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Monday, 26 February 2007

oh and i put some pics on the photo blog but i dont think the quality is all that good - sorry

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Author: italianbella    in: My travelblog
the last 3 weeks all in one go! good luck

Ok so 3 weeks have passed since i last wrote!  I cant believe how fast the time is going now, now that its all coming to an end.


So . . . . the last time I wrote was mums birthday, well i ended up working out how to use a web <cam and that night I got to see the family and my room in Australia via msn.  It was really nice to see everyone although there were a few tears.  Marc was just the same as always – he mooned the camera, Federico, who was sitting to the side was a little shocked I think but that’s marc!  I was a little jealous of the sunny warm day although its getting quite warm here for this time of year.  It feels like spring has come already, I want to start organising picnics again!  Its not warm enough to leave the house without a jacket but im not wearing 3 pairs of tights and 4 tops any more – I went outside the otherday with only my jeans, a singlet, long sleeve top and jacket!  Anyway the rest of the weekend in bologna was pretty ordinary and I went back to trento on Monday.


Tuesday 6th feb I went out with a few friends for a bit of a goodbye for Michael, a german guy ive been friends with since the Italian course back in September.  It was also to see mary louise again, she was also there from the beginning but the different nationalities have all kinda split up since then so she spends most of her time with the germans as I do with the other English speaking people.  Actually I saw quite a bit of the germans that week as it was Michaels final week so I saw him every chance I got including the Wednesday night when I was suppose to see some Italians.  These Italian guys had been friends with the old nannies and showed up at the apartment one night looking for the old girls but found us instead so now they have made friends with the girls in the apartment and kept messaging me to get me to come out with them as well but im always busy.  I made plans with them on Wednesday but after we walked around town for 1hr trying to figure out where to go, following the boys as they went window shopping! And informing me of best places for guys to shop in trento I kinda decided id rather be with my friends so I made up some bad excuse to go over to the English boys house and afterwards I managed to drag them out for drink where we met up with a bunch of other Erasmus students!


Thursday morning I had a mole type thing cut off from the base of my neck.  I had been there since just before I came over here and I had been really self councious about it always wearing a scarf or covering it with a bandaid.  I hadn’t done anything sooner cos I was worried about costs and finding a doctor who spoke English but after a shaky start where rita spent an hour on the phone to doctors and people tyring to find out who I needed to see and where I could go without an Italian medical card it was all quite easy – I went in to a dermatologist thinking it was just a consultation and she would reschedule for it to be removed later but she took one look and said “if you want to take a seat we can get rid of it now”. It was great except that I almost fainted after seeing the blood and smelling the little burning instrument they use to clot the blood to stop the bleeding.  I know I mustve looked pretty bad cos  I could hear her and the nurse talking about the colour of my face!  They were really concerned about it scarring but theres hardly anything to see now and it makes me wonder why I waited so long!


Friday I went with mary louise up to cavelse to go snowboarding again.  The valley wasn’t nearly as pretty as it could have been as there was no snow to cover all the dead grass and bare trees, I can see how it would be beautiful if there was snow but unfortunately there wasn’t.  there was a really good slope at the top of one of the main mountains that I did for most of the day.  I only fell over when I wanted to cos I was tired or when I tried something new! Ive found that im ok on the slope but totally hopless getting from the slope to the ski lift and then from the lift to the slope, I cant get the hang of moving with a huge board attached to one foot, I actually had to fall over once to stop myself from sliding into a lady who was standing near the lift.  She was a ccompanied by an instructor who nicely helped me up then tightened my boots and told me that it makes it harder when your boots aren’t done up enough – I did them as tight as I could!  I tried the kiddy slop at one point but the lift for that is a little different, theres like a plunger thing you have to put between your legs and it kinda drags you up the slope while your feet are on the ground.  It’s a little different for snowboarders to use than the skiers and I got it totally wrong and ended up falling over and being dragged on my face for a bit before I thought to let go and try starting again.  The stupid man who was supposed to help just kept talking at me in Italian and even when I told him I didn’t understand he still kept going, needless to say I didn’t go down that slope again, not after all those looks from the kids!


