Hey, my name is Rhi, nice to meet you. I’ve been living in Malta since 2010, when I hopped on a one way flight and have never looked back. As you’re on this page I guess you want to know a bit about the woman behind the site so here are some disjointed facts that might give you a sense of who I am. I am painfully shy and uncomfortable around new people, unless it’s work related, in which case I’m in my element. I’m awkward in the sense that I never know the right thing to say and I just don’t quite ‘fit’ in my own skin. My voice trembles. I trip and stumble a lot and although I’m almost 30, I don’t feel anywhere near being ‘grown up’. I think I’m hilarious, but you can be the judge of that. I try to be kind and generous but I’m also very forgetful, which can often give the opposite effect. In general I enjoy my own company but I love a drink and a dance when the right mood takes me.
I adore writing and taking pictures although I’m not sure I’m particularly excellent at either, but I love immortalising good memories via both mediums, looking back over them and smiling. I try not to dwell on bad things that have happened, but instead spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about things that might go wrong. I have curly hair and oily skin and managing those two things is a full time job in itself but to earn actual money I work in iGaming, have for the past 10 years and I enjoy a love/hate relationship with the industry.
What Is This Site?
First and foremost this site is a personal blog about my life in Malta, however within that, it’s also become a guide for others on life and holidaying on this gorgeous island. That means that there will be personal opinions and the occasional picture of me, Rhi, however there is also a huge amount of useful information for anyone looking to move to or holiday in Malta. You don’t have to know me to enjoy this site, as long as you can stand the occasional picture of my face (although I promise, there won’t be many!) you will find lots of helpful info.
Along the top of the page I have tabs, leading to the most popular and useful posts such as things to do, quick guides and restaurant reviews. If you’re looking for something specific you can use the search box in the right hand side bar, or the category list to help you find all posts on a specific subject. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or would like more information on a subject, feel free to get in touch.
About the Blog
I started this blog as soon as my boyfriend and I decided to move to Malta. It began as a little online diary to express my excitement, then once I was here it was easier to update a blog than email 20 friends back home the same info. Somewhere along the line it’s expanded and grown and has become a ‘real person’ guide to moving to Malta and living life here.
I talk about day to day goings on and mix it with informative posts about moving here, such as opening a bank account, getting a job and renting a flat, along with ways to make the most of life once you’re here such as where to eat, what to do and more. It’s also a great place to find fun things to do if you’re planning a holiday in Malta, such as which beaches to visit, where to see the best sunsets and plenty more besides.
Why I Moved to Malta
Languages in Malta
The national languages in Malta are jointly English and Maltese, which was a huge factor for me. I don’t speak another language and it was unlikely I’d suddenly pick one up, so being an English speaking country made Malta very attractive.
Weather in Malta
Long hot summers and short, mild, sunny winters. Just what I needed. I came here for a 4 day trip so that I could see the island and get a feel for whether it was somewhere I could imagine living. It was only April but the sun didn’t stop shining once, even when it rained. Everywhere was so beautiful, I fell in love immediately. The moment I got home I handed in my notice at work and my flat and booked a one way flight back to this little slice of paradise.
Finding Work in Malta
There were a number of factors that made Malta the perfect place to begin a new life. My boyfriend at the time had been here before on a work trip and really enjoyed it, we both have extensive experience in the iGaming industry and with a strong gaming framework, Malta holds a huge amount of gaming companies and therefore jobs so we figured we’d have more luck finding a good job here than anywhere else.
And so our journey began.