I miss missing you…

               I am sorry. I have been shamefully quiet on my blog and while this is partly due to running around doing things. On the other hand, I have allowed my insecurities, laziness and lack of self-discipline overrule my duty and desire to make this blog as great as I possibly can. I not apologising to you readers, because I know everyday you are unendated with articles, blogs and interesting titbits. I know my blog is just one of many (I hope) interesting pieces available for you to pursue. But, I apologise to myself for letting myself down.

The majority of my posts so far on this blog have been informative pieces about the places I have been and things I have done. So, I have decided to mix it up. I am due to return to Italy next week and it feels like a good time to complete a draft that has been sitting in my folder for weeks. Besides, everyone loves a good list, don’t they?

What I missed about England:

    • My family, of course. Staying with a family is great for many reasons, but you’re never fully part of their family and it can get a bit nostalgic.
    • Decent buses when living outside of a major city.
    • Toasters.
    • Cadburys, I’m sorry Milka but you have nothing on our milky goodness.
    • REAL Christmas trees, I’m sorry but for me the smell and texture of a real tree is acres better than a fake tree.
    • My sofa.
    • Penn State Sour Cream and Chive pretzels.
    • Belgian buns with their raisin-ing icing goodness
    • The English language, because generally I can understand it.
    • Microwavable chocolate puddings, for those days when you feel absolutely pants and just want a chocolate pudding, some custard and a good book.
    • Teaching as a passion and life calling rather than a job. I said it. The couple I saw who seemed to view teaching as a passion were always the ones I liked best.
    • And most importantly, free tap water in every eating establishment.

 

What I miss about Italy:

    • My Italian family, it’s difficult to keep in contact but something I will try to do.
    • Real Italian pizza, it does trump our pizza all the time.
    • Most of the food made by my Italian parents.
    • Salty, oily salad that doesn’t earn me disapproving looks.
    • Passion for good quality food, which is why this list is mostly food…
    • Cycling without too much worry about being hit by a car.
    • Variety and amount of interesting places to go. Psst, there is more to England than London!
    • Mascarpone, both sweet and savoury.
    • The Italian language, it’s a’ight really.
    • Cheap and fantastic wine.
    • A real community feel to life.

What I do not miss is not knowing what I was missing. I would much rather times of missing things from both countries than to have never experienced the differences. On the eve of my departure, I know I will miss lots about England, but that’s okay because while I am here, there is plenty I miss about Italy.

What do you miss when you’re away from the place you grew up? What do you miss about places you visit? Let me know in the comments!

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2015 New Year

I wasn’t planning on writing a new years post, but I have been somewhat inspired by social media. Lots of people have remarked that 2015 has been the best year of their life. I have to disagree, not because I haven’t had a fantastic year but because I think it is too difficult to compare different years. I mean I can’t even remember whole years of my life!

2015 has not been a year of change, but a year of progress. This summer I received my results for my second year of University. I have to admit being disappointed at myself at the percentage, but thrilled at the fact that I passed every modules. Having failed my first year at University it meant a lot to pass this year round. More importantly it meant that my year abroad was going to go ahead.

I would love to say that I had always dreamed of going abroad and it was all of my wishes coming true, but that would just be a lie. Deciding to go on a year abroad was a calculated decision with just a pinch of ‘dreaminess’. However, it has been one of my great calculated decisions. I has given me so many skills and many wonderful experiences. It has brought me into contact with people from different cultures in their home country. When I started this year I was trying to convince everyone else that I would be able to learn a different language just by living. At the same time I was willing everyone to stop thinking about it because I wasn’t convinced myself. Whilst I still have a way to go I have come further than I imagined.

Friendships have been a notable aspect of this year and I am learning more and more how to cope with the change in relationships. Lifestyle changes as meant that my close friends are as scattered as they have ever been. I love all of my close friends, but some of them don’t know each other more than by name. I hope maybe next year I will be able to get them all in the same room in the next year (new years resolution anyone?!)

And isn’t the most momentous thing that I finally cut my hair off. So thank you 2015. Who knows what 2016 will bring?

And here is a few pictures of my favourite moments (when I remembered to take a picture).