I’m Back!

I haven’t been posting anything on here for a while now. It’s mainly because I went home for the holidays. I just returned to Malta yesterday. Somehow it just felt like coming home. Being in the Netherlands was also really nice… and cold. But it was a lot of fun to spend some time with my family and friends.

While being home I noticed that not only Leeuwarden, but also Valletta are ‘the capital of culture’ this year. So I get to live in both of them for a while! Unfortunately, my internship place just moved to Pieta, a village nearby. I’ll no longer go to valletta everyday, but I’ll make sure to be on the openings day next sunday.

So I’m back! And I don’t have to work, so I’m probably going to do something fun today. I’m looking forward to spending my last month here.

I’ll post again soon, happy new year!

 

 

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My First Thanksgiving

A few days ago I had my  first thanksgiving here in Malta. I’m pretty sure the locals here don’t celebrate thanksgiving, but my american flatmates, of course, did. The night before they were planning to have their thanksgiving, they invited me to join them. Everyone would bring over some food.

Me being me, I stressed out way too much about what and how much they were expecting me bring. Eventually I just bought a salad because Google told me that was the most appropriate option.

Google was wrong.

When I came home from work everyone was busy in the kitchen making the most amazing meals. Luckily I had some ingredients laying around and decided to quickly make some wraps. It still wasn’t much compared to what everyone else had, but they didn’t seem to mind.

I felt a little bad eating their oven-roasted asparagus and sweet potato-marshmallow meals, but it tasted amazing anyway.

Overall it was just a lot of fun and I hope to maybe have a thanksgiving at home next year!

Mdina

I didn’t have any plans, so last saturday I wanted to feel a bit more like a tourist and went to Mdina, also known as ‘The Silent City’.

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The first thing you’ll see when you get there is the city gate. You may recognise it from the series ‘Game of Thrones’. I haven’t watched it yet, but I heard they recorded some parts in Mdina and I see why. It’s a beautiful historical city with really pretty details if you know where to spot them

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Another thing I liked about Mdina and Malta in general is how easy it is to see an entire city in just one day. When I got to the end of this city I suddenly had this beautiful view of Malta and the ocean.

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This city was high on my list of ‘places I want to go’ and I’m very happy I went there.

The Chocolate Festival in Hamrun

i first heard about this “Chocolate Festival” somewhere in my first days here while browsing Facebook for events happening in Malta. When I found this one, ofcourse I was interested. I love chocolate and I’ve enjoyed all festivals here so far, so why not give it a shot?

The festival started around 6 and ended at 11 pm. I invited a friend and we decided to go there by bus at 18:30.

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When we arrived it was kind of disappointing at first. (we were secretly hoping to just get free chocolate) After a while however, we began to like it. There were people painting and sculpting with chocolate, which was really impressive.

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Despite the fact you obviously had to pay for everything, I tried a lot of chocolate pastries and really liked it!

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I especially liked the chocolate croissant. It was bit overpriced, but totally worth it 😉

When we were about to go home we suddenly noticed this girl with an amazing voice singing on a small stage at the end of the festival. When she finished singing we talked to her for a minute and realised she competed in the junior eurovision songfestival last year. So that was pretty cool!

Overall this was a great experience and I’d love to go there again.

Notre Bianca

in the last few weeks I’ve made a couple of new friends and they told me about Notre Bianca, a yearly event in Valletta with lots of art, dance and music. So of course I had to go.

Before it started

Before it started we decided to see a bit of Valletta. I thought I’d seen everything because I work there, but that turned out to be false. I had never been to the end of the city to see the ocean because of all the tourists, so when I finally did, it was very nice.

P1010399.JPGAfter this we had dinner at a nice restaurant (I forgot the name), the pasta was really good.

Dance

One of my friends studied dance at the university and was very excited to see the dance shows. There were two acts with dance. I didn’t love the first one, but the second dance performance was amazing.

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Art

When the performances ended, we continued to walk around valletta to see some art. The whole city was a piece of art, so it wasn’t hard to find.

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Music

After this we heard some music coming from another street, so we followed the sound and saw some people dancing while a band was playing music. This was one of my favorite events this night.

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A few hours later we went back home after a enjoying a small jazz concert. The music at this festival made me realise I should listen to more jazz 🙂

 

Science in the city

One day when I was on my way to the office I work in, I noticed something was different in Valletta. It was nicely decorated and there were posters hanging on walls about the ‘Arts and Science festival’. Apparently that festival was the day I was there, so I decided to stay in Valletta when I was done working and enjoy some art & science!

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 15.45.35.jpgBecause I was done working at 15:30 and the festival started at six, I ate at this very nice place called ‘Falafel Street’. The people who worked there were very friendly and the food was amazing, but way too much.

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 15.52.51.pngAfter this, the festival finally started. The first person who approached me was a University student studying game design. It was pretty interesting to hear more about the games they were creating and for what purpose, mostly because I’d like to (maybe) study game design in the future.

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After that I followed a lecture about archeology in the museum of archeology about how they use UV and IR to discover things hidden in pieces of art.

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Here’s some more pictures of the festival. The thing I enjoyed most that day was, surprisingly, the jazz. It was one of the few things you had to pay for at this festival and it was definitely worth it!

My first month

I’ve been here for almost one month now. The time went by pretty quickly and there’s some things I’d still like to share (before I forget).

The Pride

In my first week, my roommate took me to the pride in Valletta. It was a really nice experience. There were a lot of colorful people and together we marched through a nice part of the city.

At the end of the march there was a little festival with some artists from Malta. Even the Maltese candidate from the european songfestival 2016 performed at the festival.  There was also a guy who recorded his music video ‘We Are Hunters’ (or something like that) and we all got to be in it. It will be on youtube somewhere in october/november he promised. So that’s something to look forward to!

Work

My internship started off very easy. The first week I got to work from home and I just got a few simple things to do. Because of this I started to worry a bit if I’d even get on my hours. Luckily this changed after a while, because I now get to work from the office and I’ve got a whole portfolio to make for Webee. I start every day at 9:30 and end at 15:30, sometimes a little later.

Money

I’m trying to be a little careful with spending my money, because I haven’t received the money for my OV-card yet. That’s why I’m very happy my parents are willing to support me with this. I also have a small problem with my bank card, I can’t get cash anywhere, so I’m going to visit the bank right after this post.

Roommates

Two days ago my lovely Polish roommate left the residence. She was very social and outgoing and had a lot of friends here. Even though I’ve only known her for two weeks, I’m really going to miss her.

The new semester has started for the university students here and many new people arrived at the residence, so I immediately got a new roommate.  She’s a bit shy but overall a nice Chinese girl and we get along pretty well. At the first day she brought a lot of food from her country and told me some things about herself. She’s going to stay at the residence till february 4th, which is five days less than me. I hope we get to be good friends!