Sea, boats, Malta
Uncategorized, Stories, Malta

Early to Rise – The mysterious Maltese ability to get up early

There is one thing about Malta and the Maltese, that is just fascinating to me and that is the fact that people in Malta seem to be early birds.

I will give you a better picture to understand what I mean:

It is 6.00 am and I start fighting with my alarm clock and prepare myself mentally for going to work.

At 6.00 am my neighbor already started her day a while ago by listening to so not just her, but most of the neighbors around can also enjoy it. Usually, it is a mystical and strong song like Ave Maria or similar. In the afternoon she switches to more popular songs like “Despacito”. That is the same procedure on weekends as well. I can assure you, that the radio part is unique since she is a little old and does not hear well. But the getting up early part is common sense in Malta.

Life starts early on the island. Most official places like the Malta ID authority and the post office open at 7.00 am and I know from friends that work in Maltese companies, that they also start their workday at around 7.00 -7.30 am. Even shops open earlier here.

When I leave my house around 7.20 am to go to work, the streets are already busy. People that are not already at work are rushing there or buying their daily goods and taking care of their business.

At weekends in Summer, you can hear the fireworks from the Maltese Festas at around 9.00am. (There will be a post about the Festas in a really short while).

It is an Island of early birds, which is fascinating for me, who likes to sleep until 8.00-9.00 am, that seemed early for me in the past. It is a smart way to fight the heat and to still have some day left after work. It is also a very epic way to start the day with a loud Ave Maria from upstairs.

I always have to think about this quote that I was forced to sing in music classes at school (yes, the teacher was a little strange) :

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Wise healthy and wealthy. Wise healthy and wealthy.

Well, it seems to work for some people here, so maybe I should give it a try!

Have a great day everyone!

 

sea male con, Cuba
Stories, Uncategorized

Why traveling​ and moving around is a Privilege!

Here are some rather serious thoughts I have once in a while when I read travel blogs and browse in travel and nomad groups on Facebook and Couchsurfing. Traveling and the life on the road is a huge privilege, that some do not even know about because they are not aware of it.  Being a German passport holder opens many places to me to travel and to live.

Traveling is something that should be celebrated; indeed it is one of the most wonderful things that exist. It is amazing that so many people quit their job, left university and just spend, months and years traveling and getting to know different parts of the world.
Yes, it opens your mind and frees your spirit. In a nutshell, it is just the best damn experience for most of the people. That is the reason why a huge travelers community exists and why can enjoy so many great blogs and books written by individuals who can fit their life in a backpack and a laptop and just go there!

But for traveling, you need more than a free mind and a comfortable backpack. I am not referring to the extra portion of courage that you might need or the fact that you need to make money to go on the road. It is simple, believe me traveling is a privilege, and it sometimes depends on where you were born.

Traveling and making a life on the road depends on your passport! If you have for example a European passport, most of the countries let you in without any hassle, if you don’t there sometimes is not even a thing like traveling.
You cannot grab your bag, buy a plane ticket and go abroad. A simple trip may mean, lines in the embassy, limitations and a lot of money and paperwork. If you are from some countries, there is no option for you to go away as a tourist, you have to be invited by someone, someone that makes her or himself responsible for you. Sometimes it might be hard to go to a country where you do not know a single soul.
You cannot be a traveler if you are a potential immigrant to almost all the countries you try to visit.
It is not impossible, but it is hard work and consuming to figure out how to travel to one country! It makes life on the road almost impossible even if you can afford it.

Traveling is a privilege! Keep this in mind, everytime you have a hard moment on the road!

Keep traveling!

Festa banner Street of Valetta
Malta, Tips, Uncategorized

Unique Souvenirs of Malta

Most people like to take something back home from their trip or if they live in Malta get some nice gifts for friends and family.

Unfortunately, most souvenirs are kitsch bad quality and just really expensive for what one will receive in the end. In that case, even if someone receives them as a gift they are maybe not as thankful as you would like them to be.

As in many places, Malta has some really weird and not really trendy souvenirs to offer, like this wonderful piece:

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An interesting Souvenir from the Island

 

But there is hope for those who want to bring their friends and family something nice and unique from Malta!

Here are some places to find unique souvenirs:

1. Souvenirs that don’t suck

The shop’s mission is in the name! These lovely guys provide us with souvenirs from Malta that don’t suck. I can highly recommend passing by their shop in Sliema and get your own idea of the place and their souvenirs. They have lovely ideas: Shirts and postcards with Maltese phrases, Beautiful prints of the Maltese Map and many many different things. They are also very open for a chat and in case you need a space in a coworking environment you can also come here.

