05 April 2014

Meandering in Malta: Xagħra Village

On the first day of my 9-day visit to Malta, I didn't do much. After all, I flew from Germany by flying from Berlin to Frankfurt to Malta, and then I took a bus ride that took me from the airport in the big island to the ferry station at the end of the island. And from there, I took a ferry that took me to the island of Gozo. Upon arriving at the ferry station in Gozo, I took another bus, and only then did I find my first stop. I was staying with a local, and so I went to his house to meet him.

The directions that he gave me were very useful. Xagħra is a small village, and it reminds me of my grandmother's town in the province in the Philippines. Things are very quiet, and life seems to be very slow.



The pictures above are the first pictures that I have taken in Malta. These are some sceneries I have seen while on the ferry crossing the body of water that separates Malta and Gozo. While Malta is an urban island with full of people, Gozo is very slow.



I found my Couchsurfing host, and after some tea and a chat, I realized that we have been chatting for almost 3 hours. It was Saturday afternoon, and so all I did after that was take a walk in the small town. My host suggested I take a walk towards the east, so that I can see the sun set over the citadel of Victoria. I won't show you photos of Victoria at the moment, as that will be for a different post. In the meantime, the photos above show you the village scenery in Xagħra.

As you can see, most, if not all, structures in Xagħra are made of this beige-colored limestone. I later saw quarries of this stone, as the islands are pretty much made of this material. I never saw other buildings made with other materials. Everything was beige. At first, I thought that was nifty, but then somehow I think the lack of variety would kill me.

Anyway, as you can see, life is slow here. It was a weekend, so Xagħra is very quiet. Victoria is the main town of Gozo, so there is more activity there, which will be the topic of my next travelogue in this series. So stay tuned!

2 comments:

  1. Looks quiet indeed! The church reminds me of Spain, while the island setting reminds me of Greece.

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    1. Zhu,

      It does remind me of Greece as well. Although since there are more limestone here, things are more beige than white. The town is indeed quiet, but since it is in the dead center of the island, it is a good base to explore the outer fringes of it.

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