Friday evening at 5:30pm I got on a plane to Rome. Sometime Saturday morning I got off that plane, wandered around the Rome airport for a few hours, and then boarded another plane, this time to the tiny island country of Malta, just south of Sicily. Sometime Friday afternoon I wandered off a plane in Malta, found a bus to the ferry terminal, took the ferry to the neighboring island of Gozo, and then hired a taxi to take me to the small town of Xlendi (Shlen-dee).
A little delirious form lack of proper sleep, and confused about what day it was, I put my stuff into my tiny hotel room and walked out to the front of the hotel. The sight was stunning. The hotel sits on a somewhat rectangular bay, our open water “swimming pool.” Other folks from the group who had arrived earlier were climbing out of the water. I ran back to my room and suited up and went for my first dip. It was heavenly. All the fear I had about the cold water was instantly gone. I found the water completely bearable, and even warm at the surface where the sun had bathed it all day. I took my water-proof camera out and filmed a lovely introduction to Gozo which, of course, I have been unable to access on my computer. (I’ve fixed the problem now, and future videos should be no problem. So stay tuned.)
With 2 hours to go before the program officially started with a group dinner, I went for a walk up the hill to the nearby town of Victoria. All of the pictures below are from that walk. It was a glorious, beautiful day. By the time I returned to my room after dinner, I crashed and was sleeping like a baby until my phone woke me up at 4am. I thought it was my alarm going off, but it was only my mother: calling at 4am! Half asleep, unsure of long-distance calling rates, and not wanting to wake up my roomie, I shut off the phone and continued to sleep (Sorry mom!). The next day, which began early and ended late (and is the one I am at the end of while I type this) was the hardest day of swimming I have ever experienced, and also the most rewarding (and also the easiest day planned for in this program!). I will have to wait until tomorrow to report on the swimming. Now, I MUST go to sleep. I probably should have gone to sleep an hour ago. Tomorrow is likely to be twice as hard.
Please excuse the crap formatting. I should be sleeping. Good night!