With Kerrie, Jen, and I forming our own gang of influence, many more friendships came along. Almost everyone was new to Italy, and many, like us two, were staying only for a month. We were all ready to be plunged into whatever adventure (or trouble) awaits us…
The lot of us heading to our 8:30 a.m. Level A1 class
Taking the Piazza de Campo by storm!
“Jen, whatcha so confused about?”
First Lesson of the Day: Introductions
Notes to Self on First Day of Italian:
- Completely conducted in Italian (what was I expecting?)
- Our fellow classmates were at least semi-fluent already… or at least that’s how it sounded
- Even the textbook is written in Italian?!
- Professor, speaking slower in Italian may not help us comprehend any better… but we’re really trying here!
- Better tactic: do the guesswork at meanings through the professor’s voice tone and gestures
- Thank goodness for some words sounding like their english counterparts
- Okay, I got this. Breathe.
Our makeshift classroom turned into an airy auditorium for our permanent classroom!
15-Minute Break: the courtyard where we would all hang out
Meet and Greet: Matt and Kat!
Meet our ever-friendly German couple! The first is an aspiring doctor, though his side interests include basketball and being a real darling to Kat (and pet cats, pun aside). Kat is a driven studentessa in geography and political science. She wants to go into international development, work in the UN, and manage projects in China. I loved to run with Miss Kat in the mornings before class. I am always up for a challenge with the amount of stamina she has!