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Roman Gladiators

I sat down expecting the marble to feel cool beneath me but it wasn’t. My legs were tired after hours of walking around. The sun blared overhead. Rome is beautiful at any time of the year but the beginning of August was exhausting. The heat mixed with the endless crowds was suffocating. I ran my Read More

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Life and Death in the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

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

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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