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Castles and Medieval Towns: A's Second Week in Italy

What were you grateful for this week? Google Translate! We try really hard to communicate without it, but sometimes it's necessary. I'm not sure what we would do without it! 

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? It's hard trying to connect with [my host family's daughter], since she doesn't understand much English. We play quite a bit, but she gets bored of me and will go find the neighbor or her grandma to play with instead. 

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week.  I always try and clean up [my host family's daughter's] toys when she is done with them. 

Tell us about your week! It's been a full week since I've been in Italy! It's almost hard to believe. Everything has been great. I couldn't ask for a better host family or small town in Italy to live! 

[My host mom] took this whole week off of work to show me around everywhere and to help me get used to everything. I'm so glad she did! It's helped immensely with the transition.

We have explored lots of little medieval towns. I've loved it! They all have castles in the center of them. We were going to tour the one in Guarene, but it was closed. The view from the top of the hill was breathtaking, though! I also really liked La Morra. We went into some churches, and to the top of the bell tower. All the towns have bell towers. The one here in Canale rings every hour and half hour.

[My host family's daughter] started kindergarten this week! It's so crazy that she goes to school at 3 years old. She really likes school, which is good. The director at the school was telling me that they'll have someone come in and teach them English once a week. I think it's so interesting that they start teaching them that young.

My host family has improved their English so much in just this week! Now my Italian... it hasn't gotten much better. But I start an Italian class in October, so that should help loads!  

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