Where are you from? Mexico. ..so WHY did you come to L’Aquila??
Even telling that you come from Slovakia sounds surprising.
Well, I came to this little city in between amazing mountains without knowing much about it’s situation, without having any image in my head about how difficult it could be here for all those people. I came here to study Erasmus Mundus program, because the path that we were set to do, did sound amazing.
That’s my Why L’Aquila? reason.
Why L’Aquila blog
Let’s start from the beginning.
I still couldn’t believe this was happening and I finally realised when my plane took off. Destination: Roma. I felt very exited about being in Italy. For the first time in my life and one and half year to go.
After we arrived do L’Aquila and settled down, we went for a trip to the center. Everyone was expecting some kind of tragedy but, honestly, the earthquake in L’Aquila happened 5 years ago, it can’t be that bad.
Well, it pretty much was.
It is indescribable feeling, walking through places, where used to be life, where used to be schools, pubs, people, houses and now .. ruins.
Next days, we were paralysed.
Even if you don’t want to, you still have it in your mind, it is not something, that you forget.
I went through I am so sorry for this and later Gosh, I hate this borring city to It’s not that bad, let’s help.
And here we come to the second reason why blog Life in foreign language was created. L’Aquila is definitely worth your attention. L’Aquila needs being talked about. It is a gate to Gran Sasso, the amazing mountain, it is a place where you see history and the power of nature, place where you can have fun, place that makes you think.
If you are worrying about spending your Erasmus in L’Aquila, don’t be. As for Erasmus or exchange student, L’Aquila city is great with it’s position. There are frequent buses to Roma and Roma Airports, also to the see sight, there is train station. If you want to experience all the Italy, then middle Italy is the best starting place for sure. If you by a chance come with car, you win it all. Check also the 10 reasons why to visit in L’Aquila and why I hate this place.
L’Aquila is currently in quite difficult position. The centre has been damaged, there are still a lot of abandoned houses, however, the pubs are slowly starting opening and university Thursdays are already definitely worth it!
In a city like this, it is hard to come up with a good Plan B. Especially in Italy, where there is not a lot of money in general and then money sometimes don’t end up where they are meant to go.
We’ve been having several discussions about this topic and we agreed on the same. The same, that also University of L’Aquila had understood before us. The best L’Aquila Plan B, it is to turn it into a student city.
There are quite few international students already. There is currently one University and several research centres. There are many clever people at the University, having exchange students from all the Europe, experiencing their Erasmus in L’Aquila. Several Erasmus Mundus programs are based here as well.
And, not to forget, there is also a local ESN, called Laquilasmus, is a bunch of very cool and helpfull people that will make your exchange semester in L’Aquila be worth every minute.
All the pictures credit belongs to Laquilasmus.