We got back to trento that night and I had to stay for a goodbye party, for the second week in a row I spent the day with the person whose party it was – Linda, a german girl who was leaving in a few days had come skiing with us and seeing as she was a beginner also her and I spent a lot of time together during the day! So I kinda had to go, I also had to give her some photos.  It was a good party though, it was also the last chance I had to see Michael so we moved from the house party to a bar and then another bar that stays open a bit later and then slept for a bit and caught the train to bologna for what has become the worst weekend ever.


Satuday was ok, then that night Federico and I went to christines for dinner as usual and we ended up having a really good night as after dinner we played a few drinking games and had a few laughs and then one of his friends rolled what I was trying so hard to believe was just a really big cigarette.  I was a little surprised when Federico took a few puffs and even more surprised when he offered it to me!  so from that point on the weekend went down hill.  I freaked out cos I never thought he would do that – ever – and I was upset by that, I guess I ve found it really difficult over here because there are so many things that go on in the big wide world that ive never really been exposed to before because ive got such a great group of friends back home who all have their heads screwed on straight, I don’t know.  Anyway I cant explain it cos I really freaked out and got upset and i have other friends here who have done it from time to time and im ok with that so I don’t know why it was so different with him.  So when Sunday came around it was all pretty intense as we tried to sort that out – he stupidly brought up the fact that he doesn’t really like religion but hes ok with me being a religious person so why cant I be ok with him doing that, who in their right mind brings up a persons religion in an argument?!  After that finally calmed down we had another conversation about where all this was going and we found out that hes always though of this as ending when I leave and that he never ever saw there being a chance that this would go beyond that which totally upset me.  so Sunday I spent the entire day in tears and trying to sleep to make the pain go away.  There was a lot of talking going on and it was all made harder being stuck in a tiny little apartment with no doors and no one else to talk to but him.  Sometimes a girl just needs her friends to help sort herself out.  Monday morning I left to go back to trento but somewhere on the 10min bus trip from his to the train station my wallet got stolen, I had about 40 euros in there plus my Australian drivers license, credit card, debit card and all my other card from home so that wasn’t very good.  I had to make a quick trip back to federicos to make sure I didn’t leave it there and I think he was more worried than me, I figured if its gone its gone, so long as my cards are cancelled theres nothing else I can do so why worry, especially after everything else that had happened that weekend.


The next week was quite and interesting week as both the kids were home sick so it was hard to escape from work.  I was being woken up at 8am and unlike most week days when I am woken up and then the kids go to school an hr later they just kept going and going and wouldn’t be quite, I can say now that  the words – mamma, vienni – are like fingernails on a chalkboard for me! (it means come here mum).  I managed to get out with Katie and abi for a bit and wrote a really long email to Federico trying to sort things out a bit.  I find with Italians its better to write things down as it gives them more time to figure out what it is youre saying and they can see what you are saying and not misunderstand a word.  Tuesday night I went over to the aussie girls apartment and found that the girls had been making valentines day cards to hand out to random people in the street, so I joined in and did a few also.  The next morning I went back over to the girls for a valentines day breakky with pastries and fruit then we went a bought some choccies to stick to the cards.  After we went to an art shop and bought some drawing stuff for a lady who works at the local pool.  Emma talks to her quite a bit and had found out that she has always liked to draw but is too busy looking after a sick family member to be able to it anymore so we bought some stuff and left it anonymously for her and the pool whilst she was working.  She guessed later that afternoon when all the mothers from the pool were there and they made emma go over so she could say thank you.  After that we headed into town to hand out the cards but I ran out of time and had to work.  The others went in though and ended up hading them out to the homeless beggars, the buskers and the African guys who always try and sell you stuff around town because those people were the most appreciative.  That night I went back to the girls and baked cookies and pigged out a bit more which was nice, the best valentines day ive ever had I think.


