If you are in Malta in the summer months the roads can get shiney with the heat and become very slippery.
Me, Emmeline and Ian were walking back to my Aunty's flat in Sliema down a steep bank called Triq G. Bencini, Ian tripped and slid forward down the bank he realy hurt his hand and dented his pride, it looked like he was on the cresta run, so me and Emmeline laughed but we laughed compassionatly.
A couple of days later Me and Emmeline were walking up Triq Manwel Dimech in Sliema when a German lady slipped on her arse, if it had been me I would laugh about it and get up but she glared at us and waited for us to help her up then said something in German I don't think it was nice ( she should learn to swear in English ) and we laughed as she got up off her arse this time no compassion Ha! Ha!
So take care it is easy to hurt yourself although on the plus side it is realy funny for the people watching.
1. Crazy taxi driver. Don't forget to negotiate the fee before you ride.
2. Strong wind in Winter months. I saw many people with broken umbrella.
3. Bring comfortable shoes so that you can enjoy those pre-historical sites, and beautiful beaches.
4. Cats are everywhere on the islands!!! Of course, I wanted to pet them, but not many of them were friendly.
5. Public buses with no doors. (or buses with doors, but left opened.) You don't want to stand near the door, just in case.
6. Currency exchange rate! LM1 was about $2.75 when I went there. (Jan. 2006)
7. Most shops close around 7pm-7:30pm even in Valletta. As soon as shops close, people go home and no one was on the street!
The sea may look tempting to swim in but sometimes it can be dangerous. Always swim where other people are swimming and NEVER swim in a beach by yourself. For several reasons, be accompanied by a friend/partner. If you're on your own, your personal items could be stolen, or even worse you might need help and no one will know. Unfortunately we have casualties every year most often by naive tourists. In winter the temperature may be warm, but the sea will still be very cold. This will result in Hypothermia or a heart attack. Unseen underwater currents, or strong waves may put you in jeopardy if you're not a very good swimmer.
If you have your own car or if you have rented one, this is for you:
Driving in Malta can be dangerous, the road conditions can change very fast.
The roads are often quite narrow.
You drive on the left side of the road (I often joked: that´s because there are too many potholes on the right side), but you have to be aware, that other cars tend to drive around the potholes and get on your side.
Also at night some cars don´t have all the proper lights on (maybe because they are busted) so be very careful when driving in the dark.
Around Valetta you can find some "bumpers" on the road to slow traffic. Beware, because they are sometimes not lighted whatsoever.
I suppose that it is not the problem for people from England but for the people from other countries it could be a problem. You should remember that the sockets in Malta are similar to English ones so you have to take the adapter going there.
If you're walking anywhere in the countryside, you'll definately encounter this sign - R.T.O. It's not a public sign, and most often it's either painted on walls, or on a rusty piece of metal. This stands for RESTRICTED TO OUTSIDERS. Unfortunately these are placed there illegaly by hunters or bird trappers so no one would interrupt their hobby. Sadly no authorities have the balls to stop this illegal nonsense.
My word is, if possible stay out of the RTO areas, and if you're adventurous enough to play dumb, excuse yourself if confronted by a hunter. He won't shoot you if you say you didn't know. :)
You can also join the website below, to help us fight this thing once and forever !
One warning: When you go out in Paceville at night, for example to go clubbing, sometimes it happened to me to see Drunks fighting in the middle of the main streets..
I'm not saying it always happens but just watch out! Be careful!
The only thing you can do is just TRYING NOT TO GET INVOLVED...
This is a small problem and a big inconvienece still I think its worth mentioning. If you are in Valletta and it starts raining stay up hill. The streets become rivers. I made the mistake of trying to take the ferry back to Sliema when it was raining and should have opted for the bus. Since the ferry is below the city naturally all the water flowed that way. Soaked my shoes, pants, and was miserable.
Either wait the rain out at a cafe or take the bus you will be glad you did.
One can see from the picture how steep it is on the way to the ferry dock.
I can't really think of any warnings or dangers other than those that always apply even at home - look after your belongings and take care crossing the roads.
Malta felt to me like the safest place I had visited. We didn't see anything remotely threatening anywhere that we went, even in the backstreets of large and small towns. All we saw was some fascinating "lived in" areas and very very friendly people.
There is one thing to beware of... sunburn! The weather was so absolutely perfect when we were there and we like to be out and about for the whole day, so it is very important to use a good sun lotion to stop yourself burning. You wouldn't want to have to stay indoors for half your holiday, would you.
The Malta Experience is a good way of finding out a little of the islands rich history I went with my nephew and it was great I went again with Ian and the head set either side of him didn't work and it was quite full so I had no sound as I had been befor it wasn't so important but it is bad to charge people and you have a hit and miss chance of hearing anything.
I hope they have solved ther problems.
I recall seeing a cartoon that showed someone asking a street vendor how much the beer was and the seller replied "Depends, what nationality are you?" Classic. I think the Maltese take to heart the motto: Who Dares, Wins. There's also a sort of attitude that if you get overcharged, you're the mug for accepting it and not quibbling. This applies particularly with taxi drivers and bar tenders and street vendors and basically anywhere that doesnt post its prices up. Taxi drivers are obliged by law to switch their meters on, so demand it. Always check your bill after a meal and risk at your peril accepting the waiter's recommendation of Today's Special without asking how much beforehand. Recently, a tourist wrote into the Sunday Times and said she had accepted the recommended Speciality of the Day and ended up paying over 100 Euros for a fish dish shared between 4. Be on high alert in touristy locations. Order a large milkshake and you may get a large glass of vanilla flavoured milk. When you quibble, the waiter may tell you you forgot to ask for the THICK version. Duhh.
The Maltese are generally very friendly people, so just when you think that the word rip-off never made it into their dictionary you will be approached by someone who starts off asking some general questions about your stay, how much you enjoy it blahblahblah, followed by the chance to participate in a draw where you can win “expensive” jewellery that you will of course win much to the “surprised” delight of the local. Following that you can collect your win provided you visit a new hotel or apartment complex that has recently opened. If you haven’t guessed it till then, now is the time to kindly tell this guy to please EFF OFF. It’s the same scam that is readily available in just about any other resort on this beautiful planet. If you’d go with them, you’d be brainwashed for hours to listen to their sales pitch and your prize will be withheld until the very last moment. If you ever manage to get it without signing your life away, you will discover that it’s some cheap jewellery you really couldn’t be bothered with in the first place. In short: You will waste hours of precious time that you could easily spend exploring new places on the island that you hadn’t seen yet.
I was in Malta at the beginning of November, and it was quite warm! Walking from the Hagar Qim Temple to the Mnajdra Temple involves walking down a fairly long slope, 500 meters long. At the bottom, where you find the Mnajdra Temple, there is no place to buy water or anything, and you should have it for the walk back up! I recommend to wear a hat, sunscreen, and drink lots of water.
The picture shows the walk between the two temples...imagine how hot it must be in July and August!
Please watch how you cross the roads when visiting Malta, even if you are using a Zebra-Crossing. And if you decide to rent a car and drive, please be patient with the impatient Maltese drivers! Just because you have the right of way, don't assume that you are going to get it! A lot has been said about the Maltese drivers but I have been driving for over 20 years and I find that all you need is a little bit of patience.
If you are not used to hot and humid weather, do avoid staying too much in the sun. Drink plenty of water and wear cotton clothing which will keep you cool. Some tourists suffer sun-stroke. The hottest months are July and August but even June and September can be quite hot too.
If you are not a strong swimmer, avoid swimming when it's rough. There are dangerous undercurrents in places like Golden Bay.
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