In what has become a much-awaited yearly event, the jewel known as the Silent City once again erupted with noise this past weekend, as the joint quest of Show of Arms and the Mdina Local Council thoroughly succeeded in recreating the heart and soul of the gallant, medieval past in Mdina.
Despite the menopausal weather, the spirit of those taking part as well as those attending did not weaken, but strengthened with fervor. The beautiful squares and winding streets of the old capital were just as ripe with energy as they were with the alluring smell of sizzling Maltese sausages that brought me in front of the prestigious baroque Cathedral that has stood so tall for all those years.
There was so much going on! Swords clashed, people cheered or drew their breath, while others bounced happily as they danced to traditional folk songs with others robed in medieval attire. In the meantime, children and adults alike played games and sat enraptured while listening to puppets’ tales of knights saving princesses. Closer to Bastion Square, there were knights in shining armour amid clinking archery ranges and hay stacks and stands full of artisan goodies for sale.
For the more daring ones, a reptile exhibition was in place. I was tempted to ask for a snake to twirl around my body for a second, but my courage was spent the second I saw one of the hunkiest reptiles slide from right beside a woman’s ear. The dude went straight past third base and landed himself the 101st base of horror.
And yet, I walked back out of the Mdina gates a happy girl, albeit in a scaredy-cat fashion. Besides taking in that gorgeous whiff of barbecue, I scored a smiley face picture with the most dashing horse in all of history.