Salaam, Ciao and Hello!
I currently work as an English teacher in Bologna, Italy. I teach all ages and abilities, from young children and students to Italian pensioners. Originally from England, I come from a family of shoemakers and Christian ministers, many of whom were missionaries in South America, and during my life I've lived all over the UK, from the top to the bottom.
I fell in love with Bologna when I studied there as part of a study abroad programme (Erasmus). Naturally, I followed the laws of fiction and fell in love while living abroad. I vowed to come back after completing my degree so that I could get married. I graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Leicester and fulfilled my end of the bargain by leaving the UK and moving to Italy.
One day, I found that Islam had become part of my family life when my Turkish husband reverted. I was determined to learn more about my new house guest, and so I began to learn more and studied ‘Women and Islam’ at University and watched endless youtube videos by people like the awesome Nye Armstrong and equally inspiring Amena Khan to find out what drew people to Islam. I began to fast during Ramadan 2011 purely as ‘research’ but ended the Holy month as a fully-fledged Muslim. During the process I'd realized that Islam allowed me to better express a faith in God that I'd always held as a Christian but had never been unable to fully express.
This is my personal blog where I write articles about Italian culture, expat life, and about my experiences as a new Muslim living in a Catholic country. As an EFL teacher, I share tips for teaching English abroad and working with young children. I'm also a regular columnist for the MuslimGirl.net, a site which gives a voice to Muslim women around the world. Hopefully you'll find something that tickles your fancy.
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