Comino Photos

14 08 2010
Courtesy of Chris ūüėÄ
Leaving Malta...this is just pat of the stuff

Our tents

Cooking Dinner

The Chapel

Leaving the Campsite with all our Stuff



Swimming in the Blue Lagoon

Bee on the boat coming back home

Tired but Happy! Comino!

9 08 2010

I already have other posts with a similar name, but nothing else is fitting‚Ķknackered and tired but happy‚Ķit seems being tired makes me happy‚Ķoh well!…

Why, might you ask am I tired? Well this weekend was our planned camping trip to Gozo: Bernard, Sarah, Luke, Chris, Carina, Clayton and myself had met at the beach last Sunday, and a 1 day trip to Comino turned into a 2-day camping trip there. Friday evening Bernard and Sarah went to buy the supplies…and they made sure that we had enough…will tell you more about it later on! Bernard brought the pasta and pesto to my house…and I cooked 1kg of pasta, which I chilled to take up with me to Comino for all of us to eat for Saturday lunch. After this I packed and was ready to be picked up by Bernard on Saturday at 7:45am.

We made our way to Cirkewwa with (between 7 people) 4 big picnic coolers with food and drinks, 3 tents, and numerous bags and rucksacks. We caught the ferry, and we started making our way from Blue Lagoon to find somewhere to camp. Mid-way up the Blue Lagoon hill, a guy in a battered Fiat passed by and he (thankfully) gave a lift to some of our HEAVY picnic coolers (just to put you in the picture…one of the picnic coolers might have 6 bottles of 2Ltr water and 3 bottles of 1.5Ltr Diet Coke i.e. around 17kgs of drinks. The others kept walking until we met up with Chris who had gone with the picnic coolers in the car. He told us where the guy suggested to camp and off we went. There we found a public camp site. We found some space and pitched our tents. At this point we were ravenous…so we had the pesto pasta I had taken up with me. After washing the plates (in sea water…the sea was a mere 20 metres or so away from our tents) some of us slept, whilst the others went for a swim.

After swimming we dried up and rested (the others slept, whilst me and Bernard played cards). Me and Bernard then went for a short walk to explore the surroundings. We found some clean (very clean) public toilets, to which I am grateful, and then walked to a small chapel in the vicinity to check whether mass is celebrated. We were surprised…there were two masses on Saturday evening (6pm and 7:15pm) and one on Sunday morning (5:45am). We then swam a bit, has a snack (i.e. a whole meal for most people…of galletti, pate, crisps, tortillas etc), dried up and half of us went to the 6pm mass. I doubt whether I understood 10% of the mass…it was in Maltese…but the priest was old, spoke very fast in a thick accent and did not even breathe it seems between sentences. This does not augur well when you are tired, but oh well.

After mass…the remainder went to the 7:15pm mass, whilst we prepared the cooking area for the night’s meal. Once they arrived from mass, we started cooking. This was the menu for the night (per person mind you):

                1 Maltese Sausage

                1 Frankfurter sausage (as a hot dog)

                1 chicken kebab

                1 burger (inside a burger roll)

                1 wudy cheese sausage

                2 other sausages

You must also keep in mind that we were 7 people…however e.g. the burger packs were 10 each…therefore we had extra of everything aaaaaa…We certainly did not go hungry.

 After this we talked a bit, and my first problems of the night surfaced. My intestines were certainly unhappy…and I rushed to the clean toilets for the first time of the night. The others kept drinking and talking for some time, but I decided to turn in (although I did not sleep). After about 30mins (about 11pm), Bernard and Carina, who were my tent mates joined me in the camp and we proceeded to try to sleep. The guys from the next group who were camping in the next area decided they wanted to watch a movie (on a laptop I presume) at quite a high volume…but anyways…I still tried to sleep. At 12pm, I woke up in a panic…woke up Bernard and he gave me his torch, I searched for toilet paper and I rushed to the toilets nearby aaaaaaa. Then back to the tent, but this story repeated itself twice more till 3am L

