And we'll start in the bedroom, where it's all about size.
Clothing and bed sizes, that is.
All of the beds we're seen in Malta don't have box springs. So after a year of sleeping on a rock hard bed we gave in and purchased a mattress topper. We've slept like babies ever since (seriously - get one!) In North America there are Single, Double, King, Queen, and California King sized beds. Here, bed sizes are measured in actual numbers (centimetres) which you would think would make the whole bed system easier. Not so much. In Malta, we
None of the Maltese bedrooms I've ever seen have built-in closets. Instead, clothing is stored in dressers or wardrobes. Which makes perfect sense to a chronic furniture re-arranger like me.
Now let's go inside that wardrobe. In Malta clothing sizes follow the British and Continental European models. Which means I feel much skinnier while shopping in Canada. Here, an American size 0 is a European size 4. A 4! You're already starting at a 4! Not especially helpful when your diet consists of unhealthy amounts of crusty Maltese bread and Gozo cheeselets.
As to what you do in the bedroom, that's your business. Well actually, not quite (little known fact!)
In the Maltese bedroom you will also typically find an air conditioner, and quite often a small terrace used for air flow or hanging laundry. Like the rest of the Maltese home, the walls in the bedroom are constructed of rock and covered in a thin layer of plaster. Making them absolutely impossible for hanging paintings on, even for a former gallery girl like me.
Do any of these differences surprise you? What your bedroom. How would it be different from a Canadian or Maltese bedroom? Do tell.
And tomorrow - the kitchen!