Telefonboth Malta , Valetta
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Malta And Facebook

In Malta, everything is on Facebook. If you want to stay up to date you better be there. No matter if you are looking for a new sofa, flat or nail salon, there is a Facebook page and a group for it. I even found my job in one of the job groups on the social media platform.

Soon I will publish a post about the job search in Malta and about how to find an apartment and what you should be aware of while you search. Anyway, Facebook is the way to go here. It sounds weird and it might take a bit to get used to the idea.

There is a lot going on in Malta and you will know about it. Sign up to the various Facebook groups and make sure to be posted about the several events.

It makes it easy to connect with people and very dynamic.

Here are some Facebook groups I can recommend:

For finding an apartment:

For finding a Job:

For buying something:

There are many more interesting groups for specific activities or nationalities:

Find your group in Malta’s Facebook world. It has a lot to offer, events for meetups of all kinds for the real life and as I mentioned above some of the most essential things are to be found on this platform.

It’s happening even if it might be weird for you at the beginning.

 

Havana, the malecon at sundown
Stories, Uncategorized

Something about Havana

This Blog is about living abroad and feeling local and at home. I just moved to Malta and my home before that was Havana. Over years that city became my home, slightly without me realizing it really until I moved there and it just felt natural. I was showing the beauty of Havana top others, I captured it in my pictures and writing and I was breathing it every day.  I was providing people with great experiences and help them to get to know the real Havana like and not the tacky version of it.

You can imagine why I write this now. Of course, it is because of Irma. I do not want to write a wining post about the damage etc.. However it is still something that affects a lot of people, my family and one of my homes (since there are many of them now). This is mostly about the city and less about damage help, but if you feel like you want to help somehow send me a message and I will put you in touch with people who can point you in the right direction.

Havana is beautiful! It still is even though it is flooded now. Irma has not been the first hurricane to hit Cuba but that does not make it any different. Some things in Havana were destroyed because of Irma, some were because of other circumstances. Some houses were already damaged and Irma helped to destroy them. Some places were recently restored like the Gran Teatro de La Habana, that lost one of its statues due to the storm. That hit me hard because it is one my favorite buildings in Havana. It felt like the beauty of this wonderful city is cracking, more than already.

I send all my regards to the people playing domino on the flooded streets and to those who pick up trees and those who report about what’s really going on in the city. Also to my family that keeps moving between their houses to get electricity in order to keep going with their everyday life. Because that is what Cubans do, they rock “la lucha”( the fight, that’s how everyday life is called in Cuba)!

So don’t stop going to Havana it is still beautiful and worth a trip. If you need some ideas for a trip let me know or read here. 

And let me tell you one thing about the people there: They kick ass and they will get the city back on track!

 

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The Gran Teatro de La Habana some months ago

 

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Nürnberg, locally abroad.

Nürnberg ist eine der schönsten Städte Deutschlands, das sage ich nicht nur so, das ist so. Ich komme aus Nürnberg, aber nicht nur deswegen mag ich die Stadt so gerne. Sie hat durch ihren historischen Kern, ihre Wiesen, ihre Bars und Kneipen und ihr Umland viel zu bieten. In meiner fränkischen Heimat gibt es zudem gutes Bier, günstiges Essen und Menschen, die im Kern freundlich sind aber das halt nicht so raushängen lassen. (Wer schon einmal in Franken war, versteht was ich meine)

Diese schöne Stadt im Frankenland bietet so einige Erinnerungen und bei jedem Besuch kann ich die schönen Ecken der Stadt immer mehr zu schätzen lernen.

Viele meiner Freunde von früher waren sich immer um die Schönheit der Stadt bewusst, deshalb sind sie auch geblieben. Dieser Umstand ist natürlich praktisch, denn ich konnte bei einem Besuch viele geliebte Menschen auf einmal wiedersehen. Nun ist es für die wenigen meiner verblieben Freunde an der Zeit auch ihre Koffer zu packen und sie machen sich ebenfalls auf den Weg in neue Gefilde. Ich will es ja keinem nehmen, aber darf ich euch an das Bier, die historische Altstadt und die freundlichen Kellnerinnen erinnern?

Mein Nürnberg wird nun immer leerer und die Gesichter, die diese Stadt geprägt haben machen sich auf um andere Städte und andere Leben zu prägen. Das ist nicht unbedingt etwas Schlechtes meine Lieben, denn jetzt können wir bei gemeinsamen Besuchen, das Bier, die Kneipen und das gute und günstige Essen genießen.

Ich kann es verstehen, ich bin ja auch gegangen. Dennoch, diese Menschen waren ein wichtiger Teil dieser Stadt, jetzt wird es wohl hauptsächlich um die Weihnachtszeit sein, dass ihr wieder zu den Gesichtern von Nürnberg werdet.

Der Christkindlesmarkt wird auch immer schöner wenn man mal ne Weile weg war.

Ich lege mir jetzt erst einmal eine Karte an und markiere wo es euch hinverschlägt! Vergesst nicht nochmal den Ring am Schönen Brunnen zu drehen und euch was zu wünschen, bevor ihr geht!

…….

Shortly I will provide an English Version and some tips for the great city of Nuremberg!

Sunset over bay in Malta St. Julian
Malta, Tips, Uncategorized

Some ideas for the rest of the summer

It’s late August people and in many parts of the world, it is time to prepare mentally for autumn. In Malta, we are blessed with sunny days all over Summer and Autumn. But your holiday might come to an end and you are looking for some ideas to have something awesome to do in rest of the summer.

Here some ideas I thought of, to have some wonderful late summer days and a nice early autumn

1.Go Snorkeling:

We recently started Snorkeling and it is one of my favorite things to do on a warm summer day. Malta is one of the best places to try it out. If you have some days to spare, grab some goggles and go to one of the best snorkeling spots like:

St. Peter’s Pool ( south close to Marsaxlokk)

Paradise Bay (North, close to the Gozo ferry)

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paradise Bay

Wied Il-Għasri in Gozo (North of Gozo, close to Zebbugg)

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Wied Il Gharsi

Around Sliema, for example, the Tigne Point (Center- east, the Sliema area)

And many, many more

 

2. Visit a Festa 

You might have heard that noises that sound like bombs all over Malta and you might have seen the decorated streets, at least in pictures. Well, that is because of the village Festas. With the feasts, the local communities celebrate their church and their saints. There are a couple of feasts every week during summer and some are well well planned and huge, whereas others are a little smaller and less overwhelming. The neighbors collect money the whole year long for the decoration and fireworks, that are an important part of the celebration.

There will be food trucks and drinks and every festa has a local marching band performing. Here you can find a list of the feasts, make sure to see at least one during your last summer days in Malta.

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local Festa in Msida

3. Watch an open air movie

The Café Society is a nice and small bar in Valletta (Triq San Gwann), that not only has the best Aperol Spritz around but also organizes Cinemoon, an open air cinema. Currently, they have a line of time themed movies running. The atmosphere in the streets of Valetta paired with a great movie and an awesome cocktail is the best way to spend some of the last summer days. The movies are shown on Thursdays at around 8.30.

 

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It is also time to enjoy a nice Maltese Platter in one of the local bars and enjoy the Sundowns.

 

Sea, boats, Malta
Malta, Stories, Uncategorized

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 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 (My tip: take a turn and lay down a little left of it, more shade and fewer people! )

 

 

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
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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!