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Monthly Archives: August 2014

A guided tour in Mdina

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On Tuesday the 26th of August Maltalingua organised a trip to Mdina as one of our popular weekly activities. The guided historical tours are always very popular but never before have we had a 53 strong group of international students all out on a tour.

With such a large amount of students I tagged along with Mariella, (our teacher and licensed tour guide) to help her out and just to make sure we didn’t lose anybody 😉 After a 5 minute delay for that one student we set off, a bus full of multilingual nations all talking about different subjects, whilst Mariella started off her speech.

Just 20 minutes later we arrived at the beautiful gate of Mdina, jumped out of our bus and followed Mariella. She immediately started talking about the history of Mdina and how Mdina is also known as “The Silent City”.  It’s always interesting to see different characters out on activities. The younger students seemed to be more interested in taking pictures of each other in front of medieval doors and arches.

We made our way through the narrow streets of Mdina whilst Mariella stopped regularly explaining different architectural artifacts and continued walking to the bastions of Mdina, revealing the beautiful views.

Shortly after we stopped for some drinks and light snacks and made our way back whilst passing in front of the spectacular St. Paul’s Cathedral, a perfect opportunity for taking group photos and of course selfies.

We made our way back to the gate and waited for our bus. None of the students knew that such a place could still exist, it’s like traveling through time, a truly great experience for everyone out that day and definitely worth the visit, guaranteed.

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Maltalingua Boat Summer Special 2014

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The Santa Maria fell on Friday 15th August and as such Maltalingua School of English was closed. Instead we decided to charter a private yacht for teachers and students and spend the day troung the Maltese Islands. It turned out to be the best Maltalingua excusions ever!

At 09:45 we met at our usual meeting point and by the time everyone had arrived, we left by 10:15. The coach departed St.Julians and made our way to Mellieha, in the north of Malta where our Turkish gullet awaited us.

Unfortunately our trip was delayed shortly after we left, funnily because one of the ropes got tangled round one of the propellers. No problem, this only meant more time on the boat and that we would return later in the afternoon, win win for us. 😀

Once we departed, the music was turned up and the trip had begun. Maltalingua staff and students already settled down, started wearing their sun creams, and buying their first drinks, whilst others just chilled on the deck. Our first stop would be Comino, but because of the size of our boat and the vast amount of boats out that day, we parked just outside the Blue Lagoon. The sea was simply beautiful, too nice, too tempting not to jump in.

We had students buying burgers and beers, others jumping from the boat, some snorkelling and others chilling on our water noodles. It was just fantastic. At one point a 600 horsepower speed boat came by and offered to take some of the students for a blast round the caves. Never have I seen students have so much fun going so fast, it was epic.

Once all back on the boat, we cranked up the music and now the party was in full swing. Students where dancing everywhere and nothing could have ruined our day. I am confident enough to say that I am sure everyone on board will never forget that day. Sun shining, crystal clear water, super good music and great students.

Shortly just after 15:00 hours, we changed our venue to a less crowded bay just round the corner for more swimming and dancing. It is such a good feeling when after long hours of planning everyone said they had suhc a good time!

Just after 16:30 we made our way back, still dancing and jumping around, till we literally arrived back at the dock. Once back on the coach everybody just knocked out, all except for one if I’m honest (Luca!) All in all, I can’t think of any other way how this day could have been any better and I’m sure everyone on board would agree with me.

 

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Trip to Saint Peter’s Pool with Maltalingua

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If you are looking for a stunning natural swimming pool with the most beautiful scenery and light green colours, you should go to Saint Peter’s Pool, in the south of Malta.
But you also need to like walking in dust, laying on rocks and have no opportunity to find shade.
That said, I would like to say – book the tour! It is a good way to let off steam after a hard day in school. And you don´t care about the bus tour, the heat and the walk in the dust when you see the beautiful nature and clear water. As soon as I saw the view, I forgot all about it.
Personally I went because of the social life, the view and the sunbathing. But many of the other students where crazy about the water and there are a lot of possibilities to jump into the sea from a few meters up, or maybe go snorkelling in the beautiful water. The best thing for me was to see how people where enjoying their day. No matter where you come from and which language you speak, there is a fellowship which cannot be explained. Everyone was so happy and I loved hearing everyone cheering on each other, when they tried to be brave enough to jump into the water.
We went back with the bus and everyone was very quiet, because they had used so much energy.
So if you want to go to a location without many tourist and enjoy a day with your new friends, you should go to Saint Peter’s Pool with the school, I would definitely like to recommend it.

Mette Lykke Hansen, age 26

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The Hal Lija Festa

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We met up at Giuseppe, 25 people all with eager expressions on our faces, feeling excited about the prospect of a very special night, for many of the students it was their first week in Malta.

As we made our way closer to the destination, we noticed flags, different coloured lights and decorations on the roofs of different houses. A 20-minute journey took us straight into the heart of Hal Lija, where we were greeted by a large crowd of people on route to the village centre.

We followed the crowd into a spectacular display of lights, food and street decorations. We immediately got a bite to eat and a drink and made our way along the road slowly. The atmosphere was just amazing, excited people everywhere, food stalls selling traditional Maltese foods, and of course our beloved Maltese Cisk lager, a popular choice at any festival.

The church was a beautiful spectacle, covered in lights from top to bottom, casting a warm glow over the whole crowd and adding an element of life and excitement to the event, perfect for taking photos with your students, which I must say attracted a big crowd. But when you’re having fun it doesn’t really matter. We just absolutely loved it. In a massive explosion of sound and light, the sky lit up. The fireworks spectacle had begun!

A massive crowd all gathered, people pulling out their mobile phones and cameras to snap a piece of the action or to take a video to show their friends back home. The reactions on the faces of the students was just priceless. They were amazed at the sheer quantity and vast range of fireworks that one tiny village could contain. I certainly don’t think that these students will be forgetting the Hal Lija festival any time soon! What a truly memorable night

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