malta – things to do

I spent my birthday in Malta and had an awesome time with awesome people. Here are some of the things you should not miss in between the balconies, water and narrow alleyways.

Some facts:

  • population: 431.333 (Malta is small, yet very densely)
  • currency: €
  • language: English and Maltese
  • fun fact: Britney Spears’ great-grandfather was born in Malta

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1. Ferry Ride to the Blue Lagoon

Even though this is quite the tourist trap, I’d still recommend a boat ride to the Blue Lagoon. Sure enough, your view might be blocked by drunk tourists but it is still calming to sit in the sun and dip your feet in the crystal clear water. Maybe you’ve also guessed it, I’m quite the pineapple addict and they do cocktails served in hollowed-out ones here – called “Blue Lagoon” and quite instagrammable. 😉

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2. Stroll around Valletta

This will be on your list anyways, but just to mention it again. If you miss the green in the sandstone area, the capital of Malta boasts some amazing parks. It’s easy to explore the entirety of it within a few hours and you should definitely check out Soul Food for fresh and tasty Buddha Bowls!

 

IMG_4794-Recovered3. See Mdina

One of the highlights definitely was this little gem of a fortified city. A definite must see is the movie about its history which will give you some background info. It’s well-made, despite being 3D. If you choose to eat here definitely pay the extra money to sit on a rooftop and enjoy the view over the island.

 

I hope you’ll enjoy your stay in the smallest country of the EU as much as I did! Let me know what your favourite spots were.

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Stop Wasting EU money. Or why I don’t speak TSCHERMAN here.

I hang out with awesome guys. Special Thanks to Julia for inspiring this.

So, when I came here, most people seemed to be aware of the fact that the EU is running out of money for this. Here. Our financial “ERGASMUS”. There are enough articles showing the numbers. So, since this happens to be MY Blog I’ll just write my impressions.

I had to go through a very tough application process for going here. I had to write motivational letters, pass personal talks, justifying my dream to come to England that I have had for 10 years now. This was my opportunity and I was happy to get it, and not even in the first round. Yes, I am the successor of someone who didn’t accept his place in Birmingham (don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but that’s another story).

But wha’ever, I am here now. And I love it. I am so happy, because everything I wrote in those letters was true. Sadly, most people may have meant it when writing “I want to make many English friends” but now they do not realize how to live up to that. Why are you not trying ANYTHING new? Don’t tell me that’s because of finances; I only get 150 € monthly. That’s the smallest amount of all the people I’ve talked to so far (despite my application process being so hard). Of course, my parents do support me and I work. Just to make this the greatest time in my life. If I had only come here for watching series on my laptop, there would be no point in doing it.

 I am sure everyone can find something in the University of Birmingham he or she likes. And still study and go to parties. There’s plenty time on a day (and you can cut the sleep. It is almost free to do sports. You can use some of your credits to learn a new language. And it’s perfectly fine if you just watch series, movies and 9GAG. But  then at least understand the meme jokes that I keep on making.

I don’t mean to attack anyone here. If you’re happy with what you’re doing, go on – this is just my life and thoughts. But I for myself want to be attacked less when I tell Germans that I prefer speaking English. Every second, no excuses. If you don’t know a word, look it up. We live in an age where that is no more effort than asking Siri. You think it is pretentious? I learnt from Sara (tho who I – yes, even in Germany – speak English 24/7):

“Where else should we get such a good practice.”

 That’s basically the reason. But after being asked over and over again WARUM I won’t speak German to German people, I even created a toplist of possible answers (if any come up to you, please comment).

1. My soul hurts everytime someone says “I am from Tschermani. (Replacable with ITALI, FRÄNCE, SPEEN)” . Please, at least say the name of your nation in proper English.

2. I want to lose my accent.

3. I hate it to leave all the other people in a room out of the conversation.

4.  I am studying it and I love it.

5. German is too hard for me.

6. Why. The heck. Not.

Please don’t see this as a question of national pride. Don’t think I hate German (Actually, I especially love the word “Zimtstern”) . Don’t see this as offense. Just think about it, you asked after all. Cheers!