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Dear ones.

I have been really occupied with school and all the homework I need to do every day, but I’m finally noticing I have improved quite a lot since I arrived here. Last week I went over for dinner at Anna’s place, a Swedish girl, with a Swedish guy, Viktor who is in my class and another Dutch girl, Brecht, which was a lot of fun. Afterwards we went to a bar, where one of the Americans was playing, which turns out to be about 50 meters from my house, but since I didn’t know that I went all the way across town to a bakery which was still opened at midnight for a Italian dolce.

I have been wanting to go out and explore the city a bit for a while now, but the weather has absolutely been horrible. It is probably warmer than in Holland, but whenever I decide to go shopping it is also raining… Sunday I woke up to a beautiful sun shining brightly in the clear blue sky so I went out to the piazza maggiore with my roommate; Eveline, for an ice cream. Every single person that lives in Bologna was at the piazza enjoying the sun, it was insanely busy! Eveline left that afternoon to go home again, so ever since I have been master of the apartment and by myself. Got the master bedroom to myself, figured out how the washing machine worked (which was quite hard, since it has none of the normal buttons, but some sort of clock..).

Friday an American guy will be arriving in my app, Chris and on Saturday a Japanese girl. I was supposed to get a French roommate last Sunday though, but somehow he missed the train and he still hasn’t got here after four days… My landlords have been really helpful so staying in the apartment by myself has been really good and not as scary at night as expected. (except for the first night haha)

A new girl arrived in my class on monday, another Swedish one, Maria, who is really nice. Monday after school we went to the amazing bookstore/restaurant/cafe place and I tutored her a bit in Italian, since she is a bit behind. Every Monday night there is an apperitivo at la linea, a bar at piazza maggiore for all the new and old students to grab a drink and get to know each other which was a lot of fun. (found out that Asian people really are bad drinkers, seriously wasted after one single beer)

I have been a really good student, even went to study at the library yesterday, explaining things to Maria a bit. And today I went for a quick lunch with a woman from my class and we spoke Italian during the whole lunch. Must admit the Italian wasn’t very awesome, but I have noticed that it has been getting easier and easier for me to have small conversations without having to think about every sentence for over an hour. I just wrote a little essay about how Bologna was in the 1950’s and I didn’t even had to look up any words, check any grammar and I finished quite quick! Tonight there is this event at my school about Italian fashion and tomorrow we will be watching a film(apparently a good Italian movie from ’52) at night.

Want to finish my last bit of homework before I take my siesta, an little argumento about a typical Dutch dish served at national holidays…
Ciao for now xxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by suitjamas 04:40 Archived in Italy Tagged educational Comments (0)


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Ciao tutti!

How are you all? I’m doing pretty good, just had a very nice home cooked lunch with my roommate, who just went back to school. My classes are from nine to one each day. I’m in the BII class, which is a bit advanced. Right now we are doing a lot of recapping which for me is quite good since as it turns out, I forgot quite a lot of verbs , words and grammar rules.

On Monday we had a meeting at school where I did my Italian test for my level, which wasn’t too hard and afterwards we had lunch with all the new people. There are about thirty Israelian Arabs in my school who are all learning Italian here to be able to study here. Afterwards we did a tour around Perugia and I met Caroline, an Australian girl (woman, turns out she is 30, but no-one would say) and we bought our schoolbooks! Alex and I made pasta for the night (yes mummy pretty much like the recipe you taught me the day before you left) and I must say I’m quite proud of awesome it tasted! (actually I had it for lunch again the next day!) At night we had a big group of the Arabs over in the apartment for some argrila (shisha) and I was proclaimed the princes haha… (after that I decided to go to bed, being a princes in a group of 10 guys might not be the best thing)

Tuesday was the first day of the actual lessons. I’m in a class with about five or six other people, the Australian girl, two/three Arabs (changes between grammar en conversation lessons) and a girl from Ecuador (Beatriz) who joined in later on the day. She is really nice, she also wants to study in Italy.

Normally I would have about 30 minutes homework each day, but since I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and over do the learning on the verbs, words and do waaaay to many exercises, I spend about two or three hours each day on studying! It’s quite relaxing though and since I don’t have other things to do than study and sleep. Alex and I found an Italian show on television which is quite entertaining: what do the Italians prefer, a big game show and people have to choose between two objects each time with some Italian bimbo dancing all the time! (they prefer Beckham over Kaka!)

Wednesday, today, since the only way of uploading this on the internet is at school before my lessons start, (internet in the apartment in a few days though!) has been about studying as well, no plans for the night yet. Tomorrow I might go and actually do something cultural like a museum or some churches! Walking around in Perugia is so tiring though, it is so steep and some many steps.. the view is amazing everywhere though. (mummy & joke, bring good walking shoes next week)

I also got a Italian number, so for those who miss stalking me: +39 38912 79396
Ciao xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(ps. Daddy, yes I get why boys tend to help me about with my bags, but these were so nice not to make an advances after… & twitter, really?)

Posted by suitjamas 00:21 Archived in Italy Tagged educational Comments (4)


Firenze - Perugia - Bologna - Milano

On the 31st of January I finally leave Holland and I will be landing in Firenze, taking a train to Perugia, since Perugia doesnt have it's own airport. Two weeks later I wil go to Bologna for three weeks and to top of my trip I will end with a weekend in Milano.

Five weeks in italy:

Perugia, Umbria, is a beautiful city where I will spend two weeks studying italian from the basics, remembering what I once forgot!
Then I will spend three weeks in Bologna, catching a train again from Perugia, which is more of a student city where I will try and actually improve my Italian a bit!
And since it is my birthday on the 6th of march, the day I finish classes, I am taking the train again to Milano to celebrate my 19th birthday.

I will arrive in Amsterdam on the 8th of march & I will be home for a month!

Map of Italy

Map of Italy

Posted by suitjamas 04:32 Archived in Italy Tagged educational Comments (0)

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