Chicken run

From our walk up the back of Rovereto last Saturday. We came across these chickens loitering in the corner of the driveway. They took off towards their coop the second they saw us, they had definitely been planning to get up to no good. It's supposed to be a rainy few days coming up, so there…

Brighton

How cute is Brighton, though!? When we first arrived in Italy, one of my first jobs was 'English tutor' at some local English summer camps. Oh how I hated those camps. I did, however, make a close friend in the very first week - I attribute it to bonding under terrifying circumstance - and we…

Befana

  There is an absolute glut of holidays and festivals for Italian children in the month around Christmas. Like all good holidays, they are primarily about giving candy. And for this my candy-loving childhood self is so, so jealous. The celebration of Befana (and the epihpany) today (6 January) is only the final day of a…

Italian Christmas markets

  All of my Christmases came early this season: with my visiting mum and sister I visited six Italian Christmas markets in the space of a week. In November. With so much Christmas spirit it felt strange to then wait another four weeks for Christmas day. Also, how nice it was to have my mum and sister…

Isole Tremiti or, is it summer (again) yet?

  It's already four months since I had my post-summer end-of-summer holiday down the east coast of Italy. When I wrote this post it was Autumn: daylight savings had ended a couple of weeks previously and the leaves had moved from green to red/brown/yellow and were falling from the trees in clumps. It's now the end of December, the…

A Polish wedding

I only took one photo of us - and it was on snapchat (yes I am an adult, thanks), so it comes with a misspelled caption A highlight of our August was celebrating the wedding of friends in a small town in central Poland. This was that same wedding where temperatures peaked at 37 degrees, both the…

That’s me in the corner

In a festive Rovereto trussed up for Christmas markets and - Oh hey, that's me! I would have jumped right into the fountain, if it weren't for someone else rounding the corner into the square at the same exact moment. I made do with perching on the side instead.  Those are some of the Christmas…