We had spent the rest of the day walking around in Sliema, checking out local products, shops and of course the bay. Valletta/Sliema has some sort of beach at the heart of town. The evening we spent on that amazing roof terrace with wine, pizza and the Beatles =)
The next day we went to see Valletta. Besides having a look at their saluting battery
and the inner part of town we learned a little about their culture:
Food: the national dish is rabbit; their little street food shops which you can find everywhere, have delicious sandwiches with fresh tuna and chicken wraps with loads (and I really mean it) of cheese.
The language sounds like a mixture of Italian and Arabic but usually they all speak British English, which is due to them having been a British colony for about 150 years.
And they have really talented street artists everywhere:
We also decided how we'd like to travel for the next few days. First we thought about getting a car which is not too expensive, but it turned out that no matter which car hiring company you try, you have to pay about 150€ insurance and a debit of 500€. So even as I got some offer that you cannot refuse by a toothless old man ("you don't pay any debit, no! Not even if you bump! How old are you? Hmm 24 that's too young according to our rules, but anyway, you look alright. I would have given you my own car."), we decided that cars might be too expensive for us :D
Fortunately the British did not only bring fish and chips, burger and their language to this country but also a very comfortable bus network.
Here are some useful facts/tips for moving by busses:
You pay 1,50€ each ride, but no matter how far - if you like over the whole island
For 21€ you get a ticket for one week with unrestricted use
If you need a bus, no matter how many people standing at a bus stop, you have to wave, otherwise it won't stop. Same for sitting inside the bus - if you don't know exactly when your stop is the next, it is helpful to track yourself on Google maps.