Thursday I was having lunch in town with clio and steph and noticed all these carnival rides open up, it took me a while to realise it was for carnivale and within about two hours the main piazza went from being empty to being full of kids in costumes throwing confetti around, a few stalls had opened up with lots of ppl there to look, entertainers were performing and it just all seemed to be alive.  It was great.  I really wanted to hang around and watch for a bit longer but I had to get to work so that was that. 


Friday was pretty ordinary.  I didn’t go anywhere or do anything cos I wasn’t really in the mood as nothing had really been sorted out between me and Federico, he had said he would email me the day before but then he hadn’t had time so I was kept waiting to see if things would get sorted or whether we would break up.  I had to look after the kids for an hour while rita went to pick up elenas homework and in that time I got a message from Federico basically saying that he didn’t have time for a serious relationship at this time so that put me in tears.  It was quite funny cos while I was sitting there crying Giorgio woke up crying as usual cos his mum wasn’t there,  I think he was a bit confused though cos of my tears so he wasn’t as difficult as he normally is.  Maybe I should try that more often?!  What a tiring week.  I didn’t go to bologna that weekend cos Federico was going back to ziano and hadn’t seen his family for a month and half so he didn’t really have much time to spare which I could understand and I had been planning on going to Venice for carnivale anyway.


At 8 am 18 of my friends all got on a small train for a 3hr40min train ride to Venice.  It was soooooo long cos we didn’t get seats.  A few of us ended up sitting on the steps in the doorway!  It was such a relief to get there and it was so amazing – my first time in Venice.  You really a swept away as soon as you step out of the train station, its exactly like you think it would be.  Except it was even more amazing because everyone was wearing masks and there were heaps of people in costume and facepainters everywhere.  It was quite difficult to organise a group of 18, we stood outside the train station for half and hour waiting on people to go get money and go to the bathroom etc then we finally got moving and within 3 mins we lost half of the group.  Suzannah, the American nanny, had also come with us and I think she was getting a little annoyed with all the confusion so her and I ended up breaking away and went looking at masks instead.  There were some pretty impressive ones I cant even begin to describe.  Her and I both bought a mask each then started making our way towards the main piazza.  It took us about 3 hours to get there because of all the people and in that time we stopped so many times to look at the people who were fully dressed up in period costumes and as other various things.  We tried to take in as much of the scenery as possible but didn’t bother with any tourist things as it was more about the carnivale festival than Venice itself. We ran back into the other group along the way and kept moving with the constant flow of people – there were so many!


At one point we found a Disney store which I of course had to go into but then lost everyone cos they couldn’t stop and wait for me- I tell you the crowds were amazing and the streets were so small that you just had to keep going.  I called them to find out where they were but got the direction wrong and ended up somewhere totally different and had my own little adventure but I saw some amazing costumes I would have missed out on other wise.  I ended up getting to the main piazza at the totally opposite end from the others which was good for me cos it gave me a chance to walk through the hundreds of ppl that were there and see more and more ppl dressed up.  These ppl just dress up and walk around all day having their photos taken, its fantastic, I so want to do it!  I found all my friends eventually and we walked a little further but realised there wasn’t much else to do but walk around and look at ppl in costumes, I think we were expecting there to be peoformances and stuff like there was in trento.  Actually I think there were things going on but it was just too crowded to figure out what they were.  So we hung round the piazza for a bit then suzannah and I left the group again and slowly made our way back to the train station.  We got back and she caught the next train home, whilst I waited with the others while a few of the girls got their faces painted.  The face painters were amazing but if I was given the same stuff as them im pretty sure I could do just as good as could jody!  So im thinking her and I should go to carnival next year all dressed up and spend a few days face painitng!  We got back to trento around 11pm and from there I got dragged to a Spanish party.  I wasn’t really in to mood as I was still sulking about the stupid boy issues but id never been to a Spanish party, the had an acordian and a tambourine there and they were teaching ppl dances, I didn’t participate but it was a good laugh.


