The End ∞

Opsss, I’ve never close this blog, after coming back from my exchange. It was my purpose to finish it during the Christmas holiday but I just wrote it and I didn’t publish it because I didn’t have time to revise it.

Yeah in Australia I used to have so much free time, here I’m always busy.

If someone asked me how was my return to the Italian life, I would answer it was so exciting and I didn’t have many problems to adapt to go back to my driving mad school because I was full of energy, after relaxing for 5 months I really felt happy to work hard.

Even my friends saw me different, they told me I was too euphoric hahah;) but it was just at the beginning, now I’m getting lazier, grumpier and bored as usual. Lol. 😦

 

But on the other hand ∞∞I feel so incomplete, just writing in english again make me feel homesick, and for “home” I mean Australia. Everything there seemed so amazing.

I miss speaking in english, I miss my host family, I miss Lakes Grammar, I miss my aussie classmates, I miss Lake Haven, Soldiers Beach, Sydney and most of all I miss the summer, in my little village the weather is so cold, foggy and creepy.

The italian school has already started to drive me mad.. but this is another story and I don’t want to talk about it in this blog, which is to talk about my aussie adventure.

So let’s begin from where I left in the last post: I don’t remember everything I did during the last weeks, I think the main thing was going surfing with the school on Wednesday and spending the rest of the day there with the girls of year 10. It was a perfect day to go to the beach and the waves were so good to surf. There were two surfing coach that taught me and I was so proud of myself when I finally got to stand, even if only for few seconds, on that unstable board.

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On Friday I went to Zali’s bday party where we all dressed up since the theme of the party “occupation”, I personally wore a farmer custom that in the end turned up to be a cow girl one.

Caitlin was particolary beautiful dressed as a “sailor woman”, so proud of my gorgeous, hot host sister.♥

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It was a weekend full on, in fact the next day I also went with Caitlin and Louis to my first concert in Sydney, given by Taylor Swift.

Even if I’m not a great fan of her and I didn’t know most of her songs it was such a marvellous experience and I can’t wait to go to another concert.

The atmosphere was so magic: we were in the wide Olympic stadium and everyone had a lightful bracelets on their wrist. The effect was incredible.

And on Sunday I went to Lucas’ bday party where I got the change to go on the tube, which is a platform tied to a boat with a rope. So so so cool! I wish I could do this also in Italy.

My last week was really intense as well and every day I had to say goodbye to someone.

On Monday I went to Hannah’s house with Caitlin P. for a sleepover, we drank slashies, drove a quad and ate a delicious thailand dinner, in order to make the most of my time left in Australia. And for breakfast we had the inevitable toast with vegemite. Yummy!;)

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On Wednesday I went to the beach again but this time I couldn’t surf because there weren’t good waves but I enjoyed the arvo anyway playing soccer with my year 10 friends and listening to Lachie singing and playing the guitar.

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In the evening I went to Tuggerah with Caitlin Page and we ate Japanese in a sushi trail and then we watched the second part of “Hunger games: The mockingjay”. I know that’s silly but even watching this movie I almost cried, I’m not usally that sensitive, but there were so many part in the movie that were reminding me of my close departure. So I had to say a hurting goodbye to the girl who saved me, pulled me out of my shitty depression at the beginning/half of my exchange.  I miss you so much 😥

On Thursday I went for the last time to Sydney with Ilaria and we bought the last presents and souvenirs.

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Then Friday had arrived, I went for the last time to the beautiful Soldiers beach, surfing with Brendan and getting a little bit sunburn with few friends.. to say a sad goodbye. Then my last barbie at home with my aussie family, a short swim in the pool.

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And the day of my departure had arrived. When all my luggages were ready I sat on the couch in the living room and started crying: “I don’t want to leave!”. I suddenly realised how 5 months had passed so quickly and I didn’t have any chance to stop the time. When could I come back to see everyone? Could I ever come back one day?

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In conclusion, I can tell this exchange, even with all those difficulties I had, was a great experience that fortified myself.

After spending 5 months in a different country where everything was new, I’m more confident about myself, I know I can do things I didn’t believe I was able to do.

I’m grateful for every single person I meet in Australia, I’ll keep everyone in my memory, looking forward to having a chance to see “yas” again!

In the end, if you, reading this post, are doubting about going on exchange or not, i can tell you from my experience that even if it is not always easy it really worths it in the long term. Everything I did and learnt  was so valuable to make me the person I am today.

So I want to reaffirm you should get every single chance you get in life, don’t have fear of change, because “you can’t ever lose, either you win or you learn”.

Yolo! So Carpe Diem!

