A short while later I was lucky enough to gain an Erasmus grant to visit Bologna to work at a partner university which was to be my second trip to Italy! While in Bologna I decided I should at least try and learn a few greetings in Italian and ensure I could order the right food in a restaurant. So, I started a learn at home CD which was so much fun. The first phrase I actually learnt was ‘my mother has baked the cake’ a phrase you clearly can’t manage without on a trip to Italy. I really enjoyed learning Italian, and new I would keep learning and go back at the next opportunity.
Around 6 months later I had a 6 week gap between one work project finishing and taking up a new position so this was my chance! I would go to Italy and learn Italian! I wanted to go somewhere new and found a beautiful school in Sicily – decision made, trip booked. What an opportunity this was. I chose a school in Taormina.
Taormina is absolutely beautiful, perched on a clifftop overlooking the Ionian sea with wonderful views of Mount Etna. It is a small town so you can walk from one end to the other in around 30 minutes, that is if you do not stop in any of the many cafes and restaurants, boutique shops, to visit the ancient Greek theatre or to stop and enjoy the views with a gelato.