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    AUPAIR INSTAGRAM WALKING TOURS

    Are you Au Pair in London? Have you just arrived and you want to discover this amazing city? Or you’ve been here for a while, but you haven’t had the chance yet to take amazing Instagram photos? Then this article is for you: come and discover the city with me! But first, let me tell you something about me… Hi and welcome to this page! My name is Ylenia. I come from Italy, but I’ve been travelling the world in the last few years, visiting amazing countries like Thailand and Vietnam and working as tour guide in the wonderful Islands of Seychelles for months, but now…I’m back in town! I’ve…

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    Welcome to our family!

    About this time of the night, a year ago, today, I was leaving for what later turned out to be absolutely the most important experience of my life. I perfectly remember that morning when I was on the beach, in Albissola, my beloved home, eating my last focaccia (the tastiest food of my region, Liguria) before leaving, looking at the sea, for the last time in a while. And that evening, at Nice airport, when, just said goodbye to my mum and my friends and stopped crying, I was finally alone, sitting in front of the gate. Waiting. My flight was about one hour and half delayed. I was oddly…

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    Proud of me!

    Great news: I passed the exam! It’s already three months that I came back home after my Au Pair experience in London, it’s really incredible how fast time flies. It seems to me yesterday that I was having dinner – the last dinner – with my host family and I was crying because I was leaving in some hours! I was about leaving my girls overall, so sad. It was July and now we’re in October, that’s crazy. And I haven’t been speaking in English for quite a long time already, so that’s why I decided that I have to start again. I always studied languages in my life, first…

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    La famiglia giusta per me

    Mamma mia che casiniste! Era domenica sera verso le h 21:00 (ora italiana) quando la famiglia mi aveva chiamato. In realtà l’appuntamento era per le h 20:30, ma non riuscivamo a metterci in contatto su Skype poiché io avevo inviato la richiesta a loro già giorni prima, ma non me l’avevano accettata e non potevo scrivergli; lei sul momento stava invece cercando di scrivere ad un’altra Ylenia e non trovava me (non chiedetemi perché), mentre la bimba più grande continuava a scrivermi su WhatsApp con il telefono della madre e andammo avanti così per mezz’ora. Fu solo l’inizio del chaos mentale di questa famiglia, caratteristica intrinseca della stessa. 😀 Ed…

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    La prima impressione conta!

    Come scegliere la giusta host family Di famiglie ne avevo sentite parecchie da quel 24 luglio, giorno in cui avevo attivato il mio profilo sul sito. Soprattutto tedesche, perché inizialmente volevo andare in Germania. Alcune erano super carine, altre pretenziose, altre ancora strambe come non so cosa. Ma si sa, nel mucchio è normale che venga fuori un po’ di tutto: c’è chi ti scrive ma poi sparisce, chi non ti risponde proprio, chi ti assilla invece, pensando che tu non abbia altro da fare nella vita che stare 24 h su 24 sul sito a rispondere a tutto e tutti. All’inizio non sembrava così semplice trovare una famiglia non…

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    Perché Au Pair?

    Proprio oggi, ma un anno fa, prendevo definitivamente la decisione di volare a Londra per diventare AuPair. Come già raccontavo nel mio articolo “What is an Au Pair?” (lo so, questo è scritto in inglese), già durante l’estate 2013, al termine del primo anno di università, avevo preso in considerazione l’idea di fare questa esperienza, ma poi non se ne era fatto nulla. Lo scorso anno, invece, si era aperto “col botto”, nel senso che all’inizio dell’anno mi ero laureata e successivamente mi ero data a ciò che amo di più in assoluto: viaggiare. Tolte – finalmente – quelle due o tre mete che da tempo primeggiavano nella mia lista…

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    English English…how important are you?

    And that’s what happened! Three years later the perfect time to do this experience arrived. It was the end of September 2016, exactly one year ago. Six months after my graduation day, after six months travelling around Europe. Finding a job was really hard and I had spent the whole summer sending Cvs everywhere, but there was nothing to do. And I really really wanted to keep on travelling, at least for some more months. As I hadn’t gone in Erasmus the year before because I had to work, I absolutely had to go abroad and have a similar experience. So I created a new AuPairWorld account – because you…

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    What is an “Au Pair”?

    My Aupairworld profile was really really basic. I didn’t have any pictures of me, only a few information, because I just wanted to browse to gain more knowledge about other Aupairs’ experiences, nevertheless several families wrote me. So I started chatting with a couple of families from Germany – because it’s in Germany that I wanted to go initially – and I had seriously begun thinking of doing this kind of experience for real. I mean, my classes at University ended on the last days of May, exams probably in the end of June that year, so basically I was free in July and August and then, in September I…

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    That’s strange!

    I swear: I didn’t know anything about this kind of experience. Well, I had some schoolmates who had gone to Ireland or in Canada for example with the purpose of improving their English and maybe they stayed in a family as well, but those were completely different experiences. They paid for them, or better their parents. And they had an association organizing the English course, finding an host family and so on…But my parents couldn’t pay for me: I had to do it on my own. As I was really young and at that moment I hadn’t have any experiences alone, I didn’t want to run any risk. But this…

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    First steps in the AuPair world

    Hi, I’m back here again! Today I’d like to tell you something more about what I’d like to do on my blog: as I’ve already mentioned I’m gonna try to write articles in my own language, Italian, but in English as well. But while I’m writing more about my travels in my Italian section, I was thinking to dedicate the English section of my blog to tell you something more about my Aupair experience first and then I’ll also start writing about my adventures in English as well. I’ll do this because I think it makes more sense: I mean, I’m in London, I’m here to improve the language and…

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