Vacation Time Countdown

Man, I’m dying for a vacation. I’ve reached the point where the body moves, but the mind stays in its own little cocoon. Maybe it’s because it’s 200 degrees in Malta right now and you can’t sleep without the AC on or maybe it’s just because the last couple of weeks have been all about moving from the house we’ve stayed in three years now.

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Being in the now

I’ve previously written some posts on how easy it is to lose your focus when there are thousands of things trying to grab your attention: Adapting to the increasing speed of change and Rambling on patience, blogs and the meaning of life, but it seems like a topic I keep coming back to.

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Starbucks Verisimo, great coffee or brand ploy?

As a coffee lover in Starbucks-deprived country (Malta) it’s hard not to salivate when you see the Starbucks Verisimo, a pod-style coffee maker that will bring you the taste of Starbucks every morning. It’s quite an obvious yet interesting move from the U.S. coffee giant. With loads of brands trying their own pod-style devices, such as Nestlé with their high-end Nespresso, their medium-range Dolce Gusto, or Bosch with their Tassimo, etc. etc., it seemed only logical for Starbucks to be next in line.

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Back to school

After three months of farting around in the sofa playing with their iPads, it’s time for the kids to go to school and for parents around Malta to breathe a sigh of relief. Three months is a long time. Which makes you want to ask the question to the Malta Education Authority (I have no idea if this is the right people to ask or if they even exist) why it’s three months. Some people say because it’s too hot. Well it’s too hot anywhere you go in Malta during Summer so they might as well be in school.

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Tennis training with “Bob” Caruana

Aiden (aka Bob) and I had a tennis session on Saturday. It was almost too hot to play but he hit some decent shots. Lenah also came by to say hi, looking beautiful and tennis Summery in a white dress.

And on Sunday we were walking the streets of Valletta and stumbled upon this declaration of love for Roger Federer covering a MEPA application. Nice to see fans of the Fed Express in full force also in Malta!

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Tom Hanks on Sliema promenade, Malta

When you either walk or run on the seafront every single day it’s nice to see some celebrities enjoy the same thing. A few months ago we had Brad Pitt shooting a few streets from our house and in the above picture Tom Hanks is walking with his daughter along the Sliema promenade (you see Surfside in the back, right?). The reason the Oscar winning actor is in Malta is that he’s shooting the historical thriller Captain Phillips.

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Händelserik dag: Palazzo Parisio och bad

Underbart vackra Palazzo Parisio där de även har fantastisk mat.

Man har det rätt bra på Malta. Från vårt hus i Balluta Bay, Sliema så har vi bara några hundra meter ner till havet. Nu har de dessutom ordnat med en liten sandstrand där (bara klippstrand tidigare) så det är perfekt för ett morgondopp. Här leker Aiden och Lenah av sig:

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