L’Albatros/ the albatross (Baudelaire)

As if a) writing a blog, and b) writing about poetry FOR FUN wasn’t bad enough, today I present to you: c) me writing on my blog about a poem in French. Really, I get it if you just want to exile me to the special jail to which all pretentious Francophiles (indeed all people […]

A list of places I’d like to visit, posted here because I lose notebooks quite often

The Americas (because it’s fun to refer to the continents like a 15th c. European explorer) Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Mendoza / wine country, Salta, Ushuaia, Códorba Uruguay: Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento Bolivia: Sucre, Potosí, Tarija Mexico: Tulum, Chichén Itza, Mexico City, Izamel, Guadalajara, Mérida, Islas Mujeres, Palenque, Oaxaca Costa Rica: Wait and hope that […]

How to become fluent in any language – in just 3 easy steps !

What is the internet trend that most annoys you, Flora? Glad you asked. After Men Explaining Things To Women on Twitter, and People Oversharing Online, I do find my fists clenching at one particular theme of clickbait content: Youtube videos and blogs with titles such as ‘How I learnt Italian in 1 month!’ or ‘How […]

Peru with my MUM! Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu

What sweeter news is there than hearing your flight has been rescheduled from a reasonable 7AM to the middle of the night? I relish nothing more than waking at the witching hour, and so it was with a merry and well-rested heart that I flew to Lima. Fortunately, I was able to share my joy […]

Dream Song 14 (John Berryman)

Two mystery messages arrived in my university inbox today, passed on via two of my close friends studying languages at Clare. They read: I thought of Dream Song 14 almost immediately. Well, after trying to remember the title for half an hour, and emailing my Dad with the subject line (‘Poem about boredom with a […]

10 minutes from tear gas

‘There is a risk that demonstrations will turn violent at short notice. You should avoid large crowds or public demonstrations and do not attempt to cross blockades.’ read the Gov. UK website, in the ‘Safety and Security’ section for Bolivia. I read all the guides several times, making sure to prepare for any eventuality, and […]

Dealing with annoying people : the sitcom method

(Inspired by my Dad’s great wisdom)* You’ve been locked in a conversation for over half an hour, during which time you have been blessed with the knowledge of: your interlocutor’s detailed opinion on their own hairstyle, the many times they have been wronged by their mother, and their disgust for that genre of music, and […]