The buses of Malta Public Transport are the lifelines of the Maltese islands. It is very easy to roam the entire country using only buses. Each ride from anywhere to anywhere costs €2 and a day pass costs €2.5. The routes are easy to understand and the buses all air conditioned and in fairly decent condition!
1: The ride from the city of Bormla to the capital Valletta was all mine!
2,3 : The next day, on my way to Gozo, my bus from Valletta to Cirkewwa managed to scratch a parked car in one of the narrow lanes of Mellieha. Traffic jam ensued. As confused foreigners and knowing locals waited, our bus driver and the car owner got down to make phone calls. The bus remained halted at the place of accident ie.bang in the middle of the street. This meant, for some half and hour, no other bus or car could pass by. In a matter of moments, there was a queue of buses behind us. And then came the cops! They chalk marked the spots of exact location of both vehicles..and the lady of the scratched car was handed over a paper. Fuming, she left with her car. We were asked to get down from our bus and get onto one of the other buses, to complete our trip!
There was order in chaos, much like India. Everything went on, like standard, like routine. Conspicuous by its absence was a shouting match: both parties had their sides, their versions, their venting moments and their supporters, but neither directed the argument towards the other. Faith in the law and the system? Maybe. Sign of a mature people? Maybe. Starkingly different from our cities, definitely.
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