The Archibald Project: Help a Great Cause and Receive an 8x10 Print!

I have some exciting news on the blog today! One of my friends is embarking on a life changing mission. She is heading to Uganda to visit orphanages and help raise awareness of orphan care. She is collaborating with The Archibald Project, and below is a short bio on their organization and mission.

We are orphan care media. We believe in the power of storytelling because we have seen our stories change the lives of orphans. We use photography, video and social media, as well as host events and attend conferences to help spread orphan care awareness, and because we exist fewer children will be called orphan.
— thearchibaldproject.com

Why am I Writing About This?

I have joined with Kendell to help her raise money for expenses related to the trip and to help with The Archibald Project's mission. If you donate $25 in the next 48 hours, you will not only be helping this cause, but will also receive an 8x10 print from one of the selections below. Once you donate, you will receive an email to choose which photo you would like sent to you.

Click here to donate and learn more about her mission!

 

In April I will embark on a Media Mission to Jinja, Uganda with The Archibald Project (partnering with Sole Hope) to love on orphans and write their stories. Because? Storytelling. Is. Everything. My heart aches for and urgently adores The Archibald Project’s vision. Their goal to spur social awareness and employ others to compassionate combat for transformation of the orphan crisis through art and media responds to everything I seek. Genius.
— Kendell Bauer-Borkowski

Malta In Photos and Some Observations

Malta, what a fascinating and confusing place. A mix of cultures throughout history that found themselves on these islands. Islands not tropical, nor lush by any means, but full of vegetation and limestone. Some say that Malta is the lost Atlantis, evident by all the cliffsides that drop straight to the ocean. 

Prices

Compared to our current home in Germany in the land of Mercedes and Porsche, Malta was relatively inexpensive. We could get a good meal for under 10 Euro, and a glass for wine or beer for 2-3 Euro. The public bus was very cheap, about 1-2 Euro, and in our short experience reliable. The ferry to Gozo (the other main island) and back was 4.90 Euro. The only thing that was expensive were the cab rides. I'm about 100% certain they ripped us off, but we only took a cab to the airport and back. 

This was the view from Sliema, right next to the ferry to get to Valletta.

A short few Euros got us from Sliema to Valletta. Once in Valletta the mood changed quite a bit. Many of the streets looked like the one below, stairs upon stairs. It's too bad we waited until the last day to visit Valletta, as I think it was one of my favorite places in this small country. There were many cathedrals hidden within these streets and a wide mix of architecture. Some things looked like Greek temples, others Roman, and then some had other mediterranean or even Middle Eastern influence.

Gozo

To get to the island of Gozo is a short 10 minute ferry ride from the north shore. In the summer you can ride from Valletta to get to Gozo, but in the winter you have to drive to the north ferry point. From Malta you can also take a ferry to Sardinia, but it was broken down when we were there. Either that or it was closed. The bus ride from Sliema to the ferry was about an hour, so in total it was about 90 minutes including wait times.

Ahead is Gozo!

We had a late start to our day so we only had time to visit the Azure Window and drive around on the main hop on hop off bus, which is basically the cheapest and best way to get around the island. 

Below is the Azure Window, it's quite the sight to take in.

This town below is Victoria, the largest town in Gozo, and looked like a nice area to stop by and walk around but we didn't have enough time. If you visit Gozo be sure to have a full day to stop by these places as the hop on hop off buses stop at around 5pm.

Back on Malta, the main island where we were staying, is the view of Sliema from Valletta. I do think the sunsets we saw in Malta were quite beautiful, and something that I'll miss from our few days there.