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Before we came to Malta, we visited a lot of the expat community forums and tried to prepare ourselves. They advised us it was going to be in our best interest to get to Malta before the start of the tourist season as the cost of rentals goes up substantially. We were also told many times that you have to be careful when, as a foreigner, dealing with landlords because they charge unfair rates (second home rates) on electric, water, etc. So we went into the entire situation…

If you are like us, you may have a spouse who is not from Europe and want to bring them with you to Malta. Malta in general is pretty closed off with it’s visas and employment market, as they always want to protect their own citizens. Many of them remember when job preference was given to English people, rather than the native Malti people. So, because of this it can be difficult to get visas in general… Unless you’re the spouse of an EU national. If you are…

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Jenni and I have been having a great time sampling the different restaurants around St Julians, and one of the first we visited was the Blackbull Pub in Paceville. It is literally steps from our hotel and has this huge covered, but open and filled with warming lamps. The place has recently been refurbished outside, so there is a lovely look to the exterior of the building. It’s all dark wood, padded seats and quite comfortable.┬áThere is a really lovely vibe here when it’s filled up in the…

Since we’ve been in Malta we’ve had an endless stream of conversations around us which we don’t understand, but we started to hear words repeating a lot and started to educate ourselves. To preface this, almost everyone in Malta speaks English very well, sometimes they speak both languages natively, especially if you’re in the more tourist common areas like Sliema, St Julian’s, and Buggiba. But it’s always nice to meet people and show an interest in their culture, especially when you are in their country. Maltese (properly called…

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When we first ventured into Spinola Bay area we weren’t really sure what to look at, there are a lot of restaurants and bars. So where do you start? Ryan’s seemed intriguing since it’s at the top of the hill. Since it’s slightly set apart, when we went up there to look around we weren’t expecting it to be as busy as it was. Every time we go by there it’s busy and filled with lots of people having a good time. Normally we don’t like packed places,…

One great thing about Malta, especially if you’re on holiday and do not want to shell out on the service which is shoddy at best from Ozone, is the large amount of Wi-Fi hot spots available all over the island as well as Gozo. There is even a body in Malta that handles this called the Malta Communications Authority, or MCA. So if you are coming to Malta, I’d say step one is find yourself a phone (presumably in your pocket, that’s where most people keep them) and…

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We’ve had a bit of a fun day wandering around Valetta to get our residence card applications in today, but managed it on our first try, which almost didn’t happen! We read a lot of online guides before going and were told to arrive early (like when the doors open), and bring the filled in paperwork with us, but that we could get our photos taken on site. The thing I would like to advise is that they do not take photos anymore on site, so you need…

This is a post geared towards people who have been in Malta for a while and have the old ID card or old residence documentation. For those of you who are in Malta for the first time and only just registering now, please follow the residence card post we are making as it’s a similar, but slightly different process. So I guess, first, what is it? The E-ID is the form of ID everyone in Malta has. It is light pink in colour and will have your photo…

Well, Kai got a job! And because of that we are going to go get our Social Security Numbers (the same as ┬áNational Insurance Number if you’re from the UK, or a Social Insurance Number if you’re Canadian). In Malta things work a little bit differently than in a lot of other EU nations. Here you cannot get your SSN until such a time as you have a work contract or register as self employed. In other countries you have to have your SSN before you can get…

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Since we arrived in Malta we’ve been staying in the St Julian’s area, though honestly the island is very small and you can walk just about anywhere given enough time. We wanted to get settled in the area though, so we’ve been wandering around a lot. There is a lot going on here as it’s one of the biggest tourist spots on the island. The hotel we are staying in is right above Paceville, which is a district of St Julians known for its bars and restaurants. It’s…