108 Manwel Dimech Street
Sliema SLM1055

 

2. House of Gozo

House of Gozo is a small shop in Victoria, Gozo’s Capital, with beautiful products. They sell prints that are designed and printed in Gozo. They offer all kinds of postcards and really beautiful posters of typical images of the islands. The prints are calm and pretty and affordable, so if you are in Victoria make sure to stop by.

1 Pjazza San Gorg
Victoria (Malta)

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My purchase at House of Gozo!



More shops soon to be added!
If you like Jewellery, there will be a separate post about that soon!
Typical Maltese boat colorful laying in harbor
Food, Malta, Tips, Uncategorized

Sundays in Marsaxlokk

The Weekends are always the most special time of the week and of course, everyone wants to do something special or just unwind.

Malta offers a lot of activities for active and lazy weekend planning. One of my favorites for a Sunday in sunny Malta is a trip to the cozy fishing village Marsaxlokk combined with a dip in Saint Peter’s Pool.

Every Sunday there is a huge fish market in the village that offers freshly caught fish, vegetables, local products and all kinds of other stuff. The best part of it is that the fish is sold to the nearby restaurants and served for lunch and dinner on the same day. If you like fish that is your place to have a real feast!

One of the restaurants that can be highly recommended is the “La Nostra Padrona” the selection of fish and seafood is stunnishing and the dishes are executed perfectly! It is highly recommended for a special experience!

After strolling around the market and enjoying a great lunch, consider a trip to natural Saint Peter’s pool. You can take your own or rented car or consider a taxi (15Euro) or one of the Boat taxis (starting at 4Euros). For hiking and walking fans it can be easily reached by foot as well, just use a lot of protection from the sun if you go in summer and remember to carry a lot of water.

On the rocky seaside and in the crystal clear water it is easy to fight the heat and to have a great time. The natural pool is perfect to jump from cliffs and to snorkel and float in the water.

That place is a little crowded on summer Sundays but empty during weekdays so you can choose what you prefer. It is definitely one of the best places to spend a hot day in Malta.

 

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Saint Peter’s Pool on a Sunday (May tip: take a turn and lay down a little left of it, more shade and fewer people! ) 

 

 

Maltese rabbit and wine
Food, Malta

Food in Malta

I love food, honestly who does not? One of the biggest advantages of being abroad is to try new flavors and dishes. Since Malta is an international place there is a lot to try here!

But let’s start off with typical Maltese food and traditional dishes!

Pastizzi

Pastizzi is popular Maltese pastry filled with Ricotta cheese, peas or Spinach. You can get it in any Pastizzeria in Mata. Those places are on every corner and sell pizza, pastizzi, and pies. The Pastry is very tasty, but if you would like to save some calories a pastizzi might not be the Snack for you!

Ftira

A Ftira is a Sandwich with typical Maltese bread, tuna, and tomatoes and it it is really tasty. especially if it is freshly made. The bread is white and crunchy and if they add some of the typical Gozonian Cheese it is even better! I really recommend trying a Ftira while you are exploring Malta.

 

Sandwich tuna in Malta with chips
Tasty Ftira!

 

 

Rabbit

The Rabbit Stew is one of the most traditional Maltese dishes and if it is properly made it is delicious. It is a rather heavy stew served with potatoes and sometimes salad. The Stew is flavored with a lot of spices, especially cumin. I really recommend to try it in a traditional place that seems family run. Those serve the best rabbit!

 

 

 

Maltese food, pizza and rabbit potatoes and wine
Enjoying a Maltese Dinner

 

 

Seafood and Fish

Of course, there is a lot of fish and seafood here, Malta is still an island!  The best seafood and fresh you can find are Sundays in Marsaxlokk, a beautiful fishing village in the South. On Sundays, they have a huge fish market and on the seafront, there are a lot of restaurants serving the freshly caught fish.

 

fish platter , Malta, fish, shrimp and calamar
A Fresh Fish Platter

 

The “Maltese Platter”

This dish is a nice platter to order in a restaurant if you want to share something really tasty.  Usually, it is a platter full of Maltese cheese (Ġbejna), sausages, sun dried tomatoes, capers, olives and dips made out of beans and tuna! That is a great way to try local specialties like the goat cheese and of having one of those meals you will not forget!

