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…

‘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…

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…

Transport Tips and Travelling by Train

I’ve spent a fair bit of time with Italian public transport (and English public transport, generally any transport accept hitch hiking). I have mostly travelled by train in Italy, though my experience of buses did involve main roads where slow cars were over taken by an impatient bus driver. I honestly can’t remember if I…

Getting By: Surviving without Italian in Italy

This article is not an advocate for the obnoxious English tourist abroad – they’re annoying, we all know it. However, learning languages is hard. I am attempting to learn Italian, but I do not speak Italian. On top of this, travelling is fun. We’re going to end up in places where we don’t speak the language,…

Packing for Italy

I’ve been to Italy a few times now, the first with an excessively small case (making bringing back gifts a bit tricky) and the second with an excessively large one (I was au pairing for five weeks and uncertain about the washing facilities). My (almost) most recent trip involved a lot of travelling from place…

Travelling Cheap

We’ve always travelled cheap, it’s come naturally, and honestly it’s had little impact overall. Though most of these may be kind of obvious, I’ve tried to collect as many of the things we did – quite often without even thinking about it – in order to keep costs down. A huge help is travelling with similarly…

Travelling Alone

I see so many travel tips along the lines of ‘why you must travel alone’ and ‘all young people should travel alone at least once’ and so on, so let me start of with, you do you. If you want to travel with people, great, with no one, that’s great too, with some people but…

Travelling with a Newbie

My most recent trip to Italy, to the city of Naples, was with my friend, hereafter referred to as ‘Newbie’, who was not only new to Italy, but to travelling abroad in general. The first rule in this situation, no matter who booked and chose the seats, is that they get the coveted window spot….