This article is the second in a series that you can read all about here.
Meet David. He’s a marketing superhero by day, who enjoys baking, hiking, and all things cultural. By night, he has a penchant for making tequila-fuelled poor life choices. Forever alone, David lives with his two feline terrorists, Ali (as in Ali cat) and Astrophe (as in catAstrophe) – a true crazy cat lady in the making.
Around three weeks ago, I was under a mountain of stress. I was going through an unusually tough time at work where my phone wouldn’t stop ringing, my WhatsApp wouldn’t stop pinging and emails wouldn’t stop coming in. At home, my parents’ health had me concerned, I was dealing with the stress of property hunting, and my own health wasn’t doing too great either.
All of this led to me yelling at a colleague for saying hi to me at the wrong moment (I’m sorry Claire), prompting me to realise that I desperately needed a break from the country… before I’d end up breaking someone’s face. That same evening, I spent a grand total of 30 minutes scrolling through the Ryanair App & booking.com. €300 later, and I was all set for my first ever solo trip (unless you count that time my ex ditched me in Cardiff. Long story).
Here’s what I learnt from a four-day stay in Marseille.
1. Being away from home doesn’t mean I won’t bump into people I know… even if there isn’t a Primark in sight.
I booked a trip to get away from my clients, family & friends.
Guess who the first person I bumped into outside the airport was?
2. If you’re going to order local cuisine, make sure you know how to eat it without making a total ass of yourself
God bless technology, and a quick YouTube search of “How to open lobster”.
3. It’s a bad, bad, bad idea to hike uphill at a 45 degree incline, during the middle of a heatwave. Just trust me on this.
Pictured above: the view from Notre Dame de la Garde, the exact spot where my heart almost gave up on me.
4. I’m absolutely useless without technology
I mean, how did our parents manage to travel without unlimited data & the use of Google Maps?!
5. I need to work on my spatial awareness.
6. Marseille is the perfect place for a no-stress holiday
I chose Marseille specifically because there isn’t a lot to do so I wouldn’t feel guilty about spending my mornings sleeping in and taking super long baths…. and my days just walking around eating too much, drinking too much, and reading in parks and by the beach.
Having said that, it’s a gorgeous port city with a very vibrant art scene, and loads of history and culture, which will definitely resonate with us Maltese.