Farewell, Malta

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My last post on this blog for now. The picture isn’t from Valletta, in case you’re wondering. In a few weeks, I’ll be departing Malta for good. Can’t wait for that. There are just too many things out of balance here. Overpopulation and overdevelopment. Lack of environmental consciousness and everything that comes with it. And believe me, a lot comes with it. And then there’s of course the corruption that reaches the highest levels of society.

There are still many Maltese that care about these issues. They are the good guys. But for now, the bad guys are winning. The reassuring thing is that Malta is a small, almost insignificant dot on the world map. However, I believe it could have more significance than it size would normally allow it to. It could act, for example, as a important link and mediator between Northern Africa and Europe. Instead it has opted out to concentrate being a safe haven for shady enterprises and individuals.

(hint: those supports in the picture are used for bird trapping, which still continues here despite Malta being on one of the most important migratory routes between Africa and Europe)

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Meh.

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I know. Didn’t keep updating after my return… I’m still here in Valletta for another 1.5 months. Then I’ll leave this rock for now. Guess the passion for this place has diminished a bit.

I’ve been photographing other parts of Malta now. Tried contacting the Valletta local council and Heritage Malta about access to some sites in Valletta – nobody cared to reply my e-mails. That’s typical Malta for you. The lack of communication from the authorities.

Anyway, some photos here. Won’t promise the next update tomorrow or anytime soon. Then again, you never know. Might be tomorrow. I’ve been here too long…

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The old & the new

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The presence of Satan is strong

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Just another day on the bus station, people coming, people going

Notable people

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Stumbled upon somewhat desolated street and office door on one of the side streets. Lawrence Gonzi (Nationalist Party) was the prime minister before incumber Joseph Muscat (Labour). His younger brother Michael has also been involved in Maltese politics for a long time. Tabib means doctor. Avukat… I’ll leave it for you to figure out. No, not avocado.