8 Things That'll Get You Weird Looks In Malta
Not that we need much encouragement for side-eye
As welcoming as we pretend to be, the Maltese also have a tendency to stare at people... a lot. Moments that would go by unnoticed in larger cities cause a stir in the streets of Malta. Here are just a few examples of things that'll earn you a funny look.
1. Dressing differently
This doesn't only cover people who dress in outlandish outfits. You'll also get weird looks for deviating (even slightly) from the norm; like a man who's slightly fashion forward, or a person who's all about that androgynous vibe.
2. Dying your hair a non-approved shade
The only acceptable choices that won't draw in judgmental eyes are emo black, done-in-my-bathtub blonde and Zejtun red.
3. Reading in public
Anyone who reads on a bus knows people tend to be perplexed by the idea that you're absorbing knowledge for fun.
4. Being a minority
This includes, but is definitely not limited to, being gay or black or having a disability. Of course, this doesn't mean you'll get outright hostility, but you'll feel the stares.
5. Riding a bike
The Maltese have seen bikes before, so we're not going to stare with wide-eyed wonder. But you will be on the receiving end of some angry drivers' side-eye.
Also some people will be confused as to why you choose to exercise while commuting.
6. Wearing the wrong colour during festa week
This is a dangerous one. When you move to a new town, make sure you know which colours belong to 'the enemy' and avoid wearing them on your casual stroll to the grocer.
7. Speaking in English
If your English sounds foreign - you're fine; just another tourist giving us that sweet, sweet cash. But if you're a Maltese person choosing to speak in English, well then get ready for nanna Ġuża on the neighbouring bench to stare.
8. Being alone
"Why is he eating alone? What a loser."
"She's at the bar with no friends? What a creep."
Maybe some people enjoy their own company? Nope. Alien concept to us - which means stares are guaranteed, along with hushed whispers and general distrust.