A to Z of my time in Italy
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Soon, I will be leaving Italy and Forli, which is where I have spent the first term of my year abroad studying and living. I thought that now would be a great time to start reflecting on my time in Italy - even though it hasn't been the best experience of my life. I've been considering the best way to reflect, and this A to Z list of my time in Forli, and Italy in general, is the first way I am going to try... A - Apartamento 18. The number of my apartment in Forli, in Via Bruni. B - Bologna, the University of Bologna (the university I studied at), Bologna Airport - and just Bologna because it's the nearest main city to Forli. Bologna was also the first city in Italy I had ever been to, and it was a lovely city to see first. C - Conad, my favourite supermarket in Forlì, because it’s cheap and it also sells familiar foods like Cheerios and Coco Pops. D - Destination. My first year abroad destination is Italy, and it’s the first time I’ve been to Italy in my entire life. I will definitely visit again for holidays. E - Erasmus. The Erasmus experience, the Erasmus grant. The Erasmus experience for me so far has been an eye-opener, and I have learnt a lot about myself - mainly that even though I was so scared to come to a new country, here I am now about leave and ready to start my next placement in Geneva. F - Forli. Where I have lived and studied for three months. There are some lovely places in Forli, such as Pizzeria Sole where you can buy pizza slices for a really cheap price. And the parks - one park has lots of rabbits and another park has a pond with tortoises. G - Grazie. The Italian for 'thank you' which is a word I have used a lot in Italy, as well as ‘non capisco’ - which means ‘I don’t understand’. H - Hotel Internazionale. The hotel in Bologna where I stayed with my Mum when she came to visit me in Italy for the weekend. It was a great weekend because it was her first time in Italy and I was able to order meals in Italian for us both. I - Italian... the language I've tried to improve, and the Italian experience and way of life. It’s not been easy at all, and I still have a lot of the language to learn. J - "Just keep going" - the phrase I said to myself a lot when things got tough... which is okay because it’s a major thing to move your life abroad, so it’s okay to have days where you just want to watch British TV. K - Keeping calm. The best thing to do when things get stressful. Take a deep breath and keep calm. L - La Vita Come'è, one of my favourite Italian songs, by Max Gazzé which was played again and again on the radio and I at first found annoying but now I can’t stop listening to.
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