Later this spring, we’re going to spend six months in Malta. Besides reading a Lonely Planet guide book on the subject, I haven’t done tons and tons of research. What the heck–it’s just a foreign country, right? I’m half joking–I’ll get around to more reading before I go.
Although Malta comprises five islands, only two – Malta and Gozo – are populated year-round (a third, Comino, is primarily a summer resort). Malta stretches 17 by 9 miles and has 370,000 residents, while smaller, sleepier Gozo is home to about 30,000. It’s one of Europe’s most densely populated nations, but it’s not another Hong Kong. Just minutes outside the busy capital of Valletta and its suburbs, I was surprised to see miles of empty fields and terraced gardens roll by my tour bus windows.
We plan to live on Gozo (which, oddly, is pronounced ‘Aw-desh’). Coincidentally, Gozo is apparently about the size of Hong Kong.