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20 August 2018

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante - Book Series Review

In the past few months I read Elena Ferrante's Neapolitain Novels, a book series that's been on my reading list forever. It took a long time to get through all the books, which is why it took me a while to get back into book reviews, but it was so worth it. If I hadn't known Ferrante's books had been written these days, I would have thought they'd be classics. Even if I normally prefer individual books, I absolutely loved this series. It was so unique and powerful in its own way that I almost don't feel like it can be compared to other contemporary books.

12 August 2018

Interpreting and Sharing Life Stories in the Italian Mountains

During my interpreting training, I heard of a work opportunity in an isolated, magical place in Northern Italy which sounded too good to be true. I am more than willing to volunteer as an interpreter to get work experience, but to do it in the beautiful Italian mountains? I had not thought that far! Weeks have now passed and here I am, writing this post on my penultimate day of work. I am currently exhausted, both physically and psychologically, for the effort I put into the past two weeks. Yet I feel very content and have a lot to share – so read on if this sounds interesting to you!

28 July 2018

Belgium Diaries: Boat Tour around Ghent and Meise's Wheat Fields


The last chapter of the Belgium Diaries serie is all about Ghent and an unexplored part of Belgium. Both places struck me as they were very different from Bruxelles and I enjoyed seeing other faces of the same country.

13 July 2018

Belgium Diaries: Fairytale Houses, the Dijver Canal and Open Air Art in Bruges


On the second day of the trip, my friends and I went to Bruges or Brugge. Having seen amazing pictures of Bruges, I had really high expectations. The town was indeed lovely, but I cannot say I was struck by it as much as I was by Ghent the day after. I said this to many people and learnt that there are differing opinions on this, so even though I'd recommend Ghent over Bruges you should probably go yourself and then make your mind up!

1 July 2018

Belgium Diaries: Bruxelles, Multilingualism & the European Quarter

Last week, I had the chance to travel to Belgium through my course and took the opportunity to do some travelling as well. My coursemates and I were based in Brussels and we travelled to Bruges and Ghent before heading to the EU Institutions to listen to the interpreters and do some dummy booth (which means interpreting with your microphone off).

11 June 2018

Monthly Favourites: March, April & May 2018

 I can't believe it took me so long to write a favourites post - the last few months were hectic to say the least, and I did not make much time for hobbies. Let's just say that I dedicated 99% of my energy to studying, and I left the rest behind. I loved April as it really helped me take a mental and phsyical break and feel refreshed. Instead, May really took its toll on me, so now I'm trying to catch up with sleep, hobbies and family time. Yet, the good news is I've got a lot of tv series to share. Scroll down to find out!

2 June 2018

The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll - Book Review

The Dark Queen was my read for the Easter holidays. It's the perfect romantic historical read for a getaway, a holiday or just unwinding after long a long day. I especially liked buying it for myself as I found it in a second hand bookshop in Florence, left in a corner where no one could see it.