Twinnings between IAESTE Branches are a great way to build connections and friendships. In these last couple of months we organized a twinning with LC Ghent and LC Brussels in Belgium. In fact, we visited their wonderful country in March, where we were welcomed with open arms and of course, loads of beer. It was then their turn to visit us and during the weekend which started on the 24th April, we hosted 14 members of IAESTE Belgium. We were very eager to show them what Malta was all about since, some of them did not know much about Malta except that our life is well… potato.
Since this was a short trip we had to fit in many activities in just a weekend which included both cultural and fun activities. We started the weekend by introducing Pastizzi and explained that they are the reason most of us have to hit the gym regularly. Soon after, we headed off to the Silent City of Mdina where I gave a short historical lesson about this medieval city. Appropriately, we ended the night by showing them the reason why young tourists choose Malta for an eventful holiday: Paceville. After a night of educational clubbing, I was in charge of waking up our guests. As one can imagine this was one of my favourite tasks since it is not every day that you get the chance to use pots and pans to wake people up!
On Saturday we spent our morning in the lovely city of Valletta. While we very proudly explained the time-line of The Knights of St John, we headed to St John’s Cathedral and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Later on our group set off to Fort Rinella where we got a very intense and interesting military experience. Afterwards we explored the mysterious Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, followed by a quick dip in Wied iż-Żurrieq. And since we were staying in Marsaxlokk we could not miss the spectacular Fireworks Festival which was coincidentally organized on that day.
One of the highlights of this trip was a boat ride around the Maltese archipelago on Sunday where we anchored at the breathtaking Blue Lagoon. While we were impressed that most Belgians were sea-worthy I found it quite entertaining to see our Maltese committee struggling to keep the contents of their stomach to themselves!
During the span of this twinning we have had the pleasure of getting to know these awesome Belgians and therefore we were very saddened to watch them leave our islands. However, IAESTE really makes the world a smaller place and therefore I am sure that we will get to meet them agian very soon either in our respective countries or at one of the IAESTE conferences organized around the world!