While we were busy with another trip to Valletta and exploring the villages, bays, mountains and everything else in a few kilometer range, it had not occurred to us, to just take a closer look on our temporary home.
One morning - finally we had bought the cups for that holiday
- we noticed the closer buildings and that they were definitely uninhabited. There was a fence on the scout campsite, but also a gate wide open... Invitation ^^ (a few days later the gate was locked although it had looked like it would always be open...) There were about 20 buildings, some of them empty, some of them with broken furniture. By hierarchy of the buildings and the order of rooms we could assume that they were built on military purpose.
After some research and looking through a lot of (more or less) empty buildings, a little church
and even a tunnel (which we did not enter, as it didn't look too trustworthy), our theory was approved: this had been a military base probably used by the British (?) built roundabout 1900 and it had been a NATO training ground until the 1960s. Then it got closed and no-one ever had used the buildings again.
But the military base had been split up and the side where the scout camp and the old buildings were on, was only one half of it. The other half was on the opposite side of the street, but there was a wall around the whole area (in Malta they never heard of hoardings, if they have some roadworks or stuff like that however short they may last, they build walls!) and at some spaces also a fence on the wall. But nevertheless the buildings had the same size as the ones on our side, they looked a little different: someone had added arches between the walls and some roof decoration.
In the middle of the seventies this part of the military base should have been transformed into a holiday resort called Hal-ferh. The renovation nearly must have been done as there were beds and bathrooms, sometimes some furniture such as cupboards and lockers and even a ventilator was hanging from each ceiling.
But for some reason it had never opened and must have been untouched since roundabout the early eighties.
Of course many windows and doors were broken and electricity lines were hanging down mostly damaged and beaten by trees, but closer to the middle of the areal there were a few rooms which never had been opened since the construction works had stopped. All of this seemed such surreal - a little paradise after a fall out, because no-one had disturbed the nature for minimum thirty years...
In one of the rooms Mart switched on the current just for fun - our faces must have been awesome.
We walked along the buildings and the old paths towards the main building and stepped out of the thicket into the court yard and into the range of a cctv. Oh well, sometimes a little too curious^^ but why the hell was it there? What did it guard?
Comment from: Faaabe Visitor
Cool! Hat eigentlich jemand von euch meine pinken Schlüpfer aus der Waschmaschine genommen?