Some other things: St. Rita’s Steps is where a lot of all the bars are located, and it’s mostly a very young crowd; there’s churches everywhere (the island is like 99% Catholic); they have siestas during the hot summer months; they have pastizzi places all over the island (Google it) but they’re not like the ones my aunties used to make back in the 1950’s-60’s. The ones on the island are thick crusted and they probably became that way because the British ruled the island for over 100 years and kind of messed up the cooking, although you can still find authentic Maltese food if you look hard enough. The pastizzi’s I always ate as a child growing up in Michigan had a very thin, membrane-like flaky crust and filled with ricotta cheese or meat and peas. I have never seen the original pastizzi’s ever since my aunties died. I watched them make the stuff — very time consuming (like three days just to make the dough). Amazing. Finally, If you go to Malta, you have to see the city of Mdina. Out of this world!