Slowing down again, this time it snuck up on us..

After our immensely enjoyable time in Istanbul, which included a lovely visit from Julie’s family, we’d outlined rough plans to travel on through Turkey. Standing at the entrance to the Metro station which would take us to our bus and the next 4 or 5 weeks of travelling every few days, we realised our hearts weren’t in it..

We didn’t get on the Metro.

Instead, we stayed in Istanbul for a couple of extra days, re-evaluated, and then we got on an aeroplane to Malta*.

A wet welcome to Malta, from here it's easy to imagine this was part of the United Kingdom!

A wet welcome to Malta, from here it’s easy to see how this was once part of the United Kingdom!

We had a list of some simply amazing experiences lined up in Turkey – visiting Troy, taking a dip in the carbonate white pools of Pamukalle, and hot air ballooning over the other-worldly landscape of Cappadocia – but when we stopped for a moment we realised we just weren’t as excited about our impending travel as we thought we ought to be. As we talked about it, we remembered that it was about this time last year we decided to slow down, which resulted in a laid-back couple of months in Northern Thailand. Many of the reasons we had back then applied once more.

The southern fishing village of Marsaxlokk, home to Malta's Sunday market and just the kind of tranquility we were looking for

The southern fishing village of Marsaxlokk, home to Malta’s Sunday market and just the kind of tranquility we were looking for

And so, we decided we would take some time for ourselves, to catch up with the blog, and to rest, recuperate, and get ready to continue the adventure.

Oh, and we’ll definitely be back to Turkey for the hot air ballooning, the food and the genuinely warm hospitality if nothing else!


* Why Malta? Well, when we were wow’ing our way around Uzbekistan with Jo, she had nothing but praise for this small Commonwealth island. As it was fresh in our minds, and we were going to be working our way homeward through Europe, we looked at a few other countries but Malta had the right mix of interesting sights, quietness and winter warmth we were looking for. Thanks again Jo :o)

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