Grape Picking in Tuscany

Grape Picking in Tuscany

On the morning of my last day in Tuscany, I was awoken to the sound of the family who rent the place I was staying’s dog, Brando. Looked out my window onto the beautiful Tuscan hills and saw that the family were picking grapes. I ran down, barely ready, investigating this, whilst pinching myself to make sure I was not in a movie, and was invited to join them. It was a mad experience, grape picking in Tuscany. Does that not sound like something straight out of a movie? Because it sure felt like it was.

After 2-3 hours of hard labouring in the vineyard, sunburnt and flustered, I made my way back to the farmhouse/villa to swim in the pool and clean myself up a bit for the rest of the day. Unknown to me, the mother of the man renting the villa had set up a huge dinner table for me, my family and their family. As we all settled down around the dinner table, one of the nonnas brought out a huge homemade lasagne, which was later followed by a meat dish, bread, homemade wine, coffee and cakes. This is one of those moments you will take with you until death, so surreal and unforgettable.

Throughout this trip and notably this day, I found that I kept asking myself ‘Is this real?’ as this is obviously one of those experiences. Something that you will never forget. A week later, I still find myself thinking about these fleeting moments, day in, day out. It put back into perspective the reason why I want to travel, and not a single part of me regrets the decision to leave school for a few days to experience this trip (even if I did just fail a psychology exam due to lack of attendance…)

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Top 7 Languages That I Want to Learn

Top 7 Languages That I Want to Learn

1.Italian

When making this list, there was no doubt in my mind that Italian would be no 1. I have always had such a strong itch to learn this language for as long as I can remember. I have always been in love with the rolling ‘R’, and the elongated vowels which elegantly combine to create such a beautiful language. And don’t even get me started on the Italian culture, the food, the people, all the dialects, and everything else. There’s a reason it’s called the language of love…

2. Arabic

I never know if people are loving or hating Arabic in today’s society. Personally, I love it. I love the challenge that comes with this language, a language I didn’t understand the beauty of until I visited Morocco in 2015. It was pretty much love at first sight for me. The whole idea of understanding an almost lost history and culture to a language (and the media) will always get my interest rising. I feel like I’ve never really been taught Arabian history, and what better way of learning it than learning the language??

3. Portuguese

The reason I would love to learn Portuguese is more of a shallow reason than the others on this list. In short, I just think that this language is so fun. Obviously, there is the correlation between Portuguese and the festivals in Brazil, as well as the fact that it just sounds so fun and quirky in the best way. I guess it has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about it.

4. Greek

The amount of history behind this language is unreal. I’m quite a fan of learning about linguistics and languages (if you can’t already tell) and I find the thought of so much of the English language, as well as so many more, having Greek roots intriguing. Learning this language would help me understand my mother tongue in much more detail and precision!

5. German

When I was a small child, I vividly remember my mum trying to teach me German, as she is fluent. Back then I couldn’t care less about speaking German, ‘when would I use it?’ I asked myself. Until one day on holiday. I heard someone who sounded just like my own mother, but speaking in rough, yet breath taking language. It of course was my mum, and since that day I’ve wanted to learn.

6. Spanish

As the 3rd most commonly spoken language in the world, Spanish would without a doubt be a helpful language to learn. Though a beautiful and sexy language, I have never really been drawn to it as much as the others on this list. However, not a day goes by where I don’t find it to be an admirable language.

7. French

If I would have made this list a year ago, French would have been up there. I’m talking 1st or 2nd place. As I was teaching myself this elegant language through the mid British summer of 2016, I was in love. I wanted to learn everything and I was loving the way I was teaching myself, as well as making so many memorable friends around the world just because we could both speak French. I am still close to fluency in the language, however studying French as an A level has drained the life and soul of the language for me. However, when I have been to France, or even listening to the old songs I used to repeat until I could understand, I fall straight back in love with French. I just don’t have the fire in my belly to learn it as much as I used to.

Welcome

Welcome

I have no idea what I’m doing. In fact, I struggle with reading and writing to an almost distressing amount. But this blog is going to be how I document the start of my life. At this moment in time, I’m spending the last couple weeks of the school holidays in dread, thinking about the return of school, as every British 17-year-old is. It’ll be my last year of school, so there is still a part of me excited to go stationary shopping for the last time, and sit in a room full of people who ‘just don’t get me’ but I can’t help and feel like this year is made to prepare me for the rest of my life.

Practically everyone I know is going to Uni next summer, meaning that everyone I know is being ‘helped’, rather forcefully may I add, by my school to do just that. But I can’t shake this feeling that I can and will find happiness and success a different way, whether that is never even thinking about an education system ever again or attending Uni further down the line. Either way, I believe that at this moment in time, school is not the thing for me. I dream of meeting new people, exploring unseen lands, diving head first in new cultures and learning every thing I can in a more natural and accepting way.

That is why I have created this blog. I want to share my blissful adventure with anyone willing to read, as well as document and maybe one day inspire. I can’t wait to unlock what this next part of life holds for me.