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!

  • Raga

    Since it is hard to make friends here, one way I have been doing it is by trying to talk to people on my course, and most of them are really nice. They are not used to having anyone foreign...

  • Ad essere onesti...

    = to be honest I won’t lie to you, reader, I am aware that my posts about Naples have been pretty short and fairly boring. I could say that that is because this blog is supposed to represent the day-to-day...

  • Gomma

    My friend Emilia came to visit me in Naples today which was so lovely as I haven’t seen her in ages (shout out to you Emilia ) I showed her round the town a bit, the nicest parts at least,...

  • Waju/Wajona

    Waju means “ragazzo” or “boy” and wajona is the female equivalent. They are pronounced “wa-you” and “wa-yona”. This is one example I have learnt from chatting to people in my history class, that shows just how different Neapolitan is from...

  • Gambrinus

    This isn’t exactly a new word, but it’s a must-visit for anyone thinking of going to Naples. Caffè Gambrinus is a famous coffee shop near Piazza Plebiscito, where my boyfriend tried his first cannoli. He hasn’t been overly impressed with...

  • Apericena

    Today my boyfriend came to visit me for our anniversary which was lovely! I took him out for a light bite since we gorged ourselves on neopolitan pizza for lunch, and if you order an alcoholic (sometimes not) drink in...

  • Crocchè

    I had to write about crocchè because they are so delcious. Imagine a Spanish or French croquette but as big as a baked potato, deep fried and stuffed with cheese. Moments like that make the problems we’ve had here melt...

  • Malocchio

    Today in History we learnt about pre-inquisition traditions and rituals in Italy. Some of them are remarkably similar to traditions I know from Greece. For example, the malocchio is the “mati” in Greek, or the “evil eye” where if you...

  • Numbers in Neapolitan

    We have however started to make friends in class and we met some guys on the beach who are genuinely not interested in anything more than friendship, happily! Today they taught us the numbers 1-10 in Neapolitan. I’ll write them...

  • Provarci

    This means hitting on someone, and it’s an occurrence that ruins our day pretty much every single day since we’ve arrived but I’ll just keep it to one post. Here, you cannot step outside the door without unwanted advances in...