Culture

Staying out of trouble in Italy

Posted on 17 September 2019 by Phoebe Grinter

@cardiffunitravel Phoebe Grinter Italy’s reputation for pizza, pasta and bureaucracy is well known. What people are less aware of are the new visitor-aimed rules and regulations that they have introduced in a bid to combat over-tourism. Having just completed a year studying in Italy, I have become well acquainted with these quirky laws. Their zero-tolerance
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Lingomap: Social Issues

Posted on 14 July 2018 by Katy Stone

Coucou tout le monde ! (Hello everyone!) My final blog is based on social issues in France. As this topic is quite broad, I have tried to narrow down a few problems that stood out to me during my year in Chambéry. Menace terroriste  Ces dernières années, l’un des problèmes sociaux les plus importants en
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Lingomap: National Holidays and local area of interest

Posted on 10 June 2018 by Katy Stone

Salut et bienvenue ! Today’s blog will cover the topic of National Holidays and local area of interest. Un jour férié national est un jour nationalement reconnu où la plupart des entreprises et d’autres institutions sont fermées. La France compte 11 jours fériés français chaque année. Cependant, deux régions; L’Alsace et la Lorraine ont deux autres jours
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National holidays and local area of interest.

Posted on 23 May 2018 by Emily James

Coming abroad to work as an English teacher has been quite restricting on my schedule. Of course, I’m loving every second of it but actually having a job does mean that I can’t just skip a day or take a day off like my friends studying at university can, so I’ve really learnt how to
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An A-Z of the Best Food and Drink Spain Has to Offer

Posted on 8 May 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! I’m now over three months into my semester abroad here in Ciudad Real and I’ve very much been enjoying everything Spain has to offer, especially the food! I love exploring all aspects of the Spanish culture, but as a foodie discovering all of the tasty delights Spain has to offer is definitely one
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Lingomap: Food & Drink

Posted on 18 April 2018 by Katy Stone

Bonjour à tous et à toutes ! Today’s blog will cover the topic of Food & Drink. There are so many delicious specialities offered by French cuisine, it’s hard to choose between them! However, I will focus on some delicacies of the Rhône-Alpes (the region where I am currently studying). Food – La Nourriture La
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LingoMap: Travel and Transport

Posted on 10 April 2018 by Eloisa Payne

  Hallo und wilkommen zu meinem dritten blog für LingoMap! Jetzt bin ich für einen Monat für mein zweites Auslandssemester in Köln in Deutschland. Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten, einschließlich der Tatsache, dass ich keine Wohnung finden konnte, habe ich mich endlich hier eingelebt! Ich vermisse wirklich das Leben in Lyon und habe dort so eine gute Erfahrung gemacht, aber
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LingoMap: Entertainment and Leisure

Posted on 3 March 2018 by Eloisa Payne

Bonjour tout le monde, j’espère que vous allez bien ! Bienvenue à mon deuxième blog pour LingoMap ! Ayant été donné le sujet plutôt général du divertissement et les loisirs, je vais parler de mes voyages à la fois en France et ailleurs cette année. Annecy Annecy, a small town in the Alps is one of the first places I visited during my
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Lingomap: Health and fitness

Posted on 25 February 2018 by Katy Stone

Salut et bienvenue à mon blog sur la santé et la forme physique ! I am currently in my second semester at Université Savoie Mont Blanc in Chambéry. Thanks to its location in the mountainous Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, the town boasts an impressively wide range of sports and activities, promoting health and fitness. When
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Lingomap: Food and drink

Posted on 24 February 2018 by Emily James

Hello, me again! Este semestre yo estoy enseñando ingles en Salamanca, que es una ciudad en el noroeste de España. Salamanca es la capital de la comunidad autónoma de Castilla y León, y la ciudad tiene una población de 145.000 personas además de unos de los sitios más bonitos que yo he visto en toda
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Lingomap: Health and Fitness

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Eloisa Payne

Bonjour tout le monde ! Bienvenue à mon premier blog pour Routes into Languages Lingomap. Je m’appelle Eloisa et maintenant je suis en troisième année de français et allemand à l’Université Cardiff. Pour mon année à l’étranger, j’ai étudié à l’Université Catholique de Lyon pour le premier semestre, et je vais à Universität zu Köln
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Lingomap: Health and fitness

