There hasn’t been a single day or night the last two months with lower temperatures than 22 degrees Celsius. This is above average on this side of climate change for two hardnecked Norwegians. Since we of course have managed to find ourselves an apartment without any form of air condition, a place where all doors and windows are crushed up against one small wall – making it totally impossible for air to circulate – we are living extremely hot days on Malta. Our landlord is a pennypincher and wouldn’t get an AC if I blackmailed his family. Worst part is that we have yet to reach the peak of summer before we part with this chapter of our journey.
I personally love to visit warm places. There’s a freedom in travel through dry or wet tropical climate. As long as you get to be free enough to move at your own pace that is. Living a more permanent situation in any of these places can get quite draining two or three months in. The body’s constant fight to keep down and stabilize the temperature take away all the energy – As the body has a hard time accepting food until late in the evening when the breeze swoosh through our street and leave us with a welcome small token of relief.
Lucky for us we have gained new power and inspiration by coming to the conclusion that it is time to get our asses back on the water. Instead of living without short-sighted goals within reach, without a concrete plan for the future.. – We are finally back!
Our time on Malta have been a time to reflect over everything we have learned. Life in a boat is quite an adventure in itself, one that we are not done exploring. We miss the hard work of getting everything in order and getting ready to set sail. The fact that we have now come to the conclusion to get back in a boat – we see as a healthy sign on us staking out the right course.
We should probably have explored more of this country but in the beginning we were, truth be told, mentally down on the situation we had mixed ourselves up in, with an unsailable ship back in Sweden. Following a long period of not knowing what to do with our future. Then out of nowhere it got to damn hot to do anything sensible at all.
The country is dominated by pretty much the same color, or basically the whole variety of limestone. Something the locals seem to take great pride in, and rightfully so. But as the spoiled traveling personalities we are, we would wish for a tiny bit more living landscape, talking life in wild forests and raging Mountains. We visited the highest point, when Marius – Captain Simen’s Brother, and written crew from our time on FF Harry, came down to lick some sun. The high-point is actually more the top of a cliff and it was so hot that day that we taxied our self to the top, and walked the last 23 steps.
Other than that we have endorsed pretty much the whole city area that marks the borders for our base, as in Saint Julian, Msida, Paceville and Sliema regularly.
Saving money has been hard since stuff on the island is priced as in a developed European country. Our rent has been the killer. If I’m not wrong the price for living has pretty much triple the last 10 to 15 years around the area. Food here is average high and the restaurants equally so. Maybe especially in our area which is the visiting Mecca for young tourists seeking out their own kind and the so called pulsating nightlife of the island.
Captain Simen has spent the time strengthening his skills in many areas. On the side of building a respectable tolerance for extreme heat, he have gained even greater patience and is now handling boredom like it should be a part of a normal life. He has also proven that there is an end to the videos on YouTube and has worked as our own personal plumber on several occasions.
Yours truly have been working in the iGaming industry. A growing part of Malta’s economy, last year it covered something like 16% of it and so I have been serving mainly the online Scandinavian casino-players through their winnings and losses for the better part of 2019. I have worked with lovely colleagues at the infamous Jackpotjoy LTC. The company is a great one for the industry and showed me a whole New side in how to deal with their employees. Any company I have worked at or visited before could have something to learn from it.
Ever since David, our companion sailor, left us at the merge of winter – in order to pursue his global water campaign-plan – from his new rolling office in the United States of America left us – our very own highness became our best friend. Nadia, the Macedonian Princess that has been relentlessly keeping us company through her ups and downs. Since we got to know her she has become an real-estate agent. She has also grown on us like a great friend and even stayed in our apartment for a while as she was seeking out her own nest. Now she comes over to play some Minecraft on a regular basis.
The two of us have spent the time slinging ideas and plans on how to move from here. Launching the final stages of flying somewhere to move into our new floating property. One that will keep us warm, dry and somewhat comfortable as we explore wherever, whenever we feel like it. At the moment it looks like our next destination first will be Sweden. Then we ride from there, but first – 5 more weeks of survival.