**Note: I can’t add pictures from my hotel room! Sorry, I’ll add them tomorrow!
Hey there! I’ve made it to Italy, and boy day one has been quite a worldwind!! I have so much to say, but if it say it all, y’all won’t read it. So I’ll start from the beginning and try to make sense in a concise manner.
I left Ohio on the Megabus to Chicago because I was flying out of O’hare. That in itself was a struggle, but most of all it hurt leaving The Beau. I got to Chicago, exchanged some money, and headed to the airport. There I made a friend! She’s a 46 year old French woman that was like my right hand girl the entire trip. She was flying back to France but we are on the same flight to Stockholm, Sweden. If she was first in a line, she let me skip and vice versa. When we got to Sweden she walked me over to my gate to make sure I found it ok! She’s also an international hair dresser that specializes in extensions! LOL Just my luck!
The first flight was fabulous. Two meals, blankets, pillows, individual TV’s, fab. I was right by the bathroom so when the line got long, I had to deal with people all in my space, but folks were really nice. The second flight was like being on the bottom floor of the Titanic. When the “seat belt” sign went off, EVERYONE got up and it was like a party on the plane. Folks had to pee, and thus stand right next to my seat all in my face, or they just wanted to talk to each other all loud. Also, NO food. You had to buy it, and I’m cheap.
When I got to Milan, i got my bags and just walked out. No customs or folks asking me why I’m here or anything. It was kind of weird. I almost feel like I’m here illegally or something. I got a taxi and paid triple what I was expecting to pay, went to the University and they were out on lunch, so that was a waste, then I came to the hotel. As I was riding around in the taxi, a million thoughts were running through my mind like “Why am I here? I’m crazy! I want to go home!” It was just all so overwhelming and scary. I feel much better now though.
Here are my top observations so far:
- Being in a different country where they speak another language is HARD! I feel like I’m in a snow globe where the world is moving at a different pace around me. People do speak English, but you feel so stupid because they first speak Italian, then they see the deer in the headlights look you give them, and they switch it up like “dumb American”.
- I feel so American. That’s certainly something to be proud of, but over here I feel like people look right through me like “Oh, look at that confused American!” It certainly gives you some perspective.Much respect to my international classmates.
- Lil Wayne must love Europe. EVERYONE wears tight pants. I love the fashion though.
- People stand unnaturally close to you. Unnaturally.
- They take a lot of breaks around here. I went out on the city to find some food, and everything was closed. It was too late for lunch and it was too early for dinner. I ended up settling for MCDONALDS! I tell you, they never let you down. I was just salty that I came halfway across the world for a McRoyale.
- The subway system here is really easy and clean! I haven’t figured yet how far I can go with which tickets, but at least I got around.
- I will not gain any weight while here. I could eat the entire world, but it wouldn’t matter because the walking is so extreme.
- Ciao is “Hello/Goodbye” informally. It’s so cute!
- I refuse to use that Bidet.
That’s about it for now. Uploading pictures on my slow internet is kinda hard, but I’ll come back and add them tomorrow from the cafe!
Thanks for all of the love, well wishes, support, and prayers! i still need them!