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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. 

19 October 2018

How to Decorate Your Home in the Autumn Season

As we get closer to the cold season, bloggers and YouTubers are starting to share fall routines and pumpkin spice latte recipes on their platforms. I spent some time watching and reading their boards and I was inspired to take some autumn pictures myself and share my tips on how to decorate your house for the season with some basic, cheap items. I am not a fan of big, tacky Halloween decorations unless they're for a party, so my decor suggestions are going to be very simple and subtle.

14 October 2018

Monthly Favourites: August & September 2018

It's Sunday afternoon. After having made myself a chicken, carrot and pumpkin curry (I've been experimenting in the kitchen) I sat down to write my monthly favourites for the past two months. August was a hectic month as I had to prepare for my final exam, submit my extended translations and I spent two weeks interpreting in Piedmont. Somehow, I managed to survive all those challenges and could come home. As opposed to August, September was a fantastic month. I could finally catch up with my family and relax and especially see my dream come true: not having to pack and fly abroad after the summer. Even though living abroad was my dream for ages, in the past 6 years, a part of me always looked forward to that time when I wouldn't have to leave again. I'm so grateful to be able to be home with my loved ones and not have to leave any time soon. It's great to be able to have lunch and dinner together, to watch a film or a series and comment it together and generally doing daily things at home instead of away from home. Since I have been working from home, I've had time to watch and read plenty of  things which I'll share with you.

3 October 2018

Tuscany Road Trip: Castiglioncello, Rosignano, Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri

Before welcoming the cold weather, crisp air and warm coats of the autumn season, we went for a two-days seaside break for a final dip in the water and sun tan. Though our expectations weren't very high weather-wise, we had a couple of sunny and fairly warm days. My favourite moment was swimming in the cold water as it was crystal clear and I could feel all the benefits of cold water swimming that I learnt from a speech I interpreted in July. This also turned out to be a cultural break as we visited Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri, two villages where 800s Italian author Giosuè Carducci spent a great part of his childhood and adult life. I loved getting to know this part of Tuscany and I'm excited to share it all with you. 

13 September 2018

Rediscovering Myths and Legends with Icelandic Fairytales - Book Review

When I went to Prali, I brought Ferrante's Story of the Lost Child with me. Yet, the natural surroundings and fresh air inspired me to look for a fantasy or a unique book that I could read alongside it. Prali has a lovely local bookshop and there were lots of books that you normally wouldn't find in Florence's big bookshops, including books on nature, spirituality and more. An old lady even approached me to recommend her favourite book and to ask me for book suggestions for her teen nephew (I then realised how long it had been since I'd spoken to a stranger and how natural that felt to her as opposed to me!).