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Japanese Cartoons

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Among my fondest memories of my childhood in Florence are the cartoons that I used to enjoy watching. The majority of these, if not all, were made in Japan and dubbed into Italian. Every day, around 4pm, the kid’s TV programme Zap-Zap would begin on a (now-defunct, I think) TV channel called TMC. The two presenters were called Marta and Guido, and they would take us through an hour or so of kids entertainment. I loved it, and remember being really disappointed when our TV broke down and I wasn’t able to see it for almost a month. It felt like forever.

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Boh, beh, mah

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No, the title of this post hasn’t become mangled in transmission. 🙂 There are a few of these almost-a-word expressions in Italian that are used quite frequently in informal settings. This is the kind of thing that isn’t (normally!) taught in language class and can only really be picked up properly when talking with Italians.

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Ancona – Wrap-up

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I slept soundly for five hours or so before getting up to pack and clean up. I wanted to be sure to leave the boat ‘ship-shape’ for the owner. Unfortunately, there was no more running water for some reason, so I wasn’t able to wash the dishes (or have a shower, for that matter!).

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Ancona – Day 3

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This morning I managed to get up on time (i.e. 6:30), have breakfast, and leave the boat. It’s actually a little bit of a shame, because I’d have liked to have spent a bit more time on and around the boat, but it’s just too far away from the main town. I guess I should bear this in mind for future trips–always make sure your accommodation is reasonably well connected.

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Ancona – Day 2

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I got up late, and I mean late. It was actually nice and warm in the ‘bedroom’ and I struggled to motivate myself to get out from under the cozy duvet. Anyway, I eventually got up and went into the shower, only to find out there was no hot water at all. Scottish shower it is then! After a good breakfast, I headed out and decided to walk again, this time back to the city centre. All this walking is actually really good–I checked the health and fitness app on my smartphone and found that I’d walked a total of 14 miles yesterday! Today, I managed to reach just under 13 miles.

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Ancona – Day 1

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Well it’s nearly ten o’clock now, and here I am sitting at the captain’s desk in the yacht after a long day flying and walking. Mainly the latter. I’ve been awake now (apart from some small snatches of sleep during the flight) for nearly thirty-six hours. Funnily enough, I don’t feel too tired right now, but on the other hand I’m looking forward to curling up in the small dormitory and dozing off till the morning!

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Ancona – Day 0

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Well here’s a break from the retrospective on my Genoa trip from two years ago to write about one that’s happening…right now! I’m heading off to Ancona in the Marche region of Italy for a couple of days. I’m flying from London Stansted airport tomorrow morning at 6:30am directly to Ancona Falconara airport. I was going to fly Alitalia as I usually do (or take the train!) but Ryanair has a direct flight to Ancona and it’s also much cheaper, so it doesn’t feel like you’re shelling out a huge amount just for a weekend.