Sunday I spent with emma watching movies and knitting which was nice,  ive decided to take that back up again and ive already done one scarf and have almost finished my second but im getting bored and would really like to start on another jumper but don’t think it’s a good idea considering what I already have to bring back – I don’t need another heavy woollen jumper!


Monday Federico was suppose to come so we could talk all this stuff out a bit but he was too busy so I ended up talking to connor (irish guy)  then mark (welsh guy) and it was really nice to have a different perspective than what I had already been hearing for the whole week before and they helped me figure out a lot and so that night when I finally got to speak with Federico on msn we sorted everything out so its all good now.  I think he was a bit surprised because id sent him a few angry messages and I think he was expecting to talk to and angry, upset jess instead I was munching away on an apple and laughing at half the thing we were talking about!  So  that was good to have everything finally solved and then just after that one of my friends from Australia who is over in Canada working on the ski slops was on msn so I got to speak with him for an hour!


Tuesday was great as I was finally in a good mood after 1 1.2 weeks being sad so I had a lot of happy to make up for.  Tuesday night there was suppose to be an acrobatic performance in town that everyone was going to but it got cancelled either because something to do with the performance was broken or the performer had broken something, we couldn’t figure out what the announcer had actually said but it was one of the two.  There was a bit of a party going on in the piazza though so we hung around and had a good dance.  The Spanish group had gotten all dress up in flinstones outfits and had even made a flinstones car which was quite amazing.  It was good to be out with everyone again dancing away.  


And that’s about it I think.  Thursday night I came down to bologna, where I am now and its been a really good weekend.  Kinda hard cos Federico and I had a look at our individual plans between now and when I leave and it turns out we only have 2 or 3 weekends together which is kinda hard to believe so I think we might try and make a bit more of an effort to see more of each other before the end.  


Its getting really hard all round just knowing that the end is coming.  I only have 5 more weeks of work and im kinda sad about that because I feel like I only just started this job and I get along really well with the family.  Just last week Elena thanked rita for finding her a babysitter who was perfect for her – rita told emma to tell me that which I thought was nice.  Elena keeps asking if im going to come back after ive seen all my friends and family in Australia; I think I will be sad to say goodbye to them.  


Everytime im out with my friends, as much fun as we have together there is always that thought that its all going to end soon and as it gets closer and closer the thoughts get stronger and stronger and it makes me really sad, especially knowing that once I leave I can never come back to this.  As much as I do wanna see my family and friends in Australia its had to be happy about it as it means that this is all coming to an end.  Grace leaves on Thursday for good, amber and suzannah leave in 2 weeks – all these girls who got here after me are going to be gone.  Quite a few of the other Erasmus students will be leaving, only the English and Americans will be here after I go I think, clio and steph are leaving round the same time as me.


I have started back on my health kick trying to get back into shape so I can be even kinda ok with wearing bathers again.  I have never in my life been as white as I am now!  I cant handle it, if I walk around without shoes on I spend most of the time starting at my feet trying to believe that they really are my little white feet down there and im not wearing white socks.  So now im jazzercising again, attempting to do it once a day and hopefully I can motivate myself to go running with emma every now and again and im trying to cut back on the gelati which is hard as all the gelaterias have just re opened after being closed for. winter


Anyway I think that’s all I can say at this time, I know it’s a lot but I have to put it all down.  I keep hoping I will get the motivation to write more often but I keep putting it off cos I have access to federicos computer and internet when im here and its so much nicer to use than the internet cafes.


Till next time,







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Sunday, 04 February 2007

just a note

ive jest spent the last 2hrs writing as much as i can about my timesince mylast entry before christmas. ive missed out ireland and the weekdays but hopefully ill get time to do that next weekend!

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The week before that starting 4th jan, so its more than a week but that’s when I got to England (if this seems a little out of order its cos i wrote it from back to front then copied it into the blog.  its works chronolgoically but may be a little jolted trying to read smoothly)

I was suppose to stay with one of my friends from camp when I got to England but she worked nights and lived with her parents so I kinda thought it might be a little weird staying with her so I phoned ujp the aussie friend id made in sicily – Raquel.  It was all pretty easy, she shares a place with 3 other guys, Id get my own key and she lived right next to Walthamstow!!!!!!  So that was exciting, the home of east 17 baby!!


