Come September, many of us were already unhappy that summer was almost over. For most of us, it was a hot and busy season, but also fun. During the hot summer days, the Maltese sun shone for more than 12 hours every day but the sea was as refreshing as ever. Sadly, it was time to kiss this beautiful season goodbye.

September is a very unpredictable month, as far as weather is concerned. Usually, at this time of the year, we expect the first sign of autumn with a rainstorm. However, most days are still very hot. In contrast to summer, the evenings are cool.

To everyone’s surprise, a few days before, Malta was hit by a freak storm. No wonder everyone thought that summer was over, but definitely that was not the case. When the weather was back to normal again, we at Maltalingua took the opportunity to organise an end of summer boat party.

We booked the boat, the food, the drinks and the DJ came with the package. I met a group of students at the Sliema Ferries and together with Maltalingua’s management team Michael, Susanne and Mark, we boarded the beautiful catamaran and waited excitedly for this boat to sail off into the dark night. We were joined by our very own cameraman, Nick, ready to capture each moment on film.

The Captain announced it was time to set off, so he started the engines, pulled up the anchors and away we went to celebrate the end of summer on a beautiful September evening. The corks were already popping out of the wine bottles when the DJ pumped up the volume. Everybody started getting into it – the atmosphere was great! People were laughing, dancing and making new friends whilst sipping wine and tasting good food. The boat started sailing along Malta’s exquisite coastline, visiting harbours and creeks.

The Captain made sure to steer towards Valletta and the Three Cities. We all agreed the view was exceptional! Many of us were spellbound with the magnificence of Malta’s Grand Harbour. I even heard somebody say that it was the most beautiful scene they had ever witnessed in their lives. The fireworks lighting up the sky were definitely an unexpected bonus.

Four hours into our trip, the Captain decided to make a halt. It was a little chilly; however it didn’t hinder any of the students from diving in the dark blue Mediterranean Sea. The sea was so inviting. They all said the sea was warm but they couldn’t stop shivering when they got out of the water. The air was cooler.

The brave swimmers wrapped themselves up in towels and got back into their clothes as the ship took us back to the Ferries. Everybody was in a great mood and it was obvious that this event was a success. Our goal was reached: we ended summer with a bang.

Written by Katrin Risiott