This is a truly beautiful place, I love the view from my room. So far, I have not been able to see the city because we have classes from 9 A.M to 9 P.M, it has been an interesting marathon. The time has flown so fast, we have one more day to go. The courses so far have been great, engaging. I wake up these days looking forward to having classes, a sign that I made the right choice.
As always, I had many of my class mates asking questions about Nigeria, everyone wanting to know more about the next persons country. The class mix is wonderful: there are ten of us from all walks but mostly tilting towards diplomatic areas, we have shared different experiences from work scenes and you get to realise that you are not alone. Jamaica, Bahamas, Fiji, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary, Dominica, Palestine and Nigeria are the countries represented. They are all great people, so far, I have enjoyed their company. We managed to go out last night for a show which was basically the Maltese history in drama... it was different, we had fun.
We took a tour to an Island off the Maltese Island which is still a part of Malta called Gozo, it is a beautiful place.We picked the wrong time to go though. The winter in Malta hasn't been as bad as it is this year in a while. We sat out on the tour bus on our way going around Gozo but some of us were too cold to stay on top of the bus on our way back, we sat in. Unfortunately, the bus was an old one, the smoke from the silencer filled the bus, we complained to the driver but he had nothing good to say...(part of why I have a sore throat today, I had to go and see a doctor :-( story for another time).
The courses I have done so far have made me feel like my knowledge is very limited, one can never know enough. I found today particularly challenging, I had a mental block at some point. We were given the task to come up with a draft resolution on behalf of different countries, do some negotiation and then create press releases. We were interviewed...we were role playing basically but this exercise in the last two days has been draining. Don't get me wrong, as challenging as it may be, it is enjoyable and giving me the training I need. Our lecturers have commended us and have been great. The organizers have been very helpful and patient.
I am putting up a few pictures of Malta, I can't resist. You have to share in the beauty of this place with me :-)
|St. Julian's bay
|St. Julian, the view from my room
|Gozo in daylight
|A lovely view of Gozo