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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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“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 (2.2 of 3)

So when I left off in part 2.1, Adele¬†and I had just entered the ruins of Pompeii. We’d forgotten to grab a map so she¬†whipped out her mobile and Google mapped the ruins. If you plan on going to the ruins, wear flat shoes, it’s a bit up and down and the original roads can 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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From Sulmona to Pompeii via Naples (1 of 3)

This weekend, I have come to Pompeii to visit a friend I met during the summer, when she and her friend stayed with me while on a motorbike tour of Abruzzo. Now, I have finally been able to visit her hometown. In fact, I’m writing this from her sofa where we have crashed after a 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