Pros and Cons of Moving Abroad: Top 3

I am from the UK and have since moved back but I have also lived in both France and Spain. If you have never lived abroad yourself, I imagine you may not think that these countries are so different from the UK so how difficult can it be, right? Well, here are the best and…

Donating Blood – My Experience

A couple of years ago I made the decision to start donating blood. I had been meaning to for ages but actually remembering to sign up in the first place was in fact the most difficult part. Ridiculous, I know. I wanted to give something back and help people. And being any kind of donor…

Travel Regrets?

A lot of people say to me things like “I wish I travelled more when I was younger” or “I had the opportunity to go to X but for Y reasons I never went” or even “You must travel as much as you can because you won’t be able to when you’re older and have…

Ultimate Upbeat Travel Playlist

I am one of those people who cannot live without music. I want to listen to music when I’m bored, when I’m busy, when I’m driving, showering, cleaning, sad, happy, excited, angry….. I need a travel playlist wherever I go. I like jumpy, happy, excitable, powerful tunes that put me in the “zone”. Once I’m…

Lovely Autumnal Stockholm

Last weekend I spent 2 days in Stockholm with 3 uni friends. We shared some laughs, we had a nice catch-up, we learnt about a sunken 17th century ship, wandered the streets, had a browse of the shops, sampled some great food and just generally enjoyed yet another awesome long weekend. It was the perfect…

Advice From My Grandmother

I’m luckily enough to still have both my Grandmothers and I hope to keep them for years and years to come. One Grandmother always gives exceptional advice and I’ve started writing down the major pieces of advice that she gives as a sort of set of guidelines to live by. Something you can’t do is…

Things People Say To Language Learners And Bilingual People

For those who know two or more languages, the things people say can become both repetitive and humorous. Having learnt languages at school, university and beyond, I’m all too familiar with the usual questions and statements and sometimes I can almost predict what I’ll be asked. Hehe. Anyway, here are a few of my faves:…

Why Learn Another Language?

Learning another language is both stressful and time-consuming. It takes a fair amount of time to become fluent and it can be really difficult. According to linguisticsociety.org*, there are around 6909 distinct languages in the world, but we are all aware that there are a few languages that dominate, such as English, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic…

What We Want From Our Vacations

Once, twice, or maybe three times a year many of us are lucky enough to leave behind the daily grind for a different setting for a fortnight or so. We join our family or friends and get away from the stresses and worries of daily life in search of relaxation, adventure, luxury, or a sense…

4 Tips For Learning A Language (Basic To Intermediate)

If you’re interested in learning a language but don’t really know where to start… Or if you’ve started and don’t know where to move onto or don’t know how to progress… Take a look at the below advice to help you! Use a CD or an app like Duo Lingo that moves you along a…

What SHOULD You Be Doing In Your 20s?

How many articles have you read in the last few years that suggest you need to do certain things in your 20s? And if you don’t do those things, you’ve messed up your 20s, you’ve lost your youth, you’re not normal or that your life path is wrong… How many people have said to you:…

5 Techniques To Manage Anxiety

Everyone has those moments / hours / days / weeks where they get really anxious and overwhelmed. It could be about something in the past, something in the near future, something hypothetical, something now. It doesn’t matter what its about, it still occupies your mind and many people understandably find it very difficult to let…

When In Rome….Sightsee, Drink, Eat, Repeat

September 2017. Sightseeing recommendations: Tour of Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and The Sistine Chapel The Roman Forum The Coloseum The Trevi Fountain (at night) Altare Della Patria The Pantheon (outside at night, inside in the daytime) Dinner recommendations: Armando Al Pantheon La Sagrestria Osteria Del Sostegno