When I first arrived Raquel was working so I sat and waited for her at one of the stations for 6hrs!!!  I was gonna walk around for a bit but my feet were killing me and I had a while bunch of bags so I walked around and outside the station for a bit – saw the theatre where wicked is showing, found out adam Garcia was playing the lead male role role!!!! Decided that I had to go see whilst I was in London.  Then went back inside and read my book for a few hours. 


The next morning I met up with one of my uni friends form trento – katy and we did a whole bunch of tourist stuff, Trafalgar square, houses of parliament, Westminster abbey, picadilly circus, covent gardens and the british museum.  I always forget about htem useums cos theyre not really my thing and I get bored with them pretty quickly, fortunately katey is exactly the same as me, we even get bored at around the same time so ive decided I It was lways like doingthe cultural stuff with her.  It was pretty good at the british museum cos we got to see the rosetta stone and the mummified body of Cleopatra!  We had heaps of fun cos she hadn’t really done the touristy thing either so she was taking photos, buying postcards and a couple of cheap souvenirs as well.  We met up with her sis at the end of the day then I went back to raquels. 


I stopped in a supermarket and spent about and hour  just staring at all the different food.  I miss the variety so much.  I bought weetbix, teriyaki sauce, salad dressing, jelly, peanut butter, milo a couple of other packet sauces, sliced white bread!  I was having a ball.


The next day it rained and I had to wash my hair so I spent most of the day in front of the telly.  I didn’t think I was really wasting time cos watching telly in English was a big treat for me on holidiays. I did kinda get hooked on celb big brother whilst I was there, it was awful having to leave it behind. In the afternoon I went for a walk to Walthamstow central (also trying to find somewhere to get a key cut) not the prettiest place around but no as awful as I thought itd be.


Sunday Raquel had the day off so we went to see the tower of London.  One of her housemates works for the audio guide desk so we managed to get free entry (saving us £16) and free audio guides.  That was great!  They were really good audio tours so it made it really interesting and we took our time walking around.  The crown jewels were pretty impressive, there was this whole thing going on with prince will and his girlfriend while I was in England, I think cos it was her birthday some time that week and the media were pretty sure that he was gonna pop the question sometime soon so the paparazzi were constantly follwing the girl  around and there was all this talk of her one day being the queen so it kinda gave a little more meaning to  all the jewels and coronation stuff we saw. 


I managed to get in touch with tiff that afternoon so I met up with her and we went to the hillsong church over in London!  It was amazing!  It was held in the dominion theatre, where they play we will rock you during the week.  There were so many people and it was amazing to go to a church like that after not having been for 8 months.  Tiff is a ctually living in London now and has managed to get into the music team on in the church so now shell be playing bass up on stage in front of the hundreds of people there. How exciting.


I arranged to meet up with her the next day aswell.  We walked around a bit more, looked at a few more shops, tried to figure out plans for the rest of the week and figure out what she was going to do work wise as shed been there 2 months and still didn’t have a job.  I think we ended up going to hyde park, and harrods then we went to go meet a friend of hers who was leaving that day.  We were suppose to go to the globe theatre with her friend but we got there too late and didn’t have time to go.  Tiff decided to go help her friend get to the airport whilst I decided to go see a show on broadway.  I caught the bus to Victoria station first to buy tickets for wicked.  I know you can get cheap half price tickets easily enough but none of the places had floor seats left and I wanted floor seats so I payed almost full price for tickets for the Thursday then made my way over to leiscter square and bought cheap tickets for we will rock you.  


It was quite a good musical, not as good as I thought itd be, the sets and costumes were no where near as good as I thought theyd be and I was a little annoyed that every song was sung like a show stopping number even when it wasn’t.  the acting and singing was amazing though and I managed to move from my cheap seats right up the back of the upper level to the 3rd row of the upper level, im pretty sure they were full price class a seating so I was happy.


