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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

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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (3 of 3)

Hurrah! We’ve finally made it to the end of what should have been a 3-part series about my weekend in Pompeii. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! I’m now going to finish off by telling you about visiting a castle, eating the best and original pizza, and the utter fear I felt when witnessing Read More

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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (2.3 of 3)

So, at the end of part 2.2, Adele and I had crashed on the sofa after a long day of exploring and gelato. There we stayed for the next few hours, watching trash TV (including some weird Adam and Eve thing where people get “stranded” on a desert island completely naked) and cuddling with Alice. Read More

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How to Be a Good Language Student

I’m interrupting my series about my trip to Pompeii with a post that I feel is important after the long week that I’ve had. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back with the next installment about Pompeii shortly. There are countless blogs and websites out there telling you how to be a good language teacher. There Read More

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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (2.1 of 3)

So, in post 1 of 3 (which you can read here), I told you about the journey to Pompeii. In chapter number 2, I’m going to tell you about visiting Sorrento and Pompeii. But first, I want to tell you a bit about how I ended up meeting somebody who lives in Pompeii when I’m Read More

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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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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