Eight prohibitions in Malta
What should not talk with the Maltese and why it is better to take the bus area, and not to stand near the entrance? If you will adopt these eight prohibitions will be able to more easily integrate into the atmosphere of the country and make friends with the locals.
Standing on the bus at the door
in the guidebooks Transport Malta should be given special attention. At first glance, all the usual: stop marked appropriately marked schedule buses hang. But these schedules, to put it mildly, conditional: buses are not only late, but before leaving. And simply do not stop at bus stops. Therefore, if you see the number you want, start to actively vote, waving his arms - generally do everything to make the driver understand that you are waiting for his name.
Entering the salon, get away from the door away: they are not closed, and even buses at stops never really slow down. That is, standing near the door, when you turn, you risk to fall on the road. In order to show the driver that you are going to get out at the next stop, click on the hand-bell.
Excessive use of the lights and water
Rivers Malta does not have, and therefore, there is no cheap hydropower. In thermal power plants the fuel delivered by sea. Therefore, the evenings are lit in homes, not all windows. And though the lights on the main streets are burning brightly, the same can not be said about the minor roads. The same problem with water. Since the country does not have its freshwater supply, water imported from other countries. Can you imagine how much it costs the government ?! Of course, to bathe in the shower at the hotel you no ban, but should be prepared to ensure that once the water from the tap will not very clean or did not do. Save it!
Compare Maltese Arabs and Tunisians
The inhabitants of this tiny country has mixed a lot of blood. About 3000 years ago, the Maltese archipelago was inhabited by the Phoenicians, then the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Germans, English ... Of course, all this is reflected in the character and appearance of the Maltese. They are lighter than the Africans, but darker than the Europeans, that is exactly reminiscent of the Arabs.
Sami Maltese such comparisons do not like, they hurt their national pride. Worse may be except that the comparison with the Tunisians, since lately from that country to Malta comes a lot of job-seekers. And be like the immigrant indigenous population of the country does not want to.
To refuse an invitation to tea or dinner
It will upset the Maltese, who are very hospitable. They themselves like to go for a visit - simply because for them it is another opportunity to talk, and they love to talk. The main thing - in time to come. Typically, the Maltese have supper around 19:00 and did not greet late arrivals. Although they do not differ punctuality and live slowly. Here's a paradox.
If you are going to argue with the Maltese, keep in mind that you are unlikely to change his mind. Local residents can spend hours debating, arguing his case - on politics, sports, about anything! It affects the willingness to compete, always and everywhere, that the Maltese are obliged hot Mediterranean temperament.
To be interested interlocutor personal life
Questions about personal life are considered indecent, although the first place in any Maltese worth is not a career, and family interests. Malta very much value the relationship with relatives and almost every week gather the children and grandchildren at the same table. The families decided to have three or more children and divorce and abortion in Malta is still prohibited.
That is why, sounding Maltese, forget their ranks and titles, better say, "I am a mother of three children" - it will touch it a lot more.
Maltese - a very religious people. Catholic faith adheres to 98% of the population. Most attend church during the morning service, the religion taught in schools and in churches (in a country where more than 300) always crowded. Not surprisingly, the devout Maltese do not like it when tourists forget about modesty. Malta is not accepted in a swimsuit sunbathing topless. The same goes for nudism. This was read as many signs installed along the coast, especially in urban areas. Violation of the ban threatens not only the oblique views, but fine.
I doubt that Malta's shores was ship wrecked St. Paul
From childhood, every Maltese knows that in 56 BC. e. Paul went on a journey to preach Christianity. While in Jerusalem against the Apostle mutinied, and the Roman authorities put him under arrest. After he had been there a long time, he was sent to a court in Rome. However, around the Maltese ship was caught in a violent storm and crashed. Paul miraculously survived and began to preach Christianity in the Maltese archipelago. For the three months he spent here in the new faith turned almost all of the locals, to this Gentile.
Doubting the veracity of this story, you apply the Maltese strong offense. Despite the fact that reliable information about the shipwreck there, in the archipelago of many attractions associated with the name of a saint. In the XVI century, Valletta was built St. Paul's Church. And in Mdina are the catacombs of his name, where it is believed he was hiding from persecution.
In addition, every year on February 10 at Malta celebrates the Day of the shipwreck of St. Paul. This day is considered the country's national holiday.