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!

  • Solfatara

    Today I went to Solfatara, a volcano near Naples that lets off steam and gives fresh water. It was a good experience if a little overpriced, but the sunshine made up for it. However, the sulfur absolutely reeked… I can’t...

  • Salsiccia

    This means sausage, but it is also the name of a popular Neapolitan topping that involves cheese, sausage and a heck of a lot of spinach. I keep ordering it thinking it’s just sausage, and being surprised by the green...

  • Firmare

    Firmare means to sign, and today we have found ourselves in the confusion of paperwork that is Erasmus, which would be perfectly manageable if we had a printer nearby to use! Unfortunately we can’t find one anywhere which means we...

  • Shpock (sporca)

    I'm back after a lovely Easter break with my family in England. I learned this Neapolitan slang on the train and worked out that it means sporca, or “dirty”. A woman was telling off her daughter for touching the bin...

  • Chiaia

    Before I leave to go to England for Easter for a week,  I thought I should take the opportunity to post a photo of where I live! This is Chiaia, an absolute dream compared to the run down (still beautiful)...

  • Affinché

    I probably knew words like this already from Bath (at least I should), but I thought I’d write how interesting it is studying French from an Italian’s perspective. Affinché means pour que or afin que in French (“in order that”...

  • Polpette

    This means meatballs, and I have developed a new love of making them! I make them every week from reduced hamburger meat, and they are super low cost and really nice. (Boring post but potentially the most exciting thing to...

  • Orario

    One thing I really should mention about Naples is that the university has not been as supportive as we thought. I honestly think they are just not used to having Erasmus students, let alone language-studying ones. All the courses they...

  • Ricaricabile

    This means rechargeable or “top up”, and I learnt this word when buying myself a SIM card for my time here. A tip for future students? Go to TIM and they will give you a SIM card for 10€ that...

  • Binario

    Binario means platform, and that is a fairly boring word but I didn’t know it before. Living in beautiful Chiaia means we are a 1hr journey away from Uni whether we take the metro or walk. We usually take the...