Podcast #070: Malta

A picture looking out across a harbour at a stone fortification dominating the centre of view. A town lies behind it, low-rise.

Welcome to Episode 070 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

In April 2023 I had a week in Malta. This was for two reasons; firstly, my friend Laura wanted to get away for the Easter Weekend, because she believed it would be infinitely better than staying at home, and she’d never been to Malta. Secondly, the weekend after, there was a video content creation conference run by Traverse and I figured if I was going to be there anyway, I might as well pop along.

I’d been to Malta before, back in January 2017, and I’d always meant to do some blogs about my visit – indeed at the time I did some microblogging on Instagram – but I never got round to doing fuller posts. Once I knew I was going again, it made perfect sense to plan a podcast episode that merged together both trips.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Further leg updates
  • Flight issues
  • The Traverse KeyFrame Conference
  • Expectations of Malta
  • Ancient temples
  • Gozo’s Citadella
  • A brief history of Malta
  • All Along The Watchtowers
  • Fort St Angelo
  • World War Two
  • Dingli Ciffs and Dwejra Bay
  • The Salt Pans of Marsalforn
  • Maltese beaches
  • “A European Israel”
  • Traffic and problems being a pedestrian
  • The quiet backstreets
  • The old town of Mdina
  • Marsaxlokk
  • The Co-Cathedrals of Malta
  • A very small Cristo Redentor
  • Maltese craft beer and wine
  • Italian-esque food
  • A watery irn-bru
  • The Maltese Bus service
  • Ferries across the harbour and beyond
  • People
  • The Maltese Football Premier League

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice. Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do. In addition, a PDF transcript of this episode is available.

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Contributions for this pod came from two people I interviewed at the Traverse Conference:

In addition, I make reference at the start of the pod to having appeared on an episode of Ruth Millington’s Extreme Holidays pod, talking about my Hike Across Great Britain.

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