Malta: Through Local Eyes

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Lourdes

Where are you originally from?​
I am from the small island of Malta. It is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean and is part of Europe and it has about 450,000 inhabitants.

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Maltese are very kind and happy people.

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
10, altough we have our own language being Maltese, our second language is English and we speak it very well.

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
“Kemm hi shana”, it means its very hot. Malta is a very warm country and in Summer we sometimes can’t bear the heat. But we do love going to the beach.

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Hello – Hello (good morning – l-ghodwa t-tajba/bongu), thank you – grazzi, please – jekk joghgbok, sorry – skuzani

Are you more like laid back or party people?
We are a bit of both, we like to party a lot especially the younger generations (we have a lot of clubs and places to party in but we actually have a part of town called Paceville were there are a lot if clubs and bars). But we do also like to be laid back and take everything slowly sometimes. Especially in Summer, we like to go to the beach and just relax while enjoying the sun.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Us Maltese love our food and we have a lot of different traditional dishes one must try. These include Ghagin il-forn (roasted pasta), Maltese bread, Figolli (a type of pastry made during Easter), we do like meat a lot and in small villages like Bahrija you find a lot of restaurants that make a delicious rabbit) and last but definately not the least, pastizzi (they are made out of multiple layers of thin oily dough and then filled with either peas or ricotta). If you have to try at least one, it has to be the pastizzi.

Best drink? Local drink to try?
In Malta we have our own drink which is Kinnie. It is quit a sweet drink. We also have our own beer which is Cisk.

How is breakfast served in your country?
We like to have a cup of tea or coffee with some pastizzi. But we do have English or European breakfast too.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
I think it has to be Isle of MTV. It is a festival were different artists, popular at the time come to Malta during a week usually in June and we have a lot of parties. The main one is the Isle of MTV which hosts more than 50,000 people in one square.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
We do all kinds of sports but football has to be on top of the list.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Take diving lessons or rock climbing lessons as they are very fun for adventurous tourists.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
We have a lot of history, so I suggest visiting historical sights such as the Megalithic temples in Mnajdra, museums, the capital city Valletta itself is a jem, the old/silent city Mdina and also our sister islands Gozo and Comino. You must also take a dip in the sea here, especially in the clear blue water of Blue Lagoon in Comino.

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Ghar il-Mixta in Gozo. It is a cave that looks out on a bay called ir-Ramla l-Hamra. Is it absolutely amazing.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
As I said before, the best beach has to be Blue Lagoon in Comino but since Malta is an island, it’s surrounded with beautiful beaches. Some of them are Golden Bay, Gnejna, Ghadira, Ghar Lapsi and so on.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Since its a small island, we only have one city, Valletta. But we do also have the old city, also known as the silent city, Mdina. You can definitely visit both in a week.

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Malta is sunny, calming and beautiful.

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
At least a week.

When is the best time to visit?
Summer, but there are activities and things to do around the island all year round.

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? 
Malta is a Catholic country and we have more than 365 churches all around the island. For every church there is a saint. Big churches celebrate a feast for their patron. Mostly these feasts are held in Summer and they consist of beautiful floor and sky fireworks, a lot of food and beautiful decorations around the villages.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
That its very small. Altough its true, when you’re in it you don’t feel like it.

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes, I love to travel. I went to a lot of different places around the world but I have to say there is something about New York that stole my heart.

What’s your best travel story?
Last April I went to study in a school in Rome for three weeks with Erasmus+. Two of my friends and I were living together in an apartment and we had the chance to visit this amazing city and live in it for almost a month.

Why do you love traveling? 
I love to learn about the different cultures in the counties surrounding us. It makes me feel closer to the people from that country. I also love to capture the faces and lives of people from all around the world.

ABOUT LOURDES

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