The Italy Diaries #1

So, I moved to Genoa, Italy! I’m here for the next academic year as I’m working for a lovely family as their Au Pair. On the 13th of September I flew to Milan. Then I caught the train to Genoa where I met and moved in with my Italian family. Our first weekend together was the last of the summer holidays so we headed to the beach for a day of relaxation before school started and life kicked in!

Boccadasse, Genoa

The Concept

Whilst I’m in Italy, I’ve decided to do a series titled ‘The Italy Diaries’ . This is where I’ll chat about what I’m doing during the week, where I’m travelling on the weekends and my general experience as an au pair! (If you have any au pairing/nannying experience please do offer any pearls of wisdom in the comments).

My Weekdays

I wake up around 7am to get ready, take the kids to school and then during the day I’m free. This month is really about getting my bearings so I’m taking some time to explore the local town and the city, Genoa (especially while the weather is still nice!). I’ve been here 3 weeks now so I have a regualar routine which helps me be quite productive. Next week, my Italian classes start so I’ll be doing those between 08:30 and 10:30am on Wednesdays and Fridays! I really like the part of town I live in. There are supermarkets and pharmacies within walking distance for most things you’d need. The bus to the city centre doesn’t take long and there are so many shops, cafes and things to see there!

My Weekend Travels

This month I spent an evening in Milan on my way to Genoa but didn’t get chance to explore much! As I said above, I’m focusing on local this month and so I haven’t really travelled that far. However, I did take a day trip one weekend. I’ve also booked to spend a few nights in Florence next month. In September, I visited Sant’Anna, Santa Margarita, La Spezia and Portovenere (you can check out my day trip guide here). I also had a day exploring some of the Historical sites in Genoa and visited a few Palaces.

Royal Palace, Genoa

My First Impressions Of Au Pairing

Before this job, I’d done a few volunteer projects back home with primary school kids and then a month in Fiji teaching English so whilst having experience, I still have quite a lot to learn! I think that if you like kids, want to learn another language or live somewhere else then au pairing is a fantastic option. I’m really enjoying my time here so far, and whilst there can be challenges (like…just do your homework!) overall it’s so rewarding.

So that concludes September’s diary! You can find more regular updates on Instagram @jessrigg_ or at #theitalydiaries. Let me know any reccomendations you have for travelling in Italy in the comments below. Ciao!

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  1. How exciting! Sounds like you are making the most of your time in Italy ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never been but I’d like to one day!

    Hope that you are having a great week ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got a scarf giveaway on my blog right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’ve never heard of “au pairing” before, but it sounds like such a rewarding career choice. Even if it is difficult to get them to do theitheir homework, haha. I hope your Italian lessons are going well? Italy has always been on my travel wish list but I haven’t made it there, yet.

    1. Itโ€™s such a great way to spend some time abroad and learn a new language or culture! But yeah, sometimes challenging, as with most jobs! I hope you visit soon, its the best!

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