Friday, 29 July 2016

THIS month was super busy with final assessment week, and my mum visiting for my 21st birthday. (It was the best day ever over at the Harry Potter Studios!) However, I've also had numerous moments out in the sun at the park where I've been reflecting on all that I have learnt. Whilst having a lovely conversation with a Swede friend of mine from college, we got to discussing the teaching of history and culture at school. I decided to write this post and dedicate it to how I have come to appreciate my home country like never before since moving to London, and how thankful I am for all those (boring) history lessons.

I enjoyed learning about the past, but I must admit, I did dread the lessons sometimes. Of course, unbeknownst to me at the time, I was merely investing in my future as learning about my country’s history paid off.

London has acquainted me with people from all over the world. In the past 10 months, I have often found myself sat in a circle with fellow classmates as we ask each other about our respective countries. I have never talked about my country as proudly as I have done recently. Having said that, I was aware of Malta’s rich history and have always respected it greatly.

I have a newfound respect for all those who fought for this small island until it achieved its independence not even a 100 years ago. I have a further appreciation for my native language. It always amazes me how such a small island has its OWN language, something which some bigger nations do not have. In fact, one of my favourite questions to answer is those in relation to the Maltese language. The reason being that with talking about the language, I am instantly summarising the history of Malta since the language is a mix of Arabic, Italian and English primarily. 

I won’t be getting into the history of Malta, but if you’re interested there are various books and online sites where you can brush up on the small island’s incredible history. The point of this post, however, has been that through living in a foreign country, I have understood a huge fragment of why history lessons are so important. They add value to your knowledge and you absolutely never know when it could come in handy!

Until next month 

Maria x

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Me opening the door to The Great Hall bc birthday, watched 1984 The Play,
Also went sightseeing bc why not, Hogwarts,
Me with Hogwarts behind me, my talented classmates!

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