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New Year’s Eve memories: cold wind, rain and sea spray. Even worse, the guy who parked 2 metres away decides to keep his engine running until the big moment – 45 minutes of filling the air around him with fumes… All that after 2 hours of frantic driving around in the streets of Valletta (thank you, TomTom, for leading us into a narrow alley and insisting we should turn left… into a long steep flight of stairs) in search of a viewpoint that would guarantee a perfect composition… And then, when the clock strikes midnight, you find out that you are in the wrong place to photograph the best fireworks and the best place has, well, already been taken by some other person with a camera. Plus the display is not that spectacular anyway.

And yet… when the fireworks started cracking and the hooting of large ships filled the air (Maltese version of that striking clock) I all of a sudden felt overjoyed, almost elated. No matter how cynical I try to be I do love those occasions… from time to time.

And… it’s a consolation to realise that, had it been London, we would not have been able to find a single space for… no, not our car, buy my tripod, something like five hours in advance of the event.

What else is Malta worth visiting for?

Christmas decorations… Do you think you have seen it all, over and over again and they can’t surprise you with anything? Means you haven’t been to Malta during the festive season. Malta is the Christmas capital of the world. I, who spent my childhood (precisely the first half of my life actually), in what is considered to be one of the most Catholic countries in the world, was looking around in disbelief, marvelling at the nativity scenes, cribs, Santas and lights, all shapes and sizes, on every corner, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Just have a look at the WS photos.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1585 W: 9 N: 3216] (16704)
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