Mark Grealish

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Xlendi Run

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On my first day in Gozo I ran from Victoria to Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs and then back to town by way of Xlendi. This wasn’t my greatest run as far as they go because I didn’t realise the trail Strava said exists was a literal clifftop goat trail; I wound up having to cut across fields and over stone walls. Eh, fuck it, life lesson. The climb from Xlendi to Victoria was a complete fucker, a steep-grade three kilometre hill.

While not the greatest run, it got me out of the bed, out of the apartment and out around Gozo. I’m an anxious traveller. Not nervous, not a worrier, more…anxious about strange places outside my comfort zone. I tell you, that I almost fell off a fucking cliff and had to trespass through farms settled my anxiety super quick.

One of my big regrets about Gozo is that I feel I didn’t have enough time to explore and unwind and run. I fucked up on my choice of routes early on and didn’t have the energy to run later. Next time!

Grey skies and grey seas on Gozo
Grey skies and grey seas on Gozo
Grey skies and grey seas on Gozo
Grey skies and grey seas on Gozo

Xlendi and Wardija Point Cliffs

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Content to follow.

Panorama of Xlendi from above on the cliffs
Wardija Point cliff trail
Wardija Point cliff trail
Wardija Point cliff trail
Wardija Point cliff trail
Wardija Point cliff trail
Wardija Point cliff trail

The (Former) Azure Window and Dwerja Bay, Gozo

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Azure Window. Lots to say about here that I’ll fill in later.

The sea stack formerly known as the Azure Window
Dwerja Bay and surrounding cliffs
The former Azure Window at Dwerja
Black and white study of chapel at Dwerja
The Mediterranean Sea at Dwerja
The mouth of Dwerja Bay
Myself at Dwerja Bay
Hermit hole at Dwerja Bay
Dwerja Tower
Countryside at Dwerja Bay

The Mgarr ix-Xini Coast, Gozo

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The sea as [the gorge](/archives/135448095500.

Panorama of the Mgarr xi-Xini inlet
Panorama of the Mgarr ix-Xini tower
The island of Comino
Fort Chambray in Mgarr
The Mediterranean Sea by Mgarr
Maltese countryside near Mgarr
Looking up Mgarr ix-Xini toward the Mediterranean

Mgarr ix-Xini Gorge, Gozo

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Mgarr ix-Xini is a gorge on the south side of Gozo that terminates at a beautiful sheltered beach. Gozo is…compact. Towns and villages are concentrated onto high ground inland. Almost the entire coast of the island is one big trail because of this, which allowed me to go on remarkable walks along clifftops. The gorge is something else again, a verdant exception to the island’s dry Mediterranean brush. My hike up the gorge from the sea saw me scramble up cliffs and jump and dodge my way up scree slopes and around boulders.

Fuck, you know, everyone comes home from Malta and talks about the beaches and resorts and bars, while my best experiences were a cliff hike and a gorge hike.

Panorama of Mgarr ix-Xini that includes the British waterworks
Panorama of Mgarr ix-Xini from the Ix-XewKija side
Entrance to the Mgarr ix-Xini gorge
Verdant undergrowth in Mgarr ix-Xini gorge
British waterworks in Mgarr ix-Xini
British waterworks in Mgarr ix-Xini
Find the trail (if you can)
The head of the Mgarr ix-Xini gorge

Food and Journal

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Takens at The Grapes wine bar in Victoria, Gozo.

Omlette and side salad
Tortelli and mushroom sauce
Writing while I eat