Malta is a country not a drink … fuh real!

Growing up in Trinidad, customers would come to my parents shop and ask for a “Malta”. In Trinidad, when someone says, “Gimme ah cold Malta“, it always refers to the drink and nothing else.

It was only at age 9, that I found a page for Malta in my Stamp Collection along with some historical facts and population demographics, so that indeed there was a country actually called Malta. It was like learning that Turkey had people in it, and not cranberry stuffing like I saw on TV.

Personally, I only know one person who is of Maltese or Maltan descent. Is that even the right way to call a person from Malta? Since I associated the term “Maltese” with a breed of ridiculous dog. Of course, Google has the answer – A person from Malta is called “Maltese”.

In Trindad, if there ever were Maltese people who visited the island and had some background knowledge, I’m sure they would call a young Maltese person a “Smalta” … because we’re funny like that; and there is a drink by that name also.

So in the spirit of complete nonsense … I’ve decided to take an impromptu trip to Malta – that coupled with the fact that I have 5 free nights still to use as part of that phenomenal SPG promotion

The nights expire on Dec 21st, so I have to use them, lest they go to waste! So next stop … drinking a Malta … in Malta … woot!!

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at

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