Let’s be honest, Malta is probably the best island on the entire planet. It’s got the three S’s – Sun, Sea and Safety. But that doesn’t mean everything’s 100% perfect 100% of the time.
Here are the things you don’t miss about Malta when you move abroad…
1. The madness of public transport
I could say ‘multiple means of public transport,’ because tubes really are a godsend, but we don’t really have the infrastructure. But also, seeing as Malta only has buses, is it really that hard to make sure the one method we have is on time?
2. Not seeing the colour green
All tea all shade (which Malta doesn’t have), any given major city in Europe is likely to have more trees than our island. Keyword being “city”, because we won’t even mention the outskirts or countryside of said city.
3. Not having four seasons
Yes, everybody loves sunshine.
But Christmas in Malta doesn’t really feel like Christmas, and we don’t get to see the leaves change colour in autumn (although this may be related to the point above). Anyways, what is so wrong about liking cold weather? Jumpers and beanies FTW.
Whether it’s hotter or colder where you’ve moved, it’s almost guaranteed that the temperature outside feels like the temperature outside, and not five degrees warmer or cooler than it actually is.
5. The impossibility of spontaneous getaways
A Gozitan farmhouse is always a fun weekend trip with friends, but there’s something about being able to drive to any other part of a country and see something completely different than your own town which feels really fresh, which unfortunately you cannot do when you’re stuck on a 27 kilometre-long rock in the middle of the sea. I guess you get to avoid the argument about who controls the music in the car.
Okay, so traffic exists everywhere.
But in Malta, it’s especially frustrating because the distances you have to drive aren’t really that much, yet it can still take you more than an hour to get just about anywhere. On top of that, you’re driving on pretty shitty roads.
BONUS: The things you do miss
Family. Pastizzi. Maltese people’s hospitality. Sunshine. Friends. Beaches. Your coworkers. The list goes on.