first month in sunny Malta
One month has passed and I am still trying to get used to this climate :)
Sun, heat, amazing beaches with blue clear water, more sun and stifling heat, great views, fields, eating a lot of pastizzi, unreliable buses, spending too much time in buses, even more sun, partying in Paceville, enjoying the quite atmosphere in Mdina, getting lost in the Catacombs in Rabat, eating the best cake ever in the tea gardens, beautiful villages, and since I can't get enough of it: more sun and perfectly blue skies, swimming every day, a lot of ice-cream, a dangerous bike tour to Anchor Bay, trip to Valetta, on eof the highlights: Blue Lagoon, Comino. I think I have found paradise..joining an English Cafe, people from all over the world, spaghetti for dinner: every evening..at least that's how it feels like... and of course, the main reason why I am in Malta, the work with the Gaia Foundation: the nursery centre, plants everywhere, lunch in the shade with a beautiful view over Golden Bay, patrolling at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, sometimes hating the sun for being so hot in the afternoon :).. staying in the watch tower and being asked thousands of questions but none of them having anything to do with my work, the tower, Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, the Blue Flag or the foundation.. there was also the first public activity where I realized that people who come to the beach don't want to answer questionnaires, even if there are just five questions :D collecting a lot of litter from the beach and even more on the monthly clean-up.. it's crazy that people seem to be throwing away their rubbish anywhere but not in the wastebins..
..this is describing my first month in Malta very well.. summed up, of course, like some kind of brainstorming. There have been so many impressions, there is far more than I have listed, so many new things. It's a totally new experience to share an apartment with four other people, not having the usual people around you.. and I think that's what makes the EVS experience so special!