One year in Malta

On Wednesday I was celebrating 1 year anniversary of living in Malta…Exactly one year ago we disembarked the Virtue  Ferry which was one of our worst sea experiences for both us, which for quite a seafarers as us, it is not easy:-)
Because my partner was in London due to work commitments I had to do t on my own. I chose our favourite restaurant- Raphael in St. Julian’s. This is the place where pizza never disappoints and when it is sunny you can have a chance to have a meal in the nicest surroundings, in my opinion…I’m pretty sure, i will have to come back this weekend, to celebrate again with my partner, but then, lucky me, I will be having an extra meal in this cute place.
The view from the terrace never disappoints me, especially on sunny warm day…

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And the view from other side of the bay with Rafael restaurant in the middle

I had pizza, as always, but this time I tried the Marinara.

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It was very tasty, maybe a bit watery. I guess the oil or water from tuna should be removed beforehand. Although, it was a big meal, I managed to have dessert as well….I know, it was bit naughty but such an occasion doesn’t happen too often;)

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Lemon mousse and cappuccino

I think it was in all a good year. There were ups and downs- finding the apartment, job, getting used to the heat or cold….Starting all over again in a new country and trying to establish myself as a pianist and teacher…It is not easy as Malta is not a big place and artistic options are limited but I think I am slowly getting there. I am happy with my work, maybe next year I will be able to get more hours which would eventually mean bigger salary as so far I am close to minimum salary here….But I am also getting new interesting concerts to play at because I am maintaining my relationship with the people I met on my way. I think in places with small and quite closed community, personal contact is much better than internet….
I am glad we chose Malta as our home and I hope future here will bring us even better opportunities….

For those of you in Malta, I recommend checking out the Tuesday 12th February concert which will take place in Oratory of St. Francis on Republic Street in Valletta at 12.30. I will be performing there with young aspiring Maltese singers and we will present a varied  programme of well-known and loved opera arias See you there!

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