On the occasion of European Mobility Week, I venture out of my comfort zone and discover the many different ways I can travel in Malta.
Although not by any means a beach-goer, (much like Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, I hate sand) I do like the sea. I like looking at it, dipping my toes in it and travelling by it. One way to beat the traffic is by using the ferry services to and from the Three Cities/Valletta and Sliema/Valletta.
I have often said that if I lived in the South of Malta or in Sliema, I’d never use the car to go to Valletta – it’s so convenient! Sure, there’s a bit of a walk to get to the centre of Valletta but if you are fit and healthy, I count that as a plus point.
This time, I was in Sliema and wanted to get across to Valletta. I joined the queue at the Ferries and used my Tallinja card to get a reduced rate. The wait was very short – the ferry operates every 15 minutes – and in no time at all, I was on board.
I decided to sit on the top; it was hot, but there was a breeze which was lovely. How nice it was not to worry about the traffic and parking for once… I enjoyed it so much that I was quite sad when the brief journey was over, and it was time to disembark.
At least I had the journey back to Sliema to look forward to!
European Mobility Week (16th to 22nd September) seeks to improve public health and quality of life through promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport. The campaign gives people the chance to explore the role of city streets and to experiment with practical solutions to tackle urban challenges, such as air pollution. More information may be obtained from the website.
Photos & filming: Miguela Xuereb
Editing: Coryse Borg