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:
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…
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.
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?