If you're going abroad, chances are you might get a bite of the deadly culture shock... Ranging from the lack of fresh milk, insects in lollipops, awkward besito moments, people not saying sorry when bumping into you, strange New Year traditions, taking ages to open up a bank account... The list is endless!
In all honesty, there will be times on your Year Abroad where you just want to curl up in a ball and teleport back to your nice comfy bed back home. There will be times when you find yourself hastily searching for flights, trains, ferries, Eurostars, anything to take you back home, to somewhere where you feel secure, organised, in control and, above all, at home. There will be times where you consider emailing your university and saying look, I just can’t do this (you can, by the way!). Finally, there will be times when you doubt your progress.
Everything’s (nearly) sorted for your stay in your chosen far-flung destination and you’re fully prepared for fresh and wild experiences, but all of this means NOTHING if no-one else knows about it. Here are a few of the myriad ways you can let the people back home know that you’re having a better time than them, and let's face it, that's one of the best things about going abroad - you get to shout out about it! Read on for some tricks of the trade...
After a fabulously loved up pit stop in England between the two halves of my year abroad, I have set sail (or flight) to the lovely city of Rome. The second half of my year will be spent here in the Italian capital where I am embarking on an Erasmus exchange at the unbelievably disorganised Roman university, La Sapienza.