Probably my greatest vacation experience was in 2007 when I went for a month with my family and some more extended family from Seattle to the beautiful island of Gozo, off of Malta. Now, i would assume very few people actually know anything about Gozo, which is sad, because it's truly an amazing Mediterranean place. It's always interesting when you're away, to see the differences in every day life. And when your island is 9 miles by 5 miles, the differences usually become a lot bigger. The main thing I noticed was how life always seemed to slow down there. We all fell into a routine as time passed. We knew exactly what we could do on the island and we took advantage of it.
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We had a pool and used that about as frequently as possible, considering it was around 95 degrees every day. We would walk (as we could walk just about everywhere there) to restaurants down by the dock and watch people get stung by jellyfish. We were at that restaurant so much we ended up becoming friends with the waiter. Then we would usually find some knew beach to explore, watch some TV that we couldn't understand at all, and that would be it. One of my favorite memories of that trip was also going with my dad and finding an empty piece of farmland and playing wiffle all games there until it got too hot and we would run and jump in the pool. So those are the little things that honestly make the trip worth it. Just the subtleties that you sometimes lose in normal life, that then become so fun when you're on a magical vacation.
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