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Greetings!

Greetings!

I am Monika, originally from Lithuania, however I have been living abroad for 6 years now. To Malta I came from Bergamo, North of Italy where for two years I have been studying master’s in Clinical Psychology. And since I have decided to turn my career to organisational direction and I was very happy to get the Quad internship possibility. And here I am!

This is not my first time in Malta. I have visited the island 4 years ago with a friend of mine for 10 days. We were Couchsurfing, met a lot of people and went around Malta, visited Gozo as well. I returned absolutely obsessed with the country! I was telling everyone about Maltese people, wine, all the trips we took, adventures we had. However, when asked if I wanted to come back, I always said no. Simply because there are places I haven’t been.

How tables have turned!

Malta happened to be my 4th foreign country I have lived. After living in Italy and in Spain it is such a relief that it is an English speaking country with the benefits of the island. I was rather pleased to return to places I have been, see how it has changed and have the opportunity to gradually visit where I have not been like Marsaxlokk, Mallieha, Comino and hidden beauties around the island. It is interesting to see how Malta has expanded and that there are much more foreigners than in 2014.

For the first few days I was hosted by a Maltese guy who made me feel very welcomed and guided me through the essentials of living in Malta. I found a bunch of things that were very strange preferably called cultural differences. Firstly, it was the fact that I have sorted my life on Facebook. Via certain groups I found accommodation, part time job and any other relevant information. Also, I feel that Maltese people, on one hand, very kind and friendly but, on the other, rude and straightforward. They will be honking and cat calling women on the streets, suggesting going back to our countries when criticized but also, and what I really enjoy, they are relaxed and laid back, not stressed themselves and not stressing others. The island vibes are strong! What is more, they are very proud of their island but lack ecological thinking and are not taking care of it.

Later on, a couple of my friends visited me here and I had a pleasure to share what I found great about the island. We rented a car which made it much easier to go around because not all the places are easy to reach by public transport. So we could run away from tourists and were able to find awesome places to snorkel.

After first two months I have got the feeling that I do not want to go anywhere and I decided to stay longer. Due to that at the moment, since my internship is going to the end, there are a lot of things to figure out. It is scary but exciting.

Fortune favors the bold thus I am buzzing to see what future brings me.

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Linkėjimai!

Mano vardas Monika, esu iš Lietuvos, tačiau jau 6 metus gyvenu užsienyje. Į Maltą aš atvykau iš

Bergamo, Šiaurės Italijos, kur du metus studijavau klinikinės psichologijos magistrą. Ir kadangi nuspręndžiau savo karjerą pasukti organizacinės psichologijos keliu, aš buvau labia laimiga, gavusi galimybę atlikti praktiką su Quad. Štai aš čia!

Tai nėra mano pirmas kartas Maltoje. Saloje teko lankyis prieš 4 metus su drauge 10 dienų. Mes ‘couchsurfinome’, sutikome labai daug įdomių žmonių, pakeliavome aplink salą, taip pat nuvykome į Gozo. Po šių atostosgų grįžau visiškai įsimylėjusi šią šalį! Visiems pasakojau apie Maltiečius, mūsų keliones ir nuotykius. Taučiau paklausta, ar norėčiau sugrįžti, atsakydavau, kad ne. Paprasčiausiai dėl to, kad yra daug vietų, kuriuose nesu buvusi.

Kaip viskas pasikeitė!

Taigi, Malta yra ketvirtoji užsienio šalis, kurioje gyvenu. Pagyvenus Italijoje ir Ispanijoje, yra vienas malonumas būti anglakalbėje šalyje su salos privalumais. Džiaugiuosi galimybe aplankyti vietas, kuriose jau buvau, pamatyti, kaip viskas pasikeitė ir, kad yra daug daugiau užsieniečių, nei buvo 2014.