The next day tiff had to try and look for work so we didn’t do all that much.  We met up in the afternoon, found and internet café then went for dinner and afterwards bought the cheapest tickets possible for avenue q.  once again though we got upgraded and got moved from restricted view seats on the 3rd level to pretty good seats on the 2nd level and seeing as it was a tiny theatre it was a great view.  For those that don’t know avenue q uses puppets like the muppets but is definitely an adult show with songs like “everyones a little bit racist” and “it sucks to be me” its hilarious though.  I admit I was a little wary going to see it (hence why we bought the cheapest tickets - £10) but it had won the tony award for best musical last year so I wanted to see what the fuss was about.  I actually think it was my favourite musical out of the 3 I saw on west end.  


Now were up to Wednesday . . . tiff and I got up early and haded out of London to oxford.  Oh my gosh it was so pretty.  Im not a big fan of London and as that was all I had seen of England, I didn’t think much of it as a country but oxford changed my view altogether.  It was such a pretty and historic town.   We got off the bus at the church, university where they film bits of harry potter then walked around for a bit.  There are lots of old buidings which are all part of the uni and the town centre is so clean with lots of good shops.  We found the old bar where j.r.r. tolkien and c.s. lewis used to sit and discuss heir books, so tiff and I bought a drink each and sat there in that very room for a little while then went for a walk down to the river.  The whole town had a very relaxed atmosphere and lots of gorgeous uni ppl.  


Thursday was rainy again and I had to wash my hair again.  Raquel didn’t have a hair dryer and in that weather it takes my hair a whole day to dry, even then its not totally dry and going out with wet hair is just too cold!  So I stayed in.  I went out later that night to go see wicked.  It was strange cos ive read the book, I have the cd so I know the story pretty well and I had pretty good pictures in my head of what it would look like so it just filled in a few of the blanks.  There were a few aussies in the cast, 2 of the 3 leads were aussie plus a couple in the chorus, the lady who plays professor sprout in harry potter was also in it.  My main concern was that already having the original American cast recording of the music I have gotten used to the songws being sung that way, ive especially fallen in love with the voice of the girl who played elphaba the wicked witch of the west.  that actress, idina menzel had actually come to west end and had been playing that same role for the first 3months of the London production of the musical and had only left on the 30th dec, 12 days earlier so I was so upset that id missed seeing her play that role but the English girl who had taken over the role did an amazing job and so I was happy enough.  


My last day in London, I had a few bits of running around to do.  I went into the local shops, including one of the toy stores where there were heaps of sylvanians!  And I stupidly went into cash converters and bought a couple of dvds.  I met up with tiff a bit later and we went out to Chinese for dinner.  She made me realise how picky I am with my food, I didn’t think I was that bad as im used to my mum who is 10times pickier than anyone else I know, tiff agreed with me on that which took me by surprise cos I keep forgetting that she worked with my mum for a few months, its strange!    Then we parted ways n I went back to raquels to pack.


The next morning I was up early to catch the bus to the airport, I was a good thing too cos they were checking bags and limits and were being very particular about it all, especially with hand luggage – 1 bag only so even if you had a handbag it would have to go in the other bag.  My friends had told me it was only a 5k limit so I thought I would be horribly over weight with my hand luggage so I took a detour to the bathrooms where I put on everything I could – 2 pairs of tights, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 skirts, 4 tops and 5 jackets!  I made it through ok, I think only cos I managed to pick a line where there weren’t any ppl making you weigh your hand luggage and that was only a very brief moment cos they came back just after I went through.  I later realised that I would have been allowed 10k hand luggage so I probably would have been fine!


I got back to trento ok and had a welcome back dinner with the other aussie girls, crashed the night in the apartment the moved into my new apartment.



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weekend - 19, 20, 21 jan-i dont remember the weeks

The week before . . . .

