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|At 6:00 PM|
November 14–15, 1997
|Sunrise (local): 6:36 a.m.|
Sunset (local): 4:56 p.m.
|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.]
- Where We Are: Valletta, Malta
- Where We're Staying: Overnight flight to Cairo — we'll sleep on the plane
- Places We Visited: Hagar Qim and Mnajdra (prehistoric megalithic temples) , and Valletta — all on the island of Malta
- Featured Site: Valletta
- 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.
- Flat Count (Cumulative): 3
- Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 15
Next Stop: Cairo, Egypt!
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