In the midst of piles of revision, piles of translations in various languages and never ending vocab lists, my close friend Ellie and I were very easily distracted by the thought of a year abroad in Italy and all the things we might be doing once the exams were done and dusted. We came up with so many ideas that we decided to write them down, which in turn became a bucket list for the year, i.e. a list of things we want to achieve over the course of the year. With Ellie spending her year teaching for the British Council in Italy (after a summer interning just outside Paris) and me working for the first half and studying at university for the second, we’ve done pretty well at covering all bases and thought it’d be fun to have the same list and see who does what, where and when.
The achievements range from small things like go to the cinema to bigger things like learn to ski, not something either of us have ever done before! The plan is to cross each of these off as we do them.
Ecco la lista…
Get mistaken for an Italian (the ultimate achievement!!) Make friends with an actual Italian Make third language friends to ensure we don’t forget our other language whilst living in Italy. In Ellie’s case find some Frenchies, and in mine find some Spaniards to befriend.
- Learn to ski (together?! Road trip to the mountains?)
Go to the opera/theatre/play/concert
- Go to the Venetian Carnival
Go to Libreria Acqua Alta (Venice) VISIT MILAN!
- Learn which pasta goes with which sauce
Learn to make pasta Go to the cinema Join a club Visit each other Visit friends in other countries Take a weekend trip away Buy a postcard in every destination Do a scrapbook
- Keep this blog up-to-date!!!
Climb the Ghirlandina (Modena) Learn how to use the vast array of Italian gestures correctly Get a haircut abroad Go wine/cheese tasting Do some volunteering
- Read at least three Italian books
- Offer private English tuition
- Get an epic tan
A couple of snaps from our interraling trip last summer, which you can read a snippet about here.
You can keep up with Ellie’s antics abroad and bucket list progress on her blog My Bella Travels.