My Second Home! Malta
by Karyn Kelly
I first visited Malta in the month of July when I was 17 (I'm now 38).
From the first moment I stepped off the plane, I knew I was going to like Malta. The Maltese people and the weather and of course the whole island was beautiful. They make you feel so welcome!
I had a fantastic holiday and was very sad to leave, however when I was climbing the stairs to the plane I turned to my friend and said “I will be back sooner than you think” she laughed. I said: “You can laugh, I will show you!”
Then in October the same year, I returned with my friend. We had such a fab time again and met a good few Maltese people. It was a great holiday, plenty of good food and plenty of bars and clubs, I was dreading leaving after our 2 week holiday.
I was really upset it felt like home and I didn't want to leave.
Once I got home to London, I told my parents that I was going to Malta for a very very long holiday!
They helped me save, so I planned my life out, this involved moving to Malta.
So the next couple of months I was saving like crazy, sold my car, pulled my savings I had and booked a flight with a 3 month return! I was 18. It was the bravest thing I ever done on my own, but because I love Malta so so much, I knew I would fit in well, which I did.
I had a farewell party with family and friends the night before. It was sad but I knew my family and friends would come and visit.
I boarded the plane and sat next to this lovely couple who asked what I was doing on my own and admired me for doing it. I was sad but happy at the same time, sad for leaving my family & friends but happy because I was going to Malta.
I arrived in Malta. Finally I stepped out of the plane and smelt the air and knew it was the right thing I'd done.
I spent a year in Malta just chilling and meeting all kinds of people. Spent most of the time on the beach and in the pubs and clubs in the evening! I lived right in the centre of St Julians, Paceville.
I loved the buzz and the atmosphere. I went to Italy couple of times in between as I couldn't stay any longer than 3 months in them days.
My family came to visit twice and friends were coming and going all the time. I felt like a tour rep doing all the sights with them and of course knowing where to go. I returned to London after completely running out of money and missing my family.
However I spent most of my summer holidays in Malta.
Then in 2003, I met my husband. I told him so much about Malta and all my happy memories and he suggested we get married there. I was ecstatic!
We planned our wedding in Malta and our 2 week honeymoon.
We had some brilliant people organising our wedding and it was the most beautiful and romantic day and 2 weeks of our lives!
We stayed in Mellieha Bay as we have 2 children, so was nice to be near the beach!
And being a lot older, I wanted a quieter holiday :-)
The kids enjoyed the hotel as there were plenty of other kids and kids’ clubs. The weather was great too, which was perfect for our wedding day, as you can see by the photos!
We visit Malta every year for our holidays. The kids love it and it's great to see old friends.
On every trip, I tell hubby and the kids about all my memories that come flooding back.
If I won the lotto, I would definitely buy a second home for me and my family.
The people are so lovely and I have some very special Maltese friends :-)