Posted on 20 January 2018 by Emily James

I spent the first semester of my year abroad in a town called Chambery, in the Rhône-alpes region of France (South East). The town itself was quite quiet, but because it was located in such a mountainous region, there was a huge range of sports available to do.   I was super nervous that when
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LingoMap: Technology and Social Media

Posted on 20 January 2018 by Katy Stone

Bonjour tout le monde ! (Hello everybody!) Ça va ? (How are you?) This is my first submission for the Routes into Languages LingoMap blog. As you can see from my profile, I am a third year History and French student at Cardiff University, currently on my year abroad studying at Université Savoie Mont Blanc
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The Final Week: さようなら日本

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Laura Davies

At long last, yet seemingly all too soon, the month-long Yamagata project is over and I am safely back in the UK, still a little jetlagged but otherwise no worse for wear. The final week seemed to go the quickest; I can barely remember the order of events, but I will do my best. One
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 3

Posted on 5 August 2017 by Laura Davies

At long last, here is part three of my adventures in Yamagata. My apologies for the delay – it’s been a pretty busy week as usual. To pick up where I left off, we’d collected our new translator and then immediately after we visited a Japanese castle. We made a quick stop at a foot
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 2

Posted on 29 July 2017 by Laura Davies

First of all, my apologies for the late post – this past week has been unbelievably busy and tiring, but very fun. We had a pretty full-on week of mostly sightseeing which made a nice break from all the work we had been doing in the fields. Even without the sightseeing, some interesting things happened
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Two Days in Tokyo

Posted on 9 July 2017 by Laura Davies

Yesterday I arrived in Tokyo but was too tired to update after so much walking – my apologies for that. These past few days have been quite hectic but fun. I met three of the other volunteers in the airport and we all caught the dreaded 12 hour plane together. When we finally arrived in Hong Kong,
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LingoMap:Career plans, skills and employment

Posted on 3 July 2017 by Sarah Gregory

My final LingoMap blog! As an undergraduate, it can be scary to think about leaving the student days behind. Student life is great, it has given me a huge amount of freedom, independence and courage, without which I would not have been able to fly the nest and live abroad! The saying goes however, that
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Intern in a concrete jungle.

Posted on 8 April 2017 by Sarah Wren

I envisaged the summer of 2016 to be like any other, going back home, missing my uni friends and working in a pub for months on end, bored out of my mind and wishing for September to arrive so I could head back to Cardiff. Little did I know that attending a career’s fair would
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Starting Life in Marseille

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Llewelyn

So I haven’t really had anything to write about on this blog for about a month now, as I was home over Christmas and assumed that my Christmas Day eating and sleeping habits (50:50 ratio if you’re interested) weren’t what this blog was meant to be used for.  However, I’m now back on the mainland
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Buddhist Nature

Posted on 22 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

It is so easy to come to a different country and be critical of the way they do things compared to home but embracing what you can and sharing knowledge can make it so much more fun. My second week has begun in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka, I have experienced more patients with a
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Seattle

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Lorna Hayne

I’ve only got 2 and a half weeks of school left before finals start- where has the time gone?! In Canada, you get a day off for Remembrance Weekend, so we bussed to Seattle for the weekend- we stayed in City Hostel- which was in an amazing location. We went to Pike Place Market- which
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Science Fair

Posted on 18 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we went to the science fair at Ubon Ratchathani University. We left at around 9.30 and travelled on the school bus with some of my G.12 students. I don’t remember much of it, but my students have now seen how I look when I sleep on a bus. I was still a bit tired
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My First Sick Day

Posted on 16 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today I had my G.10 class that I was dreading first thing at 8.30am. It sounds silly to say that I wasn’t looking forward to a class, but it’s true. They can be the least well-behaved out of the students I have, but they also have the most to learn and can be the
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A Tough Day

Posted on 15 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today was a difficult day, looking back I think it was mostly my doing though. I had three lessons today and I was still a bit tired from the weekend. This had affected my lesson planning as well, and because the lesson plans weren’t as well thought out, the lessons lagged too. I had
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Nakhon Sawan

