Time is going way too fast. I can’t believe that it is already November. In the beginning of October, I started my University of Padova course in the history of literary criticism. It is definitely the most challenging course I have ever taken but I am working really hard so hopefully all goes well. My midterms for my other classes fell the week that this course began, so the beginning of October was super busy for me. My other courses at BU are going well. The workload has definitely picked up and there are several due dates coming up for projects and papers. Two weeks ago I began volunteering at an elementary school as an English tutor. I will be doing this every Tuesday from now on until I leave. For someone who is studying to be a teacher, it is fascinating to see the school system in a different country and be able to compare it to the school system in America.
Having my parents visit me in Padova was incredible. As much as I am loving everything about being here in Italy, I miss home a lot sometimes and it was great to see them and be able to show them where I am living. Even though they were only here for a few days, we saw each other a good amount and they were able to come over to my house for dinner twice to spend time with my host. I am really lucky to have such caring parents and I realize this more every day. I miss them both a lot and I am looking forward to seeing them when I arrive back in the states.
From the 17th to the 19th of October, I was in Rome. The first day and a half were programmed by BU, but a group of us decided to stay an extra night and return to Padova on the Sunday rather than the Saturday. Rome is the type of place that is amazing no matter how many times you have been there. This was my third time in Rome, and I was more impressed than the other times. There is so much to see and do and the history of the city is incredibly interesting, especially having studied Latin and Roman history. I am so happy that I was able to stay the extra day because I spent the entire Sunday with my cousins Marco and Andrea. Having not seen them for the past 3 years, it was amazing to be able to spend some time together. My favorite thing that I saw in Rome was the Roman Forum. I could have stayed there for hours…
From the 23rd to 26th of October, I was in London with my friend Daniela from the BU program. I absolutely loved it. The feel of the city is much different from Italian cities so it was an interesting change of scenery. On the Friday we did a walking tour of the entire city and got to see most of the major tourist sites. On Saturday we hit the places that we were not able to see during the tour on Friday. Trying fish and chips was definitely an experience. My favorite places that I visited in London were Covent Garden and Hyde Park. London has been a city that I have wanted to visit for a long time so I was so glad to have seen it, even for a short time. It is definitely not possible to see everything in one weekend so I will just have to go back…
On Friday the 31st of October, our whole BU program took a trip to Ferrara with our Italian language professor Claudia. I really enjoyed our day in this city as it was very green compared to how Padova is. We saw some tourist sites and ate in a really nice restaurant that makes food typical of Ferrara. The weather was perfect so we enjoyed walking around as a group. Claudia is a great person both in the classroom and out and I have learned so much from her this semester. She has really taught me a lot both about the Italian language and how to teach a language in an effective way and I am truly going to miss her when the semester ends.
On Friday the 7th of November I am going to Paris for a few days to visit Kacey, one of my dearest friends from BU. She is studying in Paris this semester and I am so excited to see her and be able to experience the city together. I will also be visiting Amsterdam at the end of November which I am looking forward to very much.
Even though I still have over 6 weeks left here in Padova, I can’t help but already start reflecting on how great of a semester I have had so far. I have seen so many beautiful places, met so many interesting people, and have really grown up as an individual. I get sad just thinking about how I am going to have to leave next month. It is funny to think about how I was having so many doubts about studying abroad before I got here, because now I would never change this experience for the world.
Rome with my cousins
Kensington Palace in London
Roasting chestnuts in my backyard