Here in Malta, we don’t really do seasons. It’s more of a prolonger summer and a brief lapse of wind and rain that we call winter. But with the Hollywoodification (yes, that’s a word now) of the seasons, you can’t really blame the Maltese youth for getting excited about the change in temperature.
That being said, here’s a list of things that always happen when the temperature drops:
1. Students turn up to lectures in hoodies
Determined to wear the cute outfit they bought last April and haven’t had a chance to wear, a lot of students will turn up at uni decked out in their favourite uggs and sweaters.
This ensemble always seems like a good idea in the cool 7:00 am breeze; less so by midday.
2. Nanna officially closes the swimming season
She’ll complain that the last time she went swimming the water was freezing (even though it’s probably warmer than it was in July) and that from this day on, anyone who goes for a swim is a miġnun.
3. Everyone forgets pumpkins are just for minestra
Pumpkin spice is reserved entirely for soup – stop pretending we have a real Halloween culture here.
4. Whatsapp groups flare up with conversations of “you’re wearing closed shoes għid?”
Cause if your toes are out when it drizzles, the world officially comes to an end – and you don’t want your sandals to be the cause of an apocalypse.
5. Your mother whips the winter blankets out of storage
Even though you’ll still be sleeping with the AC on for the next month – you just have to make the room cold enough to sleep comfortably with a quilt.
6. Your Facebook feed is flooded with mugs of hot chocolate and Radiohead songs
Enjoy your melancholic staring out of the window, the rest of us are heading to the beach.
7. One neighbour decides it’s time for the Christmas Father to hang off their balcony
If it’s lower than 25°C then it’s official (almost) Christmas!