Malta is my favorite little hide away to prepare and write articles. In some way, it is the only African country which became a member of the European Union. As such, it is a very interesting bridge. The economy is booming in the little island state, not because there is anything generically happening, but it is mostly driven by immigration, having lax oversight, inflow of EU money and Brexit. Sometimes I joke, by saying that Malta proves that prostitution can become a National economic model. Obviously, I mean this metaphorically, but it does not go down too well in the Catholic country. Mankind here started dwelling in caves already about 5000 years ago, then came knights, other colonialists and an independence, which started with a vision, but then faded back into a culture of taking advantage and not building any own capabilities. And still, I really like it. I mean everything you do, takes the normal time budget and multiply it by 5 (if you deal with government institutions by 20). During this time people are so nice, actually, that you don't want to get things done faster. And I really mean it. Is it better to spend 1 hour on something in Germany, where you get it done and finished, or 5 to 20 hours with nice people, nobody having a clue and after that it still does not work? You might think of Malta as a small place with no resources, which has to be smart. You might think of the clever brains sitting in Estonia, or the connectivity of Luxembourg. But Malta is different. It even still can convince people, it is an "English speaking country" while it just speaks an Arabic dialect and some pidgin. They even offer English classes to foreigners, taught by Romanians (who normally speak much better English than the Maltese). Isn't that great? Forget the "dark triangle" which is roughly defined by the corners Sliema, Mosta, and Saint Paul's Bay. This is where the beach and party tourists are processed. If Jeremy Bossevain, the Dutch anthropologist who wrote "Feasts, Saints and Fireworks", would have to author a piece on that region, it would probably be called: "Drugs, tattoos and STDs". Malta is just "Africa light", like Hong Kong was "China light" in the past. Planning to get a tattoo, cosmetic surgery, obese or a Schengen Passport? Welcome to Malta! But also, if you consider to see an extremly interesting place, with lovely and hard working people and (still) considerable natural beauty - come to Malta.