Soaking Up Sliema

Luther’s Malta and the Mediterranean Program, currently in its 26th year, offers students the opportunity to spend a semester exploring Malta's rich history and traveling to other countries in the Mediterranean region. Coursework includes Paideia II: Ethical Issues in the Mediterranean, a Service Learning class, where program participants teach English to recent immigrants to Malta, Maltese History and Culture and additional classes taken at the University of Malta.

To learn more about the program, visit the Malta Semester website.

I have officially been in Malta for two weeks! It feels like I've been here for way longer than that.

The streets, shops, and language barrier have become more familiar each day. Our flat on Depiro Street is starting to feel like home. Thankfully I've adjusted to making my own meals! I even changed my phone to the 24-hour clock. Laundry takes forever (little water pressure here) and Malta does not have central heating to comfort us during the wet, windy, 50-degree weather. All of these things were the source of culture shock just two weeks ago, but now they have become so normal! I can't imagine only having to walk 5 minutes to get to class — the 35 minute commute is such a refreshing way to start my morning. My feet no longer ache from the excessive walking we do around the island (nearly 5 — 8 miles a day).

Although I've only been here for two weeks, I've explored nearly a fourth of the country! From coast to coast, Malta is absolutly stunning. Walking along the sea is breathtaking. Getting soaked by a big wave while walking along the sea is also breathtaking! This morning Erin Hocker and I were wandering around the rocky shore when we decided to cross over a high tide area. We saw a massive wave coming towards us with just enough time to attempt to dodge the wave. From our waist down, we both got soaked; my camera lens cap is now floating somewhere in the sea and a group of Maltese were in tears from laughing at us.

Somehow this ordinary day turned into one of my favorite so far! I love soaking up the city (not soaking up the Mediterranean) and spending time on the coast. It's so fun to explore Sliema and enjoy Maltese culture. Malta is an incredible place to call home!

Erin Hocker by the Sea
Our group bonding in Valletta
Caitlin Maly with Valletta in the background