AMII @ THIRTY

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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The Best Ways to Learn a new Language

The world is getting smaller with more opportunities every day to travel, live and work in a different country. The biggest barrier though for many people is language. Especially if you’re not a “languages person” (or think that you’re not), the concept of learning a totally new language can be pretty terrifying.

Six months ago, I moved to the Netherlands and knew approximately 10 words of Dutch. This week I finished my Dutch lessons (the first set at least). I have now completed 22 hours of study over the past 12 weeks with a private tutor and I now know a lot more than 10 words. ways to learn a language, foreign language, dutch course, language lessons, expat guideAs part of my formal education, I have taken more than 13 years of French lessons, 11 years of German lessons, 2 years of Italian lessons and have 3 GCSEs, 2 A-levels and a Diploma in these languages. I have also lived in Germany and Québec (the French-speaking part of Canada for anyone who didn’t know).

From my experiences in the classroom and through lots of other learning methods, I’ve compiled these tips on the best ways to learn a new language. Continue reading…


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Navigating Malaga Airport

Anyone else suffering from January blues? I’ve been looking at flights everyday to sunnier climes which reminded me that I haven’t done a “Navigating…” post for a while.

Malaga Airport is one I’ve seen change hugely over the years. We’re lucky enough to have a holiday apartment between Marbella and Estepona which I try to visit at least once a year so I’ve flown to and from Malaga numerous times over the past 12+ years.

What used to be a very outdated, small airport has been massively developed and has grown into one with a lot of different amenities. Here’s a few Continue reading…


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Explore Netherlands #3 – Museum Speelklok, Utrecht

Self-playing musical instruments? museum speeklok, museumkaart, utrecht, things to do in utrecht, museums in the netherlands, perlee organ, street musicThat’s what the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht is all about and it’s one of the loveliest, most fun museums I’ve visited in a while.

Housed in the beautiful Buurkerk, one of the oldest churches in Utrecht, the Museum Speelklok is full of instruments from the 16th Century onwards that play lively, entertaining music.

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Explore Netherlands #2 – Dutch stereotypes

Every country has it’s stereotypes and whilst many are true to some degree, there are also many which aren’t true at all. I love hearing what people think of the British and also love to see whether the stereotypes in places I travel to have any grounding in today’s world or whether they are completely far-fetched and unrealistic.

In this Explore Netherlands post, I’ve decided not to write about Dutch stereotypes but to Continue reading…

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Navigating BHX

This week, I’m going to share the most useful things to know about travelling from Birmingham Airport.birmingham airport, west midlands, united kingdom, blog, travel blog

I travel as much as I can. In fact, one of the main criteria for choosing where I live is that I must be less than 20 miles from an international airport. I get pretty claustrophobic on this little island we live on and I like knowing I can easily escape whenever I feel the urge. Not only do I travel a lot in my personal life, I also get the opportunity to travel for my job fairly frequently. As such, I’ve become quite the pro at navigating BHX efficiently and with minimal stress and time-wasted.

Unless I’m travelling long-haul, I only travel with hand luggage. I’ve perfected my packing skills so I can easily be away for a week and just take hand luggage. I also hate waiting around at the airport so I’m known for leaving the absolute minimum amount of time before my flight. As such, planning and preparation really is vital to airport success. Continue reading…


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Where Can I Go Next?

This is precisely the thought I have at least 10 times a week. I am always trying to plan my next holiday or trip abroad and, as listed on my About Me page, I try to visit a new country every year. 2014 has been a little slow on the travel front (a few trips to Spain, including a crazy week on the UCB Sports Tour – more on that in a later post) but we have a Sports Management course trip to Poland in December, so I will tick that box again for another year.

This day (19 August) in 2013 saw me leave England on an epic five-week trip to New Zealand and Australia with a two-night stop over in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading…