Fun in the sun at St Peter’s Pool

Yesterday my friend and I spent the afternoon at St Peter’s Pool. It was the first time visiting this area after wishing to for a very long time. We’d tried to find this place a few months ago but must have been driving blind because we both missed some very obvious signs – oops.

What can I say? It was everything I expected and more! The rock formations are amazing and I felt like I was somewhere else other than Malta. The sea was crystal clear which only made me wish I had a snorkel with me.


We swam, soaked up the summer rays, jumped from the rocks, drank Cisk (popular Maltese lager) and ate lots of crackers and delicious dips! It was a truly awesome day with a truly beautiful friend.

St Peter’s Pool is quite out of the way close to Marsaxlokk so you’ll probably need a car to get there but it’s absolutely worth the trek. You won’t find any facilities here so be sure to pack yourself a cooler bag full of refreshments and treats if you’re planning to stay for a few hours.

It was bitter-sweet to see a large group of English language students taking over the beach when this is said to normally be a very quiet spot but at the same time I’m happy that these kids had the chance to experience a different part of Malta instead of the usual areas in Sliema. Luckily for us, we sat in a quieter part away from the crowds with little disturbance from the masses.


Discovering these stunning little nooks, just affirms how much I have really grown to love and appreciate living in Malta. It may be tiny but it’s packed with character.





There’s something a little mystical about walking through an ancient city in the middle of a vast jungle (especially one which name means ‘waters stirred by the wind’).

Coba was probably built between 600-900 AD and was said to have been an important trading post and commercial link between the cities. It is about 80 square kilometers and remains in great condition with very little reconstruction.


There are some really interesting ruins that have been excavated here so it’s a definite must see if you visit this side of Mexico; in fact I preferred it to Tulum. Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit Chichen Itza due to an unfortunate event but from what I’ve heard, Coba was the ancient ruin not to be missed!


Nohoch Mul

Nohoch Mul is the star of the show. Literally translated as ‘big mound’ it rises 42 meters high (higher than El Castillo at Chichen Itza) and to this day you can still climb to the top. I won’t lie, I wasn’t the fittest of people when I went to Mexico so I struggled a little bit but it was mostly due to clumsiness and the uneven steps! The view from above is pretty spectacular and like me, you’ll probably be left in awe. It’s pretty cool to see ant like people below you and to be higher than the trees without the use of a plane.


Excuse my dopey face!

As well as temple pyramids you may spot a ball court or two. Games were an important part of the Mayan society and most cities would have had one. The Mayans did nothing the easy way like us today…they used their hips and elbows to put a rubber ball through a hoop. In Coba the hoops are placed on slanted walls allowing the players to get close to the hoop. Human sacrifice was part of these games and there are varying theories about who would have been sacrificed. Archaeologists are unsure whether it would have been the losing team who would have been sacrificed or the winning team who would have been proud to lose their lives and join the Gods they worshipped. Perhaps it was both at different points in civilisation?

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Have fun exploring!


That time in Mexico: Part 2

Mexico was jam-packed with adventurous times! When we weren’t relaxing on the beach with a plate of nachos, we were off trying out something different.

About a week into our trip we took a ride on the fastest speedboat I’ve ever been on. It was so much fun but a word of warning for the ladies…best not to just go in just a bikini top, I ended up without mine at one point! Fortunately no one noticed but it did leave me red-faced – oops!


We ended up on this beautiful little island called Akumal where we did lots of snorkeling and got to see loads of different species of fish such as parrot fish and barracuda. We also saw some squid and got to observe the beautiful turtles too, of course keeping our distance so as not to disturb them in their environment.


Beautiful Akumal

Our journey into Coba was fantastic. We canoed (badly), ziplined across a river, rapelled into a cenote and trekked through the jungle. It’s probably the closest I will ever feel to being Lara Croft! (A much less graceful version).



Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico


If you’ve read Part 1 of my Mexico adventure, you might remember that I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to creatures of the sea. Well a week into our trip we were heading to an area near Holbox early in the morning to go and swim with Whale Sharks in the deep blue sea. Only two days before this I was acting like a complete ninny because a fish the size of my hand was brushing past my leg so this was a B.I.G deal.

