Phewwww and what a weekend it has been….busy, busy, busy. Everyone I’ve met so far has been so welcoming and friendly; the family I’m staying with, the other English teachers, other teachers a school and just general people I’ve met. It’s even more amazing to me that they all try and speak a little English to me, even if it’s just a few words!
I arrived on Friday evening and was so tired from travelling all day that I went to sleep at 8pm! Saturday was a relaxed day of unpacking and getting used to my new surroundings. Saturday night we had a lovely meal at home with the other English teachers so we could get to know each other. It was absolutely lovely, they brought cakes and were so so friendly – I immediately felt at ease and comfortable with them all.
Sunday was an amazing day, despite the horrible rain. I went to the Scala Theatre in Milan with my host family. We got the bus from the village into Milan (about 1hr) for the 3pm showing. Lo Schiaccianoci (The Nutcracker) was beautiful, I’m not really too keen on ballet but I absolutely LOVED it. I vaguely knew the story but I’d never seen it before. I enjoyed everything about it from the dancing to the music, the costumes to the breathtaking location, it is one of those days that I will remember for a long time.
After the show we had about an hour before getting back on the bus so we walked through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele to Piazza del Duomo to see the Duomo di Milano (boo for the rain). Even just walking through the Galleria was a great experience; the buildings date from the 1870s and the glass-vaulted ceilings and dome are stunning.
Today was my first day at work, the school is in the nearby village of Chiari and has around 300 students. I only had 3 classes today but all the children were really enthusiastic and wanted to ask me every question they could think of – I don’t know if it was because it was my first day and they were just really happy to see me, lets see in the coming weeks.
After work I went for a walk and to explore the village I’m living in, Cologne. It’s not very big but its really nice, I walked all around the old part of the village and into the newer part to get my bearings. Here are a few snaps of my home for the next few months…
It’s still surreal that I live here, I mean, I know I do and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far, but I still can’t believe it. I suppose this is what graduate life is all about; enjoying yourself, new experiences and developing your career. I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to spend sometime in this beautiful part of the world, learning Italian and getting teaching experience….
Ciao for now!
PS Happy Leap Year 🙂