Goodbye amazing people ♥♥

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Year 12😎

Here we go… Only one months left. This exchange has gone so quickly. As I think about my departure getting closer and closer my feeling are quite conflicting. On one hand I’m happy to go home, to see my family and my friends and to start the real life again, living here in Australia is really like being in a dream. It’s like I’ve been taking a break from the real world coming here. On the other hand I’m pretty scared on going back, especially for the school which is going to drive me crazy… And obviously I’m really sad to leave this beautiful place when I’ve just started finding my way and meeting such nice people. Changing school grade was a great decision. Year 10 was cool as well but it wasn’t the right place for me. And there are so many advantages from being in year 12.

First of all you can choose your own subjects, you have to do at least 5 subjects and only English is compulsory. I chose mine considering the same ones I’m doing in Italy, in order to make the catching up easier when I go back. So I’m doing standard English, advanced maths, chemistry, biology, physics, extension 1 & 2 maths. Even so I’m not studying quite the same stuff a part from maths but I like it much better. For physics, biology and chemistry we usually do lots of pracs as experiments and we have many fun excursions (for example I’m going to Luna park tomorrow and to the zoo next Friday). We often watch videos about the topics we are studying and once I was really surprised when the physics teacher, in order to explain a topic, played “angry bird” on her iPad projecting it on the board.

English is quite interesting as well, as a matter of fact we watched some engaging scenes of cool movies and we had to analyse which film techniques had been used to convey the concept of discovery and we watched also a show about refugees “go back from where you come from” which was really touching and enriching. It may sound stupid that I get surprised by these simple things but I think is much more interesting than what I was studying in Italy.. Even if I don’t know what’s actually better.

Another advantage of being in year 12 are free periods, which are hours when you have no classes and you can go to the library studying and doing homework. I don’t have many because I’m attending ext 1 & 2 but those few I have are the best hours I’m always looking forward to.

Moreover here at 17 year old you can already get your driving licence and it’s quite common to have a small job in a fast food, supermarkets or other shops, which make you so indipendent. Maybe I’m wrong but I think in Italy you can’t get all this indipendency before you are 18.

Today I’ve been helping the women working at the canteen (mensa) of the school during lunch time (a privilege of year 11) and so I had to serve food to the students. It was a bit challenging because sometime I didn’t know what the students were asking for or I didn’t know the prices of products but it was a nice experience anyway and I really enjoyed it. Especially because in the end I got free food 😏 chicken wrap👌🏻

The last but not the least cool thing about year 12 are the personinalized jackets with the school colours and emblem and your nickname on the back. Unfortunately they are having their jacket done by next April so I can’t get one too. But I hope I can bring this tradition also to my school in Italy. Guess what. That jacket would have been perfect also when I go back because lakes grammar has the same initial letters of liceo Giorgione. What a weird coincidence! That’s really a pity I can’t get one.
See you soon mates! xx

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My first day in year 12

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Intense study during free periods

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Smart Scratchy helping me doing homework

  
When Australians try to imitate your Italian accent but they sound like people from the south

Ps: you know what is the most surprising thing have seen happening at school?! The reverend asking to year 12 girl to babysit his children. That’s really unexpected.

2 weeks to go

Only 2 weeks left! Damn, I wish I could stop the time.

I really can’t describe how I feel about it when someone ask me. So I simply show this photo, there aren’t better ways to explain it.
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I’ve been quite busy lately, I didn’t have time to update my blog but hey… now I’ve a lot to tell you! 🙂

Caitlin’s birthday

The 21st October was a special day, my sista’s bday! To celebrate this occasion a made a wonderful tiramisú and we went out for dinner to an Italian pizzeria called Vesuvius ran by people from Naples. Cait was really happy with all her presents, most of all she enjoyed getting a new phone to substitute the very damaged one she had before, that had all the screen smashed.
If we celebrated Cait’s bday with her mum-side grandparents eating Italian, on Saturday we ate in a Thai restaurant with her dad-side relatives.

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Finally a good pizza👍👍 I approve!
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Tiramisú😻😻😻😻

Surfing with Brendan

First of all I’ve finally been surfing properly thanks to my amazing host brother Brendan, who has moved his “lazy ass” for me, love you bro. xx

This happened 3 weeks ago, we went to Soldiers beach after school, Cait was on a school camp. The weather wasn’t very nice, it was overcast but it didn’t matter, I was so excited!

This time I used a bigger surfboard than last time, so it was easier and Brendan gave me the right tips in order to not get smashed every time a wave would have come towards me. Even if I couldn’t stand on the board at least I managed to catch the wave and get on my knees. This was already a great goal!

I’m sorry I didn’t take any photos, maybe next time. Hopefully I’ll have few other chances to try before getting back.

 

Halloween

I spent the weekend of Halloween going to a fund-raising for brain cancer with my host family on Friday because their very close family friends lost their daughter at the early age of 20, only 2 years ago.

