it finds you

Today, the tiny woman who drives the bus inside my head is sitting behind my eyes with her sleeve pulled over her forearm, wiping the fog away from the window. I'll hear nothing about Monday's. A day of the week is just as inconsequential as the distance between friends of the soul. Besides, if days were seasons, Monday is spring. Fresh, dewy and just underripe. A harvest pear.

I've wanted to share this reptile experience with you for quite some time. Picture this: you're on a treasure hunt following a map. You can follow the paths to seek the grail as much as you wish. But the "X" that marks the spot, it finds you.

Behold my success. I'll compare this fruitful adventure to my greatest life achievements. Truly! These little friends were seriously difficult to find.

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Three. I found not one but three! Well, Johanna found the last one. It was walking across the path at a glacial speed.

They are the color of dirt and then they're not. The color of leaves and then gone altogether. They are prisms reflecting the hues of their perches. 

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) - Għadira Nature Reserve, Malta

Chameleons don't change colour to camouflage themselves. Their varying colours are social signals to other chameleons.

When handled by humans or pursued by predators, chameleons turn nearly black. It's a signal of fear and discomfort. Best to leave them to their musings.

Unreal Comino

What comes to mind when you think about the word "lagoon"? If you're thinking of a watery sanctum, you're on the right track. If you're picturing a mosquito-infested bog, I can give you something to help with that sad mental image.

Behold the lagoons of the island Comino.

Comino is the tiny island between the greater island of Malta and its little brother, the island of Gozo. All of these islands belong to Malta proper (which is its own country, if you need a geography bump). You can traverse the entire island of Comino on foot, in a day.

Apiary amongts olive trees - Comino, Malta

Travel Advice ft. Malta

In a time when everyone wants to appear like they are not tourists, I will be the one rooting for kitschy tourist things like hop on/hop off bus tours. I will be the one with my camera slung across my body and my rain jacket wadded up in my hand. I'll have sneakers on and a ponytail. The wind and miles will not depreciate my tilted, curious head.

The thing about bus tours and guided walks is that they are often the best way to see a large majority of sights when time is limited. The information obtained through cheaply assembled ear buds on the top of a double decker bus is usually a bit out of date but still covers non-recent history. And let's face it, touring is secretly mostly about withstanding the pain of your blistered, well-traveled feet (if you're doing it right). Sometimes you need to take a load off.

All of the photos in this post were taken from a bus tour in Gozo, Malta.

I have opinions about travelling. A bunch of them. You might think that this means limits but the exact opposite is the goal. If I had to boil it down to one simple mantra, I'd give you this advice:

Eat what the people eat, do what the people do.

And for god's sake, don't waste precious time at chain restaurants (unless you have children, I'm not even going to touch that one) and empty activities that are featured in "best of" lists. Talk to the people. Get the scoop on the underground sitch. Watch Anthony Bourdain shows. Eat a bug.

Last bit of advice for this post. Don't be intimidated by other people's travels or their wealth of travel experience. You do you. And feel free to apply any of my travel tips to your very own city. In fact, people generally know the least about their own city. You can recommend commonly talked about sights to visitors but how long has it been since you took a look for yourself?

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