May 18, 2017

How to become the best at everything



I started blogging a few years ago, because I was enjoying reading about other people's lives and the stories they had to tell. It inspired me and it was relaxing not to think about anything else. It was like reading a book, where you escape your own world for a while and just simply enjoy reading a story.
However, I dropped blogging myself for a while, because I felt like there were not a lot of interesting things going on in my life. And a few months ago, when I wanted to blog again and also had a bit of time to read other people's blogs, it felt like it changed. Sometimes I feel like there are only blogs out there that tell you; How to make money with.... How to have a successful.... What you need to know... Get more traffic by doing.... 

You're getting flooded now with self-help articles in the blogging world. And while I think it is nice to read a post to get something out of it and learn something, I feel like we're taking it a bit too far. Where did the time go, that we just enjoyed reading about each other's stories, travels or sense of fashion. When we were just getting to know about each other's lives instead of only reading about how to make money with your blog, get more traffic, etc. 

I am more interested in your personal view on certain topics or what you have experienced when you were abroad, funny stories you have to share that happened to you. 
It used to feel like reading a story of a friend, while now I feel like I am reading posts of people that want to make money from their readers.

What is up with all the Instagram accounts that all have white backgrounds? Is your Instagram not gaining followers if everything in the background is super white? Why does it seem like all blogs are using the same type of font or specific objects in their pictures? Are you really unique from others, or are you just following the trend because it seems like everyone is doing it?

Don't get me wrong, I believe it's great that some people were able turn their passion into a living and I absolutely encourage that. But we're always talking about creating your own voice, be unique and be you, while in the meantime we're actually all still doing the same again. 

So what I am trying to say is, try to share your stories, be unique by not following the crowd. What do you think about some things that are going on right now in the world? What do you value in life, what are you experiencing at the moment, where are you travelling to? Because I'd much rather read about that than about how to make money with my blog or how to get my life together in 30 days. 

Stay true to you.

Let me know what your view is on this.

Anne



April 21, 2017

Weekend in Gozo

On Thursday I decided to visit one of my friends in Gozo. She used to be my roommate in my first apartment that I rented in Malta, but she had to move to Gozo to work there and I eventually moved to another apartment. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to visit the beautiful small island again, this time with much better weather than 3 years ago.

I got off a bit earlier from my internship and headed with the bus to the ferry terminal. As the coming weekend was Easter, a lot of people had the same idea to go to Gozo. As a result, the bus was waiting in line for a long time, so I decided to get out of the bus and walk the last part.

When I arrived at the boat, I could immediately board the ferry. Did you know that it is actually for free to go to Gozo? You only have to pay if you want to get back to Malta.



I met my friend at the bus station in Victoria, which is Gozo's capital. We had a coffee and talked a bit before she showed me her apartment. She had a beautiful apartment, which had a gorgeous view of the Citadella church.








I didn't really manage to take a good picture, but trust me, it looks amazing at night with all the lights. After dinner, we relaxed a bit and went to sleep early.

The next day, the weather was really nice, so we had a good start in the morning on the balcony in the sun and after, we decided to go to the beach. We went to Ramla Bay, which has this gold, yellow sand and is one of the few sand beaches.

We decided to walk the last part, as we just missed the bus and the buses are not as frequent as in Malta. But the view was amazing, so we didn't mind at all.





After the sun started to go down, we went back home as it got a bit chilly. We actually went straight for a nap and woke up at around 22:00. My friend, made the Spanish tortilla de patatas for us to eat for dinner.

Look at this yumminess!

After dinner we talked and drank wine till about 3:00 and went to sleep again.
The next day we woke up, had pancakes for breakfast and in the afternoon I took the ferry back to Malta.


It was a super relaxing weekend, and I got to catch up on a lot of sleep. As my last months here have been filled with meeting with friends, work and going to parties in the weekend. If you are visiting Malta, I definitely recommend a visit to Gozo. As I think the island has more of the old Maltese style of living than Malta. Malta is more modern nowadays and a lot of foreigners moved to the island. So, if you truly want to experience the slow, Mediterranean lifestyle, Gozo is the place to be.



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