Friday, 19 October 2018

BLUE GROTTO & MALTESE FOOD | BLOGTOBER

Sun and sea is where I belong.


Hi everyone! In today's post, I am going to write about my day in Blue Grotto. In my previous blog post, I wrote about what me and L got up to in Valletta. I also mentioned that I will be writing separate blog posts about all the places we visited. Like a mini-series, if you will. So here it is! The second part to my Malta mini-series! 

Me and L had the opportunity to sleep in, and boy, we really needed it! Traveling on one hour's sleep is no joke. We got up, cooked ourselves some breakfast, packed our lunches and headed to Żurrieq.  The Southern part of Malta is less visited than other places such as St Julian's or Sliema. The South has a lot to offer and one of them is Blue Grotto. If you're planning a trip to Malta, the Blue Grotto is a must see! 

On our way driving there, we stopped for a pit stop to take pictures of the stunning views and that brings me to tip #1: if you're driving to Blue Grotto, there's a little spot where you can park your car and stop to take pictures. I recommend you doing that! 




L absolutely loved it and I loved seeing him having fun, taking pictures and taking in that view. It is one of my favorite places to visit when I'm home. 



That little rock is another island that forms part of the Maltese archipelago. It's called Filfa and it used to be a shooting point for the British army when Malta was a colony. Nowadays, it's a protected sight and no one can get on it. 

Me and L drove down to the swimming spot after we finished with our little photoshoot and we enjoyed our afternoon together. There's no sand. It's just cliffs where you can jump from. If you get hungry, there are a number of restaurants where you can sit down, fill up on food and enjoy the stunning view. There are also little boats that take you on a tour round the stunning caves! If I'm not mistaken, it's only 7 or 8 euros. And that is my second tip: tip #2: go on the tours of the caves. 

Blue Grotto is also a big diving spot which brings me to tip #3: try snorkeling/diving at Blue Grotto! The water is always clear and clean and it is deep.

I didn't take any more pictures because me and L just enjoyed our time together swimming and having fun. But it was fun and relaxing. We also got a tan too! 


After we went back home and showered, me and L headed to Sliema to eat something. One of my favorite spots is New York Best. This spot is hands down one of my favorite places to eat in Malta. The burgers are hand made, nothing is processed and the vibe you get there from the staff is very welcoming. tip #4: make sure to stop by NYB if you're into amazing, American style food. Trust me, you will NOT be disappointed! 


I ordered the Farmhouse Burger and L got the Juicy Lucy (a classic!). We also got the new Mac & Cheese bites they released not too long ago and they were delicious. The bites come with a side of cheese sauce too. Perfect for the cheese lovers out there 🧀. We left the restaurant feeling full and satisfied. What more can you ask for?




If that wasn't enough food, as soon as we got home, I sat down at the kitchen table with my mom while L was taking a nap and ate more food. The perfect Maltese snack is some twistees and Kinnie. Twistees is the Maltese equivalent to Cheetos. I love them. L wasn't a huge fan of them but I'll make him love them down the line. Kinnie is a Maltese soft drink. It is somewhat sour and bitter but I love it too! As a Maltese, I am going to give you the tip of trying out this food. #tip 5: try Kinnie and Twistees together. It's a great combo, especially by the sea 😉



And that brings an end to this second entry to my Malta mini series. I really hope you enjoyed this one! The next post is my last post where I talk about my visit to Mdina and our other adventures! Until next time!

Ċaw Ċaw 👋🏻





Thursday, 18 October 2018

A DAY IN VALLETTA, MALTA | BLOGTOBER

There's no place like home.


Hi everyone! It has been a minute since I sat down and wrote a blog post. That's because me & L flew to Malta to spend a week with my family. I wanted to spend most of the time with him & my family and not be on my phone/laptop.

But here I am! Back again in my beautiful home in Germany, sitting down in my office writing a new blog post (PS if you want to see what my office looks like, click here!). I decided to write about my trip to Malta and give some tips too to anyone who's interested in visiting my tiny island. I am going to write a post on each place we went too. I figured if I write one big post about my whole week in Malta, then it'd be too long and too overwhelming to read.



We left on the 9th of October and our flight was at 6:40AM. I hate morning flights. We only slept for one hour, got up at 1AM, left at 2AM and had a two-hour drive to the airport. We didn't look cute at all. It was a cold morning that day in Germany. We got on the plane and two hours later, we were in sunny Malta.

As soon as we got off, the wave of heat hit us. We were both wearing jeans a jacket. Mistake. After picking up our luggage, my sister came to pick us up and dropped us off at my parent's house. We stayed there for a couple of days and rented an Air BnB for the weekend (I'll explain why later on!).

