I was planning on making videos of people I meet and upload them on my website. In a 2 minute video the person would introduce him/herself and would share the story that changed his/her life or had an impact on lives of others. Over the last few weeks I met many people, each very different from one another with different personalities and different approaches to life. The stories they shared with me were very personal and I can’t share them here because when i do they will become less significant and I do not want that.
Each person I met is different and that is great! We are all unique - or as my friend put it once - we are all the same because we are all unique. Each person has got a different understanding of life and what it should be. I was allowed into the lives of people I travelled with. I obtained different insights. Each person touches you in a certain way and helps you become who you aspire to be and want to be. It is important to know that neither one of us is in position to judge anyone. It is easy to judge and difficult to understand. We don't know what shaped a particular person and what the person has been through in his/her life and what demons the person is fighting. Listening is the key to understanding.
I arrived in Capaddocia today. I am staying in a cave tonight - yes an actual cave. There are no windows and its fucking cold there during the day. During the night they turn on the special heating system to keep us warm :-) I have never seen a place like Capaddocia before. Makes me feel like I am in the smurf city. People literally live in caves here and these caves look like giant mushrooms. The whole city is special. I am planning on getting up early in the morning tomorrow and climbing one of the big shrooms to see the sun rise. I will then rent a scooter and drive around the open air museum. I am planning a turkish bath in the afternoon before I am off to Kayseri to meet my host.
I spent the last two days in Izmir - the most modern city in the whole country. And I liked it a lot. It was a great experience thanks to my lovely host. She made me feel like home. I rarely meet such warm and helpful people like her. We spent the whole day walking around the city. She is a great cook too. Remember to say thanks to your mom from me for all the things she made that we ate :-) Happy birthday again btw
I lost track of time. I just realised it is sunday today. I am trying not to think that my trip will be over in one week. I will then have to wait another 2.5 months for my next adventure in Africa. There is so many places to see and discover. But as i said it is not the places that you see but the people you see these places with. I have met amazing people so far and they made me enjoy my trip.
I am thinking where i should go in August after being back from Africa. I am thinking Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and a bit more of South East Asia. But i don't like to plan. I don't know where I'm gonna sleep in 2 days… so planning a trip in 3 months is an impossible task for now haha
Malta in summary:
beautiful Mediterranean island, Influenced by the English with a horrible public transportation. I love it here. :-)
I have been meaning to go to Malta for a while now. I paid 22E for my flight from Oslo to get to Luqa. That was my cheapest ticket I ever bought given the distance travelled. Thank you RyanAir and my apologies environment.
Upon arrival all building seem to be of the same color - yellowish and orangish colour which looks boring The island is actually composed of three islands. Malta is tiny but it takes for ever to get to places using the public transpiration. There is usually one bus per hour and often they are late or never show up. If you miss your bus you then have to wait another hour for the second one to come. It happened to us a few times. Once we ended up stranded in the middle of nowhere trying to hitch a ride back home. But the adventure doesn't begin until something goes wrong :-) We had a great time. I met wonderful people: Croatian, Italian, Chinese, Polish, Israeli, English and Canadian
We saw the most important POI’s. The most impressive one was the Golden bay where we went for a hike. We did a bit of climbing to get to the top and it was worth it. We were just on time for the sunset which was beautiful.
Food is cheap. Hostels are cheap. It is off season now so there is fewer tourists which allows you to truly explore the island and get to know it better.
I made a few good friends including my Italian/Chinese friend with whom i did a lot of sight seeing. We also met a few Canadians on the way with whom we hung out at the Strawberry festival and went hiking. I usually slept only a few hours a night and I am now sleep deprived but i dont care haha I managed to go out too fI went to a few bars and met some locals. They are easy going people and it didn't take long for us to hit it off.
We didn't really plan that much. Usually it was a series of coincidences that happened to us that brought us together. It was random sometimes but it always worked and we always had a good time.
What I enjoyed most was not the places I saw but the people i was with when seeing these places. I was very lucky to come across them. It was thanks to them that I had such a good time there. I am thankful to them for that. I also met up with my high school friend who I haven't seen in 7 years. It was awesome to catch up :-)
I am off to Cyprus now. Will travel to Paphos for one night to get to see the city. I found couches for all my nights there which is really cool.
Stay tuned and check out some of the pics from my Malta posts :).