Published: February 4th 2011February 4th 2011
After nearly three weeks of arguing, frantic phone calls, and non-stop emailing my semester abroad is about to begin. Unfortunately I won't be headed to Lebanon (I will be sneaking over there for my Spring Break). Instead I'll be spending the next five months in Malta, which isn't too shabby of an alternative. When I mention that I'm going to Malta I get one of two reactions: "Where is that?" or "That's so nice. ____ went there." For those of you who would ask the former, Malta is a small country (11 miles at its widest) in the Mediterranean located between Italy and Tunisia.
At this point most people mention how worried or nervous they are to take off to another country for a semester. To be honest, all I can think about is how I get to spend the next 6-7 hours on a US Airways flight headed to Heathrow Airport. I then have to collect my bags, go through customs, recheck my baggage, switch terminals, and then go through security (again). I have to do all this in less than 2 hours so keep your fingers crossed that I don't miss my connection.
Once in Malta I'll be staying at the University Residence in Lija. I've done a bit of research about the residence and I still have no idea how the rooms are laid out nor do I even know who I'll be living with. What I was able to find out (via facebook) was that students finish their exams for Fall semester today and since the Spring semester starts next week many of the students at the residence aren't even bothering to leave. Instead it seems like they have organized not one night, not two nights, but almost a week of celebrations. I don't know what to expect, but I do know there will be no hipster pinto beans or Jamaicans who go by the name Prime Minister present at these parties.
To all my friends in SF, I miss you already!