¬†However I finally managed to sleep a bit weeeee‚Ķthe next morning we woke up and had breakfast‚Ķ3 sausages, baked beans, eggs, bread, bacon, nutella¬†aaaaaaa‚ĶI did not have much due to the night‚Äôs experience aaaaaaa. Whilst setting up and waiting for the last people to wake up (Carina and Luke :D), we also noticed we had visitors in the night‚Ķwe could notice small paws all around our tents‚ĶWe had all heard that mice are a common occurrence on Comino‚Ķin fact we made sure to wash everything we ate in. Any food was either within the tents themselves or in closed picnic coolers‚Ķhowever it seems the mice came to check anyways‚Ķhaha‚Ķnothing for you ūüėÄ

 Carina and Sarah then left to go to the Blue Lagoon to check whether we could go swim there (the day before jellyfish could be seen there, however the wind had died down, and they happily reported back that no jellyfish were there…Wippie…during this time we put down our tents and started packing…when they arrived back, we continued with our packing and then started to make our way to the Blue Lagoon (about 30mins away on foot). We found some space to put down our things at the Blue lagoon, and off swimming we went :D…

The Blue Lagoon

¬†The seas were crystal clear Although relatively cold‚Ķalthough that did not dampen our joy). We swam around, went to Cominotto¬†and crossed over from under it (there is a cave :D) to the other side, and generally had a good time ūüėÄ We then had something to eat (ftira¬†with rio¬†mare tuna insalatissime¬†for the others, ftira¬†with Nutella¬†for me, and some crisps). Then back swimming we went. At about 3pm we went up to dry and proceeded to make our way to the boat boarding queue. We learned that the next boat was at 4pm‚Ķso we waited‚Ķthe queue (not so much of a queue as a bunch of people) waited until our boat arrived‚Ķthe thing is that a lot of different operators make use of the same quay‚Ķso people have to make their way¬†through millions of others to reach their boat‚Ķwe were way up front haha but we waited until our boat arrived‚Ķwee a boat from United Comino¬†ferries which accepts red tickets (there were others with Blue tickets‚ĶI believe they go to another place, not Cirkewwa), and off we went.

¬†Our fantastic trip to Comino¬†was over L‚ĶI did not even capture how much fun we had in this blog‚Ķhowever I would not change it for the world. We reached Malta, and did not want the joy to end. So we all went home, had a shower, slept for around 1hour, and back out we went. Chris collected me and Bernard‚Ķthe others went with Carina, and we went to Tigne where we had something to eat and chatted some more ūüėÄ

 Next up: BBQ at my house next Saturday, to look at the fireworks at Qrendi and Mqabba, and have a good time WEEEEEE!!

Quick Post!

8 08 2010

Back from Comino…slept for around 1 hour…now I am waiting for Chris and Bernard to come for me and out we go…I am TIRED OUT but extremely happy…really enjoyed myself…will tell u all about it tomorrow most probably…

This Weekend!

6 08 2010

What shall I do tonight?…PACK!!…what?!?!?! you must be asking…are you going abroad again?…oh no dear friends…I am going on a camping trip with a couple of my friends to Comino this weekend. We are going to be 7 in all, and it promises to be a wonderful weekend…

The tent has just been packed…I will be taking up my bro’s tent…and another guy will get his tent…so we should be comfortable ūüėÄ I am now cooking 1kg¬†of pasta…to which I will add pesto sauce and cool to take with us for tomorrow’s lunch :D…so that we could enjoy our time there and not spend the day cooking…although Sat evening, Sun bfast and lunch will be cooked ūüėÄ

Then off I will go to start organising whatever I will need (I will do the actual packing tomorrow, since some of the clothes are still drying out in the washroom)…but they should be dry by tomorrow…

Will tell you all about my weekend on Sunday or Monday!