There are some of the best beaches in Europe to be found here. The water is clear and blue. It is a popular retirement destination for British people. Our daily life has also changed in that there is less stress. Our cost of living is about 1/3 of what it was in Houston. We shop daily for groceries, which is quite common in Europe. Everything is walkable, the store, the butcher, and we get produce from the vegetable truck fresh daily. We love discovering new places on the island, not just in the big towns like Sliema , but places like the Chinese Garden of Serenity in the little town of Santa Lucija. We love exploring Mdina, the walled Silent City. Season 1 of “Game of Thrones” was filmed here. A lot movies like Troy, Gladiator, Munich, World War Z, Popeye, and Count of Monte Cristo were filmed in various places on the island.
We also love being close to my husbands family in Rome, as it is just a one hour flight from here. We have also had a lot of friends visit. Travel is also more affordable, thanks to the low cost airlines. We have already visited Barcelona, Budapest, Madrid, London just to name a few in the year that we have been here. Despite the fact that we love Malta, we have been mulling over moving to Budapest or maybe Berlin. There is so much to life, and we want to experience as much as we can. We can not take life for granted. We don’t regret leaving the hustle and bustle of life in the U.S. Our tastes have become simpler. There is no pressure to keep up with the joneses. We find simple joys in walking and actually talking to our neighbors and we are glad we had the courage to do it.