Italian Language Barriers or How I learned the Word “CRAB”

Learning a new language is one of my favourite things to do. I get a thrill when I am finally able to communicate with a native speaker without embarrassing myself too much. No matter how proficient you are in a language, you will most likely come across a language barrier at some point. Even after Read More

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A Brush with the Town Hall

9 AM. I shouldn’t even be out of the house let alone sat in the town hall knowing full well that it doesn’t open until 10. Unfortunately, after living here for four years, I know the only way to guarantee that I get out of here before my hair goes grey is to wait! I Read More


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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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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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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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


Crossing Colle Mitra

“Let me go first in case there are snakes,” he said nonchalantly, “I’ll see them.”   The sun blazed overhead as I felt my skin burning. Snakes? Did I hear that right? This was not what I had signed up for. It was supposed to be a simple morning hiking in Sulmona up Colle Mitra Read More


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