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✈️V’s First Day in Italy

What were you grateful for this week? Helpful people and chances to speak to my family.

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? The 4 day journey to Merano and the major culture shock. I have been so afraid and overwhelmed.

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. This is my first actual day here so I’m not sure I’ve had one yet! I did clean the house a little extra today while they were all gone. 

Tell us about your week!  This week has been so so hard honestly. I have been traveling by airplanes, taxis, and trains and cars to get to my house. Every day I experience a different kind of culture shock because almost every day I’ve been in a new country. I went from the states to England to Italy. It has been insane. It’s beautiful here and the people seem to be pretty friendly, if they don’t speak any English they usually try to help you anyway.

I walked around Merano today and got some Coke at Subway and found this local shop that hand-makes journals and bags and things like that. I bought a journal from them so I could sit on the balcony and write which has been a big coping mechanism for me today. I’ve been feeling really emotional and scared and overwhelmed because of the craziness it took getting here and the remoteness of where I am living. I feel pretty alone and honestly don’t want to even think about traveling for a long time because of how hard and terrifying it was. The train systems are hectic and all the cities are so intense. I feel very alone and scared. But I will get it eventually. 

This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I hope to have it start getting better soon. I am so thankful for the times I am able to talk to my family back home and be around my host family. 

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