Things I Love Thursday

Walking down towards Kalanka Bay

  • A glorious few days in Malta – swimming every day, eating out every day, friends, family, cats, village feasts…
  • My colleague has just released a book in Maltese!
  • Watching Dunkirk with friends
  • A delightful meal with fascinating, lovely people at Bahia in Lija (ohmyGodsogood)
  • Receiving an actual giant box of books I had ordered
  • A Room of One’s Own – genuinely one of the most mind-opening and world-opening books I’ve ever read. READ IT.
  • Meeting our friends’ new baby and seeing how amazing they are at this parenting thing already
  • The Ħamrun festa. Monumental.
  • Catch-up lunches
  • Tans
  • Skam (a Norwegian series – so good)
  • Swimming swimming swimming
  • My two best friends who are 10/10
  • Booking a sneaky trip to London for December – eek!
  • Hosting a BBQ for friends and watching the latest Game of Thrones episode together and seriously feeling so emotional and happy to be doing all of that
  • Aeroplanes
  • A night of fireworks and BBQ food and my favourite little boy
  • My sweet cousin + wife + little girl + another girl coming soon in about a month(!!)
  • Chapels
  • Rising Sun in Marsaxlokk
  • Mr Whippy ice-cream in Marsaxlokk (this time with a cone full of smarties, topped with ice-cream tal-magna)
  • Blue paint
  • A free flag
  • Oysters
  • A wi-fi device
  • So many other things

Things I Love Thursday

Getting a temporary tattoo at Food For Your Senses (a music festival in Luxembourg)

  • Delicious work lunches
  • Proofreading
  • Saga Vol. 2 – still weird, still intriguing!
  • Food For Your Senses
  • Tash Sultana – incredible
  • Getting an applause at a stand-up comedy show for being from Malta
  • A very, very, very lovable baby girl
  • A fantastic meal with cocktails and fabulous women
  • Watching a film in bed with a mini Magnum (almond, always)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Productivity
  • The power of an espresso

Things I Love Thursday

A weekend trip in Brussels with two very excellent women

  • A fantastic weekend trip with two women I had met last summer in Nijmegen – we had so much fun and exchanged numerous TV show recommendations
  • Belgian beer
  • My German friend ordering two green teas at Starbucks at the same time (one hot, one cold)
  • Bookshops!
  • Korean BBQ
  • Magritte Magritte MAGRITTE
  • Reading Saga Vol. 1 and delving into that crazy, crazy world
  • Working on a train
  • Proofreading <3
  • Wine
  • The Man Booker Longlist
  • Finishing my French intensive course (very successfully)

Things I Love Thursday

A cheesy, potatoe-y, meaty meal in Trier, Germany.

  • Spending lots of wonderful quality time with our little nephew who visited with his parents last week – I was so sad when they left on Tuesday!
  • Visiting some beautiful parts of Luxembourg (including Luxembourg City itself as well as places like Esch-sur-Alzette, Echternach, Schengen…)
  • Reading this beautiful graphic novel (in French!)
  • Little baby feet
  • Carrying a happy baby
  • Phoning an old friend and having a lovely little catch-up chat
  • Crossing borders like it’s nothing
  • Cute dogs
  • The loveliest zines and illustrations by Fran Maneses
  • Good playgrounds
  • So much more French (the course I’m doing is seriously intensive…)

Things I Love Thursday

Dreaming of Malta…

Things I Love Thursday

A beautiful field towards Wincrange, Luxembourg.

  • CAMPING. Who would have thought? It seems that I’m quite a fan of eating/lazying in nature if there are no loud/dirty people around. Bliss.
  • My boyfriend’s camp-food talents – excellent.
  • Cows
  • A friend totally mocking my Things-I-Love-Thursday lists (but I know he loves me)
  • Wine!
  • The Turn of the Screw (what a weird Gothic horror story)
  • A super-lovely evening with friends, drinking wine, eating delicious food, and chatting :)
  • Ethiopian food
  • Sushi with colleagues
  • Le Petit Nicolas – such cute stories (in very understandable French)
  • Troisvierges
  • The phrase “a miserable failure”

Things I Love Thursday

  • Surviving Rock Werchter
  • Good pizza
  • Discussing Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • A good tent and good camping equipment
  • LORDE
  • My little Maltese flag
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Short lines for the toilets
  • Plait – SO GOOD
  • Other notable bands/artists: Birdy, Jain, Linkin Park, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Prophets of Rage, James Blake, Royal Blood, System of a Down, Seasick Steve, Alt-J!
  • Gin and tonic
  • Mojitos
  • People pointing approvingly at my ‘WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS’ T-shirt
  • Meeting some lovely Maltese people and hanging out till past 3am on the last day of the festival
  • Wine
  • Lobster
  • Friends and messages
  • Passing another level of French… Onwards et vers le haut!

Things I Love Thursday

Delicious desserts at Glow in Bonnevoie

  • Surviving a French test
  • Thai food on a Tuesday
  • National Day fireworks
  • Staying in
  • A Luxembourgish grill fest
  • Hot chocolate with one of my favourite people
  • Red Electrick! In Saarbrucken!
  • Writing a postcard to my favourite little man
  • Cocktails

Things I Love Thursday

  • Snapchat filters
  • TV series recommendations
  • The Bletchley Circle
  • Daisy Miller (what an odd yet amusing little story)
  • Pink sunsets
  • A “housewarming” party at work since we’ve been in a new building (…since January of last year)
  • Cute babies
  • Malta on Google Street View – obsesssssed
  • A new earring for my helix piercing
  • Panzerotti

Things I Love Thursday

Fresh pasta, fruity sangria, and my favourite magazine in the sunshine in Liège

  • A glorious, glorious Sunday, with babies and friends and sunshine and BBQ food and fresh wraps and laughter and cats and dogs and grass between toes
  • A very lovely Saturday where I had a free day all alone and went on a solo road trip to Liège in Belgium, where I did a spot of book-and-coffee-pod shopping, saw some sights, and had a long, leisurely al fresco lunch (with two big glasses of sangria and a giant pot of fresh pasta)
  • The Happy Reader (it’s so good.)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – have you been watching it? It’s harrowing and beautiful and I cannot wait for the final episode.
  • Snapchat filters
  • Wine
  • Gin
  • String cheese
  • Rabb.it dates to watch films with my bestie – such fun
  • My super strong, wonderful best friends
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Sunshine
  • Useful work meetings
  • Baby feet