The Next Adventure: A Summer in Italy

It’s almost exam season here at Acadia and I’m so excited to get this semester over with and head off to Antigua for Christmas. I’ve been so busy with final projects and I can’t wait to get back to blogging more often.

You should have already noticed my first piece of exciting news – I redesigned my site! I bought a brand new theme from Amanda at The Suitcase Designs (she also blogs at Living in Another Language) and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I think it looks much cleaner and I’d love to know if you agree!

Next, I have some even more exciting news – I’m moving to Italy for the summer!! Ever since I found Ashley’s blog and read about her experiences as an au pair in France I’ve wanted to au pair in Europe…and I’m making that dream come true! If you don’t know what an au pair is, it’s basically a live-in nanny. I’ll be living with an Italian family and helping take care of their children! Italy has been at the top of my bucket list literally since I can remember and I don’t know how I’m going to get through the winter semester considering how excited I already am. My plans have provided some handy procrastinating tools – I can map out some weekend trips, and figure out what I’m going to do for the month of May!


My contract doesn’t start until the beginning of June, and I have no intention of lazing about at home for the month prior to my trip. However, I also can’t go in the Schengen Zone (for visa purposes) which encompasses almost every country in Europe. Therefore, my very rough potential itinerary includes the randomest of places:

  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • London
  • Morocco
  • Turkey
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania

I’m trying to convince my sister to come with me, but whether she goes with me or I’m travelling solo, I’m so excited for this part of the adventure. We’ll see how drastically my plans change, but for now it looks like I’ll be knocking off a few bucket list destinations!


The family is based in Pavia, which is about 20 minutes outside of Milan. During this month the kids will be in school, so I’ll be watching them before and after. This leaves me most of the day free, as well as every weekend!  Pavia is a gorgeous university town, and Milan is utterly breathtaking. The thought of living 20 minutes from MILAN is astonishing – I can’t wait.


In the summer, the family I’m working for packs up and goes to Trieste, where the father works. I had never heard of Trieste, but the first time I googled it I was shocked at its location. It’s a beautiful port town that’s basically in Slovenia, which will give me some great opportunities to explore both Slovenia and Croatia.

Look out for a summer full of posts on European weekend trips, the daily life of an au pair, and much, much more! While this trip won’t be the easiest on my budget, how could I pass up a summer of free room and board in Italy? This will be an incredible opportunity to explore Italy and Europe itself…now to get through the brutal Canadian winter.

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