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14 February 2019

Monthly Favourites: December and January 2019


Happy February!


I hope you all had a great start of 2019. January was quite a busy month for me, as I was interpreting at Pitti Immagine, a fashion fair that takes place in Florence every year. Instead, now I'm doing a lot of studying as I’m going to Spain soon for an interpreting assignment where Spanish and French will be involved. Therefore, I'm revising my French, which is a bit rusty at the moment, and Spanish. I’ve been watching the news in French, reading some articles and following dubbed tv series with subtitles. This was actually really fun for me as I love learning languages and revising felt like going back to school or learning a new language. 

26 January 2019

2019: My New Year's Resolutions!

Happy New Year!
I hope 2019 brings you lots of fun, love and joy. This year I didn't write down my resolutions until the second week of January, as I took some time for myself and to enjoy life before sitting down to make plans. My resolutions for this year will be slightly different than usual - so if you're intrigued, keep reading!

30 December 2018

Did I Achieve My 2018 Resolutions?

Dear readers,

2018 has been a tough year that came with a lot of challenges, but that also taught me a lot of lessons. From my university course to personal life, I felt like 2018 really tested my strengths and weaknesses to make me even stronger - I can't say I didn't mind taking a break in the Christmas holidays though! Although right now I'm finding it key to reflect on the lessons learnt, rather than the goals achieved, I'll still write this post because it's great fun and I love ticking goals off lists.

20 December 2018

Amarcort Film Festival and Interpreting in Rimini

After my adventure in Trieste, I looked for more interpreting opportunities and ended up in Amarcort, a short film festival that has been taking place in Rimini for a few years. I'd never been to Rimini or the Romagna area before, so this was a good chance to discover a new side of Italy, even though people would normally spend time in Rimini in summer, as in any seaside town. It was also a great opportunity to challenge myself with fairly specific speeches in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting after my MA course. 

11 December 2018

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - Book Review

Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel on WWII - my favourite kind. It's a unique book in short chapters about the journey of a group of European refugees on a journey to embark the Wilheim Gustloff, a German transport ship aiming to save thousands refugees. Joana, a Lithuanian nurse, Emilia, a Polish girl and Florian, a German soldier are forced by circumstance to unite and find strength, courage and trust in each other during the arduous journey. 

3 December 2018

Monthly Favourites - October and November 2018

Long time no see! I haven't been on social media or blogging much lately. I've been busy searching for new interpreting, translation and teaching jobs. After a few occasional language-related jobs  (stay tuned for my Rimini post!) and a lot of time spent in front of my laptop and CV files, I finally have a few interesting options to choose from. Who knows what 2019 will bring? Meanwhile, here are some things I've been enjoying...

30 October 2018

Interpreting and Photography in Trieste

I am currently on an old regional train somewhere in the Veneto countryside, rethinking of my experience during the past week and typing away about my time in Trieste. The sky is grey and some fields look dry as if it was winter already. But I am filled with happy feelings of contentedness and satisfaction after the past week spent in Trieste. It's been so magical and unexpected, and I can't wait to write it all down.