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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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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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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 2

At the end of Part 1, the Hobbit gang had just left Rocca Calascio and were headed to Rocca di Mezzo to see La Festa del Narciso. As we live in the mountains, the roads can be very winding, so if you do decide to visit and suffer from travel sickness, be sure to take Read More

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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 1

It all started at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning. Well, I say ungodly but it was actually about 9 o’clock when I woke up. I got a phone call from my sister who was unsure about whether we would be going for our planned trip to Rocca Calascio as the weather was not great. We Read More

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How Not to Contact People on the Internet

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a sporadic user of Couchsurfing.org. I truly think the website is a fantastic idea but I am not very good at checking up on it. In fact, I recently downloaded the app onto my phone in the hopes of getting myself a bit more involved. So Read More

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An Open Letter to the Girl who Ran Away: A Moving Abroad Cautionary Tale

You arrived in January, steamrolling your way into our life, full of excitement but lacking experience. You thought this was going to be a working holiday, but it was not to be. I’ve called you a girl in the title because, at 25 years of age, you still aren’t able to fend for yourself. Others Read More

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How to Survive Living Alone

I’m a big believer in the importance of living alone. However, I won’t go into why right now, I’ll save it for a later post. I recently posted about How to Survive Moving Abroad. Sometimes when you move abroad, you find yourself living alone. This is what happened to me when I moved to Sulmona Read More

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How to Survive Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is hard. I know that’s stating the obvious but it is. Whether you’re moving to a country that speaks your language or not, starting again is one of the most difficult things you will ever do. And, if you’re anything like me, you may end up doing it over and over and over Read More

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Bleed

Every Tuesday morning, I teach a class at the local nursery school. I don’t really enjoy this class for a couple of reasons: It’s not my classroom In my classroom at school, I have all sorts of sneaky ways of keeping the kids occupied if a lesson isn’t going to plan. When I work outside Read More

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“Ma Sulmona? Come Mai?”

This is inevitably the first question that any Italian asks me when they realise that I am from foreign lands. Basically, what they mean is “What the hell are you doing here?” As I have said, Sulmona is the epitome of Small Town Italy, henceforth to be known as STI. A lot of the people Read More