Saturday, November 29, 2008

Snow!!





I know the photos aren't great, but as I discovered yesterday, taking nice photos of snow in a big city isn't all that easy.... But tup, the predictions were right, and yesterday Milan got some
snow! And quite a lot too, I was really surprised! It was great fun walking around to work and during my lunch break when it was proper heavily snowing! I'm such a big kid, I love snow, even just walking around when it's snowing and looking around at everything covered in snow! Just a shame it's nearly all melted in my area of the city now...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

C'è posta per te.....

Firstly, a question: why would it take my parcel 2 and a half weeks to arrive in Milan from home???

I seriously thought it'd got lost in the post! But today I finally got my parcel from my mam, containing some clothes! But now, unfortunately, it's too cold to wear some of the ruddy things!! Just my luck... But anyway, I'm just glad it's finally arrived! And it's always nice to get post from home, especially when it's a nice parcel :) So yeah, today I'm a very happy, and relieved, bunny!!

Oh, and I'm very excited about the fact that we might get some snow tomorrow!! Yup, I'm just a big kid...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

1 month on...

So I've been in Italy a month now, and I know it's such a cliche, but it's gone so fast! I've found a job, somewhere to live, and met so many new people! I think I'm settling in to life in Milan pretty well too, I'm kind of like living in a bubble in my little patch of the city. At home I'd have to go to the nearest town which was like 10 miles away, but here everything's so close, it's just a matter of getting on the underground or a bus, or even walking, it's quite a novelty for me! And the trains are hardly disturbing me now too :D

It's gone very cold here though, it's quite funny really, watching the news this week and there being some item about the weather every evening! I thought we Brits talked about the weather a lot!! It's not too bad in the city though, and from how the Italians are dressing, I'd say they feel the cold more than I do! I'm going to buy a nice winter coat today though, I left my old one at home as it was too big. A bit of retail therapy's always good :D

The Christmas lights are starting to appear now too, unfortunately nothing in the streets off where I live, but nearby there are a few. I went to the nearby supermarket after work on Wednesday and there were some lights outside a row of shops, really pretty! I haven't been into the city centre for a while now, bar going to the main train station, I don't really have the time and I haven't needed to leave my little bubble :D But I'm looking forward to seeing what they've done in the streets there in the run-up to Christmas!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Un ringraziamento

Normal service will resume soon, for now, this is a message for a certain bunch of Italians I know.....

Be', dicevo che volevo scrivere un blog in italiano, forse lo farò un'altro perché mi servirebbe come esercizio, ma questo è il blog che avevo in mente.

Non volevo fare "take over" del thread come mi sembra di aver fatto troppo durante gli ultimi mesi, ma volevo dire qualcosa a tutti voi, semplicemente un ringraziamento. Siete stati tutti gentilissimi durante il tempo che vi ho conosciuto, gentilissimi a una ragazza straniera che ha studiato l'italiano. Mi avete aiutato tanto quando stavo cercando un lavoro e una stanza a Milano, e anche durante il mio trasferimento in Italia. Sì, sarei venuta in Italia per lavorare, ma mi avete aiutato tantissimo e adesso non so come io avessi fatto senza voi. Be', non so cosa dire, e so che non ho spiegato quello che sento molto bene, ma volevo scrivere qualcosa, perché mi sento molto fortunata di aver conosciuto tutti voi, e volevo ringraziarvi per la vostra gentilezza che mi avete mostrato dall'inizio.

Grazie xxx

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So...... Why Italy?

Yup, it's a question I get asked a lot, by Brits and Italians alike, and I can't say I blame them! I'm only 22, and it's quite a mental thing to have gone to another country on your own to work, I'm fully aware of that. But during the last year of uni it was the only thing I wanted to do, go out to Italy for a year or 2, I didn't really mind where, but Milan was a dream. I wanted to come out here to improve my Italian, even after 4 years of uni I wasn't really happy with the level of my language and felt it could be an awful lot better. And it's one thing learning a language at school or at uni, it's a completely different thing learning a language from speaking and hearing it ever day in a country where that language is spoken; I mean, even now I'm still picking up so much stuff! Not so much grammar (though I reckon my subjunctive's improved since I got here, it's always been a problem for me....) but new vocab, and obviously you pick up how the language's actually spoken in day to day life.

