Novelty! For the first time in the history of Nothing Included, I haven’t had time to present a trip before starting it. At the moment of writing these words, I’m on a plane to my next destination, with more sleep than a basket of kittens and more load on my shoulders than a sack in Seville. But no matter how much travel comes into my life now without knocking on the door, I don’t want to lose those customs I enjoy so much. So here it is, I’ll introduce you: I’m going on a trip to Malta and England.
Traveling already? But if you still haven’t told me almost anything about Indonesia. Indeed, I haven’t, and I’m still not sure when I’ll be able to do it. But less than a month have separated these two great journeys, so, no matter how hard I’ve tried, it’s been impossible for me to generate content. But I can promise and promise that sooner rather than later I will tell you about Indonesia in great detail.
The origin of this journey
But going back to what gathered us here, as I said, I’m on a plane to Malta, the first stop of this peculiar European tour. Malta and England? Why do you put those two destinations in the same trip? Well, for you to understand better, you’re going to have to go back to Morocco with me.
Patience, I haven’t gone mad. Even if it doesn’t look like it, it all makes sense. If you are a frequent visitor of this blog, surely you remember that such a day as today a year ago I was hurrying my last moments in Morocco, a country to which I went to do a course of Arabic courtesy of the school Sprachcaffe.
Well, although I don’t think I was the best student in the class, that same academy has wanted to be part of my travels again and has proposed an idiomatic and audiovisual trip to some of its English teaching schools. And since the person who writes is never bitter about a trip, even with a belly full of “noddles”, I have already set out on the hunt for “fish and chips”.
A new walk that will last until the end of May and in which English will be the main thread. A language that I speak halfway decent, but that I want to develop a little with this linguistic immersion abroad. Ah, but… is English spoken in Malta?
Judging from this video, it may not seem to be his strong suit, but the reality is that, along with Maltese, English is the co-official language of the country. It should not be forgotten that this nation was part of the British colony for a century and a half, from which it became independent in the 1960s (although they still drive on the left).
If you add to that the fact that it is a small island (316 square kilometres), that it has good weather, good prices, some “spots” of tourist interest and a suggestive leisure offer, you will understand why there are so many English academies installed on the island.
Interestingly, this is not going to be my first time in Malta as this was the destination chosen for my end of career in 2011. Now I will have two more weeks to update my memories (I promise to rescue some old photo).
Where I haven’t been in any of its forms is in England, one of so many countries of “expensive” Europe that I still haven’t found the time to visit. It seems that in the end the United Kingdom has found me, so I can only enjoy myself and let myself be surprised by what he has to teach me.
Obviously, with an intensive English course in between, I will not be able to make a very complete route through the British country, but I will try to make the most of the academic stays that I have already closed. Brighton…
… and London…
… they are the two cities chosen to carry out my studies, and a couple of weeks in each one, the time allotted.
Here I go
Between “Hello”, “Yes”, “No”, “Whatever”, “You know”, “Where are you from” and whatever comes up, I’m sure that my “days” will “quickly” pass through Europe. “But, as it cannot be otherwise, I will try to get all the juice out of this journey, an opportunity that comes at a good time for my professional development.
On the one hand, because an English course of this calibre can help me to establish knowledge. Although I use this language on a daily basis, I haven’t received any training since the first years of university, so this update is going to come in handy.
On the other hand, because I’m really looking forward to a company like Sprachcaffe wanting to bet on my work again. Acknowledgements like this encourage you to think that you are on the right path, even though this path is becoming more demanding every day.
So much so that I predict that it will be impossible for me to publish on the web about Malta and England until I return, but I do intend to get some articles out of Indonesia. Now, in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I will try to give war (almost) every day, so I encourage you to follow me in any of these social networks if you feel like being aware of my tropelías.
Presented the trip and presented my intentions, I only have to thank you for continuing to grow this project. It seems that in the last few months what had been sowing for so long has begun to flourish, and now I just want to be up to the task. It’s no use getting to the top of the mountain if you don’t know how to get down from there. Malta and England seem like two interesting peaks. Shall we take them up together?