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The Day Dead Jesus Passed My House – An Easter Tradition

It had been a long week but I had made it through. What’s more, it was Easter so I had a three-day weekend to look forward to! After 3 months of being in Italy, I was beginning to get used to things. Teaching was going well and I was slowly getting used to the language Read More

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After the Avalanche: Finding Solace in the Snow

This week I was going to publish an article about homesickness but I’ve put that on hold for now to talk about recent events here in Italy. I moved to Abruzzo, specifically Sulmona, three years ago. I found myself in this quaint little mountain town, expecting to stay for five months and then move on. Read More

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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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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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How to Cope When Your Best Friend Moves Abroad

“I’m leaving.” These are the words everyone dreads hearing. Words that cut you to the core, especially when the person saying them has always been there for you. You’ve been through everything together for years and now they’re abandoning you to start a new life, or at least that’s how it feels. What are you Read More

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How to Go to a Concert Like an Italian

It’s been a crazy few weeks of working, hiking and concert-going, which is why I haven’t had much time to write. “You’re still working?! But it’s summer!” I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, but unfortunately the work of an ESL teacher continues over summer as students still need lessons. We’re basically superheroes. However, there Read More

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Fingers Crossed!

Last week, I entered a competition through World Nomads Insurance to win a travel writing scholarship. The prize includes a trip to Australia as well as a 3-day travel writing workshop where you are mentored by a Lonely Planet writer. You can read my entry at the link below. There were over 3000 entries so Read More