Since my move to Malta, I’ve been taking in my surroundings much more consciously. In Vienna, I tended to hurry to uni, to tennis, to cafes and back home again with my eyes fixed on the floor and my thoughts occupied by whatever was going on in my life at that moment. Here, on the contrary, I consciously observe the buildings, streets, cars and people I come across.
Primarily, that’s because everything here’s new and I want to get to know Malta as well as possible, but I’m also always on the hunt for new stuff to write about. Here’s a collection of some situations and sights that caught my eye:
1. Some 50 Maltese, mostly men, apparently demonstrating in Valetta (tiny island – tiny demonstration, I guess), one of them thrusting a cute puppy in the air like a sword.
2. A man carrying a parrot on a wooden stick out on the street, the parrot restrained by little chains around its ankles.
3. The public (!) bus driver deciding it’s perfectly ok to drive on the sidewalk with two wheels because the street was to narrow.
4. A long line in front of the social security office, the people almost getting into a fight and pressing against the door like crazy, only to be pushed back by a security(?) guy. Maybe Angelina Jolie was inside at that time… ?
5. People staring blankly at the bus driver when he yelled “move back please”. No reactions whatsoever.
6. A whole block’s shop windows and pub entrances bricked up, with the signs still in place.
7. A mouse/rat (not sure, it was medium-sized and white) picking up a piece of food at the seafront and quickly retreating to its hiding place again.
8. A guy discretely pointing his middle finger at everyone around him because he was holding his bus ticket in a not-so-ideal way. I don’t think he noticed.
9. Water splashing onto the street out of a drain (it came from the sea), building a huge pool.
10. A police car driving like crazy with sirens and blue light, leaving a massive cloud of white fumes behind.
Try to keep your eyes open as well and let me know what you see!