During my first week at Malta University, I received to kind invitation and honor to join the Congregation for the Conferment of Degrees in the Jesuit Church in Valletta, just beside the old University campus and opposite the Maltese headquarter of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta. The whole place was breathing history and to my surprise I was told that the odd height of the steps to the library were because in the past the knights used to go up there with their horses. The congregation itself was a very graceful event and paid honor to the graduate's achievements, not just by the marvelous setting, but also the well chosen words - out of which some were in Latin.
On Saturday we explored the South of Malta, and returned to the fishing village Marsaxlook, this time not for the Sunday fish market but to explore the neighborhood. On Sunday we were shown around some North-Eastern villages of Malta by my University host and friend. It is easy to fall in love with Malta like this. The morning started with picking up the catch of the day of Lampuki (Maltese Dorade or Mahi-Mahi) at the vendor beside our residence. And we kept enjoying the wonderful day, strolling though the villages and having the island's best octopus.