I remember that I had mixed feelings as we bumped over the waves on the speedboat. One part of me was charged with excitement and the other half of me was absolutely terrified. If it wasn’t for Sarah, I’m honestly not sure I would have went through with it so I’m glad she gave me that little nudge that I needed.

Can you see the shadow?

Can you see the shadow?

Hello beautiful :)

Hello beautiful :)

We saw some dolphins too!

We saw some dolphins too!


I did it! There’s no photographic evidence of me having a cup of tea with them but it’s all up in my little noggin…or well, it’s a vague memory due to being so overwhelmed at the time. It’s hard to describe how it feels to be beside something quite so majestic. I was scared and that feeling didn’t disappear but I was really proud of myself for facing something that really challenged me. As for Sarah, she could have been swimming with a goldfish she was so unafraid! I admire that :)

If you want to change your life, you must first change your mind.

So yeah, go and swim with whale sharks and tick it off your bucket list :)

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That time in Mexico: Part 1

Twenty feels like a lifetime ago now. So many new experiences have enriched my life since then and still I look back at Mexico and remember what an amazing time I had with my childhood friend, Sarah.

It was the first ‘big’ holiday I had ever had and we had booked one of those all-inclusive (and exclusively touristy) packages to Playa Del Carmen, described as one of the hippest places in the Yucatan Peninsula. I vaguely remember arriving and Sarah having to tip the entire contents of her luggage out at the airport before we could proceed any further…do blonde people look more dodgy? It was morning when we left the UK and it was early morning when we arrived in Mexico. We decided to head straight for the beach and relax; although the jet lag wasn’t much of an issue it was still going to be a longer day than usual.


After settling down a bit, we decided to take a look at the excursions. By the end of the first day we had booked a considerable amount of tours – the operators must have loved us!

Here are some of the places we went and activities we did:

Tulum – Built between the 13th-15th century, Tulum, formerly known as Zama meaning City of Dawn stands tall on the edge of a cliff along the east coast facing the Caribbean Sea. In its heyday it was an important hub for trade particularly in turquoise and jade. It’s also one of the few Mayan cities protected by a wall. The word Tulum itself is the Mayan word for fence, wall or trench. There’s a couple of theories for why the city was surrounded by a wall – most obvious (to me at least) would be to protect the area from invasion. The second theory is that only the high and mighty ones (priests and nobility) could reside within the walls. The peasants were left outside.

If you like history, you should go ahead and check this beauty out. Word of warning though, it gets incredibly hot and humid so be sure to bring a sun hat and plenty of water!

Isla Mujeres aka Island of Women If I remember correctly, we took the catamaran here! It was lots of fun and we got to do a bit of snorkeling in the middle of the luscious turquoise sea While we were swimming the weather turned pretty dark and ominous and the currents were pretty strong so I was quite worried that I wouldn’t make it back!

Xel-Ha – A natural aquarium park full of attractions for everyone. You’ll get the opportunity to come up close and personal with many different species of fishy’s. Before going here I pretty much pooed myself (please don’t take this literally) when in the vicinity of fish. When you’re in the water at Xel-Ha, there’s pretty much no escape! Let’s just say I’m a lot more confident these days. As well as snorkeling, there’s also tubing and so many other activities. You can click here to be directed to their site. I recommend it!

In my next post about Mexico, we’ll be swimming with Whale Sharks!

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Quack quack: Duck Village

I was going through some of my older photos when I came across a few from a short visit to Duck Village so I thought that I would share.

Firstly you should know that It’s not your typical tourist attraction.

I found a few reviews before writing this which summed the place up as a bit ‘weird’ and all I can say to that is, well…esthetically, yes I suppose it’s not your average home for ducks but it’s a home nonetheless and since quirky is my thing, I quite like it.


A hanging teddy bear adorns one section… I guess the ducks like it?

Duck village is a little area set up on Manoel Island in Gzira and from what I can tell is run entirely on charitable donations.


As well as ducks, it’s also the home to a few cats, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs all of which seem content with their lives.


Why not go and check this little haven out whilst you’re in the Sliema/Gzira area? Buy some bread from a local shop and go and feed our little quacky friends (don’t forget the bunnies and guinea pigs too!). There’s also a box to leave a little donation.

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