Ferrara, Italy

October 24, 2015

So, I've now been here five weeks. 

I think I'm actually starting to get into the swing of Italian life - and by that I mean that I too am now at least fifteen minutes late for everything, and I eat a lot of pasta.

I sporadically attend Italian language classes and can therefore actually order the coffee I want, rather than nodding vigorously, saying per favore a lot and seeing what I end up with. I still have a long way to go - last week I think I ordered a pizza with a church on top, instead of basil (basilico? basilica? easy mistake, right) - but I'm improving. So that's good. 

Anyway, despite the fact that I now have 18 hours of classes a week rather than the six I'm used to at home, I do have Fridays free for trips and activities. This week, we decided to take a little trip to Ferrara, just outside Bologna.

10,000 views - and some Parmigiana

October 12, 2015

Yesterday was kind of an exciting day. I hit 10,000 views!

Admittedly it's taken me two years and 60 posts - and most of the clicks are probably either mine or my mother's - but who am I to argue with official figures?

So, to celebrate, I did something really Italian... I made food. 
After finding out that this year doesn't actually count towards my degree, I decided my Monday afternoon should be filled with something more interesting than work: reading Fifty Shades of Grey in Italian - for educational purposes, of course - and cooking celebratory Parmigiana. I've tried to cook this before, several times, but it's always turned out watery and never had the sumptuous, cheesy taste it should. But apparently Italy is rubbing off on me, because I think I've cracked it. 

Life in Italy - Some Initial Thoughts

October 10, 2015

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as one part of your life comes together, another falls spectacularly to pieces." 

This is a quote from my favourite movie of all time, Bridget Jones (no judging, please) and is also, unfortunately, true.