Rebecca Liquorish is a French and English student at the University of Leicester. She is currently on her year abroad in France, working as a language assistant in three primary schools in Aix-Les-Bains. In this article, she tells us about her recent trip to Milan and her unexpected celebrity encounter! For this story in more detail and many more adventures, check out Rebecca's blog.
Julie Goffredo is studying German and Italian with European studies at the University of Bath. She is currently doing a placement in Italy, near Milan (Monza) and will then go to Vienna to work for the British Council as a language assistant. She has been blogging about her adventures, but here she tells us her tips for adapting to Italian life...
Milan is an Italian city with an edge, yes there are still beautiful buildings and gorgeous piazzas, but there is also a real urban feel to the place. It's the Italian capital of fashion, celebrity and glamour (in certain nightspots this is very evident) and so it does make for an expensive city. There is no specific student area so new friends may be scattered across the metro network, although the public transport is both very cheap (a student monthly card is only 17 euros), and very efficient. There are lots of bars and clubs, drinks are strong and restaurants stay open until 2am and clubs until 6am, but there are also lots of fantastic exhibitions, galleries, shops, theatres, and many public free events in Piazza Duomo. Milan’s location is fantastic for day trips. In the summer months, you can go to Lago Maggiore, Como, or the beautiful Cinqueterre on the Ligurian coast; and in the winter, skiing is just three hours away by train. I also visited the nearby cities of Bergamo, Genoa, Mantua, Brescia, Turin and Verona.
Lora Jury is a 4th-year English Literature and Italian student at the University of Reading. Originally from Wales, she took up Italian in first year, with no prior knowledge or formal language qualifications. After a life-changing conversation with a 4th-year, she ended up in Bergamo for her year abroad. Here is her insider guide to the beautiful Italian city.