What do you like the most about Malta?
I enjoy the way of life here. My opinion is that it is a better way of life. In Canada it was work work work, harder to make/meet genuine friends, make time for family etc. In Malta even though we work full time, we seem to enjoy life more, have time to spend with friends/family.
How was the cultural shock ?
For us it wasn't too much of a culture shock really. As we had been to Malta before and have many friends and family here, we knew how Malta was. Of course there were little things that took adjusting such as shops closing down for the afternoons, many being closed completely on Sundays. Also the traffic here and how insane many drivers are, as well as government offices here. As many who live in Malta know- nothing gets done fast and most of the time it takes a few trips and talking to a handful of different people to get anything resolved and done here. That is what I find most frustrating. You have to have patience!
What are the main differences with your home country ?
To be honest, I don't think that I can even answer this question. One can't even compare Canada and Malta really. Everything is different here!
Do you miss anything from your homeland?
Besides family, I don't really miss anything about Canada. Of course I miss the odd store and restaurant but that is about it.
Your best souvenir ?
Three years ago while here on holiday my husband and I got tattoos. Best souvenir I think -even though mine is not Malta related,just a great memory and way to end our trip!
Your worst experience?
I wouldn't say I've had any horrible experiences here, frustrating ones at times yes. Dealing with government offices and seemingly lack of job knowledge or organization...huge frustration. Nothing like going back and forth to an office three or four times when they could have simply told you everything you might need to know or do the first time! Grrrrr
Your blog: when did you start it? For what reasons?
I first started my blog in July of 2009. At that time I wasn't sure if I would enjoy blogging and didn't even know what to write about. I was very new to the blogging world and with my little experience I basically just jumped right in. I just started it for the fun of it really- no specific reasons. But as time passed and I wrote a few posts I started to enjoy it. Then when we decided to move to Malta I figured that it would be a great outlet to share my experiences (good and bad) with friends and family back home and of course with who ever else stumbled upon my blog!
Did you make new friends with your blog?
Yes I've met a handful of great people through the blogging world. A handful of them are either also expats living in Malta or have lived here all of their lives. Some I have met in person, some I have yet to meet but hopefully we'll be able to meet up sometime soon!.
When did you register on expat blog?
2010-03-06 they tell me :)
Any particular reasons?
Not really, initially I was interested in reading about other expat experiences here in Malta and the forums are great for the most part as a source of information!
Which advice would you give to people who would like to live in Malta?
Do your homework when it comes to visas, permits etc. Because my husband is Maltese citizen I had it a little easier than the average expat perhaps, but I still found it difficult to get certain paperwork done. Before we moved here we had been in contact with the Canadian Consulate as well as the Maltese government about things.We thought we knew exactly everything that we needed but then you arrive in Malta and you find out its totally different. GET YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATES CERTIFIED IN YOUR COUNTRY USING THE STAMP! Actually anything that could be or might need to be certified, DO IT BEFORE you come to Malta. A bit of a headache. So do your research thoroughly when it comes to stuff like that.
Also don't expect things to be done in the same way in Malta as they are in other countries. What might be a standard way of doing things in other countries may not be how they do it here, so have patience and persistence.