Malta is sunshine and warmth – or so I’ve said before. But a few days ago, the impossible happened: it actually snowed. Yep. Snow. In Malta. A joke about global warming would be appropriate now.
While global warming is I undeniable, the reported occurrence of snow isn’t, however. After the first excited disbelief when something white landed on my head, I realised it was, in fact, hailing. As Rhi writes in her post about the almost-snow, hail can occur at much warmer temperatures.
The past few days have, however, been the coldest in over 30 years in Malta, so it IS freezing – outside AND inside. With the Maltese flats being built to keep the heat out in summer, they do just that in winter, too, meaning the temperature is about the same outside and inside. Unless you choose to use heaters constantly, in which case you can watch your electricity bill explode as the hot air escapes through the ventilation holes.
So the cheaper and greener option (speaking of global warming) is to cuddle up with a blanket (or two), listen to the English and drink tea – lovely, dahling.
If you’re feeling
bored adventurous, you can also go out on a seaside walk to watch the unbelievably big waves crash against the rocks. Don’t go to close, though, or you could end up completely soaked by a particularly huge wave – I’ve seen it happen. Also, don’t bother to bring an umbrella unless you’re Mary Poppins and ready for a turbulent flight. My mum tried – her luggage was one umbrella lighter when she flew back to Austria on Friday.
Speaking of which, now that she’s gone, the weather’s slowly going back to normal (meaning sunny and warm), so I totally blame it on her… 😉