Best of Barcelona

Barcelona, for so many reasons, is one of my favourite cities in Europe. Its lively, friendly and relentlessly energetic atmosphere is entirely unique, and seems to be in a state of perpetual fiesta-fuelled summer-y-ness. Although the city sprawls across a huge expanse of land, and can at times seem overwhelmingly big, the narrow, winding streets … Continue reading Best of Barcelona

Discovering the Magic of Venice: The Hotspots

It sounds ridiculously cliché to say that Venice is 'magical' - but, in all honesty, this is the best way to describe it. This floating city (which is actually a man-made island found off the coast of Italy's Veneto region) is utterly unique in its architecture, history, culture and charm; for anyone like me, around … Continue reading Discovering the Magic of Venice: The Hotspots

What I’ve Learnt About Speaking Another Language

So I’m coming to the end of my first semester in Italy: and I couldn’t be happier. I have met some incredible people, seen some beautiful places, and also learnt how to cook pasta properly (or, better, in a less stereotypically British way). Among all this, I would like to think that my Italian has … Continue reading What I’ve Learnt About Speaking Another Language

Bolzano City Guide: A Winter Wonderland

'Bozen' is the German name for the Italian city of Bolzano, found in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region near the Austrian border. This city is famous for a number of reasons, including the mind-boggling fact that it is entirely bilingual. Not only are all the street signs, menus, posters and place names in both Italian and German, but … Continue reading Bolzano City Guide: A Winter Wonderland

Top 3 Paris Spots: A City Guide

The City of Love: for good reason, Paris has long been dubbed one of the most beautiful, romantic and fashionable cities on the planet. As elegant as it is edgy, each arrondissement feels unique in what it has to offer. For most people, as a tourist, it is easy to feel that you have only … Continue reading Top 3 Paris Spots: A City Guide

A Tour Through Northern Italy: Trieste & Treviso

For many tourists, the first ports of call for an Italian getaway are the romanticised, glittering cities of central Italy. Pisa, Florence, and Rome (to name but a few), whilst teeming with history and culture, can also be something of a tourist trap. Little-known to a large number of us foreigners are the stunning towns and … Continue reading A Tour Through Northern Italy: Trieste & Treviso

11 Telltale Signs You’re Still a Tourist on Your Year Abroad

Having now lived in Italy for exactly a week, it kind of goes without saying that, even though I have totally fallen in love with the Italian way of life, I still stick out like a sore thumb. I'm sure that many others are experiencing the same feeling: that I am, sadly, just a little … Continue reading 11 Telltale Signs You’re Still a Tourist on Your Year Abroad

Why Words are So Important

“Often it is not we who shape words, but the words we use who shape us” – Nina George Sitting on the upper shelf of my bedroom wardrobe is what I would class as my most prized possession. This is not a favourite dress, pair of shoes, or item of expensive jewellery: instead, it's a … Continue reading Why Words are So Important