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!

 

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!
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!

 

 

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!