So far me and my classmate Anni have lived over two months here in Malta and we have enjoyed our time here very much. The saddest thing is that we have only three weeks remaining and atleast I’m not ready to go back to Finland just yet. Luckily I have only one week of clinical placements left and then I have two weeks of holiday!
Malta is a very small country, which consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with population of over 400 000 people. The main island Malta is only 27 km long and 15 km wide and it is located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea directly south of Sicily.
Our exchange consists of 200 hours of clinical placements and teaching. We are studying at the University of Malta and working at the Mater Dei Hospital. Mater Dei is the main general and acute public hospital in Malta and our placements takes place at the Medical Imaging Department. We are studying e.g. pharmacology, professional issues, Maltese culture and language and last week we had exam week which wasn’t that horrible than we thought. We had only three exams, pharmacology, Maltese language (oral and written) and two presentation.
Maltese lifestyle is very relaxed but extremely lazy! A family may have as many cars as family members because they are too lazy to walk from one place to another. That is one of the reason why the traffic is so crazy in here. Maltese are typically welcoming, warm, friendly and willing to help other peolpe. They speak so loud and passionately with lots of arm-waving that a normal conversation may seem to turn into a huge fight in seconds.