I really enjoyed my dinner

In advance, I apologise for this article but I am typically woman and I need to boast how the romantic dinner I had.

In the afternoon during my pole dance training I’ve noticed some unknown door and found out that it leads to the roof of this house… how a nice place. I immediately had an idea to prepare my dinner and eat it in this place with sunset. And how the plan appeared in my head I made it.

I must admit that it was my first proper food here (for breakfast I had some instant porridge, apple for snack, 2 scoops of ice-cream for lunch and that was all).

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At the first photo you can see my lovely first orientation point (my job near the highest building of Malta) and the second one consists of my lounger with dinner).

You maybe wonder what I had a dinner. Don’t laugh me 🙂 but Maltese food are so expensive that I buy something what it is a mixture of tasty (suitable) ingredience for me and suitable price. I had a cous-cous with tuna in olive oil and my „cottage cream cheese“ alias lamb’s or goat’s or sheep’s cheese.

Notice: 1kg cous-cous for 2 euros, 3x80g tuna (in a can of course) for 2,50 euros (in addition it was a discount price). On the other hand, such as 1 kg of greek yoghurt costs 6 euros. Maybe I should write some article about the comparison of living standard here and the Czech Republic (but so far I haven’t had enough knowledge and information about Maltese life… it would be good conversation topic for practisioning my English here).

Visiting the Valletta

As probably everybody know the city Valletta is the capital city of Malta now (almost nobody (of course foreigner) knows that the former capital city was Mdina (with the beautiful silent centre called Rabat). But I am not interested in writing some historical or geographical facts about Valletta. What’s more, I didn’t decide to call on Valletta to enjoying some landmarks, monuments or taking a photo. By the way, I have already visited this place during my autumn’s vacation. My visiting this city (31st March) had a practical purpose – I wanted to enroll in some Maltese residential system, so far I haven’t understood but what I know that if I pay less money for public transport, I will need an ID card and in Valletta there should be some office building so that we can apply for this card… and it is worth applying for it, I’d better spending my money on experiences, not in needed stuff 🙂

Let go back to the main sense of the story. I’d like to describe my „maybe unsuccessful day“ (but in this dreamed country nothing cannot be unsuccessful, of course).

After morning running (without map, but yes, with GPS in the mobile phone and even though I had it I’ve lost myself several times as you can see in this link. But it is not my mistake, I don’t understand why here people don’t use „the blind sight“ for a blind street – I didn’t have to turn round so many times) I set out to find my bus stop. Hm, I have to shorten my writing, otherwise, I would never finish. I write down only items (my notices) because of my laziness 🙂

  • Of course, if I need to find some bus stops I come across only the bus stops for the opposite direction… maybe there is some network of single ways. In the end, I have walked almost near to my office and got on to the same bus (line number 16) as I planned in my city, hmmm.
  • The pleasure surprised happened in the bus. From my last visiting Malta I expected that I would pay 2 euros per one way (up to 2 hours travelling). But the drivers wanted me to pay only 1,50 euros (hm, I bought an ice-cream later… so I didn’t save money anymore this day). Later I read the rules and the price list and we have a winter time (it is a little funny for me because of 26°C in the shadow, but I am not angry with paying the ticket in the winter time :-)).
  • I literally ran Valletta to supposed a place where the office building should be (yes, I forgot the paper with the address at home, how it is typically for me). But I found some building looking like as what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I forgot many more important detail, the office working hours will probably in the morning hours and yes, in Malta there is the very similar system as we have in the Czech Republic. So tomorrow I have the clear programme for morning 🙂 and for this time I am bringing the address and map with me, I won’t leave by chance.
  • Well, when the main aim was not fulfilled and my ticket was not still expired I used the public transport and got to close to my favourite place – on the opposite bank of Valletta (I guess that it is part of Sliema). From this spot, I was wondering about 2 hours. I enjoyed the warm weather with sweet ice-cream in my hand (oreo and cookies scoops, I like tasting new Maltese flavours). What I saw or what made me surprised I tried to catch in my camera.

Let start with photos from Valletta (the typical narrow street, sweet girl in the Hastings gardens, the Manoel’s island).

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Some photos from long walking (9 km in total). In the second one, you can see the complex with my future office (the high building is a good spot for orientation anywhere).

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An unnamed person asked me for vegetation in Malta, he told me that from google map there are not any forests, trees… yes, it is a little true, but I tried to shot some palms and typical agricultural places. I came across the horses by chance, I’ve just lost myself as usual 🙂 because I didn’t want to use the map, I am learning my surroundings…

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At Tigne point (it is a corner of Malta, some cultural place with many shops) there was some events – I don’t know what… but the women in the stage were singing and I was surprised of the car-animals for children (the orange one is the octopus).

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From Sliema bank (on the opposite side of the sea there is Valletta). The last photo I shot near my house, there is something as valley or meadow, I don’t know how to describe in Czech, let alone in English. However, it is my second good orientation point how to get home.

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And something for fun. You can compare the clothes of a woman and me (above). I don’t suspect which of us look like more crazy for residents.

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That’s all from my today trip. If you are interested in the trip in more detail, don’t hesitate to visit this link.

A little about my job

Although it doesn’t have to seem at the first view I should work in Malta (I will be working since Monday). Let me say a few words about my first date with fortyTwo company.

Yesterday (30th March) I visited my office twice. First of all, my boss and two developers picked me up. I had the very interesting conversation during driving on the narrow roads. I told them about my planning to buy a cycle for easy travelling in Malta. The reply was „Good luck“ and the guys seemed very funny… hm, now I don’t know where the problem is 🙂 Secondly, I was curious whether there are some rivers or, at least, the streams in Malta. I heart: „we have a big river in case of heavy raining“. I learnt that in Malta there was a „snow“ two years ago and it was the big problem here because this situation happens so rarely that Malta is not prepared for this moment and they don’t have any ploughs,  let alone some salt so that the snow can be melted. I thought in my head that it will be a nice and funny time here and I would like to experience the snowing here, really very much :-).

