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MaltaGirl
I'm a married Maltese industrial engineer.
Interests: piano, musical theatre, reading, blogging, wii, jesus, music theory, industrial engineering
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This reminded me of the backpacking trick of creating dehydrated toothpaste dots and carrying them in a baggie to save weight. The dots need to be chewed to rehydrate before the tooth-brushing can proceed. Yes there's the extra hassle of making the dots, but there should be very little mess when it comes to use (unless the kids get creative...) http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=51548&skip_to_post=435724#435724
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And just then, while I was regretting having left my nice warm bunk at 6:30am to sit on a little boat in a brisk wind, my reel began to sing. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at Howzit?
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Location: An airport sitting on the runway in Durban, South Africa. Just landed in Durban! For most of the flight from Dubai, I was feeling too tired to do anything, too tired even to read, too nauseaus to watch TV on the entertainment console. Sleep eluded me except for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
Location: On the plane, half an hour before take-off from Dubai for Durban, South Africa. I just SMS'd home (Malta) and Mum (South Africa) to let everyone know that all is well and I'm on my way! This is a 9-hour flight but... we will survive! I am enjoying my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
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I have never seen such a diverse mix of people as I am seeing here in the Dubai airport, and I'm not just saying that because of the burqa. The people walking past are a mix of Caucasian, Arab, Asian, Indian. Women in headscarves abound, but most men are wearing trousers and shirts, not robes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
I have never been in an Arab country before, so this is a new experience. It was a little weird in the Dubai airport, seeing the security staff - all male, all wearing white robes and white headdresses - but after a while I got used to it. After passport... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
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Location: The coffee shop in the Millennium Copeland Hotel, Dubai. The flight from Larnaca to Dubai last night was uneventful. I watched a film called "The Season of the Witch", starring Nicholas Cage, as well as an episode of "30 Rock", which took care of most of the flight, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
He is male, and when he sat down, he stowed his inordinately large and elaborate backpack (clue 1) under the seat in front of him, then immediately whipped out a macbook laptop (clue 2) and an iPhone (clue 3), quickly followed by a massive pair of headphones (clue 4) which he plugged into the entertainment system. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
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The view out of my window was spectacular - dark ground with glowing yellow networks here and there, like luminescent fishing nets cast out by a giant fisherman. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Howzit?
Well it turns out that they are going to Dubai, but evidentally didn't read their itinerary very well, because they didn't know there was a stop in Larnaca. They were incredulous when the steward informed them that no, there's another few hours to go before we get to Dubai. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Howzit?
For the whole of the take-off, I had this big, cheesy grin plastered all over my face. I can't help it, I love physics! It's so much fun to see a wing in action and picture the airflow over and under it, and the turbulence, and the action of the wing tips. Back in University, my fluids professor was modelling the flow of air over aeroplane winds using Finite Element Analysis, and that's what I kept thinking of :-) Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Howzit?
So I'm standing there, and both stations have a queue, and the announcement comes again, the gate is closing, final call. I was sweating bullets, but I was relieved to see that all the other people in these queues were also booked on my flight. Surely they would let us through? I can just imagine what my husband would say: the plane was two hours late and you STILL missed it? Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Howzit?
The suggestions I had were: Sur_MaskottMalta (by @4thguy), Kilin (by my husband), Nafnaf (by Thomas P.), Butterscotch or Toninu (by Kathryn P.), Aslan (by Nathan P.) and Melitu (by Robin P.). Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Howzit?
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At the airport... I was up til 3am last night, getting stuff ready, and up again at 6am... aagrh! I dragged my sorry carcass out of bed and out to Valletta to vote in the divorce referendum. There were hardly any other voters - we were by far outnumbered by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Howzit?
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Home at last - I had to stay at work a bit late to finish up some things. As my colleagues and friends trickled out throughout Friday to start their weekends, they stopped by my desk to wish me a good trip. At one point it started to feel rather... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Howzit?
I've had a busy morning, and it looks like the afternoon will be more of the same, but I don't mind because South Africa will be worth it :-) Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
Since I bought the netbook, the 6-cell and 9-cell batteries have become commercially availabe, however at the shop they wanted to sell me a 6-cell battery for more than what I can get a 9-cell battery off the internet, so I don't think I'll be getting one from there. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
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Well, I am taking a suitcase as well as my hand luggage, but on the other hand my hand luggage is schoolbag, not a great big thing. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
My sisters are sorting me out with some essentials such as trekking boots, a suitcase, and, very importantly, some spare memory cards for my camera and phone. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
Must remember to pack a pencil and eraser. Because, you know, maybe they don't have any in South Africa. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
Today was my last Sunday in church for five weeks. I will be gone for three weeks, but they are bracketed by Sundays, and I will be back in Malta on a Monday. At the end of the service, Pastor Edwin and the rest of the church prayed for me... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
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Now I am winding down after a long day, watching TV with my husband by my side and the cats curled up between us. Better enjoy the domesticity while I can, it will be a long three weeks away from them! Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
I am at the bank because it is the only time IN THE WHOLE WEEK when the bank is open and I am not at work. Surely there has to be a more efficient way to do this. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Howzit?
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The idea is that my stuffed animal will accompany me on my adventures in South Africa, and I will take photos of him and post them to this blog. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Howzit?
Someone was very anxious to talk to me. But who? The caller was listed as "Unknown Number", and I hate it when that happens because it leaves me wondering who the mystery caller was and what they wanted to speak with me about. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Howzit?