• Travels

    When is the Best Time to Visit Malta? Climate and Weather

    Under the Maltese sun… You’ve heard about the Maltese archipelago, bathed in the Mediterranean Sea, and you already see yourself there. But one question remains: what is the best season to go to Malta? Mediterranean climate, lots of sunshine. The Maltese archipelago is known to offer over 300 days of sunshine a year.   Did you say idyllic? No, not always. The reality is a little more nuanced. Don’t expect to be lounging on the beach all year round! The weather in Malta is not always as mild as it seems.   I’ve been living in Malta for over four years and I can tell you one thing: behind the…

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    Migrations and refugees

    Can we treat refugees differently depending on their origin? (War in Ukraine)

    The war in Ukraine has led many Ukrainians to flee their country and seek asylum in Europe, in order to be recognised as refugees. They have generally been well received in European countries. I am very happy about this.   But at the same time, I wonder why not all refugees receive such a warm welcome? It seems that refugees are treated differently depending on their origin.   It took me some time to speak out on the subject of the war in Ukraine. This appalling situation left me speechless. I also hesitated before publishing this article because it is a hot topic and can be controversial. But then I…

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    Languages

    My Review of Duolingo, the Application to Learn a Language for Free

    Does Duolingo really help you learn a language? If you are learning a foreign language, you have probably already heard of the Duolingo application. It is a very popular app for learning English, French, Spanish and other languages for free. But is this application really the best method for learning foreign languages, as it promises? That’s what we are going to see in this article. I’m going to tell you about my experience with Duolingo, and then present the pros and cons of this application.     My language learning experience with Duolingo   When I started learning foreign languages on my own, I looked at the resources I could…

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    Migrations and refugees

    What Are the Basic Material Needs of Human Beings?

    You may have already heard about the basic needs of human beings, notably through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It is a subject that can be found in the fields of psychology and personal development. It is indeed important to become aware of one’s basic needs in order to develop oneself. But before we thrive, we must satisfy our basic material needs: food, shelter, clothing and health care. But are these needs fundamental rights? That’s all we are going to see in this article!     Basic needs, from personal growth to human rights   What is a need?   A need is a total or partial lack of something fundamental…

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    Travels

    What to Do in Malta in One Week? My Must-Sees

    Do you want to visit Malta?   Malta is a small island state located south of Sicily. It has a lot of treasures to be discovered. Old stones, turquoise waters, Mediterranean culture, cosmopolitan atmosphere… there is something for everyone. Malta is part of the European Union, so it is very easy to get there if you are in Europe. The archipelago has a rich cultural heritage, shaped by the various powers that ruled over Malta in the past (notably the Phoenicians, the Arabs, the Normans, the Order of St John of Jerusalem, the French, the British). Moreover, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, Malta can be visited almost…

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    Inspirations,  Travels

    My Top 10 Vegan Dishes from Around the World

    For some time, the global pandemic has not allowed us to travel as we wish to. So I’ve been looking for ways to escape my daily life and travel a little bit in other ways, such as learning foreign languages (although this passion is much older than the pandemic) or world cuisine. Travelling is also about the taste buds.   In this article, I’m presenting my top 10 vegan dishes from around the world. Why vegan? I am a vegetarian with a strong vegan tendency, for several reasons (which I will perhaps detail in a future article). Being interested in the vegan specialities of certain countries also allows you to…

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    Interculturality,  Migrations and refugees,  Travels

    Living Abroad: Experiencing Culture Shock

    “When you arrive in a city, you see streets in perspective. A series of buildings without meaning. Everything is unknown, blank. Later on, you will have walked along these streets, you will have been to the end of the perspectives, you will have known these buildings, you will have lived stories with people. When you will have lived in this city, you will have taken this street ten, twenty, a thousand times. At the end of the day, it belongs to you because you have lived there.” L’Auberge espagnole (Pot Luck / The Spanish Apartment), Xavier.     The art of being a foreigner abroad and in your own country…

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    Interculturality,  Migrations and refugees

    What Is the Integration of Migrants? – Acculturation Strategies

    The “integration” of migrants. Here is an expression we hear almost everywhere. Initially a sociological phenomenon, it has become a commonplace. It is sometimes used indiscriminately in the media and in political discourse. Overused. Emptied of its meaning.   Integration. It is one of the issues that come up most often when we talk about migration. This is the mission of the Maltese NGO in which I was involved for some time. Its mission is reflected in its own name: Integra Foundation.     Public opinion seems to agree that the “migrant” must “integrate”, whether it is “pro” or “anti” migration. But, in the end, what is integration? Is it…

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    Inspirations

    And Then I (Re)started Watercolour Painting

    “A watercolour is not a story, it is the translation of a sensation, a memory, a state of mind.” Hugo Pratt     Starting watercolour is a good way to relax and dream. Soft colours. Fusions that invite you to let go. A light painting equipment that makes nomadic practice particularly easy. Just grab the brush and let yourself be carried away on a journey to the heart of your imagination. Fascinated by this medium, I started watercolour a year and a half ago. Come and join me on my creative adventure in the land of watercolour.     My first steps in watercolour   As a child, like many…

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    Travels

    Why Traveling Makes Us Richer

    “Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” Anonymous   Traveling has a cost and is considered by some as a hobby among others. However, more than a simple hobby, traveling is actually a genuine school of life. Rather than a simple expense to please yourself, it is a way to invest in yourself. The money spent on traveling would be more like the budget allocated to a training course than the one allocated to the latest fashionable gadget. I will explain why I believe that traveling can truly enrich you.   However, two small clarifications: First, to get real benefits from traveling, we need to adopt…