4 things I’m glad I brought to Malta

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You never quite realise how much unnecessary stuff you have until you decide to pack it all up and move to another country. There’s a lot to bring but even more to leave behind. The only question: what do you take to a country you’ve only ever seen on holiday trips?

I had a guess and, as it turns out, did a pretty good job. Here’s 4 things my life wouldn’t be the same without:

1. Wellingtons

Even in Malta the times of sunshine and heat are over now. Instead, there’s LOADS (and I say that coming from Austria!) of heavy rain, leaving large puddles and small streams on the streets to march through (or jump into). I wouldn’t want to do that in ballerinas – or any other shoes.

2. A woollen jumper

I couldn’t believe it when I read it in August, but winters here are actually cold. Mainly that’s because it’s close to impossible to heat those stone-floored, thin-walled buildings, especially when there’s literally a HOLE in the wall (for ventilation?). My knitted jumper keeps me warm at night, so I don’t have to worry about inflated electricity bills – or burning cats…

3. Slippers

Okay, to be fair: I didn’t bring them, and I also wouldn’t have thought I’d need them. My mom wisely bought them for me. You see, I hate slippers and keep loosing them somewhere on the way between my bed and the fridge. But the icy stone floor has made even me wear them all the time. Except when I forget to put them on because my cats kicked them underneath the bed. Again.

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The source of all evil

4. Scarves

Malta isn’t only rainy, but also windy as hell in autumn/winter. And I can’t be the only person to hate cold air creeping inside my clothes through the neck opening, can I? That’s when scarves do wonders. It took 18 years of my grandmother telling me to wrap my neck, but the message got through eventually. Better late than never, right?

So if you ever happen to stay in Malta during winter, make sure to pack those items!

What couldn’t YOU live without in winter?

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7 thoughts on “4 things I’m glad I brought to Malta

    1. I wrote that during those few days when it was raining ALL THE TIME! Of course now I’m out in a T-Shirt during the day again but you gotta let people know that it’s not warm and sunny every single day. We don’t want them to get too jealous, right? 😉

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  1. Hi this is unrelated to warm clothes but was wondering if you could give me some info on the best places to live Malta. Im coming over to nurse and would really appreciate knowing decent areas to live in. Thanks Jacky

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    1. Hi Jacky, and thanks for reading my blog. That’s a really hard question to answer because it depends on so many things, so what I would recommend is to get a place close to where you work for short rent for a few weeks and then look around yourself.
      What you should consider is: Do you mind a 1 hour or more trip to work each day? Do you want to live in a quiet village area or do you prefer places with lots of shops, restaurants and people? Do you want to have sea view? Do you want to live alone or share a flat? Do you mind living in an area that’s considered a “bad” area?
      But if you give me a bit more information about what you’re looking for then I can be more specific 🙂
      If you want to get a feeling for prices etc., then check out Flatscanner or look at real estates’ homepages (but don’t expect their properties to be available, consider them as examples).
      Well, I hope that helps a bit…
      Cheers, Kerstin

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  2. In winter I couldn’t live without shoes which are warming up and keeping dry my feet, a winterjacket, gloves and something warm for my head.
    And I wouldn’t live without chocolat, “Vanillekipferl”, “Strawberryeyes” and different kinds of teas.

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