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You may not know that in Italy, Friday the 17th is considered unlucky. I have no idea why, but I guess it makes sense, I mean, it’s like Friday the 13th arrived late – very Italian. Anyway, last Friday was the 17th, but...

A large part of my life in Italy involves behaving like I have a lot more money than I actually do. Some call this living beyond your means; I prefer to look at it as an exercise in re-prioritizing. I’ll put...

I haven’t written for a while, and in all honesty, it’s just because I’ve been a little bit boring recently. Obviously turning 24 prompted some kind of quarter life crisis which thrust me into a lifestyle of staying in on...

The last few weeks have been full of fun, mainly because nobody wants to learn English in summer so I’ve been blissfully almost-unemployed for a little while, only working a couple of hours a day and spending the rest of...

From time to time, I come across a good, old-fashioned language barrier. Usually these come in the form of a word or phrase that my students want to know the English for, when the English term just doesn’t really exist, or...

Before I came to Italy, I didn’t really think I liked Halloween very much. Aside from a very clear childhood memory of dressing up in about 12 makeshift costumes in one evening and demanding sweets from my parents purely because they...

[caption id="attachment_15792" align="alignright" width="400"] Cheeky trip to the zoo with Rhi and Lia[/caption] September flew by at record speed. After a practically work-free month in August, by the first week of the following month, I was already run off my feet...

August is almost over. Temperatures are at long last going down and the Torinesi are gradually making their way back to the city after an entire month away. The Greek restaurant is open once more, my timetable is filling up, and it’s...