The modern society continues to progress. The population of urban dwellers continues to grow and expand at an unprecedented rate. And people are more in tuned with technological gadgets. However, it seems like humanity is, by and large, regressing. If you are a city dweller, take a look around you, people are rushing to their respective destination, minding their own businesses, eyes glued to their smartphone screens, often unaware of their surroundings or even where they are headed to. People are often wary and suspicious of their surroundings due to the onset of crime.
I was casually walking around the Blue Grotto, taking pictures of the beautiful azure blue sea and the breathtaking rock formations in the surroundings.
“Hi there, do you need my help to take pictures for you?” A middle-aged man all dressed in black approached me while sitting on his motorbike.
I was clearly taken aback and quite wary of this stranger, so I kindly declined his offer.
But he persisted on. “I’m a local here, I love making friends with tourists”.
Still on my guard of his true intentions, I declined him again.
“I was just trying to be friendly, why do you act like I’m a bad guy?” At that point, I felt kind of guilty for being rude and unfriendly to him. So, I gave in and agreed to let him take pictures for me.
I politely thanked him and walked away. But that’s not the end of it.
He caught up with me on his motorbike. “Come hop on, I will give you a tour of this neighbourhood, this is my territory, I’m happy to take tourists around!”
I was again taken aback by his offer. But at the same time, I had my guards up since I was travelling by myself and I had gotten to know him not long ago, my brain was telling me to not trust this man.
As I was hesitating, he hopped off his bike and headed to the nearest souvenir shop. Minutes later, he handed me a postcard.
“Here you go, this is a small gift to you. Please don’t think I’m a bad guy, I would really love to tour you around and be friends with you. I like making friends with people from all over the world”
“Ok, let’s go!” I couldn’t believe I eventually agreed to go with him.
The next thing I know, I was sitting on a stranger’s motorbike who I barely know in a country which I just landed few days ago. Soft sea breeze gently blowing through my hair, the warm Mediterranean air caressing my cheeks, I’ve never felt more exhilarated and liberated than this.
|Basking in the sunshine|
|There’s nothing more exhilarating than being on an open country road by the beautiful Maltese coastline|
|The courtyard of a 100-year old Maltese house|
|Thank you so much for your kindness, I will never forget!|