The past week

We finished our trip in Rome by visiting the Trevi Fountain, The Vatican, The Colosseum, The Pantheon, and many other historical sites. I think we walked every street in the city, twice. The last day was spent shopping before we headed back to Piacenza. During the week we visited the Farnese Palace and it’s art museum, Bologna and lastly Venice. Finishing up our last couple days we’ll be going to the mall, teaching, and packing. Leaving for Kentucky in 3 days !

Until next time,

Alicia

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Things you can do in Italy that you can’t in KY

Below is a list of observed things that would never work/happen in Kentucky

- making a parking spot wherever you want. Literally everywhere.
– driving like there’s two lanes when there’s only one.
– drivers yield at crosswalks (kinda)
– bikes get the right of way.
– there’s cyclists on the highway.
– there are ALWAYS people in the street. And they never look scared they’re going to get hit.
– the people here don’t say “excuse me” or “sorry” when they run into you.
– there are no free refills and you have to pay for water.
– people openly wear American profanity on their clothing. Do you know what that says/means ?!
More to come…..

About my trip to Milan– the Duomo was beautiful but otherwise not a great trip. Traveling to Rome this weekend and hope it goes better.

Until next time,

Alicia

The Sea

Today Madison and I went to the sea with my family. Turns out it was the Mediterranean! The weather was wonderful and we had a great time walking around the surrounding shops and soaking the sun all day. We all got sunburnt. The weirdest part of the day was the consistent people that kept trying to sell us sunglasses, purses and jewelry every 10 minutes throughout the day. At one point Madison told one man she didn’t speak Italian so he asked if she spoke English, she replied, “no, I don’t speak English” in clear English. Maybe you had to be there but I thought it was hilarious. Tomorrow we’re going to Milan and the fun continues. image

Until next time,

Alicia

Recap Week One

April 21- 22, 2014
Day One
Today was the day I traveled to Italy! The group started the trek from Bowling Green to Nashville at 8:30 am. We arrived and got checked in by 11 so we grabbed some food before our first flight boarded. We flew from Nashville to JFK without incidence and then later from JFK and Milan the same way. The groups’ bags made it safely and my host family, along with Lucia, met us at the airport. In our excitement from getting our bags and the surprise that there was really no Customs to go through we overlooked them. We sat and waited for an hour thinking Lucia had forgotten us! If that’s the worst that happens then I’d say we had a boring trip! The group set off from the airport toward Piacenza and the rest of the girls met their families at the school we were placed. My family has Paola, the mother, Luigi, the father, Simone, the MALE student, and Elena and Elisa, his younger students. I capitalize male because I was under the impression that Simone was another daughter until I saw him. I conferred with the professor who had the contact and who had placed me with the family and was told the family had 3 girls. I’m sure he was less thrilled about his stuffed animal than the girls were. Once my family and I left the school we headed home and I unpacked then we had lunch. DELICIOUS !!!!!! Paolo cooked pasta, potatoes with cheese and prosciutto, fish, and sweet rolls with chocolate center. Definitely need to remember to eat a smaller first course next time!
The real excitement started after lunch. The family’s cat had got stuck in a tree, their husky had chased it up there earlier in the day. Elena and Luigi climbed up and got it out but the whole way down to the ground he was clawing at tree branches and trying to grab anything to keep ahold of. Once they were close enough to the ground Luigi dropped the cat into Paolo’s arms. Unfortunately the cat slipped through and began running around the backyard and hit a fence, twice. Finally the cat made it to safety but not before both Paolo and Simone fell trying to keep it safe. I went with the family to sightsee and sports practice for Simone and Elena. Dinner then bed.

April 23, 2014
Day Two
Today was my first day teaching in my Italian school. There was some confusion about where I was supposed to be and where the materials that I needed were but other than that it went as smoothly as teaching in a foreign language could LOL. Some students and teachers could speak English but some could not at all. The students that understood better explained in Italian to the students that didn’t. After school I headed home for lunch which consisted of spinach pasta, artichokes with onions, spinach, strawberries with bananas and gelato. All extremely good.

April 24, 2014
Day Three
Today at school there were a few hiccups. My first class, mainly boys, did not seem as interested in the lesson as they were playing with the materials. I was told later that is a more difficult class even for seasoned teachers (that speak Italian). That made me feel a little better but I made several changes in the lesson and in went much better in the next class. Whenever I have time at the end of the lesson I ask the students if they have any questions about America, myself, or Kentucky. Majority ask the following questions:
Do you play sports?
Do you have a boyfriend?
How old are you?
Where are you from?
How is the weather in Kentucky?
What kind of music do you like?
Do you know Bruce Springsteen?
After school the group went to lunch together then back to school for a meeting. After the meeting we went with Lucia to visit a church, St. Mary’s of the countryside. Pictures to follow.
Tomorrow is a holiday so my host family and I are going to “the sea”. I don’t know anything else but that.
Saturday, Lucia, Lindsey, Sandy, Madison, and I will travel to Milan to sightsee.

So far it has been a very exciting trip.

Until next time,

Alicia

28 days and counting….

I have less than a month of student teaching in Kentucky before leaving for Italy. It seems just like yesterday I started the SKyTeach program and now I am about to graduate. I am so nervous and excited to be apart of this experience; to be immersed in a new culture and grow as a teacher. I will openly admit I am scared to leave for a month, fearing things will become exponentially different. But I have to look at what is best for me. In the long run this will help me more than staying ever would. It will prepare me for situations that I would never get to experience in my current placement.
Now in the “home stretch” there is a lot of organizing and planning to do before leaving.

Until next time,

Alicia