News from the back of beyond...

move2Gozo's occasional blog

handing over keysFrom time to time Fiona Keeling, whose first visit to Gozo was back in the 1970's, will give us an insight into what is happening here in Gozo, not just from a property perspective but anything that comes to mind as being of interest to talk about from the weather to life on Gozo, the food and local music scene, or even the past... and of course the property market, both over here in the sunny Mediterranean and elsewhere.  

There's always something going on, never mind the active social life that a small island like ours offers to residents and visitors alike.  


Life in the fast lane

Roadworks, dust, what next?

The start of spring is now under way, the weather is getting warmer, though we still get occasional wind and rain. The major infrastructure works in the capital Victoria have been driving us all mad, as getting from A to B can be very frustrating, even for those of us who think they know their way around, as the route changes by the day, and never mind the dust. Confused visitors in hired cars seem to be driving helplessly around in circles. The discovery of archaeology at the old city boundary wall didn't help matters as work on the entire section was halted while experts were brought in to photograph and record. However, looking on the bright side, we will have spanking new roads from the east of the island through to Victoria. The main Road to Gharb in the West was also completed a few years ago.

At last the electric overhead cables are being buried, a new drainage system, new water pipes and pavement embellishments, once completed will look great. 

I have to add that Gharb Village square has also been dug up, as has our own road. Again new drainage systems, water pipes, will be order of the day. The square will be partially pedestrianised with stone cobbles. More on this later, as there willbe some surprises :-). 

Last year the Bus terminus was completely rebuilt, along with the arrival of a modern bus fleet for both islands.  The new service in Gozo is not far short of exellent, as one can now traverse across the island without even needing to stop at the old central hub and also runs up to midnight.



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Why Live in Gozo?

From a resident to a visitor

Having bought and moved here six years ago we have never regretted choosing the quieter life on Malta's sister island. We love to visit Malta for its shopping, theatre and exhibitions but find ourselves heaving a huge sigh of relief as the ferry pulls out of Circiewwa and the stress evaporates as we head back to "our" island again. It feels like visiting a city with all the associated noise and air pollution but as the sea journey of half an hour is so short it is an easy trip. The Maltese themselves also greatly appreciate the relaxed way of life on Gozo which is why many buy holiday homes and escape here for long week-ends.

However, life is far from boring on Gozo as we have many art exhibitions and classical concerts. There is a thriving music scene which attracts people of all ages, both ex-pats and locals.

Zeppi's Bar in Qala is well-known as a favourite hang-out on Friday night with young musicians turning up to play. Main Square in Victoria also has trad jazz and open-mike sessions where anyone can turn up and jam. The owner is always generous with free food circulating and the occasional bottle of champagne when she is in a really good mood. 

We also have two -yes TWO -opera houses. For an island nine by five miles this is pretty remarkable. Tickets sell out fast as the Maltese come over specially for the event- normally dressed as if they were going to the Oscars. It is quite surreal to witness all these glamorous people in full-on evening wear and diamante parading up the main street in Victoria on opera nights. Not that we are shabby exactly, but it is quite common to find yourself standing in the local shop next to a millionaire whose shoes look as if they should have been donated to Oxfam a decade ago. 

We often hear from people who say that on such a small island everyone must know everyone else which is too claustrophobic but this is not the case at all. We are still meeting other ex-pats who live in our own village we have never met before. The good thing about living here is that you can choose whether you want to have a busy social life or keep yourself to yourself. If you prefer to be solitary then everyone will respect your need for privacy. 

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