The Malta Independent 4 December 2021, Saturday

Getting to know… Elena Grech - her regret is not having spent time living in a top European city

Stephen Calleja Sunday, 17 October 2021, 10:15 Last update: about 3 months ago

Elena Grech, the head of the European Commission Representation in Malta, would have loved to spend some time living in a top European city.

When she was young, she imagined herself in a completely different profession than the one she took up later in life.

She does not really like chocolates, but she uses a famous Forrest Gump quote to say what her life motto is.


What was the last book you read?

Becoming (Michelle Obama)

Who is your favourite author?

Paolo Coelho  

What was the last film you watched?

Can’t remember!

Which film have you seen multiple times and enjoyed every time you saw it?

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Who is your favourite actor/actress? 

Meryl Streep

What is your favourite TV series?

The Crown

What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?


Which team do you support?


Which song would you sing at a karaoke night?


Who is your favourite singer/band?

I don’t have a firm favourite, but currently I am quite taken by Ed Sheeran and Negramar

Which show/event would you like to attend/have attended?   

Ed Sheeran concert

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

Drinking water, a book and reading glasses

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?


What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

I stick to foods that I know – the simpler the better

What is that one thing you could not go a day without?

My smart phone

Which fictional character do you relate to most?

The Fairy Godmother!!

Do you check your horoscope?


What age would you choose if you could be one age forever?


What invention would you erase from history?


Would you like to know the day when you will die?


What's your favourite animal?


What's your favourite type of foreign food? 

Lebanese/Middle Eastern      

What is your favourite hobby?


What's your favourite season?


What's your favourite ice cream topping?


What's your favourite board game?

Trivial Pursuit

What is your favourite pizza?


What is your favourite colour?


What is your favourite pasta dish?


What is your favourite cartoon show?

Tom & Jerry

What did you like to do most during the summer holidays?


What career did you see yourself in when you were young?

A TV presenter/newscaster

What is your best childhood memory?

 The excitement the night before going on holiday with the family

Did you learn how to ride a bike?


Who was your super hero?

No superhero really but Enid Blyton’s Famous Five fascinated me and I wanted to set up my own group of adventure hunters

Which toy do you wish to have kept?

My big doll, Doris

What subject did you excel in at school?


What subject did you dislike the most in school?

I found Social Studies quite boring

Was there some family tradition that was never missed?

Yes … going home after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve to have a cooked breakfast and exchange presents.

What are the best values you owe to your parents?

Integrity and respect of others

What would you change about yourself if you could?

I wish I was less rational sometimes

What really makes you angry?

Cruelty to animals and children

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half full

Are you a sore loser? 

I don’t know – I pick my battles

What is your biggest regret?

Not having managed to spend some time living in Rome yet

What’s the first thing you look for in a partner and/or friend?


What is your greatest fear?


What is your life motto?

Life is like a box of chocolates … (even though I don’t really like chocolate)

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Beware … witty, sharp tongue

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?

The sea and sun

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do or buy?

A place where I could home street cats

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

Mother Theresa, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama

If you could bring one person back from the dead who’d it be?

My mother

If you could time travel, when and where would you go?

Paris in the times of the Belle Epoque

If you could relive one moment in your life, which would it be?

That Sunday when nannu took me with him to the horse races at Marsa. And he bought me dried, salted broad beans to munch on. I felt so grown up!

If you could live anywhere outside Malta, where would it be?


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Warm bread and butter

If you could know the truth behind a secret or mystery, which would it be?

Is there any kind of life outside our planet?

If you could eliminate one of the seven deadly sins, which one would it be (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth?

I’ve never actually thought about that – I’d probably add some more

If you had to be given a superpower, what would you choose?


Coffee or tea?


Walk or swim?


Summer or winter?


Italy or England?


Restaurant or delivery?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Fish or meat?


Mobile phone or TV?

Mobile phone 

Black or white?


Film or TV series?



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