Posted on 13 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So we thought we had until at least 8am to get ready to go to the waterfall. But would it really be Thailand without surprises? Instead Aum woke us up at 7am and said that we were leaving soon. So we went and got ready…only to be waiting for another hour. We found out later
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To Aum’s

Posted on 12 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today I managed to sleep past 8am. It was great. I packed and updated my blog in the morning before we left. I also, however found out that there had been a bomb in the early hours of the morning in Hua Hin. Some of my friends back home had messaged me to make sure
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Mother’s Day

Posted on 11 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we had the day of school to hold a ceremony to celebrate mother’s day. If you’re confused about why mothers’ day is in August, it is because in Thailand mothers’ day is on the same day as the queen’s birthday. This is because the Thai people see the queen as the mother of their
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Science!

Posted on 9 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today marks about three weeks until we leave for Bangkok. Even though we’re six weeks through the placement, it doesn’t mean that I am any more ready for each day. Thailand still manages to surprise me practically daily. Once example today was my G.10 class, they were about twenty minutes late to their lesson.
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Back to Ubon Ratchathai

Posted on 7 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This was our one sleep-in today, and somehow my body woke me up at 8am. Which is a sleep-in compared to 6.30am, but still! I would have preferred to sleep a little longer. But it did mean that I could download some episodes of Ugly Duckling for the journey home. I also got to breakfast
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Finally in Khon Kaen

Posted on 6 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We woke up at 7am and got ready in half an hour. We left the hotel at 7.40am and walked to the bus station which was only a five-minute walk away. Just enough time for the coffee I made in the hotel to cool down. We soon found the queue for tickets to Khon Kaen,
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Leaving for Khon Kaen

Posted on 5 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I was back to my normal classes today. As much as the younger years are adorable and it was really nice having a Thai speaker leading the lesson, I did slightly miss my own classes. I must have been quite excited to see them again because I woke up around 6am and decided to get
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Ben-less

Posted on 4 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today I went from being Aum-less to being Ben-less as well. Our mentor Ben was unfortunately ill today and therefore couldn’t help to translate my lessons. I did however have the principle in my G.11 lesson for the first 5 minutes. He helped to translate an instruction, I’m not entirely if he said the
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Primary School

Posted on 1 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today marks the official half way through point of the teaching programme. Doesn’t mean we are more adapted to teaching or to the environment. Unfortunately after a weekend of little sleep, we were all a bit under the weather this morning, definitely some more than others. It meant that Kate did her lessons with Hannah
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Byebye Buriram

Posted on 31 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Despite waking up ridiculously early the day before, my body clock decided that it was a great idea to wake me up at 5am again. As much as I was not happy about this arrangement, it did mean that I am now half way through my book (Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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Thunder Castle

Posted on 30 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I woke up at 5am this morning so I could shower and make sure I had packed everything. As much as it was a sensible idea, I really wish I had set the alarm half an hour later. We got to the bus station (thanks to Aum calling us a taxi) and waited until our
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Breaking Out of School

Posted on 27 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

My only class today were my G.10s in the morning. They were so late moving from the classroom downstairs to the one I was in upstairs and some didn’t pay attention for parts of the lesson. I ended up just doing the waiting for them to stop talking before I talk because I don’t want
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Ceilidh Dancing

Posted on 26 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Ben was back in school today! He’s still a bit ill and still as busy as ever, so he couldn’t make it to my lessons to translate. He had to sort out papers for the midterms that G.7-12 have next week (Hannah’s and my year groups), so it’s a reasonable excuse. It does also mean
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Aum-less

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I’m not sure if the lack of sleep or if I was the Chang the night before was making me feel bad, but I decided to take my berry tea and pug-shaped tea dispenser into school today. According to the others, my pug tea dispenser apparently looks like a pig! Today was our last morning
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Ubon Ratchathani Zoo

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today I woke up to find the wifi was working again! It had mysteriously stopped working the night before. It didn’t interrupt anything important like Netflix, just talking to my Dad. For breakfast we had an endless supply of pancakes for breakfast – it was wonderful! I also had them with grapes and I can
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The Candle Festival

