Tag: travel

How to survive the expat life

How to survive the expat life

Like it or not, to travel is to become a stranger. To live in a new place is to get labeled “the Foreigner”. Hard as it can be at times, it is also pretty rewarding to live the expat life – to be The Foreigner. […]

A few gained truths from travelling

A few gained truths from travelling

It may sound pretty cliché, but there honestly is no school that will teach you what you’ll learn through travelling. I don’t think I ever really understood what people meant when they talked about “gaining life experience through travelling”. I just always smiled and nodded […]

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part II

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part II

Naturally, living in Italy being surrounded with delicious edible things all the time I’ve acquired some new food and drink related habits, as mentioned in my previous post (which needs to be updated by the way). But apart from that I think there are some […]

Understanding Italian hand gestures

Understanding Italian hand gestures

I recently came across this video of Dolce&Gabbana male models explaining Italian hand gestures perfectly. You are welcome.    

A sneaky way to eat on the cheap in Italy (and score a drink)

A sneaky way to eat on the cheap in Italy (and score a drink)

Okay, so I knew the food was going to be amazing here in the ‘boot’ country. But no one really prepared me for it. What makes me anxious and excited at the same time is that there are still so many places I have to […]

The story of the “Sacred Mountain of Varese”

The story of the “Sacred Mountain of Varese”

Living in an area in Italy which is in a strange sense similar to the Fish Hoek or Pinelands of Cape Town by looking at its inhabitants (those Fish Hoek and Pinelands locals will know what I mean a.k.a a community of elderly citizens, to […]

Italian 101: Greetings

Italian 101: Greetings

So the first few Italian classes I’ve had was pretty intense. I don’t really know what else I expected from an “intensive course”. I have a suspicion my biggest mistake was missing the first, introductory class. Whether that is the truth or not, I feel […]

Ciao da Varese!

Ciao da Varese!

I know what you’re thinking of this headline… I’ve only been in Italy for three nights and now I think I’m Italian… On the contrary, I know very well how long it’s going to take to get immersed in this culture. From the half-day I […]

Off to Italy: It’s the final countdown

Off to Italy: It’s the final countdown

One of my favourite quotes has always been that Arab proverb “He who lives sees much. He who travels sees more.” And I really do want to see more… thanks to the damned travel bug that, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), cannot be cured or treated with any […]

Fun in Philadelphia

Fun in Philadelphia

I have for quite some time, embarrassingly enough, been one of those people who thought that the only good thing about the N7 is that it’s an alternative route to the lovely Langebaan and Paternoster. I was pleasantly surprised to find yet another gem just […]

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