things in store, too. Here’s to all the explorers out there! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!






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