10 Living Abroad Fails To Cheer Up Your Day

To cheer everyone up this long working week, especially if you’re struggling to understand a new language, here’s a few times I have very much and completely failed at basic tasks since being in Naples: For at least a week having a confusing conversation where I refused ‘marmellata’ as I don’t particularly like marmalade, and…

Solo in an Unknown City

Abroad or not, moving to a new city on your own can be a daunting prospect. Especially in the post-university years. Suddenly the friends that were in the next room, next house or next street are flung across the country – or globe – and it can be quite an adjustment. There are a few…

Language and Technology

Working at a start-up in Naples while simultaneously trying to learn Italian has meant that quite often I’ve relied on tech to help me know what an earth is happening. This is a collection of things (apps and websites) that I have found useful so far that will hopefully help you if you are attempting…

Walking Under Naples

The underground of Naples is still being discovered, and only small parts have been uncovered for tourists to explore, however these areas are possible to see with a guided tour and it is fascinating to get a chance to see the streets that lie under this busy city. Yesterday I went on this tour: http://www.napolisotterranea.org/en/naples-underground/ and…

Christmas and New Year in Napoli

A slight delay has made this Christmas post into a Christmas and new years post, partly due to travelling which means I was away from Naples for actual Christmas and new years anyway… but ah well, here it goes. A few things on Christmas in Naples: Typically decorations go up from December 8th, and in Naples this…

Cimitero Delle Fontanelle in Naples

Ciao ragazzi (hi guys) – you see I have been practising my Italian, though my Thursday bank holiday was spent in slightly less chatty company. In the Sanità district (one of the tourist spots on my doorstep) lies the Cimitero delle Fontanelle, a cave-like tomb filled with carefully ordered bones. I knew about the practise of…

‘The Alcoves’: Favourite Nooks and Crannies in Italy

I could not resist the title (though really it would be more applicable to Belgium), however what I mean is favourite ‘stumbled upon’ spots that I have found in Italy. Please add any of your own in the comments, maybe others will be able to find them too. The park in Grosseto, seen in a…

Life Moves Fast in Napoli

Everything that is done is done at speed. Coffee is taken in espresso form and drunk swiftly at the counter, followed by a shot of water (or preceded by. Like the correct tea to boiling water relationship in England, the matter of water before or after an espresso seems to be of some debate). You…

Napoli Living: First Impressions

This site has had a bit of a re-vamp as the old layout did not suit a large number of posts, and slowly my posts numbers are increasing. There’s been a pause while I re-settle, as I am currently (attempting) to live in Naples for a few months while I complete an internship. The headache…

Procida

Procida is a tiny island off Naples, and is very easy to get the ferry to. It’s a stunning island, though we only went for a day trip so I can’t say how staying there would be. My first impression was a worry it might be too tourist centered (with just restaurants and hotels) however…

Best Food Times in Italy

I’m sure I should have a catchier title than this, but it sums it up well enough. Best food times! Here we go. I’m far too hungry for more preamble. Pizza! Straight away, the giant slice of pizza I got in Siena (which I have mentioned before) with a lovely cool bottle of coke for…