25.11.2012 - 30.11.2012 7 °C
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.
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.
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.
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!