I asked the bus driver if he would take us to a sandy beach in Sliema and he looked at me strangely with his sunglasses covering his eyes and said there are no sandy beaches in Sliema, I told him there should be one called Ghadir beach. When we finally arrived, he took off his sunglasses, looked at me with a smirk and said, “Enjoy your sandy beach”. There was no sandy beach, but there was a friendly rock beach and it would probably have been packed with people if it was warmer. It was about 20degrees and cloudy, but that didn’t stop me from changing to my swimsuit. I was eager to get into the ocean, but my friend wasn’t that eager. The salt water was refreshing and it was even warmer in the ocean than on land. After a while, an old man with a dog passed by and told me to be careful as it could be sleepy and then said he could show me a much safer and nicer area. I followed him to an area nearby. He was right, it was too deep to touch the rocky bottom and it had edges to hold on to. His dog wanted to jump in with me, but thankfully the owner didn’t let him. I thanked him and continued swimming for a while. I air dried my body and put on my clothes which became yellow from the powder on the rocks.
The boat made 1.5 hour stop in Blue Lagoon, Comino before it went back to Buggiba. The scenery was amazing and the water was as blue as it could be. We passed several food and drink stands and then went down to the artificial beach. I loved how they served drinks in a pineapple shell – it looked very tropical. I changed to my swimsuit and didn’t wait one more minute until I jumped in the water. There were many people posing for pictures but not as many swimming. I went back on land to talk to Mellie, she was feeling cold. It was 20deg. and the sun was shining, hence I jumped back in. It started getting windy, but it was time to get back to the boat anyway. After the boat started and turned, a sunbed flew all over the place, injuring a man who was sitting on one of the sunbeds. He was quickly looked after and came back with a bandage wrapped around his head.
Day 4 – Friday – Golden Bay, Bugibba