The Friday before, this was when we were actually suppose to go up the mtn to see lizzie but we hadn’t been able to contact her n some of the others had had a big night playing drinking games the night the night before so we ended up scratching that plan and abi, steph and I decided to get a little more adventurous and go find a castle in a little town called avio. It’s a castle that is on a hillside that you can see from the train to Verona, so everytime it goes past I alwaysthink “gee that’s a pretty castle, I wonder how you get there” so the 3 of us caught the train and got off and faced our first problem- how to actually get out of the station!  It was a very interesting day as the town was very quite and kinda empty. from the few ppl we did actually see it felt like they were eyeing us off wondering what these foreigners were doing in their quite little town.   We made it all the way up to the castle only to find that its closed in jan so we couldn’t get in.  just like every other castle I have ever tried to visit.  I don’t know how many ive tried to get into but ive seen a few but never ever been in one the whole time ive been over here, I guess im just not meant to see the inside of a castle.  Anyway the 3 of us decided to do a bit of walking instead as there was a bit of a track/road up behind the castle.  There were some pretty amazing views from there over the valley.  We had to turn back after a little while cos it was getting dark so we found our way back to the train station and abi and steph headed back to trento for a goodbye dinner for the Turkish boys and I headed to bologna. 


Not much really happened that weekend in bologna, I know Federico had to study on Sunday so I was left home by myself.  I had plans to pretty up the place but couldn’t find anything to help achieve what I wanted to I went shopping and bought a whole new outfit for me instead!  And made a cheesecake for him and his friends.  I think he was a bit surprised so that was good, oh and he loved the cheesecake!


I cant really remember what happened during the week, maybe a few quite nights out with friends, and when I don’t want to go out out I just head over to the old apartment to say hi to the aussie girls. I have it all written down on a little calendar but I just forgot to bring it with me. 


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weekend - 26, 27, 28 jan

Last week. . .

Last weekend, hmmmn let me see.  Ok Friday, steph and I woke up at a friends place after a big party to find in snowing in trento.  Yes that’s right the snow was falling in trento.  Unfortunately it wasn’t settling but it was exciting enough that I was falling.  We then  went up paganella mtn (where I did my snowboarding) we favour that mtn cos lizzie, one of our friends from trento, now works up there so theres usually a pretty good chance that well see her if we go there. It was quite late in the day so we didn’t actually go skiing or snowboarding, steph and I just played in the snow – that was amazing cos id never seen snow like that before, all powdery and crunchy!  And sat in a restaurant drinking hot chocolate with lizzie.  After the lifts closed we went to a bar to catch up a bit more then back to trento and then I kept going all the way to bologna. 


Saturday Federico and I spent the day waiting for the plumber and I studied a little bit of Italian, I want to do that a little more everytime im down here but it hasn’t worked out like that this weekend yet. Saturday night I cooked dinner n desert for his friends – teriyaki chicken with stir fry veg, rice noodles and those rice paper things so you can wrap it all up like a spring roll.  I don’t know how many times I tried to explain it to them and show them they just didn’t really get the idea.


Sunday we got up early and went to Florence with 2 friends.  I was quite pretty but I think sicily was prettier.  We saw lots of things from the outside and walked around heaps.  I figured I didn’t really need to go into much as ill probably be doing that when bec gets here.  It was quite a big day nice and relaxing, interesting as it was my first sightseeing trip with Italians but good.


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The new family


Well what can I say. . . theyre really nice.  The kids are fantastic and the mother is really easy going.  My first week the kids just sat there waiting for me to suggest things to do, so I just sat there uming and ahing cos I hadn’t had to do that with the old kids.  Theyre quite cute kids, Elena is 7 and Giorgio is 5 although he seems to be a very young 5 in comparison to teo who was also 5.  the scariest thing is that Giorgio and teo go to the same school.  the 1st time I had to pick up Giorgio elisabetta was there!!!!  So can you guess what I did? I ran and hid round a corner till she left before I entered the building. I kinda figured after that that I should let her know that Im back in trento and that she can expect to see me. I msgd her and I think she was ok with it all, she actually asked me to take the keys and sim, that I had left in the old apartment for them to get , back to them.  Theres another big long drama that happened after that and im just glad that im not there anymore.


