Yesterday we started our New Year Walk very early in the medieval city of Mdina. The town was just waking up. We walked though the network of narrow streets where the eye can only reach as far as an arrow, and from the top of the Southern city wall we overlooked the whole South of Malta in the morning sun. Then we walked through Rabat, where people were already gathering early and wishing each other a Happy New Year, some of them on the way to church, others meeting at the Labor Party's Café. Further we took the trails through little vineyards, fields and citrus gardens to the coast and had our first lunch in 2016 on the Dingli Cliffs. At January 1st the Maltese Busses suspend service from noon to 3 p.m., so that the drivers can have lunch with their families. A nice tradition (you just have to know about it). So we walked back to Rabat and arrived just in time to take the bus to St. Anton Gardens. The New Year has started with a refreshing > 20 km walk. And that's a very good beginning.