And of course, there's just living in Italy itself! The food, the lifestyle, the clothes... I love it! Even in a big city like Milan the atmosphere's a lot less hectic than in big British cities, and there are some places in Milan that are just amazing! The Galleria's a favourite of mine, and obviously Piazza Duomo's amazing too. There's that mix of the old and the new that I find fascinating too, for me Italian cities are so unique! I'm really hoping to be able to do some more travelling soon to explore more of the country!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Trains, strikes and sleep deprivation part 2.....

One good thing about a train strike when you live near to a train station is you don't get disturbed as much when you're trying to sleep :D A bit harsh considering the problems it's caused for everyone today, but that's my take on it...

The traffic when I walked home was absolutely mental though, it made crossing the road even more difficult!! That's one thing I've adopted since coming to Milan, the Italian style of crossing the road where there isn't a proper crossing avec lights and all that, waiting for a gap in the traffic and carefully weaving my way through the traffic! Otherwise I'd be standing there like a lemon for an age! Cos they don't stop, oh no, that's something I learnt the hard way when I was studying in Italy during my 2nd year of uni. It's a bit dangerous in a big city like Milan though, but there we go, it's just a small fact of life here, another little random thing of everyday life that's different.....

And tomorrow morning it'll be back to getting woken up at some unearthly hour by some train or other.....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Trains, strikes and sleep deprivation...

Ok, so my first proper post is a bit of a geeky one, but there we go....

Trains, yes... Practically the only drawback about living where I do is the busy train line that's like within a stone's throw of the flat. And after getting woken up every morning by the ruddy things every morning since getting here I feel like I need to let off a bit of steam to someone..... Thing is about me is that I'm a country girl, this's the first time in my life I've lived in a town, never mind a city! So yeah, I'm not exactly used to the noise! But getting woken up at 5.30am by anything is never pretty, and I've been a bit sleep deprived since I arrived here last week. Yes, I've got earplugs, but I'm not much of a fan of them, and besides, I need to get used to the noise, so it'll mean quite a few more sleep deprived days yet!

And as I'm going on a little train journey this afternoon, another little bit about Italian trains. There's a 24 hour strike which starts at 9pm tonight and ends at 9pm tomorrow night, and then the buses and underground's on strike too from 8.30 tomorrow morning from what I heard last night. Ok, so it doesn't cause any problems for me, but you can imagine how annoying it is for a helluva lot of people. Milan's mental to drive in, as big cities are, and I'm actually quite thankful that I don't have the option of being able to drive as I've never passed my driving test! Big strikes are so common here in Italy, I mean, the other week schools were on strike! It seems a bit mental for someone who's not used to it, or people in countries such as the UK where we don't have such a tradition of having big strikes quite often, but it seems that in Italy there always seems to be something worth striking over!

And trains in Italy aren't as punctual as people outside the country think... Yes, they're very cheap, but at least amongst the people I knew at home, everybody thought the public transport system in Italy was always punctual. Not always the case.... The other day I took a train back from Milan to where I was staying before moving here, and I got back nearly an hour late! We were sat like lemons in Milano Centrale for like 40 minutes, nobody had a clue what was going on. So yeah, I guess that's Italian myth #1 dispelled.....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Intro!

Hello! You've found my blog! And seeing as this is my first blog, I think a little intro is due! So.... I'm Nerys, 22 years old, I'm originally from west Wales, and I'm currently working and living in Milan, Italy. I guess I wanted to write a blog mainly cos I love writing, I'm one of those types who's always writing random stuff, my diary, I always seem to have a wannabe novel on the go, so I figured it might be nice to share my experiences of being with Italy with my friends, and well, the whole world!

It's not the first time I've been out in Italy, I studied here for a year 3 years ago as an Erasmus student. I had the time of my life, and I suppose that was one of the reasons why I decided to come out to Italy to work, I had such a positive experience before. Plus I wanted to work on my language before getting a serious job at home, and well, why not? I graduated in the summer, and if I wasn't going to go abroad now I figured I never would!

So yeah, I'll be adding to this blog every few days or whatever, with my experiences of being in Italy, anything worth recounting to the world, and well, some random stuff I'm sure!