Anyway back to the new family, Elena speaks quite good English, Giorgio speaks nothing, im kinda lucky that I understand some of what hes saying. With this family that seem to have quite a normal schedule, we eat dinner 6.30-7 then Giorgio goes to be 7-7.30 and Elena at 8-8.30 so its all quite easy.  Giorgio gets tired quite quickly so usually from 6 till dinner we just sit and watch a dvd.  So far with Elena weve made a chocolate cheesecake, which was a big hit, and now we have started paper macheing piñatas and masks for canival which is quickly approaching.  She seems to really like the movie ever after so ive just bought some shoes we can decorate n make into Cinderella shoes.  We actually have a lot of fun together. 


I do live with the family although im hardly ever there.  So far since I got back from hols I spend fri, sat, sun nights in bologna, Friday im usually out seeing places with friends, after work most nights I go out and if its too late in the night I crash at someone elses.  Rita (the mother) is really nice and easy about it all and even keeps telling me on my nights in that I should be going out!


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week beginning 29th jan

Ok so where do i begin.  Well seeing as im sooooo slack and cant remember much if I start from back in December its probably better it I start from this last week and work backwards, which would probably work well the way this blog works.


So this last week . . . not much has really happenend.  I went up mt paganella with one of my American friends, reid, who started teching me how to snowboard.  This was partly the reason why I haven’t done anything else all week, ive been in so much pain!!!!  We got up nice and early and caught the bus up the mtn and were on the slopes by 9. unfortunately from the area where we  started there were no baby slopes, you had to go down 2 bigger slopes to reach the baby, practise slopes.  So you can just picture me getting to the top of the bigger slope sitting down, strapping the b oard on my feet, then not even being able to get up.  Someone else tried to help me but I promptly fell straight over again! I started getting the moves a little, firstly not standing, staying in some crouching position that looks like im going to the toilet in a bush but then I managed to stand up and move about 3feet at a time before falling,  it took us 35 to 45 mins to go down what is actually quite a short slope and should take about 1min to get down.


That was the worst part.  The next slope was bigger but I seemed to improve heaps and could go a lot further.  I think I did pretty well.  There was lots of falling, on my hands, knees and backside, every time I stopped I fell. Even when Id managed to stop completely whilst standing, id still loose balance and fall.  Then there were the ski lifts, its was not a matter of whether id fall when I got off, it was more like how would I fall this time.  At the end of the day reid took me down the entire mtn which was just torture cos there were a few biiiiiiiig steeeeep slopes and I was in pain and had enough, I just w anted to be at the bottom and home but  once you start a run you cant really stop so I had to keep going.  Im hoping to go again soon although the pain for the days after isn’t very inspiring.  Needless to say I spent the rest of the week recovering and hardly went out for the rest

of the week.


I had a birthday/goodbye party on Friday night for 2 german friends then staright after that  (at 4am) I caught the train to bologna where I am now. Federico and I have spent most the weekend sleeping, I sit down in front of the telly to watch and movie and promptly fall asleep!  I did get to see home yesterday when it was mums bday.  Dad bought a web cam and mic, I borrowed one from a friend here so I got to see the family and my old room, which is messier now than when I left! There were a few tears as I haven’t seen any of them for 9 months!


Its kinda exciting that its not that long till I see them again but it really is a bitter sweet ending.  One the one hand I just wish the time away and want to see them and everyone again but on the other hand I don’t want this experience to end.  I know that once I leave it will never be the same again.  Most of my friends are only here for the year, some are starting to leave already, so even if I came back in 6months there would be no one left in trento that I am friends with, very sad.


Im probably gonna catch the same flight home as mum n dad.  Then I think ill be pretty desperate to start earning money again!  I haven’t spent myself into debt just yet but im pretty sure with 2 months of travelling at the end therell be some sort of debt there, one of the old nannies apparently owes her parent 10 000 for her time abroad – I don’t think im gonna be that bad though.

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