A Day in the Life of an Italian Erasmus Student: Part 2
10:48 Class finished. Head straight to the toilet upstairs, and then towards the market, which happens every Wednesday in Siena. Featuring a range of stalls selling dubiously cheap clothing, fruit, and flowers, my favourite stand is the second-hand book shop, charmingly named “Who reads has long legs.” Yeah, I have no clue.
11:16 Home. Armed with some new, relatively cheap, Italian books.
11:23 Decide to do an “at home workout” on YouTube, whilst catching up on The Bold Type (easy to watch TV show about three women working at a magazine in New York- not the best, not the worst TV show).
11:52 Workout done, feeling terrible, decide to shower. Whilst Siena is undoubtedly very beautiful, if you choose to live in the centre like most Erasmus students, you will probably encounter very old fashioned houses, and sometimes just terrible bathrooms and kitchens. Take mine for example:
As you can see, it is possible to sit on the toilet whilst showering, very useful for shaving your legs, but in general, quite depressing to use every day…
12:56 Shower finished. And having lay on my bed for a little bit, I decided to also check out Moodle to catch up on some Italian grammar. Given that I started Italian from scratch in first year, I have tried to keep up with the second year Italian module whilst abroad, to maintain my grammar ready for third year
13:22 Lunch! Today was burrata filled tortellini (if you don’t know burrata, you need to know! Essentially, burrata is even creamier mozzarella) with an aubergine and tomato sauce.
I didn’t get round to photoing it, but it’s pasta, you know it will be good.
13:43 For the next two hours, I procrastinated, cleaned my make-up brushes, caught up with my flatmates, tried to learn some Russian vocabulary, was reminded once again that Russian is very difficult, and read a little bit more.
15:41 Out the door and ready for my next batch of classes. First up: Theory of Cinema. Again, this was another new module for me, and today was actually the first lesson. I won’t lie, I am probably the least enthused about this class; maybe it was because the lecturer spoke so slowly that it dragged a little, or the fact that I could see the clock the entire time, and watched it trickle, minute by minute, for two hours…
17:54 Film theory over. After covering what the module was not- it is not film history or analysis- I still have no clue what it is, and if anything, I regret this module choice, as I cannot change it, alas. A quick run to the toilet and then back to my seat, because my next class took place in the same room.
Unsurprisingly, turnout was rather poor
18:06 Start of Medieval History. Today we discussed the 12th-century renaissance and the fallout of the Crusades. We have certainly covered a lot in this module, and I will be sad when it finishes in a couple of weeks.
19:17 Supposedly this is a two-hour class but given that we have two other classes in the week, I think the Professor takes pity on us and lets us out early. We have never made it passed 19:28.
19:24 Home. Nights in Siena vary, so I thought I would share the different things I did this week when all my classes were finished.
Monday- Netflix with my flatmates
Tuesday- Was interviewed by the student radio here describing my Erasmus experience
Wednesday- Watching Tottenham beat Ajax at the pub with 6 Dutch girls and felt smug- if only I could share the video of the final goal, the screams are incredible.
Thursday- Out for dinner with friends- we went to Il Pomodorino, some of the best pizza in Siena
Friday- Contrada Party! 3 happened this night, and essentially they are open air parties, with wine and a DJ, and anyone and everyone can attend.
So there you have it, a rundown of all my classes and how I spend my typical days in Siena. I hope this gives you an idea of what Erasmus is like. I think seeing how normal my life here is here, in comparison to Warwick, shows how easy it can be to move countries and settle into a new routine. Granted, it has its challenges, but like moving to Warwick for the first time, eventually, the kinks smoothe themselves out and you establish your day-to-day routine, making the unexpected difficulties easier to confront.
If you have any questions about studying abroad at Warwick, then don’t hesitate to ask.