Life in Italy, Travel Tales, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading The Lions of Rome

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Life in Italy, Travel Tales, Uncategorized

Crossing Colle Mitra

The sun blazed overhead as I felt my skin burning. "Let me go first in case there are snakes," he said nonchalantly, "I'll see them." Snakes? This was not what I had signed up for. It was supposed to be a simple trek up Colle Mitra to the iron cross that stands guard over Sulmona.… Continue reading Crossing Colle Mitra

Life in Italy, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading How to Cope When Your Best Friend Moves Abroad

Life in Italy, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading How to Go to a Concert Like an Italian

Life in Italy, Uncategorized

Fingers Crossed!

Last week, I entered a competition through World Nomads Insurance to win a travel writing scholarship. The prize includes a trip to Australia as well as a 3-day travel writing workshop where you are mentored by a Lonely Planet writer. You can read my entry at the link below. There were over 3000 entries so… Continue reading Fingers Crossed!

Life in Italy, Uncategorized

#PostRefRacism

It pains me that this hashtag exists. We know that for the majority of Leave voters, their vote was not based in racism. We know that they had the country's best interests at heart, just like those who voted for Remain. Now we all have to deal with the consequences. The racists seem to think… Continue reading #PostRefRacism

Language Learning, Life in Italy, Uncategorized

How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1

Living abroad, I have had the opportunity to date people of various cultural backgrounds. An intercultural relationship often takes more work than one between two people from the same background. Don't get me wrong - long-term relationships all require hard work. But when you throw different languages, religions and cultures into the mix, it gets… Continue reading How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1