It was a very bumpy plane ride on my way to Malta. I felt like a scene from a TV show called â€˜Fantasy Islandâ€™. I didnâ€™t know this country exist until the day I read an article about how many countries in this world under British colonization before. Malta is one of them and when I looked up the map, it was located in the middle of Mediterranean Sea and the size are slightly smaller then Singapore. This little island nation is not on everyoneâ€™s radar. It makes me curious to know more and to find out myself about this country. Malta is a member of European Union now.
It was raining so heavy when I arrived in Malta.
The time is about 2am and it is very foggy. This is not what I imagine when I arrive in a Fantasy island. I made a friend from Malta 6 months on internet before I plan this trip. He is the one who invited me to come to Malta. We met at the arrival hall. He and his family so excited to receive their first Asian friend. We exchanged hello and they brought me to my hotel. It was dark all the way to the hotel and I wish that the weather will be better the next day. The hotel I stayed called Carolina Hotel, less then 5mins walk to the sea. About 9am, my friend and his daughter came to pick me up with their car. They showed me around the island. My first impression of this country is tiny bit similar to Italy. Furthermore the location is exactly below Sicily, Italy. I felt that because the way they talk and their mannerism. I clicked with my friend and his daughters instantly. Since English is one of their spoken languages, I have no problem communicating with them. I saw from the road sign, some Arabic too.
Colourful building, Malta
My friend told me that most of Maltese people are multi lingual. Most languages that they spoke are Italian, Arabic and English apart from their own language which is Maltese. They also learn French and German as a second language in school.
View from the car, Malta
All the time when I was there, the weather have been good to me, it was warm and beautiful. This country is rich with history and before ever been rules by the Arab, Turk, and Roman to name a few. I donâ€™t know where to begin. I found this out from my guide book and also from my friend. He is a good host and he knows his country very well. I like the architecture around the country, colorful and bright. From this architecture and design we can find out the background of a country. A few tall building I saw are a bank and insurance company. That was back then in 2000/2001, maybe now they have more. The beaches are beautiful and along the beach, there are many restaurants, bars and also shopping area.
Malta consisted of two big islands, there is Valletta and Gozo, one small island in the middle called Comino. I didnâ€™t get the chance to go to Gozo. This country is popular with British tourist that hunger for the warm weather and the beaches. The most popular tourist attraction is at Portomaso and the Grand Harbour. The highest peak on Malta Island is called Taâ€™Dmejrek, very nice place and they have a nice old church on top of this hill. I didnâ€™t get the chance to take photo here because I forgot my camera. Such a waste! Shopping area, go to Republic Street and Merchants Street. For night life and bars, I recommend St. Julians area, I remembered I had a nice time there. The foods here are very similar to other Mediterranean countries and I remembered I ate a kind of puff everyday. It consists of some spices and potato.
I would love to come back to Malta again one day.
I have a Maltese friend now, he and his family welcome me back anytime. I was there twice. Studies says that Malta have the best climate in the world. I recommend Malta for those who want a sea, sun and long beaches but donâ€™t come during winter! ;-P , J