Today marks two years from the day that I left Sydney to embark upon the most challenging, heartwarming and definitive six months of my life. Two years ago, I packed my things and moved to the other side of the world for half a year, and it was on my first day in college, terrified and tired and my face tear-stained, that I met Anna.
4 July, 2015
I was in Barcelona for two days. Hardly long enough to see everything, and no where near long enough to really know the city. But I fell in love with it. I fell in love with Barcelona’s grand and vibrant architecture, with the music which floated in the air of open squares, with the humidity and the chaos and the young men and peddlers who shouted out as I passed. I fell in love with it all.
You would think that being an Italo-Australian would be helpful when in Italy, correct? In some cases, yes. In others, it caused a bit of confusion …
Having only experienced college life while on exchange in Italy, I can’t say much for the Australian equivalent. However, there were several aspects of life which struck me as quintessentially Italian or at least particular to my college specifically while I was living in Pavia. And so I present – my top five snapshots of Italian college life!
When you move out of home, you realise that you are confronted with small challenges that you had never anticipated and that there are so many little things that you just seriously didn’t consider.
This relatively normal process is slightly amplified if you are a tight-arse who has just moved into college in a foreign country on the opposite side of the world.
Shared kitchens in college are synonymous with a few things – untidiness, clutter, lack of space, unsatisfactory/broken utensils (I used a frying pan without a handle for about a month – enough said).
But one thing about shared college kitchens is that, inevitably, at some point in the semester, there will be some ~drama~ and everyone will enjoy watching it play out for a while until it gets incredibly infuriating.
8 July, 2015
Nice is a city characterised by colour and beauty. Aside from its amazing ocean-front location on the French Riviera, the city itself is absolutely stunning and you can’t help but feel as though the whole city is a perfectly bright and pastel movie set.
Bell’Italia, a wondrous, beautiful, romantic and sometimes baffling country. Here are some of the more interesting/strange things which I encountered during my semester abroad!
Each country has their own unique education system, and this can be incredibly confronting/fascinating/exciting for exchange students. While it can often be quite difficult to switch between systems and culturally-specific educational customs, it does make for very interesting experiences and great stories!
If you are thinking of going on exchange in Italy, here are some handy tips to prepare you for your exams!
I’m going to be honest, narrowing this list down to encapsulate only ten surprising things about being a student was pretty difficult! (But hey, great excuse for a future follow-up post, right!)
Here is my current top ten. So sit back, relax, and take a leap into the daily life of an Italian student …