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Make sure you prepare yourself by reading up about where you are going; the culture, religion and history of the place, as it can open you up to issues you might not realise exist and might perhaps help you to adapt to their way of life.
Useful local words: 'Amuni', 'cacoccioli', 'granite'.
What not to pack: I shouldn't have taken any crockery.
What to pack: Some sunblock.
Couldn't have done without: Fruit, theatre and Bianca my bicycle.
Word of advice: Be open-minded while you’re there as it helps a lot when some things don’t go according to plan. Let them pass and remember there is also a HUGE positive side to your year abroad.
CB, Portuguese and Italian, Bristol University