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Halloween, All Saints’ Day and a Trip to the Cemetery

Growing up, Halloween was an excuse for a big party. We were never allowed to go Trick or Treating and, although it felt like a punishment at the time, I now understand why my parents didn’t want us doing it. That’s not to say we didn’t have fun. We would dress up every year, my Read More

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My Blogging and Language Journey: What My First Negative Comment Taught Me

It was just a “puff piece” apparently, written for a piece of software. Having learned three foreign languages, my own methods were wrong and the best way to learn a new language was just to immerse yourself in the culture. This was a comment on one of my very first blog posts that I had Read More

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Abruzzo Travel Guide

Abruzzo is perhaps one of the least-known regions in Italy. In fact, if you visit the Telegraph Travel site, you won’t find any hotel reviews there.  We don’t understand why! Abruzzo has plenty to offer to year-round tourists, from fantastic beaches to breathtaking mountains and everything in between. Hopefully this easy-to-understand guide will change your Read More

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How to Teach English to Kids

Teaching children can be fun but it can also be tricky if you don’t prepare properly. Before coming to Italy, I had very little experience with children. I’d spent 9 months as an English Language Assistant in a school in the Canary Islands and I’d worked as an au pair but I’d never been responsible Read More

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6 Ways to Make Friends Abroad

I still remember, to this day, standing in my garden in Wales with my dad, about to embark on my first solo stint abroad. We were feeding the fish in the pond, watching them swim round and round, when I opened up to him about my fears about moving abroad. My key fear? Meeting people. Read More

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Italy’s Fertility Day Fail

“Beauty doesn’t have an age. Fertility does.” So begins the latest campaign from the Italian Ministry of Health. Spear-headed by Beatrice Lorenzin, the 22nd of September will now be known as “Fertility Day” and, like its predecessor “Family Day”, the move has taken over social media here in Italy. Deeming it hypocritical, backwards, humiliating, sexist Read More

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Am I still Charlie?

Disclaimer – This may not be a popular opinion and I truly welcome comments and criticisms. However, please keep them polite and adult. On the 7th January 2015, news spread of a terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Previous to this nobody really knew of Charlie Hebdo outside of their relatively small Read More

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Navigating the Aftershocks

The windows rattled as the floor shook violently. The bed frame vibrated beneath me. Had a train just gone past the house? No, there was no railway near here. A really big lorry then? Surely not at this time of the morning – it was 3.36 a.m. Even in my semi-conscious state, somewhere between asleep Read More

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Life and Death in the Catacombs

Descending the stairs, the temperature dropped immediately. All around us on the walls were broken remnants from ancient tombs; smashed gravestones that once marked the final resting place of loved ones. The door closed behind us, cutting off the warmth of the summer sun; the only light came from skylights scattered along the path. At one Read More

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The Lions of Rome

The young lions had learned well. They’d listened carefully to everything their parents had said, scrutinised every move their parents had made. Now it was their turn and they were desperate to prove themselves. They watched the impala as they migrated across the plains, searching for any sign of weakness. They were patient, knowing that Read More