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by Ellie Stokes 09-07-2018
San Gimignano One of the most picturesque places in Tuscany, San Gimignano is not one to miss. Located on top of a Tuscan hill the town boasts exquisite views of the surrounding countryside. Also home to the famous, ‘Gelateria Dondoli’ which has notably been crowned the best ice-cream in...
San Gimignano One of the most picturesque places in Tuscany, San Gimignano is not one to miss....
San Gimignano One of the most picturesque...
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by Ellie Stokes 16-03-2018
                      Obviously nowadays it’s super easy to google destinations or to purchase a guide book on amazon. However, I personally think there is no better advice than personal recommendation. Over the past 6 months I have...
                      Obviously...
                      Obviously...
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by Ellie Stokes 12-02-2018
What is it Carnevale? Carnevale or Mardi Gras is the festival celebrated around the world before Lent begins. In Italy it officially became an annual event during the renaissance and each year Italian towns and cities come alive with various and elaborate celebrations. The period of Carnevale is a time...
What is it Carnevale? Carnevale or Mardi Gras is the festival celebrated around the world...
What is it Carnevale? Carnevale or Mardi...
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by Ellie Stokes 24-01-2018
                Yesterday it was pointed out to me that I am nearly half way through my year abroad. Crazy! So I sat down with my diary and calculated that I have only 15 weeks left in Italy. Now this might sound like a long time but knowing how quickly...
                Yesterday it was pointed out...
                Yesterday...
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by Ellie Stokes 12-01-2018
When I received my location for my British Council Language Assistant placement I quickly became aware of how difficult it would be to find accommodation in Arezzo. Therefore, you can imagine my relief when a colleague from school contacted me to advertise that she rented an apartment in the city centre....
When I received my location for my British Council Language Assistant placement I quickly became...
When I received my location for my British...
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by Sophie Patman 04-12-2017
It’s now beginning to dawn on me that I have just over two weeks left of my time here in Italy! Where have those 5 months gone? So as I’m finishing final language assessments, work projects and Erasmus documentation I thought I would reflect a bit on my time in Pisa.  As much as it...
It’s now beginning to dawn on me that I have just over two weeks left of my time here...
It’s now beginning to dawn on me that...
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by Ellie Stokes 01-12-2017
Come prepared It is very easy to assume that you can access all the same goods when living abroad. Well, think again. In many countries basic medication, like painkillers, can be purchased for next to nothing. However, in Italy you can pay anything up to €10 for a small packet of paracetamol. Secondly,...
Come prepared It is very easy to assume that you can access all the same goods when living...
Come prepared It is very easy to assume that...
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by Sophie Patman 24-11-2017
For me, one of the highlights of my time in Italy has been travelling around; working 5 days a week mean I quite literally live for my weekends off, often jumping on a train straight from work on a Friday afternoon. Italy is such a diverse country with endless places to visit and recommendations, it...
For me, one of the highlights of my time in Italy has been travelling around; working 5 days...
For me, one of the highlights of my time...
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by Sophie Patman 13-11-2017
Although it might be hard to believe, it can become dangerously easy to forget the principle objective of your year abroad… to improve your language skills! Now I am well aware this sounds bizarre, but as you have probably gathered from reading my blogs, you can easily be swept up in the whole...
Although it might be hard to believe, it can become dangerously easy to forget the principle...
Although it might be hard to believe, it...
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by Sophie Patman 24-10-2017
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning to dawn on me that I’ve just about reached the half way point for the first part of my Year Abroad, something which hadn’t even crossed my mind until I looked at my calendar! After the initial first few weeks of dealing with nerves, homesickness...
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning to dawn on me that I’ve just about reached...
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning...