Anywho. On Friday only half of my class showed up to school, and the teacher was nowhere to be found. Then we realized that a "manifestazione" was happening that day. This is a type of intense political rally that happens every month or so, depending on how angry the public is at the government (and by the government I mean Berlusconi). Soooo, we got to go home early and that was a nice surprise. But in the afternoon I had to return to school for a meeting with my new piano teacher. Turns out that it was my first lesson, not just a meeting, and I felt extremely unprepared after 4 years of no lessons. It's only "complementary" piano, which all students have to take, but it's still intimidating. I'm in for a fun year. And since there isn't a piano in my host home, I now have to stay after school every day to practice, which means I won't get lunch until 3/3:30ish, which means I'll have to go to the gym at 5ish when there are tons of people there (and I hate the gym when it's crowded). But I am learning that a fundamental part of exchange is sacrifice. There is rarely a time when everything is going to work out perfectly; for example, if I'm faced with three things I want to do, usually I'll have to choose the least important one to throw out. But as I adjust to this way of life, I like to think that such sacrifices become a little bit easier to handle.
On Friday night I was invited to my friend Francesca's house for an aperitivo, along with Milly and Marco. Francesca lived in Starkville for her exchange 2 years ago, and she lives very close to me in Milano. Small world, right? This was the second time for me to visit her house, and it was a fun time. On Saturday afternoon I headed up to school to practice piano, and afterwards some school friends joined me at Arco della Pace (down the street from my house) for an aperitivo at this cool Indian restaurant. (The manifestazione was winding down nearby, so I saw my first one of those as well!) We spoke in almost all Italian and walked around the Arco area after, which is a very popular spot for nightlife. We didn't even do anything in particular after eating, but it was a wonderful night since I got to spend time with school friends and laugh with them about anything and everything. :D
|school friends :)|
This week will see me attending another Italian lesson with exchangers (Monday), my second theatre class (Tuesday), a possible trip to Lecco (Wednesday), and my second piano lesson (Friday). With each day infused with gym workouts and piano practice as well. I realize that my English skills are weakening with each blog post....when I read back through a post, it seems all over the place, with no organization. I apologize for this and hope that it doesn't bother you too much because I don't think it's going to change anytime soon. :) Okay it's time for bed here in Milano. Just took our dog out for a walk and now I'm ready for a full day tomorrow! Buonanotte.