Malta as a …
Mix of cultures
From the 7th of October until the 13th of October we were exploring Malta. We focused on the mix of cultures in Malta. At first we thought it would be easy to work on this theme; however. As we started to work on it our opinion changed because there are so many aspects that have to be mentioned.
Throughout the week we gathered impressions about the formation of the mixed cultures in Malta and how this culture developed. Our main question is: “How did the mix of cultures come about and how did it affect Malta?“
We did guided tours on the island at which time we noticed that Malta is an island which is almost completely made for tourists. As we took a closer look at the different districts of Malta, we saw that there are also many inhabitants. It wasn`t easy to differentiate between the inhabitants and the tourists because they all speak different languages. The most common nationalities are British, Italian and Arabic. That can be explained by the colonization of the First and the Second World Wars.
Malta was a British colony for such a long time which spanned almost 200 years. In this time the British culture influenced the language, the country and the people in Malta. Until this very day, the influence is noticeable. An example for this is that the cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and the driving seat is on the right-hand side, a typical trait which can also be found in Britain. We also noticed in our residence that the sockets are identical to the ones in Britain. On the 21st of September 1964 Malta became independent, which explains why most of the people who live in Malta can speak English. You can hear that the people have different accents when they speak English. Maltese and English are both official languages on the island. Maltese has many traits from other languages like Arabic, Italian and Spanish, which can also be explained by historical events.
We talked with many people who came here to work. For example, there was a guy from Serbia who lives and works here as a bouncer. Meanwhile there are 101 nationalities which are based in Malta.
Another point of interests is the architecture, where you can also see how mixed the culture in Malta is. We saw prehistoric temples, Roman ruins, medieval castles and splendid churches. You can also see many buildings which look very British. It is a mix of modern and old fashioned buildings. We think that because of the growing tourism in Malta, there will be more and more modern buildings and less old ones. It is clear to see that this could destroy this mix.
In the end we gathered many impressions of Malta and we think that the mixed culture is very noticeable.
By Sandy, Enja and Alina