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A Day in the Life of an Italian Erasmus Student: Part 1

So with the second half of the semester fully underway, I thought it would be nice to share with you all a typical day in my life as an Erasmus student, one where I am not travelling, but just going about a typical Wednesday here in Siena. Therefore without further waffle, let’s get into it…

06:30 Yeah, sorry, I’m a morning person and given I have 9 am’s every day for the next three weeks, I am not complaining. Now that the second half of the semester has started, my timetable is a little crazy to say the least; in fact, I have 24 hours of contact time for the next fortnight, as I have started two new modules this half-semester, and my modules from the previous half are still yet to finish. 24 hours?? Is this a STEM degree??? 

The first thing I do in the morning is read whilst having a cup of tea (thank you Mum for the delivery from England!). I like to read whatever novel for a little bit (currently reading The Help, I really like it) as well as War & Peace. Since 2017, I have conducted the “Year of War & Peace” challenge, where you read a chapter every day (as there are 365 chapters) for a year. It certainly makes the novel more manageable, and the creator of the challenge even has a blog with daily discussion on the chapter you have just read. https://medium.com/@BrianEDenton/a-year-of-war-and-peace-cc66540d9619 I think its a nicer New Year’s resolution than going to the gym every day…

Day 100 and something…

07:14 Decided to get out of bed and make it. Then did some morning yoga. I won’t lie to you, I have done yoga on and off since I was 13, but I have never really felt the “mental benefits” everyone always raves about. But, I am trying to be more flexible, so to the mat I went for some downward dogs…

07:57 Went to the kitchen and made breakfast, which was the daily bowl of porridge topped with banana (and hidden beneath is some chocolate to melt in later- thank you again, Mum!) with, of course, a double espresso… This is Italy after all…

08:49 Breakfast eaten, washed up, and packed away. Face cleansed, moisturised and made up, and I am ready to leave the house for my first class, not without forgetting to put on my winter coat- Spring, where you at?! Whilst it is usually a 10-minute walk, I stop in the Campo and take photos for this blog, and listen to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Italian during my journey.

Don’t be fooled by the blue sky- despite it being May in Italy, I was standing in a thick coat, scarf, and feeling pretty chilly

09:07 Arrive at Funaioli Mazzi for my first lecture of the day- Lineamenti di Storia dello Spettacolo, or Aspects of Theatre History….

Because, of course, this is Italy, so of course your lectures take place in the same building as a church…

And the lecture hall is filled with frescos…

I have to admire my professor for this class- whilst most lecturers “endeavour” to start their classes on time, I have never had a class start earlier than 15 minutes late. But for this 9 am, we have all agreed that it is too early, and so they will officially only start at 09:20… Well…

09:27 Class actually begins, after many minutes spent fumbling about with the computer. This is one of my very new classes and today we covered the impact of Ancient Greek religion and culture on theatre, and how it has shaped contemporary drama and production. 

Continud here: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-italian-erasmus-student-part-2/

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