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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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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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Being a Veggie in Italy

So, I didn’t have time to write this yesterday as I was busy busy busy writing offer letters for our upcoming Opera course in June. However, I wanted to share with you my thoughts and experiences on being vegetarian in Italy. It’s not going to be an article about the benefits of being vegetarian or Read More

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What’s with the name?

So, as is clear from my screen name and indeed the name of the blog, I love tea. Some may go as far as to say that I am obsessed with it. Having counted all the different types of tea this morning, I admit they may be correct. I have 71. 71 different types of 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

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Lazy Girl Breakfast

Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate cooking. I absolutely loathe it. However, living alone means that, every now and again, I have to cook something relatively healthy. Unfortunately, I can’t survive on pizza and gelato alone, no matter how hard I try. So, fear not, this is not about to turn into Read More