Pisa & Cinque Terre: M's Travels
What were you grateful for this week? I was grateful for the bond that I formed with my oldest kid, [G].
What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? My Italian class that I'm enrolled in, and not letting my frustration get in the way.
Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. When I walked with [my host family's oldest skn] and his grandmother to his grandmother's house, just a few streets down. To make sure that [he] didn't get upset and that his grandmother made it safely.
Tell us about your week! So this was my first full week in Italy, and it was lovely. Tough, but lovely. I had my first experience of Italian lessons, and it is really hard. The language is difficult because of their pronunciations of words (specifically the rolling of the 'r's'), but I'm really happy that I'm at least trying. The course is fairly relaxed; your improvement and development in the course is completely dependent on you and what kind of pace you move at. For example; if I don't feel ready to test into the next level, I can remain in the beginning level for another month before I want to try again. It's helpful when Italian is being constantly spoken around me because I am beginning to understand small things.
I started with my regular schedule with the kids, which was honestly a lot more exhausting than I anticipated. But I felt really accomplished after I'd had a good day with [the oldest boy], or I spent time with [the younger boy] and I felt like I'd taught him a decent amount of English. Things like that. I like pleasing [my host mom] and knowing that I've been good to her kids, because that's why I'm here!
Over the weekend C and I went on our first adventure; to Pisa and Cinque Terre. We were really pressed for time which made it all a bit rushed, but we didn't mind. Pisa is something that we've wanted to see for a long time, but somehow always ended up missing it whenever we've been in the country.
So we were pleasantly surprised by how small the tower actually is, as I'd had no idea of the size or really anything about it. We took some pictures, ate a whole pizza, and then made our way back to the train station to catch a train to Cinque Terre.
We arrived around 4 pm in Riomaggiore and immediately fell in love. It was beautiful, I love tiny towns that are just thrown into the sides of mountains. We got some take away sea food from Mama Mia!, two drinks, and just sat down at the Marina looking at the water. We met a few people at our hostel later that we're really lovely to spend time with, which was amazing. I LOVE meeting new people. Unfortunately our trip ended early the next morning, but it was so exciting to see more bits of Italy that I was unfamiliar with. Hopefully we get to explore more next time!