Pretty lazy the Haubi!?!

Yeah, my life isn't just about website design, writing articles and taking photos. A house with four bedrooms and as many bathrooms on three levels with living, dining area, kitchen, pool and front garden needs to be maintained. Not only when family and friends fill everything with life.

 

Honestly, I didn't have as much housework as I did here!

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Do you know Gozo?

In the Maltese winter, from October to April, is the best time, to walk over the island, especially for me and my age. Its not to warm and mostly dry for travelling around. In the last month I found some new places during my walks. Now its time to up date my travel guide for Gozo.

By walking along the seaside from Qala to Nadur I visited the Dahlet Quorot Beach, this nice beach with fishing huts. He offers a food truck in the summer time, in these times I took my lunch with me and enjoyed my break by the sea. This place is not over crowded like Ramla or San Blas and Marsalforn. Will be back in summer for sure.

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Waking from the Hibernation

Don't worry, I still alive! The stormy weather with heavy rain, thunder and strong wind is over now and the quiet, cozy, warm and sunny days are back to the island.

During the last weeks I was working in the house. I decorated my home with up cycled furniture, self-made carpet and new curtains and started with gardening to get my own herbs, salat, vegetables in the next weeks. The sunny days in the winter, yes we have had a lot of them, I enjoyed with walks around the island, visiting Victoria and the other villages, preferential these by the seaside. I found some new places to be.

Of course, I have had guests in my home in this time. Taking care of them was a pleasure and not an obligation. Especially the days with Family & Friends made my life happy!

My daily coffee break at Zeppi’s and also the music event at night, the meeting with the lovely ladies from the Ladies Nights, the evenings with my friends in Gozo and not least the visit by the Horse Riding Farm make my life in Qala perfect!

 

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OH, I'm sooo busy! ......

Since January 2017, I have been immersed in the life of the small village community of Qala. My days are determined by shopping in the village shop of Benna, my cappuccino break in Zeppi’s pub, cleaning up guest rooms, linen and towels wash, decorate guest rooms, to maintain the herb garden in the forecourt, the vegetable garden and the roof terrace and the plants at the pool.

Fortunately, I’m a privileged maid with a private pool that can make a refreshing break!

In between there are small parties with the guests at the pool, a drink with the neighbors or a social evening with the girls at the Ladies Night, a nice round consisting of ladies from Great Britain, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Malta. We meet twice a month to rattle, have fun and to test the gastronomy of the island. This way, a woman can get to know the island differently.

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My Gozo Guide is ready

After a year on the island and many excursions across the island, it was time to take a look at the impressions. My guests had the year many questions, practical, informative but also after living in Gozo. The usual travel guides of the island are quite nice, but also somewhat dusty.  My first idea was to create a photobook. But first it is quite expensive and secondly, the topicality leaves a year to be desired. Why shouldn't I use the new media and design a website?

Anyone who knows me knows, there is not much time between idea and realisation. So now the German version was ready.  The counterpart in English is following now.

 

Go to My Gozo and have fun by reading!

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Wy Gozo?

Everyone asked me this question when I moved from a small town, just a few kilometres from Munich city, to the small island in the Mediterranean. The answer I want to give with this very personal guide. As a city-plant from Berlin to the village?  That was a challenge for me. But I quickly realized: No comparison with the villages in Upper Bavaria. The mix makes the difference. Locals, residents from all over the world, holidaymakers and especially young people on their trips around the world are responsible for the flair of the island. My first year in Gozo gave me time and opportunity to explore the villages, their festivities, leisure activities around the year. To enjoy the urban life in Victoria and the "way Of Life "to get to know the foreign community was on the agenda. That's all I want to show you. Follow my footsteps in Gozo. 

Have fun, your Rita

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A normal day of mine....

None, a new day starts on Gozo and it's me who wake up early, because new guests will arrive today. The room for them is free since yesterday and the cleanning is finish. Only the sheets and towels are hanging on the line over night. When you will iron the sheets you must start at 7 AM, because later it will be hot in this time. Buhh, I'm finish and take a little break in the pool to cool down. A cup of coffee and a sweet for breakfast, dress up for shopping and I leave the house

at 8:30 AM walking down in the village to the little supermarket. Bread, butter and milk, cheese, eggs, baccon, juice, coffee, sugar, flower, liquid washing, water bottles and vin and, and, and .... Here you find anythings. I collect together any needs and visit the butcher in the back for fresh meet. There is always time for a small talk to Bene, the shop owner. She will deliver my things in her break at 2 PM at home, that's the normal service on Gozo.

Next I step in by Michael's for fresh fruits and vegetables. The bells on St. Joseph beats 10 AM and a break by Zeppi's is a to do! I meet friends and get news about village and events. 

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Full furnished house - I like it?

This question doesn't let my sleep a long time. I want a personally surrroundings where I live. In the past I have changed the style every three years and love experiments. Now I will live in a completed house, where from the toilette brush to the sunbed anything is their.

A really problem of mine! How I find a solution I will tell you here....

 

Okay, I could have an idea from my new life when I came in the house of Qala the first time.

The decoration, the paintings and the household goods will be change, because my things are arriving soon.

My landlord let my do and I started with my work.  The bedroom at the basement I don't need and it is now my dinning room. The table and chairs leave the kitchen, because I need a space for my office. 

The chouches and the living area is really old fashion.

 

Befor upper the house:

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Go to Victoria

Shopping on Gozo will be planed. When runs the bus? I take them at 9:12 AM to Imgarr, the harbour. Here I change the bus to Victoria, because I don't like the way through the hills, the route is long and boring. 

Fourty minutes later I arrive the bus terminal in the middle of Victoria.

 

At first I go to "Coffee Break" my cappuccino is waiting their and a small talk with the brothers of the "Victoria Garage" by site as well.

