Day 1 (October 28)
We are finally in Malta! It was a long journey to get here. We left JFK around 10 p.m., and took the red eye to London's Heathrow. We landed around 9 a.m., with our connecting flight at 11 a.m., to Malta. It was hectic because we had to go through security again and check in with one person at the desk. With six of the staff left in line they were told the flight was closed. The Prime Minister of the airline, Mario, was able to get them to re-open the flight and then hit another speed bump when they said one person wouldn't have a seat. Mario came through again when he gave up his seat on the plane, and we all arrived safe and sound. We do have one missing bag that we're hoping shows up tomorrow.
We met our tour guide Joanna at the airport and got on a bus to take a short trip to our hotel and get our first looks at Malta. Joanna did bring some bad news though. Like New Jersey, Sicily is expecting a storm tomorrow night and all ferries out of Sicily has been canceled. So our trip to Sicily is off. Instead we are going to visit Malta's sister island Gozo.
We checked into our hotel, the Intercontinental, around 5 p.m., and then went down to the beach for a quick work. Afterwards we showered and did a quick walk around the center of the city followed by dinner. We're all really exhausted and looking forward to a good night's sleep.
Tomorrow we have a busy day in Gozo. It's suppose to be very green and beautiful. They've planned for us to visit a fish market, where we'll pick our own fish to eat for lunch. Then we'll go to a vegetable market to learn about the local food and then it will all be cooked and served to us.
Q & A with Caroline Franke and Erin Curley
What did you do on the red eye flight from JFK?
Franke: I watched half of Rock of Ages and then fell asleep
Curley: I tried to pass out.I had ear plugs and a neck pillow. But the person next to me kept elbowing me, trying to get something out of their bag.
What surprised you most upon seeing Malta for the first time?
Franke: All the buildings are all the same color. When we flew in, it didn't look like the average island, more like a plateau out of the water
Curley: The streets are really windy.
What did you see that you expected to see?
Franke: The marina, with all the boats in the water
What did you eat for your first meal in Malta?
Franke: French fries with fried eggs, bacon and cheese. Garlic bread, carmelized onions and goat cheese. For my main dish was chicken with spicy local sausage and vegetables.
Curley: We had a french fries, fried eggs, Spanish ham, asparagus and cheese. Which turned out to be someone elses order but we ended up eating it because we thought it was ours. I got these little tuna steaks that we're really good. And there were french fries everywhere.
What are you most excited for tomorrow? Are you bummed we aren't going to Sicily?
Franke: The whole day sounds awesome. I was looking forward to it, but it was going to be a lot of travel all day. I think this is going to be better because it's more interacting with the locals instead of being on a bus
Curley: I think picking your own fish sounds awesome. I'm so excited about that.