Items I’d save in an Earthquake

Living in an earthquake-prone region is sometimes difficult. There is an element of preparing for the inevitable that comes with it. Abruzzo is beautiful but I have experienced several small earthquakes since moving here. Luckily I missed the 2009 earthquake which was devastating for the region but I have been thinking about this in the…

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No one goes to the Beach like Italians

No one does a beach day quite like the Italians. In the midst of moving chaos we took a day off to go to the beach with some friends. By chaos I mean we have technically moved and everything is in the new house, I just have no idea where anything is! Now a beach…

Albus Silente

Albus Silente non sembrava rendersi conto di essere appena arrivato in una strada dove tutto, dal suo nome ai sui stivali, risultava sgradito - Albus Dumbledore didn't seem to realise that he had arrived in a street where everything about him, from his name to his boots, was unwelcome. I really love this description, I think…

Enthusiasm

I am very good at starting project but even better at abandoning them halfway through or even worse slowly doing less and less until they remain unfinished and half forgotten. So this should be interesting for this project... sorry! I am fairly determined to read this bloody book this time though. I really need to…

Sunshine Blogger Award

Quite a while ago - during my blogging pause - the lovely Sierra Leone Girl nominated me for the Sunshine blogging award. I was so touched and delighted especially as this is still a relatively young blog. Please do go and check out her awesome blog, as well as the other 11 bloggers I have…

Tomorrow: Festa della Donna

Italiano #5 Tomorrow is the one day of the year when Italian celebrates women officially. Hopefully Italy (and everywhere) cherishes women on other days of the year as well, (although it sometimes doesn't feel like it). Anyway I thought for tomorrow it would be nice to explain one of the nicer traditions related to this…

A messy way to learn

Italiano #2 To explain my messy learning story in relation to Italian you need to understand two things, firstly I moved to Italy without much time between the decision and move. Secondly as a result of the speed I had no time to take a course in Italian and so I moved to Italy without any…