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Dec 21, 2002

Before I left Malta, there was one more thing I had to see.  I usually try to visit outside sights, like the temples in Malta, and take photos on clear days with vibrant blue skies.  I try to do this when I first arrive in a place, in case the weather turns cloudy later on.  I’ve learned from past experiences that if I wait, the weather becomes uncooperative, and then I regret not having taken photos on nice days when I had the chance.

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Dec 14, 2002

This week I was thinking about how my time in Malta was soon going to end, so I did some online research to see what else on the island I might want to see.  I decided that one thing I wanted to do was to finish my “Maltese Megalithic Mania Temple Tour.”

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Dec 5, 2002

Mario, the proprietor at the Grand Harbour Hotel, is very good at helping tourists decide where to go and what to see.  He had told me about the Hypogeum and he was right: it was definitely something I enjoyed seeing.  He’s also been talking a lot about Gozo, the island just north of Malta, so on Tuesday I visited this small but interesting island.

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Nov 30, 2002

The owner of the Grand Harbour Hotel is a man by the name of Mario.  He is friendly and helpful, just like the rest of the staff.  I have talked to him several times, and he has made some very good suggestions.

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Nov 22, 2002

Valletta is such a charming old historic city, and I can’t get enough of it.  I really enjoy exploring all the major sights, and then peeping down the small side streets and going down them.  It’s interesting what you can discover when you’re just meandering around with no specific goal in mind.

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Nov 16, 2002

The hotel where I’m staying in Valletta is called the Grand Harbour Hotel.  I really wanted to stay at a hotel that was inside the walls of the old city of Valletta, and this hotel fits the bill.  It has the added attraction of sitting high up on the edge of city, so the hotel rooms have spectacular views of the Grand Harbour, hence the name.

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Nov 8, 2002

I’m still in Malta and enjoying every minute of it.  I’ve been spending a good bit of time exploring Valletta, because there’s so much there to explore.

But it was time to see what was beyond those city walls and beyond that big city gate.

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Nov 2, 2002

Malta has been on my mind ever since I talked to Somchai and Ning back in Bangkok several weeks ago.  They had some good things to say about it.

I really like Tunisia and wouldn’t mind visiting again.  But I wanted to see what Malta was all about, so I left Tunis on Sunday.  Maybe some day I’ll return.

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Dec 29, 2001

It’s nearly the beginning of the new year, and I’m reminiscing about my last two years in Asia.  And what I might want to do next.  It’s pretty cold and grey here in London, and I’m ready to go back to Thailand where it’s warmer.  And then think about some places in Asia I have not yet tried.

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Aug 30, 2001

I’m enjoying my visit to Cyprus: there’s lots to see and do here.

On Sunday I hopped on another short one-hour intercity bus and went from Limassol on the southern coast of the island, to Paphos, on the western coast.  The name, Paphos, sounded kind of familiar to me, but I hadn’t done all that much research on it.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find out how full of history it was.

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