Goodbye beautiful Malta 🇲🇹, I will be back soon…stay tuned for the exciting news 😉
But for now, enjoy this beautiful birds eye view of the island taken from my flight:
I always like to eat something traditional from each place that I travel to. When doing my research, the thing that kept coming up was: pastizzi. Pastizzi is a savory pastry like a crispy croissant filled with either mushed pees or ricotta cheese. Someone on Instagram commented that it’s basically the same as sfogliatelle in Napoli, and then I remembered the similarities. I remember the sfogliatelle being primarily a sweet pastry filled with something like a custard, apricots or oranges…but they are basically the same. This of course makes sense since Sicilia is the neighboring island only 60km away.
So on my last day in Malta I was on a mission to get a pastizzi and searched which pastizzeria the Maltese people thought was the best. The votes all point to the Crystal Palace (or in Maltese: Is-Serkin) in the inland hillside village of Rabat, directly across the street from the Roman Museum. Rebat, I learned was an Arabic / Jewish part of Malta. In the past, living inland was more desired due to the frequent pirate invasions on the coast.
So I coincidentally just so happened to be visiting Rebat so I had to try this pastizzi. From the looks of it, I personally would have never thought this was the place…but never judge a book by its cover! When you order at the self service counter (looking a bit like a 7/11) you can’t miss the huge oven cooking fresh pastizzis and a traditional kettle brewing their traditional coffee, which has the hint of various spices a bit like a chai tea. I got 2 ricotta filled pastizzis and a Maltese coffee for a grand total of €2.40!!! Absolutely delicious 😋
Looking forward to singing an audition in one of the oldest working theaters in Europe, The National Theater of Malta, Teatru Manoel. It was built in 1731 and, to put that into perspective, Mozart wasn’t even born until 1756. It will also be my first time in Malta 🇲🇹 …my 26th country and counting 💪🏼
On my way to my audition in Chile, I first stopped in Berlin to get a lesson with my voice teacher. I was shocked that, while we have started to have spring weather in Vienna, it was freezing in Berlin. I had to survive with the light “just in case” jacket I brought. Then I went to sunny Chile and left just before an incoming storm arrived. When I landed in Berlin, the sunny weather of Chile followed me to Berlin. I had to checkout from my hotel at 11am and my flight wasn’t until 9:30pm so I was able to spend the whole day walking around and taking in the sun…I walked 17km!!
Just found out that I was invited to audition later this week somewhere I’ve never been before. Clue, it’s an island…more to come!
Today, I walked at a relaxed pace for around 5hrs exploring Santiago, Chile 🇨🇱 . I first walked through the historic center passing by the opera house. Then I went up the Santa Lucia hill.
I then crossed the bridge and entered Parquement. You will see many Santiago natives who use the trails as their weekend workout either biking, running or hiking the trails. The tourists come to see the Santuario Immaculada Concepción (the Virgin Mary Statue). There are a few options to get to the statue depending on your time and energy level. 1) take the funicular 2) take the main road to the left of the line for the funicular, Av. Alberto Mackenna, and then take a right at the sign for Zorro Vidal 3) take Av. Alberto Mackenna, but instead of turning right at Zorro Vidal (which would take you directly to the Virgin Mary statue), continue on the road until you reach Sector Tupahue. Then follow Av. Pedro Bannen to the statue. I chose option 3, the long way! While the entire walk provided continual views over Santiago, I was unfortunately not able to see very far out due to smog. When I arrived at the statue, I was lucky to witness an outdoor church service with attendants sitting in the amphitheater seating below the statue in observance of Palm Sunday. To return to the entrance of the park, backtrack 5min to Plaza Mexico and follow the sign directing to Zona Vidal.