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I woke up around 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I looked up various TEFL courses. Since being in Thailand the idea of teaching abroad after I graduate has become more of a possibility. By the time the others were moving, at 4am, I had looked at a couple of courses and narrowed
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Dragon Flight

Posted on 19 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We were all awake around 10am but it was too hot to move or do anything that productive just yet. Breakfast was at MeUB&B again, I had the banana and nutella sandwich stack and strawberry this time. It was great, even if they were a little skimpy with the nutella. Our transport for the zip
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Chiang Mai

Posted on 17 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Because we were so crazy and excited to go to Chiang Mai, we booked a 8.20am flight there. This meant waking up at 4.45am to leave at 6am (at the latest). Thankfully I had done most of my packing the night before so I didn’t have much to do, apart from have a frightfully cold
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Damn, Sirindhorn Dam

Posted on 16 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This Saturday morning we woke up at 6.30am, not because we were going crazy after two weeks in Thailand, but because we were going rafting at 10 at Sirindhorn Dam. I had packed for rafting the night before and managed to put a few clothes aside for Chiang Mai. I managed to leave the room
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The Rice Fields

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This morning was great. As much as we still had to get up ridiculously early, we did not have to dress for school. Why? Because we were going on a school trip! Today we were going with G.10-12 to plant rice in the principle’s fields. These trips happen often at the school in the upper
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Thursday is Scout Day

Posted on 14 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Every Thursday the students wear their scout or cadet uniforms to school. It’s incredible and everyone looks really smart. Apparently in Thailand scouts is mandatory so you don’t get a non-uniform day if you aren’t a part of a group. That just does not happen. The cadets do a drill whilst the morning assembly takes
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Our Welcome Party

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Yesterday we were told to prepare a speech for the welcoming ceremony today. So last night after dinner, playing with their dogs (Charlie, Sarah and Milo – who is chunky but funky) and booking our flights to Chang Mai next weekend (we’re going to hug elephants!), we went and practised the speech that Kate had
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Visiting Another School

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we did not have any lessons as we were visiting another school. Another school in Muang Samsip was holding a singing and dancing competition and a small fair with market and food stalls. After sitting through the opening ceremony, where they held a signing for an educational act, we watched some traditional Thai dancers
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Diwedd Semester 1

Posted on 23 February 2015 by Elin Jones

Unwaith eto mae amser wedi hedfan heb i mi sylweddoli! Erbyn hyn dwi adra yn mwynhau 6 wythnos o wiliau cyn dychwelyd i Berlin am yr 2il Semester ar ddechrau mis Ebrill. Ers y blog diwethaf dwi wedi cael lot o brofiadau gwych a dwi’n teimlo fy mod i’n dechrau dod i adnabod Berlin a’r
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First semester abroad in Chambéry

Posted on 31 January 2015 by Lucy Pierce

I chose languages as my joint honours degree, partly because I love the culture and history of foreign countries and learning the language is the best way of immersing yourself. However, like any normal person, it’s very daunting knowing your going away for the whole year, but, if you never get out of your comfort
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Nearly two weeks in LA!

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Lauren Booth

Well, I’ve been in Los Angeles for 11 days now, and have had the most fantastic time. Getting moved in was pretty nerve wracking (just knowing which way to cross the street can be a challenge sometimes!) and it’s taken me a good week to get settled down in a proper routine, but its been
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My Summer Adventure in China

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Olivia Witt

Hello, my name is Olivia and I spent 4 weeks in China this summer completing a Chinese language course at the prestigious Xiamen University. Xiamen is in the south of China as is said to be one of the most beautiful places to live in China which could be largely down to its lovely stretch
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The bright lights of Hong Kong

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Lara Bridge

After a 30 hour journey and several flight delays, we finally arrived in Hong Kong. The first shock occurred as we stepped out of the cool air conditioned airport, and into the hot and humid weather. The sweating had begun. Something you have to get used to in China. After our failed attempt to acclimatise,
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Exploring Gulangyu Island

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Vanessa Yau

Travelling in China is always an experience and today’s trip to Gulangyu Island was no exception. If you’ve never travelled in a densely populated city before, you’re in for a surprise. In order to get to the island we had to get 2 buses and a ferry all of which were absolutely packed. Imagine a
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