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At 6:00 PM
previous day's journalNovember 14–15, 1997next day's journal
Sunrise (local): 6:36 a.m.
Sunset (local): 4:56 p.m.
75°F windy
Traveled (by bike) Since Nov. 13
4 mi / 6 km

1153 mi / 1856 km
Lat: 35° 53' 42" N
Lon: 14° 30' 48" E
Elev: 476 ft / 145 m

[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from November 14 to November 15. The almanac data refers to November 15.]

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Valletta, Malta visit the World Heritage Site page click to view a map
Where We're Staying: Overnight flight to Cairo — we'll sleep on the plane
Places We Visited: Hagar Qim and Mnajdra (prehistoric megalithic temples) visit the World Heritage Site page, and Valletta — all on the island of Malta
Featured Site: Valletta visit the World Heritage Site page click to view a photograph
Person of the Day: Grand Master Knight Jean Parisot de la Valette
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: fenek (rabbit) in the Maltese style
Breakfast: cream-filled pastries
Lunch: mini calzones, cheese or fish pastry pies, date dessert pastries, and an unusual Maltese soda
Dinner: kusksu soup, salad, rabbit in the Maltese style
Olive Count: 1115
Word of the Day: Bongu (pronounced "bon-joo") means "good morning" or "good day" in Maltese.
Tech Fact of the Day: The island of Malta is almost exactly in the middle of the west-east line one can draw through the Mediterranean Sea, meaning it is almost the same distance from Gibraltar as it is from Jerusalem. click to view a photograph
Flat Count (Cumulative): 3
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 15
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