I want to thank all the people who have provided advice and support over the last 9/10 months while my husband and I contemplated moving to Malta, planned our move and after we arrived.
I think this is a brilliant site - no better way to get info than from someone who is living in and experiencing the country. To everyone who takes the time to contribute - thank you so much.
Our time in Malta has come to an end - this country is not for us.
We've learned a lot in our time here. Turns it we are way more noise sensitive than we realised. Not that you need to be sensitive to have difficulty with Festa season! But on top of that, the loud voices, car horns, dogs barking, church bells and construction noise everywhere have got to us really badly. We also never want to live in apartment again.
We knew the heat in the summer would be bad but didn't realise how horrible in can be indoors, especially in the evenings. The buildings retain heat/moisture so badly that unless the aircon is on all the time it sometimes feels like hot moisture is seeping into your clothes and skin. And we are in a new, supposedly high quality building - it's just the building materials that cause this.
I didn't like my job at all, it was missold to me in my opinion, and the international company i worked for didnt act in the same manner as it does in other worldwide locations. We also feel like we couldn't live in a nicer location on the island (the north or the south) without a longer commute to work by car, and we have no desire to spend time on the roads at all.
So that all adds up to the decision to leave, which hasn't been made lightly - I am gutted this hasn't worked out.
So my final advice to anyone thinking of moving to Malta - please make sure you know the island before you move here. Don't move for a job unless you know that your personality definitely fits in with the Maltese way of living.
I can understand why others get on well here, this has just been a massive mismatch between our personalities and priorities vs the way of life here.
All the best to everyone and thanks again.