We checked out of the Airbnb to go pick up our rental car in St. Julian. Going to St. Julian from Valletta was the easy part – hop on the Valletta-Sliema ferry that runs every 30 minutes. Like their buses, they don’t run on schedule either.
It only took 3 minutes to get across, but more than 30 minutes for us to walk to the car rental place. We thought our day would get easier, but it just became more stressful. The Maltese drive on the left side, like the Brits. To make it even more challenging, driving a manual with the driver on the right side of the car.
Joe’s driven on the wrong side of the road a couple of times already, and I’ve had to remind him to stick to the left. Our new mantra in our heads right now is “look right then look left”. We’ll be happy to leave this island in one piece.
So far, our impression of Malta is that it’s quaint, but tiny. We had originally planned for 10 days in Malta, but cut it by a week because we wanted to make it back home before the borders close on us. In hindsight, cutting the Malta portion was the right decision. This island is minuscule. I feel we’ve already hit a great majority of places today.
Mdina & Rabat
Ghajne Tuffieha Beach