I’m in a war and I’m being attacked. The enemy’s name is FINALS and my name is (apparently) DEFEAT. I have six papers due and I just don’t think my brain can handle the pressure. It’s so much to take in and do all at once.
I’m being a bit dramatic, I know. In all actuality, I’ll be fine. I guess I’m still getting used to the Maltese style of doing college. No assignments through the semester, then BOW, all assignments due at once. AND, that one test or assignment or paper determines your entire grade. Ugh.
Onto the next topic, the past week flew by, but it was really good outside of all of the homework I had. I got sushi with my flat mate again. Next week we’re going to try a new place. Here is a picture of St. Julians, where the sushi place is located.
Friday was adventure day. In my last post, I committed to truly taking time and energy to learn more about Malta. Well, to begin I went to the Hagar Qim museum and cave I really enjoyed it and learned a great deal about the archaeological history of Malta. It’s one of the oldest cave on the island of Malta and has some of the oldest archaeological evidence of human life. It was formed million of years ago after Europe’s “ice age.” At one point, Malta wasn’t an island — it was physically attached to the rest of Europe (which is evident by the similar plants and species in southern Europe and Malta). But the ice age caused moisture to seep into the land, breaking off a piece of Europe, forming what we presently know as the island of Malta. I wasn’t lying when I said I was going to up my learning game.
After I left Ghar Dalam I did some more adventuring. I walked through some fields (and discovered some beautiful sites) and ended up at Pretty Bay.
Saturday, my initial plan was to go ziplining, but most people already had other plans so I decided to switch it up. Instead, I went to Valletta for the colour fest. When we got there, nothing was going on. We soon found out that it was actually at night time, not during the day. We still did some wandering, and afterwards we went to a cheap and elegant restaurant called Cafe Cordina. I ordered some amazing chocolate cake and a sandwich.
When I got back from Valletta, I was a bit tired. But I found out there was going to be fireworks in Marsaxlokk the same night. Of course I had to attend, so basically the entire residence reserved multiple taxi-vans to head south to the coast. There was actually a whole fair going on, along with a wine and cheese festival. We couldn’t find a good place near the coast to sit, so we walked about a quarter of a mile to a big open field to see the fireworks. They had some issues when they started — we could see in the distance a grass fire that must have been caused by the fireworks. The fire department even came. But once it got started it went well! After they ended, we walked back to the festival and I grabbed a Nutella crepe before they closed.
On Sunday I went on yet another residence hike. I loved it, but it wasn’t one of my favorites. We went to six uncommon beaches along the Maltese coast. Some of the beaches looked like camp sites and trailer home areas. Beautiful, nonetheless. My favorite stop on the hike was Paradise Bay (for obvious reasons….it was paradise). I plan to take another solo trip there soon.
I’ve learned during my time here that I just really love asking people questions and learning about them and getting to know them. On the hike, I asked my friends what were the biggest things they’ve learned since studying abroad. These were their responses:
Friend 1: She really wants to live near her family when she gets older.
Delaney: Who you’re around can make or break your experiences. A good experience can be ruined if you’re with wrong people.
Me: There’s always more to learn; you can learn anything from anyone because each person has a different experience or perspective to share.
Here are some pictures from the hike:
It feels like the more experiences I have, the more unclear my future and career path is to me. There’s just so much out there. But that’s okay. I have tons of interests, and as long as I am narrowing it down everything will be fine. This experience has been beyond helpful in helping me pinpoint my interests!
I am learning now how important those seemingly meaningless classes I took in middle and high school were. I truly wish I had retained more information. Majority of the stuff I’ve learned in school has seemed so irrelevant and pointless up until now. I used to always think “what is the point of learning this?” when I would be in world history classes….thinking I would never actually need or use this information in the real world. Boy was I wrong. Here I am, in the “real world,” feeling like I don’t even know enough to have a “real” conversation. I wish I knew more about the world. I think one of the best ways to get people interested in and concerned about world issues is by exposing them to the world and diversity at a young age. The reason world history never seemed interesting was because I didn’t have any experiences to connect what I was learning to. World history and world issues just seemed like some distant phenomenon. But now that I’m abroad these same issues that felt distant and irrelevant before are now knocking at my back door and affecting people that I know. If or when I ever have children, I want to be in a financial position to expose them to the world at a young age. I guess I have to figure out this whole career business first though.
To conclude, Malta is great but I’m ready to head home. I miss my family and Chipotle and Popeyes and my church. That’s all. Adios.