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Captain Larry

Extended Stay Vacation

by Captain Larry »

We are experiencing exceptionally warm and sunny weather for February in Malta. For the past four days it has been 25 C (75+ F) and cloudless skies, This is normally Malta's rainy season with temps in the low 60s F, so my experience is not "normal". As yostwl said, look at a web site such as visitmalta.com to see what the "norms" are for the various seasons of the year. But my experience proves that exceptions do happen.

Yesterday we toured the island of Gozo. It was beautiful, and had there not been a steady breeze it would have been almost too hot. I did not apply sunscreen and today I'm a "red-neck". Well, in some ways I always am, but you get my meaning. My First Mate took her sweater off and was happy with the short-sleeved shirt she was wearing. Admittedly, on the ferry, out of the sun and in the wind, we all bundled up a bit, but many of our fellow tourists, mostly northern Europeans, were in shorts, tee shirts, and sandals.

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Captain Larry

RE: Extended Stay Vacation

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Today we were in Valletta and the weather was somewhat different from the past few days. For one, it was cloudy so no sunburn today. The high temp for the afternoon was probably about 8 - 10 degrees (F) cooler than yesterday. And the wind was rather strong. If we could not get out of the wind we were somehwat chilled today. There was no rain, but otherwise this was a more normal February day for Malta than have been the past several days.

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Captain Larry

RE: Extended Stay Vacation

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There were several days in Malta, including Tuesday, the 25th, when the temperature was around 25 C, about 75 F. We're home now, in Western Pennsylvania, USA, and the temperature this morning was 4 F, about -16 C. Quite a contrast but I'm still glad to be home. The month in Malta was very enjoyable, but a month away from home is a long time.

Here at home it was cold with a lot of snow while we were gone. But I didn't escape it all. We have a target on our backs for the new winter storm coming on Sunday and Monday. Our anticipated accumulation is about 12 inches by midmorning on Monday. Oh well, I got to use my snow thrower only once before we left on January 28. Looks like I'll get a second chance.

As they used to say in Vaudeville, "But seriously, folks..." Malta has a lot to recommend it as a wintering spot for those of us from the frosty climes. A lot of British, a lot of Germans, and quite a few Scandinavians, already know that, but it seems to be a big secret to North Americans. The Seabank Hotel, where we stayed, is just one of many all-inclusive resorts that are very reasonably priced during the winter. Seabank has about 500 rooms and fills up on weekends. The number of residents from Sunday night through Thursday night was about 200, or a little less. On Friday and Saturday nights it was 1,000. They were mostly young Maltese families just getting out of the house for a couple of days. The facilities were great and the kids were catered to as much as the adults. That was a bit of a drawback at meal times for us senior citizens, but it was very tolerable. There were a lot of three-generation and even some four-generation families in attendance.

For the time we were there the four of us were the only Americans resident at the hotel. We asked the reception manager how many Americans came regularily, and the answer was none. The most Americans he could remember at the hotel at one time was 10, and that was in the Summer. The British guests knew immediately from our accents that we were Americans, but the Germans and most of the Maltese just assumed that we were English. We met one American in Valletta. He was a retired professor from Boston who has been for several years spending the entire winter in an apartment in Valletta. At the airport as we were leaving we saw two other Americans, but they had been in Malta on business.

It's still too fresh in my memory to say if I will do the same type of trip again. I need to settle back into the routine before I can begin thinking about next winter. But of all the winter vacations I have taken, I am most inclined to look at Malta for a repeat.

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yostwl

RE: Extended Stay Vacation

by yostwl »

Thanks, Cap'n!

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Captain Larry

RE: Extended Stay Vacation

by Captain Larry »

Just for fun I thought I would add a post regarding what our weather was like this just past February contrasted with what we experienced last year. For Western Pennsylvania, as with all of the northeastern part of the USA, February 2015 was the coldest February on record. We did not set a record low for any single day, but the overall average for the month was a new record. There were only a couple of days when the daily high temperature was above the freezing mark.  We did not have the record-breaking snows of, say, Boston, but we had enough for me to run my snow thrower six times. And there were a couple of times when we just hibernated for a day or two. Without doing the actual math invloved, my guess is that our experience in Malta in February 2014 gave us an average temperature over 40 F higher than what we got this year. Do I sound like I'm writing for the Maltese Chamber of Commerce?

Of course the logical question is, "Why didn't we go back this year?" There are some logical answers to that question but they all ellude me right now.

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