Malta ( another one from memory lane) Posted by Ranu
Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean sea.The terrain is low and rocky with coastal cliffs.
Malta ,in the heart of the Mediterranean is a melting pot of civilisations with a history stretching
back thousands of years. The country has been inhabited since around 5200 B.C.a significant prehistoric
civilisation existed on the islands prior to the arrival of the Phoenicians, who named the main island Malat,
meaning ‘Safe Haven.’ Later the islands were for centuries the seat of the ,’Knights of the Hospital of St. John’
and then part of the British Empire.Malta became independent in 1964.
The national language is Maltese,which is part of the Semitic language family that includes Arabic.English is also
recognised as an official language, and many Maltese speak Italian. The capital of Malta is Valetta. At the crossroads
of the Mediterranean, half-way between Europe and North Africa lies the Maltese archipelago, consisting of three main
islands, Malta(the largest) Gozo and Comino. Gozo the second largest is more rural,characterized by fishing ,tourism
and agriculture,Comino is largely uninhabited.
We arrived in Malta from Heathrow,London.We represented twenty-three different countries. We were received by Maltese officials. Later we were taken to apartments rented for us by our university.I shared the apartment with two students,one was from Malaysia and the other was from Japan,Zakiah Ibrahim,Yukiko Adachi and Chaman. We went to three different schools for our teaching practice.
I loved the children I taught. We stayed in school for the whole day.We came back late afternoon. Zakiah took over as the boss.Our duties were divided by her. I was in charge of breakfast,we had lunch in our respective schools,Zakiah was in charge of supper. Yuki did not have to cook. she was given the duty of washing the dishes after supper.
She was a lovely person,when it came to doing the dishes,she left it for later. In the morning I would wake up and find the dishes in the sink.I had no choice but to wash them.Yuki would in a drowsy tone apologize and say:’ Chaman just wash enough for breakfast.’I washed them all and this is the way it went. Zakiah reminded Yuki of her duty,it didn’t matter,she in her sweet Japanese accent would apologize and promise to take care of her duty.Nothing changed,she continued to be in her land of dreams, while Zakiah and I took care of the rest.We spent a month teaching and sight-seeing whenever possible.The weather in the month of June was fabulous,it was a treat for us.Let me tell you London wasn’t great as far as the weather goes.
Thank you for sharing this interesting story of your time in Malta. Now I can add one more place – Malta – on the growing list of place/peoples I want to visit :).
All good wishes,
Thank you Robert,it is a place worth visiting.The weather was beautiful in June.It was cool,not cold.Compared to
London weather wise, it was heaven.people were friendly and nice.
This is a very nice account of Malta. Thank you for it!
All good wishes,
A nice travelogue account this is. What sort of breakfast and supper you had in Malta?
Sorry Akhtar Bhai,I gave you the wrong answer,I was thinking about Llanberis. Actually in Malta
we bought bread and eggs for breakfast.I cooked the breakfast.For supper Zakiah and I went to the butcher’s shop,
Zakiah preferred to buy beef.She cooked beef.Her recipe was simple she mixed the beef cubes with red hot pepper and soy sauce
and fried it.We ate with rice.Since we all were rice eaters it posed no problem.Yuki however was fed up with beef
every day.She went and bought a package of pork sausage.Zakiah knew she could tell Yuki,she was not allowed to cook pork sausage,
she and I were Muslims.Zakiah gave her a warning that she will not be allowed to cook pork sausage in the utensils we use to cook
other foods.Yuki gave in and did not attempt to buy pork any more. Zakiah the dictator you couldn’t tell she could boss us around,
she was so small and so innocent in her looks.I can tell you something I like hot spicy food,but once I went to Zakiah’s apartment
for supper she cooked a variety of Malaysian dishes,each one was hotter than the other.My stomach was burning while I was eating,
I asked her if she always cooked food this hot,she said and I quote,’I make it hotter than this,this is nothing.’
All the best to you.
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