 

platter of tomatoes, dip salad, bread Maltese specialities
A Maltese Platter! 

 

Soon there will be more, including the tasty Maltese Sweets and a post about Restaurants!

Keep posted and enjoy some Maltese dishes!

 

view on buildings in Valetta Malta
Malta, Tips, Uncategorized

Valetta, Europe’s Smallest Capital

It is something odd with Malta and Valetta. Valetta is an amazing town with a lot of nice things to do and see but it does not have this “capital feeling”. Well, with around 7.000 people living there it is the smallest capital of Europe and really deserves that title!

I have never experienced a capital that laid back and more of a small town flair. I love Valetta, mainly because there is a lot to discover and because it is just a small ferry or bus ride away from where we live.

Valetta is a interesting place! It was founded in 1566 and became the capital of Malta, not just because of the strategic position and it’s natural harbor. For those who come to see the history of the city there are a lot of tours and museums, which I am discovering more and more now! For those who just want stroll around and have a nice afternoon with a glass of wine, Valetta is perfect as well!

For such a small town there are a lot of sights and hidden gems.

  1. History and sights
  2. Shops
  3. Bars and Restaurants
  4. Streets and hidden gardens.

This will just be the first of many posts about Europe’s smallest capital!

Soon there will more specific tips, so stay posted!

Street and square in Valetta Malta at sundown

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Hasting Gardens, enjoying the view
Picture showing Sea and Cliffs Malta
Deutsch, Uncategorized

Warum Locally Abroad?

Hallo und Herzlich Willkommen bei Locally Abroad, einem Blog mit Geschichten und Tipps für ein Leben im Ausland mit einer engen Verbindung zu der lokalen Kultur.

Der Blog entstand als ich mal wieder meine Koffer packte und auf in neue Gefilde zog. Nach Havanna hat es uns jetzt nach Malta verschlagen. Ich liebe das Reisen und das Leben auf einer Insel. Wie zuvor in Havanna entdecke ich Malta lokale und versteckte Ecken, die ich hier mit euch teilen möchte.

Dieser Blog ist eine Mischung aus Tipps und persönlichen Geschichten. Hauptsächlich werdet ihr Posts auf Englisch finden, manchmal aber auch auf Deutsch und Spanisch.

Viel Spaß!

 

 

Hasting gardens in Valetta Malta
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¿Por qué Locally Abroad?

Bienvenido al primer post en español!

Ese articolo esta dedicado al nombre de la pagina Locally Abroad! ¿Por qué escogí ese nombre?

Bueno realmente es fácil. El Nombre significa local (locally) pero afuera (abroad); y eso es lo que me apasiona. Viví en Cuba bastante tiempo siendo extranjera en La Habana, pero conociendo la ciudad mejor que algunos Habaneros. Me gusta vivir en lugar diferente y descubrir sus joyas y esquinas escondidas. Y eso es lo que quiero compartir con el blog.

La mayoría de los artículos estarán en inglés pero de vez en cuando escribiré en español. Así que mantengan-se al tanto y disfruten la lectura!

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El Amor en San Julien
Town house balconies in Street Sliema Malta
Malta, Stories, Uncategorized

The Very First Impressions in Malta

This is my very first post to locallyabroad.com and there are so many things I would like to say about it. But I figured it is best to start off with my or our first impressions about Malta and the idea of living here.

We first arrived in Malta in the end of May, after visiting my family in Germany for a week. A 2.5h long flight directly from Nuremberg to Malta and we arrived at our home to be.  And the new adventure began! The first time arriving at a new place is always special. You never feel, see or smell a place in the same way when you know what to expect.

The first 10 nights we stayed with this amazing Italian couple who became our friends and made the first start even better. They provided us with a lot of tips and ideas and yes of course great Italian food. That combined with the sun and the sea was the best welcome I could have wished for.

And so we used our first weekend to discover the streets of Valetta, Sliema, San Gwann and many many more places. And soon there will be a rather informative post about the cities in Malta! We fell in love with the place and knew that we would be able to live here.  There was a lot going on in the first days with the upcoming election and still everything was new and we tried to find a place to stay and a job, but this another story.

And yet there is so much more to discover about this island….

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On our first stroll in Malta!

 

By the Way: There are cheap flights from a lot of places all over Europe to Malta.

A great tool for booking your next flight is the Website Kayak!