Vlog: Ode to Joy – my parking woes are somewhat alleviated

    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.

    I know that people who actually enjoy driving exist… but I am not one of them. I don’t like it and it stresses me out no end. I start worrying about finding a parking place as soon as I drive off – and we all know how difficult parking has become, especially in certain locations.

    That is why, for my final European Mobility Week challenge, I decided to try out the Marsa Park & Ride. I drove there and had no problem parking (hurrah!), caught my bus without the usual constant thoughts of “Where am I going to park arg?!” going round and round in my head, did my errands and caught a bus back to the P&R to pick up car (hurrah again!) I honestly was in a super mood afterwards and celebrated by singing very loudly with the car radio on my way back home. Success!

    So – my takeaways from my European Mobility Week ‘challenges’:

    • I need to make more of an effort to use the bus when I can, rather than just taking the car as a matter of course.
    • Same with the P&R service.
    • I miss cycling and want to do more of it.
    • The TD Plus service is awesome and I hope it spreads to other localities (like mine for instance, hint hint).
    • The ferry service is brilliant and I will make it a point to use it even more often.
    • I am quite possibly the world’s worst knitter.

    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