It was really a commotional and funny night. We were all dressed up as the characters of movie “Toy Story”. If you can’t tell by the photos, I was Barbie. I swear I’ve never worn a more humiliating and uncomfortable costume than this.

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On Saturday I went to a game of Central Coast Marines but unfortunately this time they lost, whereas on Sunday I went to the movies with my host siblings and their 12 year old cousin to watch Pixels, a really stupid but hilarious movie with Adam Sandler. Then we went to their nan’s house, which has a nice view on the lake, and we just chilled there for the rest of the day.

 

Sydney

If the weekend of Halloween was quite chilled the following one was much more exciting. On Friday I went for the Physics excursion to Sydney Luna Park with my favourite classmates of year 12. All the rides were so fun I filled me with adrenaline, which means dopamine and therefore happiness. Yay!

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After this excursion, in the afternoon(arvo for an Australian), I stayed in Sydney to meet Ilaria. We went on the jet boat but the weather was so wicked with us. In the morning it was sticking hot and sunny and in the meantime we were getting from Luna Park to Circular Quay it started raining cats and dogs. We got all wet before getting on the boat ride. At least it wasn’t raining during the ride but we got even wetter when the boat was spinning around and it was really cold!

By the time we got off the boat our clothes were completely wet and so our messy hair. And we were supposed to go out for dinner there in Sydney in the evening.

No worries, we went for some shopping in the city and so we got changed and we fixed our blurred makeup. 😉

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Then we went to a real, but real for real, Italian pizzeria: Rossopomodoro.

We  to wait for a while for our friend, another exchange student we e orientation in Italy,  and his host brother from Bayron Bay.

We had really nice night, the food was amazing, finally a pizza that could be called pizza, and the company was hilarious. Gianni’s host brother could speak a little bit of Italian so we were talking half in English and half in Italian. hahah His accent was so funny!

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The next day I went with Ilaria’s host family to around many nice beaches on the Central Coast: Terrigal, The Entrance and Norah Head.

Ilaria and I had a bad experience eating Jelly Beans, which are some tricky lollies that can taste nice or disgusting and you just have to be lucky choosing the right one, but a part from this, I really enjoyed our trip. (#nonprovateloacasa)
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When you don’t know what to do. Let’s have some jelly beans!
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When I got home I went with my host family to a party for Trevor’s dad bday where we had a massive BBQ and I played ping pong with Caitlin and her nice cousins.

 

Formal
On Thursday 12th November Caitlin and I had the year 10 formal. You may wonder what is the formal. That’s a very special elegant dinner which is organised separately for year 10, because many students may change school for year 11 and 12, or the may simply leave school to go working, and for year 12 at the end of school.

For girls is a must to get hair and make up done and everyone dresses very smartly.

Our Formal took place in a really pretty hall at Soldiers beach, the only unfairness was the weather that again had been spiteful, and the food which was tasteless and awful.

A part for these little details it was really like living in a dream and I enjoyed heaps this night with my lovely year 10 mates. Most of all I liked dancing and when Zali, Louis and Caitlin were delivering the awards. Guess what I got?! If you believe it or not I got “kindest heart”. Hahah maybe someone would disagree with that. 😛

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By 10.00 pm everyone was leaving for meeting again to an year 10 girl’s house for the after party in more casual clothes. And here I was dancing again until my feet would still support me. It was funny talking to a guy who was so amazed by my voice and my accent. He really made me feel special. ahah

Patonga

On the weekend I went to a very little but pretty village surrounded by nature with my host family and their friends. The weather was still pretty bad but I enjoyed cooking lasagne for everyone, smashing Brendan at Monopoly and going fishing with Martin. Not that I could catch anything but Caitlin was luckier and she caught a cool octopus!
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Mr Octopus.
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Last week has been pretty intense with school because I had many assignments due, but in this way I could appreciate better the weekend.

On Friday I could finally feel the real hot weather I was expecting in Australia, the temperature reached 42 degrees! It was unbelievable for me, but I could still survive at this temperature since it wasn’t humid. Straight after school I went to Blue bay with my classmate from English, Brandy, to refresh a little bit in the water. I love going to the beach but this time there were many annoying flies all around me.

When I got home in the evening I wasn’t planning to have another bath but my host parents had been working on the pool the all day and while showing me the new wood deck Trevor pushed me into the pool with clothes and thongs still on and with the mandarin I was about to eat in my hand.
At first I got angry, then the water was so nice that I stayed inside for another hour until it was time to cook a BBQ.

 

Chilled arvo at Page’s house

Yesterday I met up with Caitlin Page and Isabel Pen who are Austin’s friends, the boy who’s currently on exchange in China.

