Hello, Holiday!

I have been looking forward to this for months: my other half and I will be spending next week in the beautiful city of Rome. I have never been to Italy before, but I find both the language and culture absolutely fascinating and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it!

Here is a taste of what we will be seeing:

Translation Break - Piazza Navona, Rome

(Piazza Navona, Image courtesy of Myrabella via Wikimedia Commons)

I can’t wait! I have been learning the odd bit of Italian in my (rare) spare time, but my current knowledge only extends to “Vorrei prenotare un tavolo per due persone” (I’d like to book a table for two)! I think I should have enlisted help in the form of the lovely Valeria at Rainy London!

I have really enjoyed reading about other translators’ travels this summer, and, for those of you who aren’t on holiday, I have listed some posts below with practical advice and interesting accounts:

*Corinne McKay of Thoughts on Translation has recently returned from 7 weeks in Switzerland, and she wrote about her experience of managing business emails while away from your desk. Read it here.
*Corinne also wrote about her trip to the UN buildings in Geneva, which I also visited while I was living and studying there. Fortunately, Corinne succeeded where I failed and took photos on her tour! Take a look at the post here.
*Tess Whitty of The Business of Translation is living and working in Sweden for a year, which sounds fascinating! She has decided to document her experience in the form of a diary on her blog, and you can read the first entry here.
*Tess also wrote a really interesting post a few weeks ago about the Swedish tradition of extended holidays. Check it out here.
*Emma Cossey writes The Freelance Lifestyle Blog, and she recently posted about the different ways in which freelance professionals can approach taking time off, from a financial perspective. This time, I went for options B and E (like Corinne McKay in the comments!), but I’ll definitely keep the others in mind for future breaks. Have a read here.

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This article was written by: Megan Onions

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