After we rested a bit at my parent's house, we headed to Valletta. We did have a car but decided to use public transport instead because parking in Valletta is a nightmare. And this is tip #1: never go to Valletta with a car.  L has been to Valletta already before but he still wanted to walk around and see more of the capital. 

We stopped to have lunch because we were starving and then we went to the Upper Barraka Gardens to admire the view of the three cities. My favourite spot in Valletta. tip #2: The Upper Barraka Gardens is a must see in Valletta!



We sat down on a bench and admired the view for some time and then we walked around a little more. Valletta is known for it's narrow streets. The way the city was built was in a shape of a grid. I don't know exactly why, but it is what the Knights of St John decided on! As you can probably notice from the below picture, the buildings are rather old too. Modern looking buildings are quite rare in the capital (except for the new Parliament, the new food market & some offices). Other than that, the majority of the buildings look old.




If you're ever in Valletta, there's another place that you must visit. Behold tip #3: C. Camilleri & Son's LTD.  It is located in Merchant's Street. I used to work in Valletta a couple of years ago and I use to visit that shop almost every day. My wallet and waistline protested but I was hooked.


This shop, located in one of Valletta's busiest streets, is a piece of heaven for all you candy lovers out there. They have a selection of pick and mix sweets and they also sell locally made candy and pastries! You should definitely check it out!




If you keep walking down the same street, there's is the food market. It was built not too long ago, hence why it's so modern looking. Inside you'll find a number of food stands ranging from ice-cream to Maltese food to pizza and pasta. I highly suggest you visit this place, especially if you're into architecture! It can be a little pricey though, just a heads up. 




We didn't get anything from there. L just wanted to see it because he's never been before and I walked around and took some random pictures. Our next stop is also my fourth tip to you. tip #4: if you love ice-cream, you have to visit Amorino in Republic Street. There are always people queuing to buy their ice-cream which is a testament to how good it is! 


We had to wait in line for a couple of minutes but let me tell you, it was worth it. Amorino opened shop not too long ago actually but it was hit from the start. Tourists love this place! I especially like the shop's interior. It's a mix between modern and old. Mind you, it's very small and can get a little crazy .. but it's ice-cream. Ice-cream is worth all of that. Especially if it's good ice-cream right?



They have tons of flavours of ice-cream to choose from. I got Nutella and kinder and L got cheesecake and vanilla. Trust me, you won't be disappointed! 


We sat down on a bench enjoying our ice-cream and observing people walking by. L's favourite thing to do is people watching. I started doing it too ever since meeting him and let me tell you, it's fun. Don't knock it until you try it.

By the time we ate the ice-cream, it was close to 5PM and we were exhausted. We only slept an hour the night before, had a full day of travelling and exploring and we were ready to go back home, take a shower and relax. 


The Triton Fountain is the first thing you'll see when walking into Valletta or leaving Valletta, depending on where you stopped to come to the city. It has recently been restored to its former glory. 



It's a very popular hang out spot. Locals love to sit there and chat with each other. There are a number of benches around it where you can sit and admire the view. Another cool initiative is these figures that are placed around the fountain. Each of them represents a Maltese saying and there's a plaque next to them explaining what is the saying and what it means. You can see them all over Valletta, however, most of them are by the fountain.



And that ladies and gentleman, brings an end to this post. As I mentioned above, I will be writing a separate blog post on every place we visited while we were in Malta so keep your eyes peeled! I also have some other posts planned too. Exciting times! Until next time!

Ċaw Ċaw 👋🏻



Monday, 8 October 2018

SUNDAY FUNDAY & My favorite spots around the house | BLOGTOBER



Sundays are my favourite days of the week.  


I wanted to write something mellow post after the intense post that I posted yesterday. I feel more calm and collected. My mind is in a much more clear state. I still feel those feelings of anxiety in my chest. Googling every thought that I have is not a good idea. I go to Google looking for answers but instead, it makes me even more anxious and paranoid. That's why I decided to do some soul searching instead. I will keep you updated on that. 

Also, I don't know if you've noticed but I'm making some small changes to my blog and I'm working on some more minor changes like adding more graphics to my blog. Oh, and I added an email subscription option on the side! If you want to get notified whenever I post something, I suggest you subscribe by entering your email! AND I also created a Bloglovin' account. I'm still getting the hang of it but here is my profile. Follow me there and I'll follow you back!

Alright back to my Sunday-Funday post now.  Boy let me tell you, today was an eventful one in terms of calories. Let me stop again. What do you think about my copper kitchen set?? Our cooker is an induction cooker and so we had to buy a pots and pans set that suitable for this kind of stove. L told me I can pick any set that I want and I obviously went with this copper set from Amazon.



