Intensive Language Week in Malta / 3 AL
On Sunday, the 1st of October, we started our trip at 06:30 in the morning. After a little problem with one of the students at the check-in, all of us were allowed to board the plane, which took off at 10:45. We arrived at 12:15 and were taken to our host families. In the afternoon, we had time to explore the surrounding area.
The first challenge on Monday was to take the bus to school, because the traffic was terrible. The last students arrived at school two hours later. At first, we had to do a placement test, and then we were split into two groups. After school, we went to Sliema where we went on a harbour cruise, which took us to the bays and havens of Sliema and Valletta. In the evening, we took part in the nightlife of Paceville.
On Tuesday, all of us went to Valletta by public transport, where we were taken on a guided tour through Valletta. In the afternoon, we had four lessons at school. The next day the lessons started at 08:30 and ended at 11:45. The plan was to go to Mdina by public transport in the afternoon, but there was space for only four students and Mr. Wehr on the bus. Therefore, the rest of us decided to go to Valletta and enjoy the rest of the day by drinking some coffee. We had some leisure time on the fifth day of our language week, before we had to go to school again. In the evening, some of us went to Birkirkara to try traditionally cooked rabbit.
We wanted to go to Comino by speedboats on Friday, but the weather was too bad and we went to Marsaxlokk instead. On the way, we stopped at a sandy beach called Pretty Bay. At the promenade of Marsaxlokk, some of us ate seafood and enjoyed the nice view over many small, colourful fishing boats.
On Saturday morning, we started our full day Malta excursion, which began with a short film about Malta and its history. The next stop was at the Rotunda of Mosta, a church which was bombed in the Second World War while 300 people were praying. After visiting a garden built by a knight, we stopped at a glass blowing factory in Mdina. Last but not least, we jumped into the clear blue water of the Golden Bay.
At the end of this exciting trip, we went to bed very early, because we had to wake up at 04:00 the next morning. At 04:15, our taxi took us to the airport, where we met our teachers and classmates. Back in Vienna, we had to wait for our luggage for over half an hour, before we could drive home by bus.
Reithofer, Sommerauer, Strieder