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Making Local Friends: T’s Week

What were you grateful for this week? I was grateful for the new Italian friends that I have made. 

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? The most difficult part of this week was finding out that I had misunderstood the starting date of my Italian course and I had to wait another week for it to start!

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. My host family was leaving for the weekend and as they were leaving I was drawing a scary monster for my host brother. He loves scary monsters and loves drawing. He sat content watching me draw him the picture and after I finished I let him give it a name and we even wrote down some of its "abilities" on the back. He put it in his monster drawing book and took it with him on his trip to his grandmother's house. 

Tell us about your week!  My week was very interesting. This was the first weekend that I was able to spend the entire weekend by myself due to the fact that my host family went out of town. I met a few Italian people my age in a bar and I have hung out with them multiple times. 

They took me to an inexpensive place so that I could get a haircut and not break the bank. It is very useful to know locals and become friends with them. 

Yesterday I went out with them and we did a ton of things. First, the mother of one of my friends made chocolate muffins and my Italian friend brought me one of them. Then my other Italian friend bought me a hot chocolate on our way to see the Castello Sforzesco, which is a giant castle that you can walk through. They took me to the castle and we walked through it. Besides knowing I have new friends in this foreign place, one of the best parts about spending time with them is that we are always helping each other learn our native languages.

After they took me through the castle they took me to a traveling amusement park called Luna Park that I had never heard of. There were a ton of rides and Italian carnival food. I tried this amazing food that was basically a sugar-covered scone stuffed with nutella. It was amazing. I believe it was called "Fritella con nutella." After we left the fairgrounds we went to one of our favorite bars and met more friends there and chatted for a few hours. 

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