I don't know why, but some time last year, Wheat Thins started coming with tons of extra salt on them. The first time I encountered it, I thought it was just a bad box. But it's been consistent every time since then, across various varieties (except the low-salt kind). Nabisco, stop it! It's way too much salt! You're killing us. You took out the trans fats a few years ago, which was fine. The crackers got harder then, but that's a minor deal. But seriously, cut back on the salt!
Изгрев (Izgrev) is a neighborhood of Plovdiv. Some people call it a “Gypsy” neighborhood. On the surface it looks like the poorest neighborhood in the city. There is no hard dividing line from the surrounding neighborhoods, but you know you’re here by the decaying buildings, trash, toxic burning garbage, horse-drawn wagons (sometimes carrying new washing machines as seen below!), and lots of people without work. However, there are people working. Some commute to distant jobs. Others run small businesses such as the blacksmiths below who were hammering out horseshoes when we visited, lots of small stores and car repair places, people trying to get by. There are both large apartment blocks as well as small individually-owned homes. In the midst of it all are some freshly renovated nice homes, one of which we heard was funded by family members working in Germany. The last photo is of our friends from church named Христо (Hristo) and Иван (Ivan) who live there and introduced me to some
Mira and I made it to Malta! This is where our trip really began, at the airport which has a nice aquarium: Some views around the town of Sliema where we stayed. It has big built-up tourist areas but also plenty of locals and older buildings: The promenade along the beach is great. Along the southeastern tip (see this Google Maps view ) there are swimming pools cut into the stone in the ocean and people swim and practice diving there with constantly renewed water but without being in the open ocean: And there are cats. First, this statue of one looking out over a bay, then some real ones. They’re pretty mellow: I srictly didn’t park my lack of a car here: And while it probably seemed like a good idea to mix “energy” plus “Malta” to make the name of the electric company, “Enemalta” didn’t sound so good when we saw this sign outside public toilets: We will have more to share about this beautiful island!