Wave over wave, sea over bow

“When I go back to Italy, I definitely want to go to Sicily. Just...not in summer.” I’m a cold-weather person. I’d love nothing more than to live in a place where it snowed more than once every fifty years. If I ever had the money, I’d fly between hemispheres to avoid summer. October to March [...]

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Come si dice…

Week one as an English tutor was over, and yet I already had what felt like enough memories to last a lifetime. Monday was tough, and ended with the news that one of my kids - held back a year due to learning difficulties - had gone home crying after feeling alone in a group [...]

Civita di Bagnoregio

“If you like, tomorrow we can take you into Rome!” The transition for our first camp was organised perfectly - get all the travel and orientation done on Saturday, so that we’d have all of Sunday with our host families. With most of my colleagues having never visited Italy before, and with our orientation being [...]

It was Mentana to be…

There’s nothing like immersion to help with language learning. Along with “seeing everything I’d missed last time” and “escaping the rut I had found myself in”, one of the main reasons behind moving to Italy was to put myself in an environment where I could become a lot more proficient in the language than I [...]

Walking through Kyiv

When I’d originally planned my itinerary for Ukraine, I’d basically only set two dates - Chicken Kiev on day one, Chernobyl on day two. But alas, when I went to book my place on the tour I found that I’d left it too late - the tour company required at least 24 hours notice. No [...]

Chicken into Kiev…

"Okay, before I head to the airport, have I forgotten anything? I feel like I have..." Passport? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone, tablet, extra socks? All check. Something was bugging me. What had I forgotten... ...oh, that's right. Tiananmen Square. I forgot to visit one of the most important sites in Beijing. I mean sure, I [...]

Beijing Part 3: Peeking Duck

My next rule of travel? Never be afraid to do more research, even after you've arrived. Between China and Ukraine, most of my planning went into the latter - I knew very little about Kyiv, so I wanted to find out what was there other than tour companies offering trips to Chernobyl. For China, I had [...]