Put it in my slippers and off the sofa now for me too! Don’t worry, I’m fine, I’m just ooold!
Yesterday I reported on the elderly who meet for a chat in the parks, on the streets and squares in Gozo and Malta.
Today it’s over. Didn’t think that posts on FB or other internet media could cause such a quick and blatant reaction – hahaha!
Now the government has reacted and quarantined all “risk groups”.
" Government has announced a lockdown for persons of over 65 years, as well as younger persons with chronic diseases, such as insulin-dependent diabetics, persons making use of biological medicines, persons who have been on chemotherapy in the past six months, persons who suffer from immunosuppression, pregnant women, people with respiratory complications and others who will be identified through a further communication by government. This is to avoid contact with persons who are potentially carrying the virus. These persons are at greater risk and therefore the authorities feel this decision is needed to protect these members of our community. In total, this covers around 118,000 people. This measure comes into force from Saturday morning. The only exception will cover medical necessities.
The second decision gives the Police authority to ask people not to gather in groups larger than five. Ideally, people should not stay in groups of more than a couple, but the Health Superintendent will delegate its authority to police officers to ask groups of more than five to disperse. This decision was taken since despite the ban of organised events, were still gathering in public spaces, with all the risks that this entails. "
Now the solo run on the coastal path at Qala doesn’t just fall into the water because of the rain showers. Fortunately, Johnnie, my “elderly” landlord, was still there to clean the pool, now he has no exit either.
Benna, my nice supermarket lady, can already look forward to my shopping list for the next week and this time I also need toilet paper (the first big pack after 4 weeks)!
Well now I can pimp my wardrobe, sort my Gozo photos and tidy up my PC. I still have 3 unread Schmöcker and WordPress, FB and haubi.org are still there.
Just knit, I swore to myself, I won’t knit!
A lot has been written and spoken about curfews, bans on contacts and self-isolation throughout Europe in the last few days. The public debate focused on young people who formed groups, groups or celebrated COVID parties in parks, beer gardens and squares. One (including myself) assumed ignorance and anti-social behavior. It was soooo good! But not only young people let their love of life run wild.
The view over Mgarr reflects the location and the feeling of the inhabitants of my small island in the middle of the sea:
Gray is the predominant color at the moment. With the first COVID infected everything changes here!
How ignorant is that! "From now on, should we close the pub ?!" the Cologne scene wonders and quickly gathers for one or more beers in the pack, but let's not forget the Munich party people who had to cuddle up to Lake Starnberg again!
In the Maltese winter, from October to April, is the best time, to walk over the island, especially for me and my age. Its not to warm and mostly dry for travelling around. In the last month I found some new places during my walks. Now its time to up date my travel guide for Gozo.
Don't worry, I still alive! The stormy weather with heavy rain, thunder and strong wind is over now and the quiet, cozy, warm and sunny days are back to the island.
During the last weeks I was working in the house. I decorated my home with up cycled furniture, self-made carpet and new curtains and started with gardening to get my own herbs, salat, vegetables in the next weeks. The sunny days in the winter, yes we have had a lot of them, I enjoyed with walks around the island, visiting Victoria and the other villages, preferential these by the seaside. I found some new places to be.
Since January 2017, I have been immersed in the life of the small village community of Qala. My days are determined by shopping in the village shop of Benna, my cappuccino break in Zeppi’s pub, cleaning up guest rooms, linen and towels wash, decorate guest rooms, to maintain the herb garden in the forecourt, the vegetable garden and the roof terrace and the plants at the pool.
Fortunately, I’m a privileged maid with a private pool that can make a refreshing break!
After a year on the island and many excursions across the island, it was time to take a look at the impressions. My guests had the year many questions, practical, informative but also after living in Gozo. The usual travel guides of the island are quite nice, but also somewhat dusty. My first idea was to create a photobook. But first it is quite expensive and secondly, the topicality leaves a year to be desired. Why shouldn't I use the new media and design a website?
Anyone who knows me knows, there is not much time between idea and realisation. So now the German version was ready. The counterpart in English is following now.
Go to My Gozo and have fun by reading!
Everyone asked me this question when I moved from a small town, just a few kilometres from Munich city, to the small island in the Mediterranean. The answer I want to give with this very personal guide. As a city-plant from Berlin to the village? That was a challenge for me. But I quickly realized: No comparison with the villages in Upper Bavaria. The mix makes the difference. Locals, residents from all over the world, holidaymakers and especially young people on their trips around the world are responsible for the flair of the island. My first year in Gozo gave me time and opportunity to explore the villages, their festivities, leisure activities around the year. To enjoy the urban life in Victoria and the "way Of Life "to get to know the foreign community was on the agenda. That's all I want to show you. Follow my footsteps in Gozo.
Have fun, your Rita
None, a new day starts on Gozo and it's me who wake up early, because new guests will arrive today. The room for them is free since yesterday and the cleanning is finish. Only the sheets and towels are hanging on the line over night. When you will iron the sheets you must start at 7 AM, because later it will be hot in this time. Buhh, I'm finish and take a little break in the pool to cool down. A cup of coffee and a sweet for breakfast, dress up for shopping and I leave the house
This question doesn't let my sleep a long time. I want a personally surrroundings where I live. In the past I have changed the style every three years and love experiments. Now I will live in a completed house, where from the toilette brush to the sunbed anything is their.
A really problem of mine! How I find a solution I will tell you here....
Shopping on Gozo will be planed. When runs the bus? I take them at 9:12 AM to Imgarr, the harbour. Here I change the bus to Victoria, because I don't like the way through the hills, the route is long and boring.
Fourty minutes later I arrive the bus terminal in the middle of Victoria.
At first I go to "Coffee Break" my cappuccino is waiting their and a small talk with the brothers of the "Victoria Garage" by site as well.
I will invite you for a tour through the town, do you will following me?
Since the beginning of March my offer on AIRBNB started and how wunder, the interest of my country house with his private rooms don't let me sleep anymore. It's crazy, but the most requests reach me after 10 PM. I don't know why?
My first booking reached me at 4 AM, an Austrialien will book a room from end of April to end of June - Wow, I earn money for the rent by spleeping......
Now I’m staying still 4. January on Gozo and be very happy to announce “I arrived!”
The first two weeks I was in Xargha by Alexandras beautiful home “Paradise Gardens” for searching about stores for Fleckys food, supermarkets which deliver at home and stores for room equipment, as curtains, coverts for arm chairs and sofas. I found a lot off!
Just ready, the contract for my new home is signed! Running fast? You will ask. Here everything is possible.
On Monday I met Kathya from Frank Salt Estate and she offers 3 objects which compare to my preferences. The 1. Was nice but at the cliffs, windy and cold in winter times, the 2. old and dark, but the 3. was really nice and exactly what I want: My house on Gozo!