 

I will invite you for a tour through the town, do you will following me?

 

We leave the coffee shop and walk up to the Place St. Francis, where we find the Victoria Hospital, the Church  and the Ministry of Gozo. Here you find the ID Registations office, when you will stay at Malta permanently, but also bars, restaurants and shops. Across the place we following the Triq Vajringa to the public libary and go through the Triq Karita to St. Gorg. The walk along the alley you find nice decorated entrances and houses with balconies, little monuments and gardens - you get an idea  of typical town houses.  A view in the church give you an imagination of maltasian culture. At the place in front you find good restaurants and nice shops.

My goal is the Liqueurshop&Tabacciria, no wonder(?), to grownup my wine and zigarette depot at home.

A point of interest is also the choclate shop and the fine food store where you find tasty food from Malta, Gozo and Italy.

When you are shopping on Gozo you must have a look at your watch, because the shops close from 12:30: to 16:30 PM! We use these time for lunch, their are a lot of restaurants and you can choise a new one by any trip to Victoria.

First we walk around the alleys to the Indepence Place and don't forget to enter the family shops - you find here anythings you need for house and garden.  In different shops you find elegance and crazy of clothing, shoes, hats, but also tailors, backeries or little supermarkets.

A visite in the round building at Independence Place is fine to have a look at the exhibition their. Nearby you find the citadell, also a place of interest.

 

 

Even by staying in Victoria I visite the ATM because Qala don't have someone. Then I take place at "Cafe Royal" to take a icecream - it's hot today. 

 

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Welcome the first guests

Since the beginning of March my offer on AIRBNB started and how wunder, the interest of my country house with his private rooms don't let me sleep anymore. It's crazy, but the most requests reach me after 10 PM. I don't know why?

 

My first booking reached me at 4 AM, an Austrialien will book a room from end of April to end of June - Wow, I earn money for the rent by spleeping......

 

I'm waiting for the first guests at April the 1. and I hope this is not an April juke.  Still then, I have lot to do.

 

Their are three bedrooms, four bathroom, two living rooms, a dinning room and the kitchen to clean up. Don't talk about the ten windows, two terrace doors and the pool area.

 

This house is mutch bigger as a small flat in Olching.

 

 

Of course I go to Victoria, the capital of Gozo, because I find a lot of things for the house.

 

And meanwile I change, restore or build new furnitures, but about this I will talk in another blog.

 

Is this the answer of the question "What are you doing on Gozo"? 

 

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Hello from Qala

Now I’m staying still 4. January on Gozo and be very happy to announce “I arrived!”

The first two weeks I was in Xargha by Alexandras beautiful home “Paradise Gardens” for searching about stores for Fleckys food, supermarkets which deliver at home and stores for room equipment, as curtains, coverts for arm chairs and sofas. I found a lot off! 

But my first appointment was, to meet Kathya from Frank Salt Estate and she offers 3 objects which compare to my preferences. The 1. Was nice but at the cliffs, windy and cold in winter times, the 2. old and dark, but the 3. was really nice and exactly what I want: My house on Gozo!

It is in Qala at the South/East coast of Gozo. The view from the balcony goes over the channel to Malta. The harbour Imgarr is nearby and you have a short trip to Malta.

A local bus brings you in 20 minutes to Victoria, the capital of Gozo. In summer, you will arrive the Hondoq Bay by a little walk. Here you can swim and lie at a sandy beach. Nearby the house, you find the bus stop and the market place with the big church, some restaurants and bars. There are as well shops, hairdresser, butcher and supermarkets. What I need more?!

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Just AVAILABLE on gozo!

Just ready, the contract for my new home is signed! Running fast? You will ask. Here everything is possible.

 

On Monday I met Kathya from Frank Salt Estate and she offers 3 objects which compare to my preferences. The 1. Was nice but at the cliffs, windy and cold in winter times, the 2. old and dark, but the 3. was really nice and exactly what I want: My house on Gozo!

It is in Qala at the South/East coast of Gozo. The view from the balcony goes over the channel to Malta. The harbour Imgarr is nearby and you have a short trip to Malta.

A local bus brings you in 20 minutes to Victoria, the capital of Gozo. In summer, you will arrive the Hondoq Bay by a little walk. Here you can swim and lie at a sandy beach. Nearby the house, you find the bus stop and the market place with the big church, some restaurants and bars. There are as well shops, hairdresser, butcher and supermarkets. What I need more?!

You find in the house 3 bedrooms, all with Douches/WC, a living room with open kitchen and entrance to the pool area, another room, in the past the 4. bedroom, this will be my dining room.

In the first floor, you find 2 bedrooms and a lounge with library, a balcony let you see over the village and the sea. A spiral staircase leads to another bedroom and to the roof terrace.

The furniture is not modern, but the dark wood you find everywhere on Gozo. With new covers for the arm chairs and sofas, my own pictures and books, new curtains, pillows and decoration it will be a cozy home.

My landlord is a friendly, helpfully British man. He organized the Internet provider, electrician and pool boy for the next days and I can switch from the “Paradise Gardens” to “The Cigrit”, my new sweet home.

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My way to gozo

During a cruises I visited Malta first in 2008. I am impressed of the history, the street life and of course the warm and sunny weather in November. Back at home I started to read a lot about Malta. If you google “Malta” you find many web sides, which inform about living and working on Malta.

You will read there, that you a lot of money spend to let a home or for food and leisure because the income is smaller as in Germany. But when you retire and take your pension it will be enough for a good live. More information and tips you find here in my blog.

 

Over the years I got an idea from lifestyle at Malta and I feel good by thinking about living there, when I start my retirement. In the next years I visited the main island again and found my best place for life at Gozo.

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