21 Jul

And that’s a wrap! My year abroad is over! It feels like an incredibly long time ago thinking back to starting the second half of my year abroad in Italy, let alone completing my placement in Gran Canaria or even my very first weekend in Las Palmas, but yet the time has genuinely whizzed by. The […]

Life with a host family

4 Jun

I’ve come to the end of my time in Italy, so here’s a post I wrote for Third Year Abroad about my time in the Spondi household! The thought is more than daunting. Packing up and saying farewell to the comforts of the UK in order to move into somebody else’s house, to eat somebody else’s […]

My guide to surviving a teaching assistantship

29 May

I’m so very nearly at the end of my English teaching assistant job in Italy. I say job, but they haven’t paid me a penny/cent so let’s call it a voluntary placement which I had to do or I would have been kicked off my uni course. I have been working with mostly 6 year […]

Blame it on the prosecco

22 May

The end is nigh and I can’t wait for it all to be over. I am just itching to get away from this strange little town and be free to holiday and spend the rest of my Erasmus grant as I wish. I have only 2 weeks left here! Where has the time gone. Summer […]


14 May

I think I have finally found my true home. I was at one with the pale skinned, blonde haired, blue eyed people of Denmark. There’s actually somewhere I fit in! So much so that I was forced to give countless blank looks and expressions of despair to strangers who thought they could jabber at me in Danish. […]

Rock climbing and a massive hangover

4 May

It’s always been hard for me to go back abroad after a period of time at home, however this one was different. This is the home straight to the end of my year abroad! Not literally, because I’ll still be travelling and doing fun stuff over summer, but my placement officially ends in 4 weeks. […]

Alpes d’Huez

20 Apr

A week of partying in the mountains of France was a pleasant change to the bars along the beaches of the Canary Islands or the piazza of Brescia. Here’s a post about yet another trip to ski, although this time in different country to Italy. Bristol Uni took 1500 students on a stupidly long coach journey […]

Travelling Italia

13 Apr

Although my little village is super small, it has an un-reliable bus into Brescia which means I’m not as cut off from humanity as I first anticipated. In fact, I have already visited Verona, but in the last month I also made it to 3 other places in Italy. Sadly, one was not Rome to see the […]

I’m never working as a teacher again

5 Apr

Well over a month into my Italian placement already! Time flies when you’re having fun. I’ll tell you when I’m not having fun though, when I’m working in an Italian primary school. The kids are little rascals. They cough and dribble all over me and they actually have fist fights over who get’s to stand next […]

Ciao Italy

21 Feb

It is crazy how quickly part one of my year abroad has come and gone, how speedily my 2 month Christmas break flew by, and how surprised I was to realise the time to relocate to Italy was upon me! After holding up the queue at Ryan Air for 30 mins reshuffling and repacking my 60kg of […]