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From Medieval England to Scuola Sacramentine, Bergamo

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I haven't found the time to write anything on the blog for so long, and now there's plenty of catching up to be done!
Last Sunday, my second last day in England, we went to a Medieval Christmas Fayre in Ludlow. This was really a Christmas market with medieval theme, but proved to be very atmospheric, and overall a very enjoyable final day trip in England. My favourite aspect of the whole thing was that it was all held in the old castle grounds.
Looking over the Medieval Fayre from the Bridge over the Moat

Looking over the Medieval Fayre from the Bridge over the Moat

Get your Medieval Outfits Here!

Get your Medieval Outfits Here!

Holly and Produce at the General Market in Ludlow

Holly and Produce at the General Market in Ludlow

All the stallholders were dressed up and many were selling medieval or Christmas themed goods, and there was plenty of mulled wine available to warm everyone up in the wet and windy weather (still!). There was also an area of interactive historical activities such as a falconry tent and archery.
The Storyteller's Booth at the Medieval Fayre

The Storyteller's Booth at the Medieval Fayre

The Locals Examine the Offerings at The Ludlow Butcher's

The Locals Examine the Offerings at The Ludlow Butcher's

Pheasant Delivery!

Pheasant Delivery!

In Ludlow we also had the opportunity to see the result of all the rain - the river was absolutely raging! Also on the way to Luton we saw some pretty extreme flooding. There were some paddocks that were completely submerged as far as you could see, and often your only indicator of what was river and what was paddock was a collection of dwarfed-looking boats or a tree line.
The Wild River Teme Flowing Under the Bridge at Ludlow

The Wild River Teme Flowing Under the Bridge at Ludlow

The River Teme in Flood at Ludlow

The River Teme in Flood at Ludlow

Luckily the Ducks Managed to Find a Calmer Part of The River!

Luckily the Ducks Managed to Find a Calmer Part of The River!

Monday night we had a very stressful drive to Luton (just outside London) due to heavy traffic. We then stayed overnight there, as my flight was at 6:40 the next morning. It was sad having to say goodbye to Grandma and Grampy, but I was of course very excited; at last I was off to Italy-this is what I came for after all!

I was met in Milan by a very excited Barcella family, including Stella, their tiny dog. Elena practically smothered me with her hugs, but Stella is another matter - she still growls at me most of the time if I try to pat her, but she will take food from my hand... we're making friends slowly.

I met Benedetta, who is in my class at school, the day I arrived, which was nice because I already knew someone when I went to school. I went to La Scuola
Sacramentine, Bergamo for the first time on Wednesday. School starts at eight, so I'm going to be having plenty of early mornings from now on, but I'm settling in to school really well, and quite enjoying it, despite it being very different to school as I know it. The first day, I kept packing up to go when the bell rang, forgetting that we stay in the same classroom and the teachers come to us. It's really nice that the class stays together for every lesson, because everyone knows each other really well, and they all seem to be friends with everyone. In the class that I'm in there are only 17 people including me, which also makes it very friendly.

Already I feel like I am understanding more and more of what people say. Today I had a science lesson that I actually fully understood!

As for the food - I don't know whether I'll ever be able to eat pasta in Australia again! It's so different, it has so much more body and.... Yum!

Oh, and I have some great news! The second grade (my class) is putting on a Christmas play of Charlie and The Chocolate factory and I have somehow ended up with the part of Augustus Gloop! Luckily I don't have to say to much because I get sucked up the chocolate pipes pretty quickly.

Tomorrow I won't be going to school, but Elena's does have to, so the plan is that in the afternoon we'll go into the Citta` Alta. Bergamo has two parts -the Citta` Alta and the Citta` Bassa. The citta alta is much older and more beautiful, but the main part of the city is the citta bassa, which is where I am going to school. So after tomorrow I should have some more news and some pictures of bel Bergamo!

Posted by IndiainItaly 14:26 Archived in Italy

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Guess who got the highest achiever award at assembly today?
YOUUUUUUUUUU. OUT OF THE WHOLE YEAR GROUP AND ALL A'S FOR EVERY SUBJECT I BELIEVE IS THE SYNOPSIS.
Congratulations :DDD

by Mrs Kai

So I read the rest of your blog and that medieval fair thingy looks like it was good fun, and that river is looking very nice right there. Good for a nice ole' swim.
Just interested- did you try any pheasant? Did it taste like chicken?
That class sounds much nicer than hot stuffy Lismore with our broken Madi in hospital :(
But, as always, glad to see you're having fun, and still pulling the big awards at school :D

by Mrs Kai

Sounds like you are having a lovely time so far your friends seem very nice, you seem to have a lot of new friends which will make your holiday much more enjoyable and your stay with grandma and grampy was very interesting. Congratulations on your dux of your class all A's in every subject- you are such a clever girl not like me! You have a wonderful Christmas, wish every one with you a lovely time at christmas love you sorry i missed you this time will see you later on lots of hugs to you love grandma nash xxxxoooo

by grandma nash

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