Just in case the title didn’t give it away, I can have a flair for the dramatics. It’s okay, take your 2 seconds to roll your eyes. Done? Awesome.
Seriously though, hearing about the sudden disappearance of Malta’s iconic Azure Window made me really, really sad (teary eyed typez; don’t judge). It was supposed to slowly corrode over time but no one said anything about a storm that would make it crumble into the Mediterranean Sea. I’m not secretly Maltese or anything, but I had a strong emotional affinity with the place for a lot of reasons.
1) Travel Bonds
As a traveller, I tend to form these crazy bonds with the places I visit. Even if I know I may never come back, I just feel secure in the knowledge that, if I WERE to go back, things would pretty much be as they were. At least the things that are borne out of Mother Nature’s generosity or have great historical significance. I can deal with the other stuff changing.
2) The Honeymoon Effect
We want to Malta for our honeymoon so, of course, it got extra sentimentality points. The Azure Window was one of the first places S and I visited together and took cheesy tourist photos at. It was also the first place where we got separated during our trip (we weren’t actually separated, as it turned out, he was just hiding behind some bushes -.-). But y’know. Memories.
3) Game of Thrones Lovin’
Remember Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding from the first season of Game of Thrones? Yep, that was shot here. And in case you were wondering (even if you weren’t, I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you) we’re both GIANT GoT fans. You know the ones who collect action figures and wear GoT t-shirts and are, basically, incurable consumers when it comes to anything to do with the show? That kind. S even wanted to play the GoT theme song at his wedding entrance.
So yeah. Knowing that the site now looks like this, makes me super sad. Fine, emotional wreck was an exaggeration but it got your attention, didn’t it? Going to go drown my sorrows in a tub of ice cream now. You may join me (bring your own ice cream, though) or read about happier travel times here.