Hometown: Ħ’Attard, Malta (tiny Mediterranean island country in Europe)
Occupation: law student + trainee notary + proofreader
My alarm is set for
Any time between 6.30AM and 9.30AM. Depends on whether I have early lectures (6.30AM), work (7.45AM), or nothing planned for the morning (as late as 9.30AM if I had been up late working the previous night).
My Maltese breakfast
I usually eat very Mediterranean food. Fresh orange juice, a piece of toast with Parma ham, and (sometimes) an espresso made with an Italian brand of coffee (like Lavazza). My lovely Mum squeezes some large oranges for me as soon as I wake up, and this burst of fresh Mediterranean citrus and Vitamin C is always a great way to start the day.
I usually buy the coffee for around €1 from a little café (there are tonnes of them dotted around Valletta – the capital city).
On special occasions (or when waking up with a hangover), a lot of Maltese people opt for a full English breakfast (Malta was a British colony until 1964, and there’s still a strong link with the UK, even breakfast-wise) or else the classic Maltese junk food treat: pastizzi (flaky pastry pockets full of a ricotta cheese or pea mixture) and either a Kinnie (the national soft drink) or tea with milk served in a clear glass. Absolutely heavenly.
I commute by car. Even though Malta is a tiny country, the public transport system can be a bit of a headache sometimes, so for sure-fire independence, a car is necessary. It’s usually wise to leave time to find a parking space; if I’m going into Valletta, I usually park in a parking complex for €2.50 every day. My commute usually lasts around 15-25 minutes, but can stretch to 45 minutes during rush hour.
Thanks so much for sharing, Claire! Maltese readers, what does your beauty + breakfast routine look like?