Sunday, March 4, 2012

Compleanno in Italia

As in January, I made only one blog post in February, and I think I know why. It’s not because I’m so insanely busy that I have no time to blog; indeed there have been several times throughout February that I stopped and tried to think of something worthy of the blog. The thing is that by now, OFFICIALLY 6 months into my year, life is completely normal. The little things that used to seem blog-worthy back before Christmas now are part of my daily life, and I see no need to blog about them. The Rotary people told us this would happen, but of course it was hard to believe last summer in an Outbound Camp in Oklahoma.

Today marks 6 months, which means only about 4 remain. February flew by so quickly that I don’t even remember what happened during it. Let’s see. Nothing noteworthy happened until the 18th when we took our monthly Rotary trip, this time to Venice for the Carnevale. You will recall that I visited Venice for the first time during the first week of January, but during Carnevale it was completely different. For one thing, the weather was vastly improved. Second, there were many more people, many dressed in masks if not full-out costumes. At one point our big group of exchange kids got separated into about 6 or more small groups as we desperately tried to reach Piazza San Marco for several hours through the crowds. I loved it! The weekend after was Carnevale in Milano, and it took me by surprise--I had just been walking around the park with some friends when we saw a huge carnival set up; we did some rides and then proceeded to walk downtown to the Duomo--everyone was dressed up, smiling, laughing, throwing confetti, taking pictures, and eventually we saw a parade. It was a beautiful day with a great atmosphere and it made me so happy to be here. 
in Piazza San Marco

one example of the many costumed people 

the whole group (from 2040 and 2050) by the train station
Last week was my 19th birthday (February 28) and my host family took me to Le Terme, which is this old Roman spa/sauna thing. SUPER fancy and relaxing and amazing and they were so sweet to take me, as well as give me a few birthday presents. Yesterday, March 3, we held a birthday party at my house, and practically all my Rotary friends, a few from school, and a few other friends I have came to celebrate with me. Seeing all my different groups of friends, who have heard me speak about them for months, finally meet each other and become friends gave me great happiness. Several people told me that it had been one of the best nights of the year, so I am content. J
friends at my party :)
Excuse the strange sentence structures I’m using…..this is the first time I’ve had to write in English since my last blog post, haha. On a sadder note, I did not advance to the Finalist category for the full-ride scholarship to University of Richmond (my first choice), which I would need in order to go there next fall. Now I am waiting for April 1 to hear if I have been accepted to William & Mary, and if so, I will be going there. If I’m not accepted……well I don’t really want to think about that right now.

I honestly don’t know what else to talk about in this blog post. If things keep going as they are now, I probably won’t blog again until the beginning of April, after we have taken our March Rotary trip to Cremona (where I’ve already been, whoo….). Recently the weather has taken a turn for the hot, and it has felt like full-fledged spring here in Milano. I was tempted to wear shorts, but it’s going to get a bit colder this upcoming week, so I guess winter is having its last laugh. Ah well. Summer is coming and I can’t wait. J