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Final Day in Malta

August 24, 2008

Today was our last full day in Malta, hence the end of our wondermous whirlwind. We did the bulk of our packing and headed over to Daniela and Jean’s to see their new condo at Portomeso before heading back over to the pool for some final swimming and sunning. I have been assured that I will see photos of their new home when the furniture arrives and it is all set up. We had what Paula and Daniela have described as a sort of Maltese kitchen sink luncheon which was a salad of sorts made of tuna, tomatoes, barley, olive oil, olives and beans (and more I'm sure I can't remember) served as a sort of sandwich on Maltese bread. Yum! While Paula, Benjamin, Daniela and I were in the pool, Paula discovered a racing pigeon that had gotten out of the neighbor’s yard and was struggling. Paula decided to catch the pigeon and take it back, which consisted of using the pool skimmer net to trap it before picking it up and walking it over. Quite the adventure! Considering that there were several instances during our trip cursing pigeons, I was shocked to see her save one, well done!

Late afternoon, more of the family arrived and we enjoyed the day with wines (Including my new favorite braquetto which I have learned is an unlikely acquisition in the USA.), snacks and great conversation. Dinner included unbelievable pork tenderloin marinated by Aunt Maryanne and grilled by Jean. I will be trying to duplicate this sometime soon in my own kitchen. With freshly roasted peppers, marrows and couscous it was a feast. All the while we were serenaded by fireworks which were more of a marathon on Sunday. Did you know that Malta is the 2007 winner of the Caput Lucis Fireworks World Championship held in Rome, Italy last year? So I’ll console myself that all of the banging and explosion is one big dress rehearsal for another competition even if it isn’t necessarily so. Fireworks or no, it was my great pleasure to spend time with the family and enjoy being part of their big family. With much laughter and love, it was the perfect way to complete my visit in Malta.

Posted by Kelsworth 20:56

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