L always cooks breakfast on weekends. He says it's his 'thing' and I have no problem with that. On the menu today, I had two buttery, fluffy delicious pancakes with chocolate syrup and chocolate milk (We don't have any chocolate and I'm having major withdrawals. Is it bad to take a shot of chocolate syrup??). I also put some peanut butter and maple syrup .. my breakfast was nothing but sugar and more sugar. L had a veggie omelette but he didn't give me a chance to take pictures of it. He ate it off of the freaking pan! 





After I finished breakfast, I decided to take some pictures of some of my favourite spots around our house. I'm planning on doing like a whole, more detailed post dedicated to showing my readers our house so that should be coming out very soon! We just have some more things that we want to buy to decorate and we have some projects planned.

Alright, so first things first: our living room. I love this room because 1) it's big and there's sunlight coming in from two directions and 2) the view is just amazing. We're blessed to have a huge backyard and fields behind our house where construction isn't allowed. We can go out for walks. I sometimes go running or apple picking. 

Before I moved in, the living room was just black and white. The sofa was grey, the carpets are grey, the entertainment centre is white and black (I'll show more in the post I mentioned above don't worry!). So I was like we need more colour. So we went to the IKEA we have close by in Kaiserslautern and bought these red cushions which I love and they added a lot of colour and dimension to our living room. They were only 11 euros for both cushions which is a good price.


Now, this next picture might not be the best one, but I kinda liked how it turned out. You can see the view from our balcony. We're planning on buying a small table so we can have dinner outside or some beers when our friends come over. You can see the furniture in our living room better do. Oh, and that random chair in the middle is L's video game chair. He leaves it there all. the. time. You can also see two white horses ❤️ This is something that you never see in Malta. I'm so blessed and grateful that I have this amazing view to wake up to every day.



Walking out to the balcony, you can get a better view of our backyard and the fields behind our house that I mentioned earlier. I remember when L was moving into this house, I was still in Malta. He called me on WhatsApp and gave me a tour of the house and I was amazed. It's just green on green on green. Again, I'm very lucky that I am able to see that view every day and go walk through those fields whenever I want to. Me and L sometimes go for a walk after dinner and it's the most peaceful experience ever. That pathway also leads to the heart of the village. I actually discovered that not too long ago which I think is pretty neat. It's better than walking through traffic and congestion which is how my hometown is back in Malta.




Oh, and here's a picture of our cat Chloe. She's so loving and precious. She doesn't seem too pleased at me for taking this picture, haha but I swear, she's a bundle of joy.


Another favourite room of mine is the office. This is where the magic happens. This is where I spend 4-6 hours every day being creative and working on my blog. I love it. Me and L picked a travel theme for our office. He pinned flags of countries he visited on the wall and we are planning on covering the entire wall with flags from our travels! We used clear pins that we got from the mall on base here in Ramstein. I'm pretty sure you can get them from any office supply stores. 





That's the Maltese flag!





That US Air Force book in the last picture is actually a scrapbook that L's aunt made for him when he joined the Air Force. Scrapbooking is something that I've always wanted to do. I hope to get into it someday and make something like that! 



My desk in my office is my sanctuary. Like I said before, I'm in here sitting down on my chair for hours every day working. I love being the boss of me. I love planning my day how I want to. I love being creative and challenging myself and stepping out of my comfort zone. 

L bought me this cute journal and pens for me to write down any ideas I have for my blog. I try to have a brainstorm session once a while where I come up with ideas on what to write for you guys. And I love doing that. 



As you can see, another post that I'm working on is my Germany wish list. I have a list of places that I want to visit while I'm here and I'm planning on sharing all of that with you ❤️


Oh and I always have my trusty German for Dummies book by my side! You never know when I need to call someone and speak German or answer an email in German!


After I got done taking the pictures, our friend came up to our house and told us if we wanted to go get lunch with him and his boyfriend. All of us went to a place called Shawingz in Landstuhl. Me and L had garlic parmesan and raspberry BBQ flavoured wings and oh .. my .. god ... they were simply divine. I was kind of sceptical at first because I never had wings but I'm addicted now. I will definitely 100% visit that restaurant again!

We got the food to go and drove back to our neighbours' house and that's when the party started. We played a new game called Mario Party. I'm not a big fan of video games and I was very nervous when they told me I have to play. But it's actually very simple and very fun. If I managed to play this game AND place second than everyone else in the world can play this game. We had plenty of beer, chips, dips and chilli. It was my first time trying chili and I must say, it's very delicious. I didn't take any pictures because I wanted to enjoy the moment and not worry about getting the right shot. Everyone was so nice and we all just have a good time together. I got to see how Americans have fun, which is very different than what we do back in Malta.

And .. that's it! That was my Sunday. Tomorrow I fly to Malta for a week so expect some posts on that! Until the next one. 

Ċaw Ċaw 👋🏻