In the afternoon, I decided to visit my job again, but only from a distance. I enjoy time inside later so now I would like to observe my office in safety distance :-)).

Just look at some photos from my „tour to the job“ (it took me about 20 minutes from the house on my foot, I didn’t measure in any app because I spent lots of time over looking at cars – I sometimes miss the pedestrian pavement and besides, in Malta you drive on the left side, I will probably never use it)

 

I am coming to the complex of luxury buildings…

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Look out of the gate (this view I can see from the main door).

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Look back to the gate.

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Look back to the gate from a distance.

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Right, next there is the most expensive hotel (of course that it is a Hilton). For naggers, I will be really working at IT company, not here (but maybe early because of my English, hmm).

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And the last photo consists of me for believing that I am still alive (it was on the way to back home, but I wanted to find another way, I hate being bored…).

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After I know more information about my job content I will probably describe here in more detail. Currently, I know a few names, my seat place (maybe) and remember some nationalities of my colleagues (such as, the second Hana at fortyTwo is from Swedeen and owning to have the same name everybody is willing to call me Hanka, yupiii).

The first experiences

It is too late and after long traveling (I left the Czech Republic on Tuesday 29th March) I would like to lie down and sleep but I am full of feelings. Besides, I am worried about my short memory :-)) so I’d rather writing toning than tomorrow (and I suspect that this though I would have other days as well and in the result I would never start „blogging“.

In short, about 1pm I landed in Luqa (Maltese airport) and from skype I found out that three people from my new company were already waiting for me in the departure lounge. „Three, no…“ was my first thought but I didn’t have any choice and they made me go to the company and let introduce myself to million people (ok, not million, but I remember only three or four names and know that my office lies in the most expensive location in Malta, it is near complex of restaurant and hotels, so I am certain that I won’t have a lunch here 🙂 (the soup costs about 10 euros, the cheapest main course starts on 15 euros… hmmm, some pasta with souce).

Then I had to wait for my driver (colleague). Of course, he was playing a table football… people working in IT companies suspect how important place it is :-)) Fortunatelly, my flat is near my office and trip by foot takes me about 20 minutes and by car it takes us about 5 minutes. Who guess what I  had to do in the first moment in my new flat? Yes, we all knowing where I live guess correctly. I jumped on the pole and took a selfie :-)) for my friends.

Hm, I wanted to describe my experiences shortly… so what made me suprised?

  • the temperature – I don’t bring any sun-oil because I thought myself there is only March :-)) that’s a mistake… only 24°C but… However, the residents are wearing jeans (by the way I put on skirts and top :-)) and I caught a cold in Czechs, owning to cold so far I haven’t bought an ice-cream… only looked at the confectionery :-))). Maybe I looked like crazy girl in my clothes… lots of people turned to me…
  • cottage cream cheese – I love the cottage cream cheese (at least I think that the cottage cream cheese is English meaning for our tvaroh). So I decided to buy it 🙂 I won’t describe how it was difficult to find some shops here but I was succeed, I thought it… I bought something what look likes as tvaroh and the shop assistant confirmed me that it is what I have been searching). But after I tasted it at the flat I found out it is very tasty but it isn’t tvaroh for sure. I guess it could be some lamb’s or goat’s cheese or something similar… Well I woul have to look for tvaroh further.
  • the amounts of hair lounges – as I mentioned I tried to find some shops (I am a little worried that the deparment store is something that the Maltese don’t know :-(). During wandering in the narrow Maltese street and finding for food shop I came across lots of hair lounges… almost in other streets there is some one… I don’t understand why, but when I will have an idea to demage (I dubt that I will be able to learn some useful words in this area and for this reason every attempt must finish unsuccesful) my hair I won’t be worried where I should do it.
  • 5 years ol child and pole dance – in the evening finally I had a pole dance training (I just waited after my roommate had finished her lesson, yes, she is a pole dance teacher – how it is a chance, isn’t it? Be sure it is not a chance that I live here :-)) But what I want to write it is that she has a 5 years old daughter and as we maybe suspect the cute gilrs mirrors her mum and I can see something unbeliavable. I will have to take some photos of her because the young Ina has more power than boys who try a pole dance in my flat in Czech 🙂
  • lemon trees everywhere – finally, the last interesting thing what made me suprised today was a lemon tree. During finding for shop I visited lots of street in the neighbourhoods and almost every 1 out of 3 houses has own lemon tree… hm I think that I will have a lemon juice very often :-)) because when I see the prices of fruits and vedgetables in shops I am not sure whether I will buy them any more :-)) (almost 2 euros for 2 apples, hmm, I am use to eat 4 piece of apples or other kind of fruits a day :-))).

I am exhauste and don’t have enough power to check and correct mistakes, so you appologize it… and if not, you cannot read it :-)) Bye

 

P.S.: I am going to upload some of photos tomorrow…

How did it begin

As probably most of you know a few months ago I decided to learn English eventually and because I am useless to do it in my country. I chose English speaking country that I fell in love with it in the first moment when I visited last year. Yes, it is Malta, small island near Sicily… And be sure that English is the one of oficial languages here because it is only about 50 years when Malta recieved its independence (it was part of the United Kingdom, not Italy as many people think).

I won’t describe how to apply for a job here and how to get a dream job. In my case, I can thank to a big happiness. But my adventure have just started and I would like to both share some my experiences and train my English (so that’s a reason why I write this blog in English although I know how these articles look like :-)). I hope that after year I will be able to see some progress 🙂