On the day off I was sitting on the table in a cheap apartment complex for travelers with multi-people shared room where I lived with my friend. Despite of feeling like a melted chocolate every day and having wet hands ( and hey
, my Nesquick chocolate which I bought from store already
got melted too!), I tried to sit down in a public table to work on a commission.
Surprisingly, in Malta there are BARELY any air conditioners. I swear, there days are hotter than in Florida. And we have the worst room because... even it doesn't have open-able windows. Sleeping was a pure nightmare. So hot and hard to breath comfortably. I felt like in a can. Or no, even worse, in a plastic bag.
Oh yes, that's the best word to describe.
Wear a plastic bag on your head and try to breathe during warm days.
After the first sleepless night I wanted nothing but return back to the North.
Ok, the first attempt of working...
... and then a guy came to me. He was massive, all tattooed and had typical gangsta face. Apparently owner of this apartment complex and asked if I wanted to do cocaine here.
I laughed and kindly said no.
He was polite and left me alone.
Another roomie came and asked where is my friend because... garbage is on the table and found an old, rotting tampon in bathroom. Somebody didn't dispose them and now they are going to start arguing a'la ping pong style of "who did this??" and "I didn't do this!!"- Oh god, how climatic is that stay. In hotels I wouldn't have funny stories to share with. But with these I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
I couldn't concetrate anymore on art and left.... to get plunged into a spire of the world of Malta. POKEDEX DATA:
Species: The Volcanic Mediterranean Island.
Language: English and Maltese.
Malta is one of few countries in the world that accepted English language as governal language in use there. What I've experienced there, English is much more dominant than their native language! Currency:
Euro Visa/Passport: for European Union/Schengen countries, only ID is needed!
Expenses: Mmm, kinda expensive country. Not so cheap, euro standards. People: VERY friendly, polite and safe country. A lot of foreigners.
Experience based on my friend who moved out to malta and local friends that I've met and spent a lot of time: they consider Malta as a very comfortable country. People party there a lot, it's known for festival, playing and party country- but in a healthy way, not in obscure like where fights or something serious would end. Police is a rare thing there. Everybody is chill out there.
Food: Mmmm, DELICIOUS! Mostly culinary is with a lot of italian influence, seafood and a little bit of local Maltese (nuts, jams, gozo cheese and oven products). In restaurants usual price for a meal is ~ 10 euro. I really deeply recomment to try seafood there, so fresh and delicious. Cheaper option is, I recommend to visit local, real Italian pizzeria: it's REALLY cheap and extremely delicious! Real ingredients and most are organic. For 5.50 euro I had the best pizza ever and I was full for entire time. A must to try here are gelato ice creams- a cactus fruit and melon ice cream!
- Brewmasters Pizza- an absolute MUST to try. Local pizzeria located in Swieqi town. Very affordable.
- The Villa - if you want to try something better and luxury, this is my recommendation also. They have amazing food mixed with local maltese seafood with art of Italian culinary. Located in San Giljan.
Moving around without car: For 1.50 euro you can ride in any bus and as much as you want for the whole day. Buses usually go between cities, but in general moving around is pretty easy since that country is small. Nature: I take that any country has beautiful nature, but Malta is not a paradise for hikers (unless you have a car, then more things you can explore). All around is dry volcanic desert-like enviro and very salty sea.
Recommedations: In my opinion, every country is worthy to visit. Malta is really worthy experience. But if you are on the another side of world and want to visit Malta- it isn't that worthy that much, you may get a bit disappointed. Malta is rather great for a short, fun trip. The best is to get a cheap flight like Ryanair and fly for a few days- for fun, to party, get plunged into spiral of happy and celebrating people, swim (here you can swim nearly everywhere), make new friends there (it's a pretty social place), explore a bit and do some snorkeling.
- You can get tan veeeeery easily there!
- When I was hiking through wild landscapes to get to wild/non public beaches, I was getting through military areas/training grounds. Here in that country they don't forbid you going there or tell you what to do or not, "babysit" you, but everything is up on your responsibility. You have to be careful and pay attention; if the red flag is up flying there, stay away. We went at night through these ground to beach… and we didn't realize but the guys were shooting next to us!
-drivers drive there like crazy. So crazy, I swear there are really no rules. Lanes are faint and so on. And pedestrials were walking everywhere on the streets full with crazy drivers, like a holy cows arounds. However, the communication between the walkers and car drivers is really amazing. I acted like a wild animal with instincts moving around there!
- Probably not the smartest idea, but I made a self made salt from the sea
- I can't spell ANYTHING in local maltese language.
Photographer behind scenes
I used to do photosessions for my friends as a token of gratitudy for friendship here:
The food is quite good there. Seafood is absolute must
to try. I always hated calamaris but here when I tried... wow, delicious.
Even though the local, amazing fishes are overpriced there but worthy to try at least once. Their culinary specialities in restaurants is italian herbs&vegetable mixed with seafood. As for local groceries, it's the best to buy at local maltese bazaar's and village stores. An inexpensive amazing breakfast I had was local oven Maltese bread (forgot it's name), feta cheese with herbs (from gozo), tomatoes and lime picked up from the tree and a fig jam. I made sandwich with feta base, tomatoes and shredded lime on top.