In 1990 when the Erasmus programme was in its infancy, the law department were looking for a student to go off to Modena to study in the University there. Funnily enough, Irish law students with a grasp of Italian were thin on the ground and I was selected and dispatched with all the funds available which came to a tremendous lot by student standards.
My accommodation was a small, modern bedsit paid for by the Modenese authorities in their first flush of enthusiasm for the programme. I learnt a lot in Modena but, alas, relatively little about tax, EU and human rights law – my chosen subjects; my vocabulary in dealing with small children only seeing me so far into the world of third level study.
Still 18 years to go before I move in here and 18 days to go in Nablopomo. Not sure how much longer I can keep this up.
A completely unrelated matter but very important to document, Daniel is now regularly sleeping through the night. Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
Also, last night we interviewed a new woman to take over from the one who is off to New York and we now have a new childminder. Hurrah etc.