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Where to start when learning a language

Wow! It’s been ten days since my last blog post. That actually makes me a bit annoyed because this was something that I wanted to do regularly. The problem is, as with most people, work. Work has rather taken over my life lately. I am doing a lot more hours at the school (to be Read More

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Being a Veggie in Italy

So, I didn’t have time to write this yesterday as I was busy busy busy writing offer letters for our upcoming Opera course in June. However, I wanted to share with you my thoughts and experiences on being vegetarian in Italy. It’s not going to be an article about the benefits of being vegetarian or Read More

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What’s with the name?

So, as is clear from my screen name and indeed the name of the blog, I love tea. Some may go as far as to say that I am obsessed with it. Having counted all the different types of tea this morning, I admit they may be correct. I have 71. 71 different types of Read More

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Opera and Me (or should that be I?)

So, when I’m not trying to control the local preteen population or not busy teaching something other than grammar (Italians are obsessed with grammar rules), I moonlight as a Program Manager Assistant for this rather fabulous organisation known as the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, or COSI for short. As I’m sure you’ve realised, Read More

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The Snow Is Coming!

As a child, I loved the snow, not only because we got a day off school but because, like every other kid, I loved playing in it. Now, I hate the snow. Don’t get me wrong, in the right setting, like Christmas day or if you’re in a log cabin in the mountains with a Read More

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Abandoned Villages and Afternoon Tea

In 2009, a big earthquake hit the nearby town of L’Aquila, killing 308 people. The town itself was virtually destroyed, and if you visit it now, you can still see the signs of buildings awaiting repairs. It’s a somber experience. On my first visit to the town, my friend paused for a minute outside the Read More

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Lazy Girl Breakfast

Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate cooking. I absolutely loathe it. However, living alone means that, every now and again, I have to cook something relatively healthy. Unfortunately, I can’t survive on pizza and gelato alone, no matter how hard I try. So, fear not, this is not about to turn into Read More

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Teaching Italians

So, what’s it like teaching Italians, you wonder? Well, that all depends on where you end up in the country and at what kind of school you end up teaching at. Italian kids can be pretty unruly, especially for us Brits. Their idea of discipline is very different. Now, I’m not saying it’s good or Read More

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Learning the lingo

I have always been interested in languages. At primary school, I learned Welsh and always enjoyed speaking it. When I went to secondary school, I started learning French. I loved it. In my second year, I chose to study Spanish. It always seemed like a fun option, such a lively language. I remember my dad Read More