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!

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.

 

Pool, coast In Malta , people on beach
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! ) 

 

 

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!