Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Hallowe'en in Malta

Halloween in Malta 2014

As with much of Europe, Hallowe'en is becoming ever more popular as an excuse for otherwise sensible people to get dressed up in ridiculous fashion and go out to party.

When I was growing up this was a festival purely for the kids.  We were dressed up as home-made ghosts or goblins and sent off in groups along the country roads near my Aunt's house, effectively to beg for sweets and chocolate.  Or apples and nuts, if you were unfortunate enough to be given these.

Today Malta embraces Hallowe'en and all it's wicked ways, and here are a few of the entertaining options available to celebrate the big day:

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sponsored Feature: Learn English in the Sun - Come to Malta!

As stereotypes go, England is one pretty rainy country. Lacking a warm, Mediterranean climate, it is no surprise that many Brits prefer to holiday in sunny places all year round. It is also why destinations other than England are very popular for those wanting to do an English course.
Malta is one such destination! Situated on the Mediterranean coast, this beautiful island boasts a sub-tropical climate, friendly locals and many historical and cultural sites. Not only does it make for an ideal holiday destination but also it’s the perfect place to brush up on your English as well. Because of Malta’s colonial past, English remains the official language there so there is no excuse not to speak it!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Beautiful Classic Cars in Bugibba Square

Every Sunday morning you can go down to Bugibba and find an assortment of lovingly maintained vintage cars parked in the main square.  The American Auto Club of Malta brings a selection of its members gleaming Chevys, Stingrays, Fords and Plymouths.

An easy way to kill some time if there's a petrol-head in the family.

Here's a selection of the gas-guzzlers on show...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Why Transport in Malta is Messed Up.

Yellow Bus Malta

 If you visited Malta more than 3 years ago, chances are you took one of those old rattling yellow buses which are still memorialized in the form of plaster souvenirs all over the island.  You may have enjoyed the novelty, but would not have relished relying on those aging, stiflingly heated hunks of metal to meet your daily commuting needs.

Arriva took over in the middle of summer 2011 with bright and shiny buses imported from Sweden and London.    The bright and shiny buses proceeded to burst into flames just about as soon as they were introduced to the unforgiving Maltese weather.  That's if they turned up at the right time, or at all.  Safe to say that Arriva did not always live up to it's name.

All this is a rather lengthy way of saying that people don't much like taking buses in this country.  Particularly the Maltese people - tourists often don't have much of a choice.  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Indian Summer in Malta

Yes, it is the middle of October and Yes, it is still warm enough to swim in the sea.

Or to lie on the beach, or do any of that other good summer weather stuff.