The next destination
So, I have this plane ticket to the continent of Europe that is a "use it or lose it" situation. It kind of happens to be during our busy season at work but it is also during a time period when I usually need a break for my own sanity. So I'm headed to Malta for 4 nights. October is still pleasant weather there and I know pretty much nothing about the Republic of Malta other than it is south of Sicily, kind of Italian and kind of Arabic, and seems to blend together the cultures of Europe, the East, and Africa in a way that you will not find anywhere else.
I'll spend one evening or maybe two in Paris on my way home and I'm interested to see if I'll have the same teary-eyed departure I had in Reykjavik in June. I actually thought about spending a night on the way home there but Paris was my first love and there's a great chance I'll see my friend who lives there too.
I've done a little logistical planning already, I've booked my flight to Malta from Prague (my original destination) and to Paris from Malta when I leave. I've booked a very affordable Airbnb bedroom in an apartment on the island in a city near Valletta, the capital. I have booked a hotel in the 10th arrondissement of Paris (where I've never stayed before) and a hotel in Prague the first night. I arrive in Prague early on a Friday morning and there are no direct flights to Malta on Friday, so Saturday it is. I will head into Prague for some relaxed sightseeing and I picked the hotel based on its proximity to the $3 express bus stop to the airport.
Overall, I think this is going to be a nice October break. It will increase my total to five new countries visited in 2017 (Panama, Colombia, Faroe Islands, Denmark, and Malta) and will close out my own personal holidays with a relaxing trip. I plan on hiking, seeing ruins, eatings some great food and drinking wine, and hitting the beaches of Malta.