My Italian Journey: Day 30


Ciao friends,

If you have been following my blog I would like to thank you. I do not write particularly well and the content is not very interesting but you still seem to be here and enjoying my blog posts so I am grateful!

I am no longer miserable here but I am no longer on a super high (It was fun while it lasted 😉 ). I am trying to find a happy medium where I am not plagued by homesickness whenever I think of home but filled with happiness because I now have two countries I can call my home. I have a feeling it will take a while for this to happen so I will try to be content with where I am now. I have been invited to two different dinners, both families served pizza (I LOVE pizza) and both evenings were delightful. Italy may have some faults but I can never find fault with the people here, at least in the south.

I have also become a bit of a shopaholic in the past month which is mostly due to the fact that I have a lot of free time. I also love buying new things, clothes are my latest obsession! I went to Reggio Calabria recently, where the weather and the town are equally beautiful. I was treated to “the best ice cream you will ever taste” as my friends put it. They were not wrong there, I was in heaven. Ice cream makes me excessively happy, I love it. You might have noticed by now that I like food, a lot! I also picked up some lovely clothes and my new favorite jumper (I will include a picture of it).

I can’t tell if this move has made me more materialistic or more grateful for the things I have. I hope its the latter as I would like to grow as a person, not go backwards! Teaching is wonderful as I have now introduced a Star Chart system for my rather loud class of 7-9 year olds. It works a treat, much to my relief. I am still learning every day that being a teacher is the least glamorous job I could ever have. For example last weekend I spent 2-3 hours cutting out tiny triangles to glue onto pictures of Arlecchino for the Carnival party this weekend. My life is truly thrilling.

The funny thing is I wouldn’t change it for the world, I really love teaching and it is such a relief to find a job I actually like. I thank God that I am lucky enough to have realized this fairly early in my life. Its not enough for me to do the bare minimum for this job, I have to put in 110% because teaching these children in an effective and fun way has become my main priority.

All in all I am content here and I am getting closer to building a life for myself. I have been truly blessed and I know there are more blessings to come.





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