Mr Salazar is the Ambassador of El Salvador to Italy. This was the first time that a Salvadoran ambassador visited Malta!
After having dinner, we went for a short walk along the Sliema promenade. That evening, Milan won the match against Liverpool and the streets were filled with countless individuals honking their horns, playing Milan anthems, and waving huge flags. Mr Salazar and his wife enjoyed viewing the way many Maltese people celebrate on such occasions!
Following the walk, we invited the jovial couple to our apartment in Sliema. We showed them some of our books and talked about various matters. We mentioned a number of places worth visiting and agreed to meet again.
On Thursday, Mr Salazar presented his credentials to the President of Malta, Dr Edward Fenech Adami. This was followed by an exquisite lunch at the presidential palace in Attard. The ambassador later told us that while having lunch with Dr Fenech Adami, he mentioned us to the Maltese president! Mr Salazar informed the president that we were both working in the financial services industry, that my wife was from El Salvador, and that I was Maltese. When Dr Fenech Adami enquired about our names, the Salvadoran ambassador could not remember our surname (Cuschieri)! Mr Salazar's wife told us that she spent some time talking to Mrs Fenech Adami, who appeared to be very proud of the fact that most of the vegetables served during lunch came from the palace gardens.
On Friday evening, while attending an exhibition of various artistic works by Victor Diacono at the BOV premises at Santa Venera, my wife received a call from the ambassador. We were invited to have dinner with them at the Phoenicia Hotel. Since we had to less than an hour to get from Santa Venera to Floriana, we had to leave without being able to talk to Dr Fenech Adami, who was also present at the exhibition. We wanted to introduce ourselves to him as the individuals mentioned by Mr Salazar during the previous day's lunch.
We had a great dinner at the hotel. Mr Salazar and his wife entertained us with a detailed description of their encounter and the lunch with Dr Fenech Adami on the previous day. His wife was amused by the notion that hats appear to be so important during diplomatic events in Malta! Before we left the hotel that evening, we agreed to meet on the following day in order to visit Gozo.
The Citadella tour was followed by a drink at Cafe' Jubilee. Mr Salazar and his wife liked the place a great deal!