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Old 15.01.2011, 22:34
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Re: Life in Malta

Goodness me, I had quite forgotten that I had started this thread a year ago!

Well, to bring you up to date, I have been living between Malta and Switzerland since last June - mostly in Malta. So, my experience to date ... the first thing that grabs you is the climate, which is second to none. Yes, it does get hot in the summer, but not unbearably so. I live on the coast (which isn't difficult on an island of this size) so there is generally a sea breeze to temper the heat. I am here at the moment, and today (as on most days) we had clear blue sky, sparkling Med, sunshine and 17 degrees! And that is very typical for this time of year.

In terms of living and lifestyle, I have to say that I settled in much more quickly here than I did in Switzerland. Accommodation is not particularly cheap in the sought after areas, as everywhere, but there are plenty of bargains to be found inland and in the south of the island.

For such a tiny island it is immensely culturally diverse, including prehistoric temples and the second oldest theatre in Europe, which is in Valletta. Indeed, it has been described as one big open air museam. Due to its vulnerability, over the years it has been heavily fortified, which only adds to its mystique. Grand Harbour in Valletta is something to behold - breathtaking! Gozo is another world - Malta thirty years ago ... and Sicily is only a short hop away.

English is widely spoken here, which helps, and the people are of a generally sunny disposition, typical of the Mediterranean. There are first class hotels and restaurants and the best fresh fish that I have ever found - something that I sorely missed in Switzerland. I have found the people to be very friendly and welcoming and I have quickly built up a circle of friends.

I absolutely love the life here. It is funny, as when I first arrived, and was feeling a bit reticent, I met an English woman who has lived here for twelve years. She told me that the attraction is insidious and will catch you unawares. Well, she was right!! In fact, the last time I was in both the UK and Switzerland, I could not wait to get back here.

Sorry, one last point (and an important one). The crime rate here is incredibly low, both in terms of possessions and personal safety. On my most recent visit to the UK my sister kept warning to be vigilant about my handbag and I realised that I had become somewhat blase, because in Malta it really is not something that you have to worry about.

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Great - so glad you are enjoying it.
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Goodness me, I had quite forgotten that I had started this thread a year ago!

Well, to bring you up to date, I have been living between Malta and Switzerland since last June - mostly in Malta. So, my experience to date ... the first thing that grabs you is the climate, which is second to none. Yes, it does get hot in the summer, but not unbearably so. I live on the coast (which isn't difficult on an island of this size) so there is generally a sea breeze to temper the heat. I am here at the moment, and today (as on most days) we had clear blue sky, sparkling Med, sunshine and 17 degrees! And that is very typical for this time of year.

In terms of living and lifestyle, I have to say that I settled in much more quickly here than I did in Switzerland. Accommodation is not particularly cheap in the sought after areas, as everywhere, but there are plenty of bargains to be found inland and in the south of the island.

For such a tiny island it is immensely culturally diverse, including prehistoric temples and the second oldest theatre in Europe, which is in Valletta. Indeed, it has been described as one big open air museam. Due to its vulnerability, over the years it has been heavily fortified, which only adds to its mystique. Grand Harbour in Valletta is something to behold - breathtaking! Gozo is another world - Malta thirty years ago ... and Sicily is only a short hop away.

English is widely spoken here, which helps, and the people are of a generally sunny disposition, typical of the Mediterranean. There are first class hotels and restaurants and the best fresh fish that I have ever found - something that I sorely missed in Switzerland. I have found the people to be very friendly and welcoming and I have quickly built up a circle of friends.

I absolutely love the life here. It is funny, as when I first arrived, and was feeling a bit reticent, I met an English woman who has lived here for twelve years. She told me that the attraction is insidious and will catch you unawares. Well, she was right!! In fact, the last time I was in both the UK and Switzerland, I could not wait to get back here.

Sorry, one last point (and an important one). The crime rate here is incredibly low, both in terms of possessions and personal safety. On my most recent visit to the UK my sister kept warning to be vigilant about my handbag and I realised that I had become somewhat blase, because in Malta it really is not something that you have to worry about.
Great! Thank you for the lovely update and I'm glad you're enjoying it so much.
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Re: Life in Malta

Great to hear... I was doing a bit of business there a few years ago and loved spending time in Malta/Gozo. I have an American friend that lives there now and he loves it. A bit difficult to get used to living on an island if your work is mostly in continental Europe, but, there are LOTS of things that make up for this!

What I do remember, is adopting the Euro drove up prices.

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Great to hear... I was doing a bit of business there a few years ago and loved spending time in Malta/Gozo. I have an American friend that lives there now and he loves it. A bit difficult to get used to living on an island if your work is mostly in continental Europe, but, there are LOTS of things that make up for this!

What I do remember, is adopting the Euro drove up prices.

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I would have to agree about the living on an island concept - that is one of the things that I found most difficult to accept when I first arrived, especially having most recently lived in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. However, as you also rightly say, there are many positive factors that more than compensate.
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Thank you nicolaschulz. Glad to hear it worked out for you.
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