Pirmosiomis dienomis buvau apsistojus pas vietinį vaikiną, kuris mane labai maloniai sutiko ir supažindino su būtiniausiais dalykais, kuriuos reikia žinoti gyvenant Maltoje. Iš pirmo žvilgsnio, daug dalykų pasirodė labai keisti, ką geriau būtų vadinti kultūriniais skirtumais. Pirmiausia, tai buvo faktas, kad viską, ko man reikėjo, radau Facebook’e. Tam tikrų grupių pagalba radau vietą gyventi ir kitą reikalingą informaciją. Atrodo, kad maltiečiai yra labai malonūs ir draugiški, bet taip pat, nemandagūs ir tiesmuki. Jie signalizuos kelyje, švilps, pasiūlys grįžt namo, jei bus sukritikuoti, tačiau, kas man labai patinka, jų atsipalaidavimas, jų pačių streso vengimas ir kitų nestresavimas. Salos vaibai tikrai stiprūs! Pridėčiau, kad jie labai didžiuojasi savo žeme, bet ja nesirūpina ir labai trūksta ekologiškumo.

Bėgant laikui, pora mano draugų aplankė mane Maltoh ir turėjau malonumą pasidalinti puikiais dalykais, kurios radau šioj saloj. Mes išsinuomavom automobilį ir tai labai padėjo keliaujant aplink, nes kai kurios vietos nėra lengvai pasiekiamos viešuoju transportu. Mes galėjome pabėgti nuo turistų ir radom nuostabių vietų ‘pasnorkelinti’.

Po pirmų dviejų mėnesių pradėjau jausti, kad nenoriu niekur vykti ir nusprendžiau pasilinkti ilgiau. Dėl to dabar, kai mano praktika baigiasi, yra daug aspektų, kuriuos turiu išspręsti. Baisu, bet įdomu.

Sėkmė lydi drąsius dėl to nekantrauju pamatyti, kas bus toliau!

The Adventure Begins

     Today marks three weeks that I have been in Malta. Upon arriving here it was an adjustment to say the least. I am an American student, currently enrolled at a university in Charlotte, North Carolina pursuing my bachelor’s in business marketing. Most of you reading this blog may have never heard of that place but if you ever can travel to the states, I highly recommend visiting North Carolina. Whether it is mountains with rushing streams that you love or sandy beaches with miles of seashells, North Carolina offers it all.

     This past summer I had the pleasure of working at a restaurant on the coast that was a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Every time I would speak with a tourist from another country, they would tell me how much they loved the states. As a travelling enthusiast, I can confirm that it is always a joy experiencing other’s cultures. Within the first three weeks that I have been here, my activities have consisted of searching numerous shops for the food and beverages that I enjoy back home to find out that Malta’s grocery selections differ considerably to that of the US. However, I have found that Malta has many perks as well. Fresh bread is served daily just minutes from my apartment for a menial eighty to ninety cents. There are bakeries everywhere right along the street that serve hot pastries along with coffee shops and several cute cafés to enjoy. Needless to say, sweets are never sparse.

     I was brought to Malta because of a thirst for adventure and the need for an internship before I graduated. I never dreamed it would be on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean. I was very fortunate to be offered an internship at Quad Consultancy. This company is made up of a compassionate, helpful team of people whose goal is to improve the livelihood of people by introducing them to employers who take good care of their businesses and employees. One wonderful thing about Quad Consultancy is whether you’re an intern or consultant you are an important part of the team and you will be made to feel that way. As an intern you will be asked to help on projects that come up and contribute your ideas to the team.

     As for the culture of Malta, do not miss out on what this unique country has to offer. If you enjoy history, you will be richly blessed with a vast number of historical sites to explore. There are exquisite restaurants on every corner, and everyone is willing to help a lost traveller. The beauty of the island speaks for itself. I was able to make a trip to the Blue Grotto this past week, which is famous for its extraordinary sea reflections within the cave area. It was a challenge to not have my camera out the entire time. The island packs illustrious variety into its small archipelago. You’ll find hidden coves, breathtaking scuba diving, prehistoric temples and stunning cathedrals. Malta offers so much beauty that of which I hope to see much more of in the next three months.

I cannot wait to continue to share my experiences throughout this adventure!

Sincerely,

Jessica Tweed