22.12.2012 - 02.01.2013 6 °C
Despite all the snow we had earlier in December, it was raining on my white Christmas, and most of the snow had already melted. However, I still had a wonderful Christmas and an enjoyable, if busy break from school. I know it seems that I’ve abandoned my blog, but I haven’t! Keep reading as I catch you up on the last few weeks.
I’ll be home in just over 2 weeks now - the time has absolutely flown - and my feelings are very mixed about returning. I’m having a wonderful time, and I know that my Italian would improve at a rate of knots if I was to stay longer. I’m a bit apprehensive about starting year 11. However, I am of course a bit homesick at times, and can’t wait to be back with my family, my close friends and all the things that are familiar to me. But I’ve made friends here who I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to... and especially Elena I’ll miss when I return home.
So, here goes... I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do.
The first day of the holidays and we were off on a scout camp. Elena is a scout leader, and so was attending the camp to run activities for the 8-12 year-old ‘lupetti’ - wolf cubs. I, on the other hand went along to cook for everyone, along with another girl who isn’t really a part of scouts. This camp was in a bit of a mountainous area, and as such there was plenty of snow on the ground, so I made do with that for my white Christmas (eve). There were quite a few people, who wanted to try out their English on me, and so I also found myself correcting some funny Italian pronounciations... The Italians particularly have trouble saying ’th’ and so after I corrected one young scout leader, he was constantly announcing “Queen Elisabetttttthhhhhh” to me.
After three exhausting but very satisfying days of cooking for 40 people, dressing up as an oompa-loompa, singing, dancing, playing crazy games, trying to comfort homesick kids, playing in the snow, and staying up until 2am we returned home to Albano Sant’Alessandro on Christmas Eve.
At home Hester (a former exchange student from Melbourne who stayed with Elena’s family 4 years ago) and her sister Ruby had already arrived the day before. We fairly quickly adopted each other as sisters - I’m Elena’s ‘sister’ through exchange, Elena’s Hester’s ‘sister’ also through exchange, and Ruby is Hester’s actual sister... so therefore we’re all sisters we decided. We all got along very well, enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Lunch, the star of which was a delicious mushroom lasagne made from scratch (the pasta too) by Giampiera and Fabrizio. I also made a Christmas pudding, which despite being a bit fall-apart tasted how Christmas pud should. A cheer went up from the Italians whenever someone discovered a coin lurking in their Christmas pudding!
I had a very entertaining geocaching adventure with Elena, Hester and Ruby on Boxing day, and then we held a surprise party in the evening for Hester to catch up with all the friends she made in Italy while on exchange. However, rather than me wasting space writing about that here, go to Hester and Ruby’s blog.... especially the entry ‘Beaver in the Wall’ is worth reading...
More to come... next we set off to Tuscany for New Year, but this will have to follow soon...
Ci vediamo... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, even if it’s a bit late. ;-)