My parents met in the city of Bournemouth when they were young. They went to the same school and they kept telling me how much they enjoyed their stay. When summer was around the corner, I decided to come to the United Kingdom, and Bournemouth was pretty much the perfect destination. However, unlike most students that come here to study, I opted for something different. As a youngster that will soon have to find a job, I looked for an internship, both to see what the environment looks like and to improve my english speaking skills.
I was hosted by a lovely family who also hosted many other students from around the world. It may seem strange living in the same house with another eleven people, but thankfully, we all had our own bathrooms. Despite living with a family, I had the freedom to make my own choices and that felt very good. Although that led to a few problems, like that time when I set my alarm for the next morning, but forgot it was set to the timezone back in Italy, making me get to work one hour late. Oops!
Bournemouth is a really nice city, its beach is probably the best one in the entire UK and throughout the month of August, they shoot fireworks on the pier every weekend. On a Saturday, a few friends and I decided to rent a few bikes, take a train to Wool, a nearby city, and cycle our way to Durdle Door, a fantastic part of the Jurassic Coast. The view was simply breathtaking.
The weather is, well, as you would expect from an English city, rainy. But I’m one of those few people that love rain, so it wasn’t that bad.
What was supposed to be a month flew by like a few days. It was such a nice experience and, given the chance, I’ll try to come back for the next summer!