After sunset

One thing that amazes me about Malta is how so much takes place out on the street. Actually, considering the fact that it’s about 25° even at night, it does make sense, doesn’t it?

And when the night falls

During the day, when sitting in the sun for more than 5 minutes would probably set your hair on fire (if you placed a magnifying glass on top of your head it might actually work – don’t try!), the parks and benches are deserted. But as soon as the sun disappears behind the Dragonara Casino (look at the pic, the casino is the building at the very right – see what I mean?), the sidewalk all the way from Gzira to St. Julians is flooded with people of all ages and nationalities.

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In small groups, some friends, some families, some lovers, they sit on the numerous benches overlooking the sea. Even the rocky “beaches” are lighted by barbecues and picnics. I always get hungry when the delicious smell of sausages passes me by, whether I’m on my way to or from a restaurant.

Michael Jackson in Malta?

Two days ago, there was an open air concert – sort of. Different singers (there even was a Michael Jackson imitator) performed on the pavement, watched by a growing crowd. The atmosphere was totally relaxed with whole families enjoying the music, the children playing and the grown ups chatting away. I must add that the generally accepted bedtime for small children – even toddlers – seems to be at around 11 p.m. in Malta. “Andere Länder, andere Sitten”, or, according to dict.cc, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” (? – not that good when it comes to phrases like that).

Who needs restaurants?

Anyways, I really love the fact that most of the Maltese’s social life happens outside like that. Sitting on a bench with their family eating pizza and drinking Cisk (the national beer brand), they’re perfectly happy. When I try to picture doing that in Vienna with my family, I imagine we’d get really weird looks. (Also, we’d probably freeze to death or drown, judging from what I’ve heard of the current weather in Austria!) But here, everyone does it and I love it!

How do you spend your evenings?

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