Katy

Welcome to my Year Abroad Blog I am a French and Italian student at the University of Bath and I’m spending my third year of studies abroad. I’ll be spending September-January in Aix-en-Provence, South of France and February-July in Naples, South of Italy. In both countries I will be studying at universities. This blog documents my journeys, experiences, friendships, highs and lows under posts headed with a new word I’ve learnt in the target language, or a word that best describes that experience. I’ll be updating the blog daily (as far as possible), with some longer and some shorter entries. As always with languages, who knows what I'll learn!

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  • Non male che sia andato bene

    This is a phrase that means something along the lines of “all’ well that ends well”. I learned it today when my landlord came over after not speaking to me out of sheer awkwardness for the last two months. He...

  • Siena!

    Today I woke up in Siena after staying with Emilia who is doing her Erasmus semester there. And what a beautiful city!!!!!! It reminds me a lot of Aix. It is tiny, but I like that, because there is a...

  • Firenze !

    Today I went to Florence! I was so excited! I saw Emilia again and had dinner with a lady that I stayed with when I studied in Florence for a month a couple of years ago. It was soooooo lovely...

  • Prenotarci

    Today we battled out the task of signing up to our exams (prenotarci agli esami). This is another example of Naples organization, so I will put in bullet points to counteract the lack of clarity in what I will be...

  • Dettati

    Part of our French exam is Dettati, or Dictées in French, or Dictations in English, where the teacher reads a paragraph or two from a book and we write down what she says. This is actually harder than it seems,...

  • Servizi aeroportuali

    This means luggage handling, and I had such a classic Naples experience on my flight to and from Madrid I had to write about it (luckily no more emergency landings thank goodness!). On the way there, someone's luggage fell off...

  • Madrid

    I have been away a few times this year to visit my boyfriend in Madrid, but haven't written about it because it hasn't been a place that I've lived in specifically for my year abroad this year. I left for...