A man runs up the "gostra" during the religious feast of St Julian outside Valletta

2013 was a year filled with ups, downs, controversies and above all, surprise. While we say that at the end of every year, here are 60 photos to help illustrate our point. Example number one? This brave man runs up a greasy pole known as a “gostra” during the feast of St. Julian, near Valletta, Malta.