Here’s something I hope you will look forward to: I will shortly be moving this blog to a new website (http://myfiveromances.com) with a more vibrant and modern layout, using a variant of the Soledad theme which I and three other journalists use in our travel magazine-style website, Time To Wander. If you have not yet wandered there, please take a look!
The change is overdue: I started this blog in late 2012, using the TwentyEleven WordPress theme, as a way of branching out from an old-style print journalist to a … well, an old-style print journalist with some digital and social media skills. But it was also to force me to get back in touch with languages that I had studied but had neglected, and to learn some new ones along the way. Five romances is a bit ambitious: perhaps three would have been better!
The first couple of years were promising as the number of visitors shot up and doubled from 2013 to 2014 but after that I had to throw my energies into getting Time to Wander up and running, as well as taking on exciting but very demanding new roles in print journalism and getting my diploma in teaching English as a second language. My posts became infrequent and my romance language skills waned.
I am looking forward to starting afresh, and aim to have the new-look My Five Romances up before Easter, when I will be travelling to Portugal and Spain, to be immersed not only in Portuguese and Spanish but the Galician language, Gallego (sometimes written as Galego), which is similar to Portuguese. Hopefully the locals will understand me when I ask for prawns and custard tarts.
Thank you for being part of this journey. Bear with me in the meantime. Cheers!