Life in Malta
Imelda grew up in Malta and recounted her experiences of growing up there. She said that Malta is a small country that experienced lots of changes. She describes the people as incredibly friendly and the food as fantastic. Imelda was born in the capital city in Valetta and grew up opposite the harbour. She remembers lost of fresh food such as grapes being readily available in her childhood.
A memory that has particularly stuck with her was her experiences of church in Malta. She said that churches in Malta are very different from churches in the UK. For example, women are not allowed to wear short sleeves and men are not allowed to wear shorts or anything casual. She attended a special church in Valetta and greatly enjoyed seeing the enormous processions that occurred at Easter and other Holy days. These processions would last almost three hours, and people would have to wait outside the church until around 8pm. In the processions priests would carry statues of the saints on their shoulders and overall the atmosphere was electric.