To anyone who claims a person could see Malta in one day: you’re totally full of hogwash.
I’ve been in this country for over a month now and I still have a lot to discover. There’s just something about this crowded, sea water-smelling island that plays my heart strings and gets me itching to do some more adventuring.
The day before Halloween, I and a bunch of other international students trekked the Northeastern coast toward the village of Mellieha. We started at St. Paul’s Island and made our way into the countryside. Cloudy skies, a nice breeze, and a cool temperature made it a perfect day for hiking. Thank you, weather.
In-between stepping in clay-like mud, trying not to trip on rocky shores, and getting sucked into piles of black sea vegetation, we stopped for some breaks. During one of these breaks, one of the leaders of our hike had the idea of climbing one of the steepest hills I’ve ever seen. To make it even better, the hill’s ground also had loose soil that’d make it easy for anyone to slip and slide down the slope. Of course, any sane person wouldn’t even try to clamber up this hill. However, as you all may know, I’m not one of those people.
After a slow climb, I finally reached the top. A few others decided to follow behind. The high-fives given to those who reached the top and the view were pretty rewarding, but my lack of breath was not.
After about 3 hours of hiking, the trail finally got flatter the closer we were to Mellieha. In total, the hike lasted 4 hours, but the last part of the hike was probably my favorite. Why? Well, you could probably guess it has something to do with the sunset. I’m telling you, the only word you could use to describe a Maltese sunset would be “wow.” There’s just something so serene about the sun dipping below the horizon and covering the landscape in golden and orange light. It definitely makes an experience much more worthwhile.
All in all, this was the best hike I’ve been on so far. I’ve made it a goal to hike as much coastline as I can before I leave, and with views like the ones in my photos, how can I resist? God, I can’t wait. Just remember that you can do anything you set your mind to. Dreaming got me to Malta. Just think of where your dreams could lead you.