A long time ago, by chance, I relocated to the town of Reading, Berkshire. I was a 22 year old graduate living with my parents in a tiny North Wales village, working in a local pub and looking for a career direction. I applied for a job in Manchester, the position had been filled. The company did have another office in Reading though, where the same role was vacant. I was interviewed (in Manchester), they offered me the position and I accepted, having not once ever been to the town 220 miles away. I needed somewhere to live and I needed to get a feel for this unknown place. The following Friday I jumped on a train (well a couple of trains) and headed down south to the town I would call home for the next 20 years.These are the best things about living in Reading.

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October. What a great time of the year. Summer has been and gone. The nights are drawing in. The weather is getting cooler. But most importantly it’s almost Halloween, which means that theme parks and attractions across the land are opening their doors in the evenings to scare people witless at their scare events.

There has been a growing trend over the years where scare attractions seem to be popping up here, there and everywhere. Some build on their popularity year on year, others dwindle and disappear like ghosts in the night (see what I did there)!

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Perugia is the capital, and largest hilltop town in the Italian region of Umbria. A university town dating back to the Etruscan period, the collection of piazzas, archways, cobbled streets and steep stairways in the historical centre create a level of charm that is typically Italian. It’s a vibrant town that hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year including the Umbria Jazz Festival in July and the Eurochocolate Festival in October. Why I didn’t choose to visit during this time, I have no idea. Rookie traveller error!

We stayed in Perugia for two nights as part of a wider trip exploring Umbria (click the link if you would like a recap). With an airport on the outskirts of town having direct flights back to the UK, it seemed like a great idea to finish off the trip at this location.

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