No matter where you’re from, where you went to school and what you decided to do with your life, Maltese people share a couple of collective memories which have now come to define our culture.
YouTuber Alan Grech seems to know this very well, because his vlogs embody all things Maltese. Here are nine things which feature in his videos and every Maltese person has done at least once.
1. Camping with the gang
While Malta does have a couple of popular (but unofficial) camping sites, l-Aħrax is most people’s first choice for a weekend of fresh air and as much adventure as you can get in a patch of greenery just up the road from civilisation.
All you need is good company, a bonfire, and enough beer and wine to help you let loose before the sun goes down.
2. A Carnival Weekender in Nadur
A group of friends, a beautiful farmhouse with an outdoor pool area, cheap furniture straight from the 80s, loads of silly antics, a drinking game at a round table, some sightseeing around the sister island, and a joint costume which may or may not be dangerously close to cultural appropriation.
We’ve all been there.
3. Winter walks in the countryside
The perfect way to wind down on a fresh Sunday. We all have our own favourite haunts, but every Maltese person yearns to be away from it all every once in a while.
No matter where in Malta you decide to have a BBQ with your mates, it’s going to go down the exact same way.
The Bear Grylls of the group will show up in a hoodie and ready to build makeshift tables and chairs from random stones they find lying around, the Gordon Ramsay will cook enough Maltese sausages and those glorious pink pork sausages to warm the hearts of hundreds, and everyone else will be in generally great spirits.
And some asshole will bring watermelon as dessert.
Alternatively, if you’re friends with Alan Grech, you go ahead and casually organise a “Mega BBQ” with a whole crowd of loved ones.
5. A good old sleepover
Sure, every country loves food, but Malta is always ready to take it to the next level. Trust us to organise an entire adult sleepover around the concept of cooking, and hey, it’s bloody amazing.
6. A random road trip to Gozo
It might be cold, windy and wet, but that won’t stop the gang from going up to Gozo for a cheeky day. And no; the weather won’t dampen anyone’s spirits.
7. Picnics with a dose of adventure
We Maltese people are a curious and energetic bunch, which means we’re not going to show up to a picnic and just sit down and eat. Cue walks in the countryside, some exploration and a healthy dose of that classic Maltese humour.
8. A weekend break in Gozo, just because
Going up to Gozo for Carnival or during a random road trip are all well and good, but nothing says Malta quite like a group of friends planning to just rent a farmhouse for no reason other than to enjoy each other’s company. The fact that each and every farmhouse in Gozo looks exactly the same really helps make this one a collective national memory.
9. A birthday bash that pulls out all the stops
If there’s one thing we Maltese love doing (and have gotten excellent at), it’s celebrating. And what better thing to celebrate than your good friend’s birthday?
A long day of sun, sea, friends, food and drinks is as Maltese as it gets.