What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of dreams? Do you remember how old were you when you had your first dream? Do you remember what it was? Have you dreamed of travelling the world, going to a concert of your favourite band, watching your favourite football team, having a Porsche when you grow up?
When I was a child my dream was to be a princess! When I was 5 I realised that was probably not going to happen then by the age of 6 I wanted to be a policewoman. Every year, I will have a new dream or my dreams will change but the fact is that we all remember having dreams from the time we have our first memories as kids and those change as our perception of life changes.
What are dreams? They are what, who, where, how and with whom we want to be! That pretty much covers most of the important questions in any language? If our ancestors didn`t try to follow their dreams too we wouldn`t be who we are today.
After my dream of being a princess, one day I had to think of what I wanted to do in life after school. I was thirsty for knowledge and exploring the world! So I made the first step – I moved away from home, away from my family and friends. It wasn`t easy but the dream I was following at the time was strong and I had to sacrifice being in my comfort zone surrounded by people and places I know and to start a new adventure. This new chapter of my life was on the Mediterranean island of Malta.
When I arrived, I didn`t realise yet the whole lifestyle change that was about to happen. All I was thinking was that I am going to study what I wanted at university on a sunny island!
Let me now tell you a bit about Malta! The Maltese archipelago is situated 93km from Sicily and the 255km from the North African coast. It consists of 3 islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is the biggest of the three islands and it is only 316 square kilometres (27km by 14.5km). The Maltese capital Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is the smallest European capital city with it is only 0.8 square kilometres. A lot of the buildings were constructed in the 16th century during the rule of the Knights of St John. The 2 official languages are English and Maltese. Malta has a lot to offer – a lot of history, fortresses, megalithic temples, boat trips around the island, boat trips inside caves, scuba diving, crazy nightlife, harbour view restaurants, amazing food, beautiful towns and very friendly people. Something that I couldn’t wait to see when I moved to Malta – sunrise and sunset while looking at the sea on the same day on the same island!
Malta is very popular filming destination. You probably have seen some of the movies filmed in Malta – Gladiator, Troy, The count of Monte Cristo and Munich. Malta was also one of the filming settings for Game of Thrones. If you have visited the island you will be able to recognise the locations.
The 1980`s American musical comedy “Popeye” based on the “Popeye the Sailor” comics, was also filmed in Malta. The colourful wooden houses build for the set are now an open-air museum and event venue sometimes hosting open-air parties.
This dreamy island was the first step of my journey of exploring the world and following my dreams. Hope you have the chance to visit Malta and experience all the island has to offer.
My Top 3 to do in Malta:
- Take a boat trip to Blue Lagoon
- Visit Valletta and explore the little streets
- Have an early evening walk along the promenade from Sliema to St. Julians