From Felix

Oct 23, 2013

By Felix Schembri


Not long now and I will be seeing you in Malta! 

I have some information that may be helpful to you:

The electricity system in Malta operates on - Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts) with Electrical plugin sockets (outlets) being the "Type G " British BS-1363 type. The following link gives you all the details and specifications necessary. It is VERY IMPORTANT that one checks the electrical in his own country and makes sure to bring the necessary adapters and any necessary step down transformers. The hotel DOES NOT provide adapters and although it is possible to buy these in Malta, it can be very cumbersome to do this during the conference.  

Weather in Malta
As they say in Maltese "Xemx u Xitta Alla biss jghaf-meta" (Sun and Rain, only God knows when). Usually October / beginning November is a very pleasant time of the year, as it is relatively warm, but not too hot like summer. In fact, they call it the summer of St. Martin. However, it is also the time where one can expect the first storms. So while we keep our fingers crossed for very good weather, maybe even good enough for a swim, it is also very important that you get some thin / rain jackets and maybe a sweater. 

Moving around
Driving in Malta is the same like the British system, i.e. steering on the right and driving on the left hand side of the road. The Maltese are also renowned as being erratic drivers and driving around Malta can be an exciting challenge and a daring experience (BreakThrough could come in very practical here). 
One can easily either rent a car at the airport or hire a taxi as soon as you come out of the arrivals. However, we strongly recommend that you book a pick-up directly with our agent Alpine Sterling on the IBA conference website.
Malta also has a very efficient hop-on / hop-off bus touring system designed specifically for tourists to see around all the important touristic spots. These are double-decker busses with an open top deck with a pick-up station just outside the conference hotel. 

Meet & Greet
The Meet & Greet will be held in the main bar (overlooking the Mediterranean Sea) of the hotel in the reception area on Saturday, the 26th of October from 18:00-20:00 hrs. This is usually the time where the initial hugging and kissing takes place and it is also the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow conference participants from all over the world.
The IBA will be offering the welcome drink and then there will be an open bar where participants can buy their own drinks. After that everyone will probably go in search of a restaurant for a nice dinner. The hotel is just some minutes walk from the very center of the night life and the restaurants' area (Paceville / St. Julians).

There is no need to bring your own recording devices as all attendees will have access to the recordings after the conference.

Look forward to seeing you all there! 
Ciao, Felix Schembri

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