Malta is through to the Eurovision final

I’m feeling all the emotions right now as I write this post. Yesterday, I got up at 5am to watch Malta sing in the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv for the semi final. The moment came and we were about to hit the stage.
I look on Facebook and Instagram to see what everyone (back home) is doing. My friends are having watch-parties, prepped food and giving their opinions on each entry thus far. Then it was our turn. I could just imagine how it felt in Malta when Michaela took the stage and belted chama-chameleon🎶
I’ve always felt it as a proud moment when the world gets to hear from our little island. We did it!
Now it was time to watch the rest of the show until it was voting time. Unfortunately we couldn’t vote in this semi as Australia was not singing.
Results time
One by one, countries were being called.
It got to the final 3 and we still werent announced. Snoop was on the couch but couldn’t sleep as he was watching me being tense and nervous. The final spot was up and the camera pans to Michaela, she is setting herself up incase she doesn’t make it through it seems.
I’m shaking now until the words come out, Malta!!!
Jumping for joy at 7:10 am AU time and snoop is wondering what the actual f*** is going on.
She’s through.
Road to Sunday morning (Saturday night EU time) begins.
Proud to see my country being represented on the world stage.
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Couple of months away from my first year as a blogger


I have to admit; I have not been active on my blog as I thought I would be this year. When I first started expat Gabriella, I wanted to share everything about being a Malteser in Australia and my travels.

At times, I was stumped on what to write- evidently why this blog post is soooooo overdue. I got to explore and tell you all about our Egyptian escapade. The pyramids, the food, the temples and the culture. The blog really started from there. Excitement of ticking one of my bucket list items was so surreal & I couldn’t but help to share it with everyone – literally everyone.

Then, delved into my expat life. Some of you probably only thought a Maltese was just a dog breed or some might have visited Malta and loved it. The country is of course a big part of my identity, anyone who knows me knows that. In my new life in Australia, I’d always get questions of what it’s like to be from a tiny island and learning English so well. I figured, this is the best way to explain it, a few posts about the motherland, as I like to call it.

Putting my blog site together for the first time was fun, played around with different themes, alignments and a colour schemes. Back then I had a list of topics to cover and was very organised, to be frank, I just thought my topics weren’t insightful enough therefore (stopped shoving it on my Facebook friends walls) I felt like that is why the lack of posts happened. I do what I do because I enjoy doing it. Forcing a blog post was never going to happen unless I felt like it at the time. Expat Gabriella feels like a diary I can enter my thoughts in- just on the internet.

My mind surges to reach some sort of creative outlet. This by far was one of them and the best thing I have done. A couple more months and it will be a year since I started this blog. When I start something I want to finish it – properly. So for the next few months I will endeavour to post more and get inspiration from around me.

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