Monday was my first day of work. My contact person, Ela from the Hermes organization picked me up at the building I'm living in right now and showed me the way to my work place. Which was really nice because she was able to tell me a lot about Malta. It’s great to just walk along the sea on your way to work! It’s just a great feeling. In my work experience I also work in a travel agency and I'm able to see not only the business travel but the cruise department. It's great to see how a little office is working! In My lunch breaks I'm able to either go to the sea with a view on Valetta or if I walk into the other direction I'm directly at a promenade with little cafes.
I love the style of architecture in Malta. It’s a mix of traditional, old and modern. Many churches and really pretty buildings!
On Wednesday I was able to take a tour though Valetta! When we arrived we were not in Valetta yet. There was a little garden with statues everywhere. We were told that Malta’s biggest resource is this special stone. That’s why nearly all buildings have the same color. We walked past the Parliament building and if you enter Valetta by foot there is a bridge and a gate you walk through. There is one street that stretches through whole Valetta. If you just continue walking you get to the tip of the capital. Another typical characteristic of Maltese architecture is lots of closed balconies.
After walking through the city, a little and getting some impressions we went into the St John's Co-Cathedral. ITs just stunning. You can find gold and marble everywhere. Mostly imported from Italy.
After the gorgeous cathedral we went into a 5D Cinema where we learned a little about Malta's history. Last stop on the tour was the saluting battery! Sadly, we were 10 minutes too late to see the canon fired. Its tradition in Malta to fire the canon every day at least once.
When the tour was over I had a free afternoon, so I decided to take a bus to the Dingli cliffs. It was just stunning! I sat there and just let my feet hang at the top of the cliffs and stare at the sea right infant of me. The clouds only let some of the sun rays pass and hit the sea. It was too beautiful!
Actually, I wanted to eat the kilometer platter in a restaurant called the cliffs, but the kitchen had already closed before I arrived... So, I tried some typical Maltese dessert which tasted really good! It was ice cream with some peanut sauce and inside these other thingies was some kind of fruit.
When I finally found out how to get back I took a bus to Valetta and enjoyed the beautiful view of Valetta at night. Afterwards I took the ferry back to Sliema and went back to our flat.