Always On Holiday

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 swear I'm constantly seeing Maltese students out of school on random days. Malta has a ton of religious and non-religious celebrations. This past Monday was "Worker's Day," which is similar to Labor Day in the United States. We were all shocked to find that classes at the University were cancelled and the library was closed since we had no clue it was a holiday!

On Thursday, I went to Valletta for the "Green Festival." They turn the main square into a giant garden and even allow you to climb scaffolding to the top of a nearby building and check out the view! The main display this year had "Valletta 2018" written out in the corner. After hearing about the crazy weather back in the Midwest, I especially love to see flowers on display in sunny Malta.

Because Valletta is the European Cultural Capital of 2018, there are even more festivals! From annual feasts in each town to art festivals in the Capital, so much is happening.

It has been so fun to live in Malta and not just be a tourist. The best part about studying abroad is creating a sense of "home" in a new place. Yes, I can be a traveler in my own country but I can also attend events like a resident. When I see an event advertised on a poster, I know that there's a good chance I'll be able to go! I love getting to experience everything Malta has to offer, even if the holiday schedule is a bit overwhelming.

close up of flowers at the Festival
Tents with various vendors in the background
My attempt at capturing the "Valletta 2018"
Another flower close up