After weeks of travelling in Italy having loads of fun on our cruise and with Mum and Dad, we have finally arrived in our new home of Bugibba, Malta. And it's pretty fab.
Our apartment is light, airy and huge! 3 bedrooms, so plenty of room for visitors. :) We are a 5 min walk to the beach and the main square. And in any direction there are local shops, pubs, cafes, supermarkets, the cinemas ($6 AU to go to the flicks) and even 2 bookshops!!!!
Our landlords have been really welcoming and friendly. They even had the apartment all set up with the basics - toilet paper, garbage bags, even some things in the pantry. And of course all the furniture, sheets, towels etc. are here. The bed is a little too soft for our liking; however, there is another in the other room that feels firmer, so we're going to swap them this arvo.
Our first few days were spent exploring our little seaside town. Bugibba is still full of tourists, mostly from Europe and England, who have been spending the summer months here. We really do agree with those that say Malta is the Bali for the Poms! There is a great 'holiday' vibe with loads of people out drinking, eating, shopping and swimming. It will be interesting to see how the crowds lessen as the weather starts to cool down. At the moment it's perfect for arvo swims.
We have even been into the capital city of Valletta. This walled city centre has so much history, which I can't wait to explore. When it was built by the Knights of St John in the 16th and 17th centuries, its founder decreed that is should be elegant - and that it is. UNESCO has even named it a World Heritage Site and described it as 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world'. And it has all the clothing shops, bigger bars and cafes you need. And I can't wait to check out the library! It's so lovely to walk through all the narrow streets and see what's on offer. It's about a 1 hour bus ride (a beautiful drive along the coast) so easy for us to get to. From there we took a ferry to another little place called Sliema. This is where we found the 'largest shopping mall in Malta' - it's about the size of Toowong (for my Brissie friends). But it has all the shops - so I can certainly do some damage to the budget if I wanted to. :)
After another few days of wandering around Bugibba and familiarising ourselves with the layout (with a delightful swim in the Med) I am now back in my 'office'. And what a gorgeous office to have!