Songs to help learn Italian

June 13, 2018

I know, I know... Another three months since my last post 🙇

I say it every time I start a blog post but I just don't know where the time goes.
Except this time, I have a little idea - I've been doing my final exams (five years later, I'm finally free of uni for *hopefully* ever!) and was at the same time stressing endlessly about finding myself a big girl job in Rome.

Italy is not one of the best places to find a job when compared to say, London, where there are 5 million exciting job posts right up my street every day, but after a couple of months of keeping an eye on my LinkedIn alerts I have managed to land one!

Dolce Vita Blogger linkup: A Love Letter to Italy

February 16, 2018

Like all great loves, it's hard to pinpoint where it began.

Was it the first warm September evenings, sitting in bars with wine and new friends who would eventually become like family? Was it something more simple - the ragu, the pignoletto, the mortadella e pistachio pizza? Or was it just the sense of possibility that you gave a 21 year-old girl moving abroad for the first time?

Best study/work spots in Rome

January 23, 2018

Another year, another new year blog post! 

First things first... a big welcome to everyone reading this, whether you followed my blog before through its various guises or found me through my attempt to reach instagram blogger star status with my new, fancy Insta account @dazeinrome. 

I gave up a bit with the blogging last year - writing full time for a job, surviving in Rome and getting caught up in a whirlwind Italian romance didn't leave a lot of time (or inclination) for writing for pleasure. I was aware, though, that it was a bit of a waste - Rome is super photogenic and living in such an Instagram-worthy city without sharing it seemed a shame!

Now I'm writing less and studying more I've found I have a little more space in my brain for creativity, so here's the first post on my shiny new rebranded blog, daze in rome.

Why everyone should move abroad (once, twice or... forever)

January 13, 2017

And so begins the worst month of the year; and it's off to a great start. Dry January is going well - if by Dry January you mean "have a glass of wine every night because it's January, it's dark by 4pm, it's -1 degree and there's fuck all else to do". The New Year's Resolutions are also excellent, thanks for asking (or they would be, I'm sure, if I could remember what the NYR was that I spontaneously made up whilst trying not to be sick in the car after the New Year's Eve celebrations.)

But January does mean that I'm back in Italy, which comes as something of a relief after spending two solid weeks glued to the sofa mummified in a blanket, with Gilmore Girls on repeat and a never-ending box of Celebrations for company. Every time I come back I get more upset at the thought of having to move back to England which, despite my best efforts to procrastinate my degree further, probably will be later this year (*cry*). So I thought I'd write a post that I've been meaning to write for a while, but is surprising hard to put onto paper...

...why everyone should move abroad (once, twice, or... forever.)
Bologna a.k.a the b e s t city in the entire world (biased opinion)

24 hours in Lisbon

November 12, 2016

Sometimes, I love my job. Today is one of those days.

I just met Julia Hartz, one of the most successful (and g o r g e o u s) female entrepreneurs, in the airport security queue on the way back from the Web Summit - where I'd just watched her speak in front of 15,000 people. When you write articles about an industry dominated almost entirely by white men for a living, meeting someone like her is a pretty cool thing to happen before 7am on a Saturday morning.

(Top tip – no matter how early the flight, NEVER go to the airport without make-up on. Because that will be the time you meet someone as fabulous as Julia and feel like a troll.)

Anyway, I’ve been in Lisbon for the past few days covering the Web Summit for the magazine I work for. Web Summit is a massive three day conference for all things tech, start-up and modern business - basically everyone from Facebook to Tinie Tempah is there so it's a big deal, if you're into that kinda thing. (Which I am, apparently.)

It doesn’t sound all that fun, I know, but it really, really was. (Admittedly, I write for a finance magazine so my view of ‘fun’ is probably a little skewed). Plus, if you're media you get treated like royalty - which means free Portuguese custard tarts!!!

But the best thing about the conference was, obviously, the fact it was in Lisbon. I've been obsessively Pinterest-ing it for ages and have been dying to go - luckily it totally lived up to my (super high) expectations!