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23 April 2019

How Reiki Changed My Life

A few months ago, exactly at the end of August, I hit rock bottom. Even though I'd almost finished it, my master's degree had completely stressed me out. I'd spent the summer hopping from one place to the next without taking breaks (my stops were Leeds, Manchester, Brussels, Manchester, Leeds, Florence, London, Leeds, Prali, Florence, Leeds, Florence. You've lost count too, right?). I wasn't travelling for fun, but rather, trying to fit all of my plans to improve my interpreting skills in the short span of time of three months, whilst writing my dissertation as well. In early September, I had to wait for some life-changing news and to look for new jobs, as very few people had been replying to my application emails in the summer. If you haven't grasped that already, last summer was one of the most stressful moments in my entire life. I was exhausted and wanted a break, or rather I needed a break - otherwise I would have completely burned out. Oh and let's not forget my mum, who would have also burned out if I continued moaning about my whole life on a daily basis.

15 March 2019

Discovering Agroecology and Interpreting in the Basque Country

Last week I travelled to Durango, Spain, for a week of interpreting during some conferences on agroecology and farm visits. It was a wonderful experience - from the locations, to the food and the language practice, I loved it all!

I left Florence in the morning and flew to Frankfurt, then to Bilbao, where I met some of the delegates from Norway, Spain and Romania. We went to Durango by taxi, then I got to know the other interpreters: three interpreters were from Spain (Brian, Laura and Abel), one was from France (Mathieu) and one from the UK (Becky). I realised I was the only Italian interpreter there but I have to say many of them spoke some great Italian! Most of the time though we spoke in Spanish or French, as they were the most commonly used languages during the meetings. 

13 March 2019

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier - Book Review

I'm back with another review of a Tracy Chevalier novel - Falling Angels. As usual, I loved the story and the author's style, which is unique and so pleasant to read. Not only is Falling Angels a fantastic novel, but also a vivid picture of Victorian Britain and London's suffragette movement. Indeed, it is set at the beginning of the 20th century, just after Queen Victoria's death, and describes in detail family life of the middle classes and rituals surrounding death, burial and mourning. Though these may seem dark topics, Chevalier writes about them in a documentary style and through the eyes of adults and children in a unique way.

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.