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All good things come to an end!

After three incredible months in Malta I have to say goodbye to the island. I can say that until now it has been the best experience in my professional and social life.

During these months I have had the opportunity to meet Maltese people and learn some words such as “Madonna” (a very versatile word. It can be used for when you’re scared, happy, sad or even angry), “Mela” (covers the entire basis in Maltese), “Bomba” (to say something that has been cool). Also, I have tried many typical Maltese food such us the Pastizzi, It is one of the most common cakes of the island they can be founded in any pastry shop. Ftira, disc-shaped semi-flat bread made with flour, water and salt. It is reminiscent of a ciabatta in both texture and the Gbejniet one of the typical cheeses from Gozo, traditionally realized with milk of goat or of sheep. In addition to that, you cannot leave the island without having tried the Cisk beer.

On the other hand, I have had the opportunity to visit most of best places on the island. It has to be said that Malta has a lot of beautiful places where you can disconnect and relax. Personally, I think that my favourite places in Malta are Manoel Island beach, where you can see all Valletta, and Coral Lagoon located in the north of the island. What I like most about that place is that you can rent a kayak and go through the sea until you arrive at a big cave with a hole on top of it.

The whole experience in Malta has been unforgettable; I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people from all over the world and what it is more interesting is that from all of them it is possible to learn something new. Also, I have to mention my good relationship with the embassy because I have spent more time there than in my house.

Finally the best part of my blog comes and it is about Quad Consultancy. I have to affirm that the group that forms Quad is incredible, all the consultants are really nice and they are always making jokes to keep a good atmosphere. Also, I had the opportunity to enjoy my time with the other interns in the office as well as out of the office in the evenings. During my stance in Quad they have given me a lot of opportunities to learn with them and put into practice my studies. Just to give an example I was in charge to create a presentation for future clients and to make an advertisement that appeared in one of the most important newspaper in Malta.

To sum up, I will like to thank all the people from Quad and the people I have met in Malta, and the best thing to do so, is to put a photo that simplifies my three months here in Malta.

Many thanks!

Ibon Basterrechea

 

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¡Todo lo bueno tiene su final!

Después de tres meses increíbles pongo fin a mi estancia en Malta. Hasta el momento puedo afirmar que ha sido la mejor experiencia que he vivido, tanto profesional como personal.

Durante estos tres meses he tenido la oportunidad de conocer gente Maltesa y aprender palabras que utilizan continuamente. La palabra preferida de los Malteses es “Mela”, tiene más de siete significados diferentes pero comúnmente es conocida para decir “vale”. Luego está la palabra “Bomba” que hace referencia a algo entretenido o extravagante. “Madonna” también la utilizan para mostrar sentimientos. Por otro lado, también he probado comida típica Maltesa como los Pastizzi, pequeñas tartas de hojaldre que se pueden encontrar en todas las pastelerías. La Ftira es un pan maltés con forma de anillo, generalmente se come con rellenos como, patatas, tomate fresco, cebolla, carne y aceitunas. Para los que les guste el queso, en la Isla de Gozo hacen el Gbejniet, es un pequeño queso redondo hecho a partir de leche de oveja o de cabra.

Asimismo, he podido visitar gran parte de la isla y la verdad es que hay muchos sitios en los que se puede desconectar y disfrutar de las vistas. Para mí, los dos mejores sitios de la isla son la playa de Manoel Island, en la que se puede ver Valletta y el Coral Lagoon situado en el norte de la isla, alejado de los spots turísticos y la mejor forma de acceder es alquilando unos kayak.

Toda la experiencia en Malta ha sido inolvidable, gracias a que he podido conocer gente de
todos los lugares del mundo ya que Malta es un destino muy frecuentado para hacer prácticas.

Por último, me gustaría agradecer a Quad Consultancy el gran trato que he recibo por parte de toda la plantilla. El ambiente en la oficina es perfecto y los consultores están constantemente haciendo bromas para mantener el buen ambiente entre los de prácticas y ellos. La empresa me ha dado muchas posibilidades para aprender de ellos, desde hacer anuncios para el principal periódico de Malta, colaborar en el diseño de la nueva página web, a presentaciones corporativas para los clientes de Quad. Por otra parte, también me gustaría agradecer al grupo de estudiantes que estábamos de prácticas en Quad; ¡han sido tres meses increíbles!

Hasta pronto,

Ibon Basterrechea


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