I spent a lovely arvo talking with these two beautiful girls, eating a filling “Happy hour” and playing pool.

Then we watched “Inside out” with Caitlin’s little siblings, which I found it really deep and meaningful and it even made me cry despite the fact it was an animation film.

Finally we had a delicious lasagne made by Caitlin’s mum, which could be compared to the one my mum usually makes, so good! I felt like at home.

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Happy hour🙌🙌 yeah!
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And for dessert we had Italian tart I made, which wasn’t really the best since, as I usually do with all cakes, I got a little bit smashed. Opss

We also videochatted with Austin, I was really excited to see him after 4 months and I got quite emotional thinking about the very little time I have left here. I do but I don’t want to go home. Uffa!

 

Vicky xx

Food in Australia🇦🇺🍴

Everyone knows me for my endless hunger and passion for food. So since I’ve been here I’ve been trying as many different food as possible but I think no one beats the real authentic original Italian and healthy dishes that my mummy cooks for me. But not everything is bad here, I’ve been discovering also many new dishes and cuisines from all nationalities. Wherever you go you can find take away shops, restaurants for all nationalities and of course 11953308 different type of fast foods like KFC, Macca’s, red rooster, subway, domino, Pizza Hut etc.. Let’s have an overview:

    • Japanese food. I fell in love with sushi tuna and avocado🍣 Right before leaving for Australia I went to a Japanese restaurant to say goodbye to some friends and I didn’t like the sushi there, here it’s heaps better.
    • Thai food

When we went to celebrate Caitlin’s bday with her relatives we went out to a Thai restaurant and I had some pink chips called “proun chips” and a “Pad Thai” which was a sort of spaghetti with a sweet sauce, that tasted like honey and some nuts.
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    • Chinese food
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    • Turkish bread

I really like Turkish bread for its chewy texture and it can be eaten together with many different dips.

    • Greek dessert: baklava

These little pastry from Greece are really sweet and tastes like honey.

    • Mexican: tacos.
      I have it once a week because it’s one of the only dishes that everyone likes in my host family, including my fussy brother. 😛 They basically consists in meat mince with tacos chilly sauce, lettuce, carrots and tasty cheese in crusty or soft tortillas.

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Real Aussie food:

    • Vegemite

Vegemite is practically the icon of Australia, but what is it exactly? It’s a dark brown cream that can be exchange with Nutella from the colour but it has a really different taste. If Nutella is really sweet and delicious, you can’t tell the same of Vegemite which has a really strong savory taste. If you are having for the first time don’t put on your toast the same amount you would take of Nutella, you would regret it, trust me. The best way to have Vegemite, and actually enjoy it, is in small amount with butter and eggs on your toast.
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    • Peanutbutter

This kind of butter is so unhealthy but it has a nice taste of “gelato alla nocciola”.

    • Milo

It’s kind of a chocolate milkshake, similar to nesquik but it is supposed to be healthy.
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    • Meat pie

Meat pies are pretty good, they are salvory round pies filled with beef or potatoes.

    • Jelly

I don’t really like jelly, they have such an artificial fuchsia color, they don’t have any taste, and the texture reminds me about soft crap.

    • Tim tams

Chocolate biscuits that you can use as straw drinking tea or hot chocolate and in this way make them melt. Yummy!👌😍
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Tropical fruit

    • Avocado

It’s usually eaten in salads but it’s also a nice dip to eat with carrots or crackers as snack.
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    • Mango

They have a sweet indescribable nice taste.

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    • Passion fruit

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Something healthy

    • Hummus and carrots
    • Porridge with honey and banana

This has become my unavoidable breakfast!
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It doesn’t look that good, but I swear it damn is.

  • Sweet potatoes

A good alternative for fries.. Maybe still not very healthy though.
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Something unhealthy

    • Freedo chocolates

most unhealthy and delicious chocolates, I got some caramel koalas for my bday.
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    • Favourites

This is probably the most popular bday present when you don’t know what to buy. It’s a packet of mixed chocolates.
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    • Chocolate pizza

I was so surprised when I found out that pizza is also a dessert. I was only used to think about pizza as a savory dish!
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    • Cheese and garlic split

That’s my favorite food at school, it’s simply crusty bread with galic and melted cheese on top.
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Claimed to be Italian but I’ve actually never seen these stuff in Italy

      • Garlic bread and garlic pizza

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It’s crusty bread with butter and garlic which is usually eaten before having pizza or some other Italian dish such as lasagna.
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      • Pasta with meatballs

They think pasta with meatballs is Italian but it is probably an American dish, because in Italy we only eat pasta and meatballs separately.

      • Meat lovers pizza with BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce

And they call this “pizza”. That’s a shame! Haha 😂
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Italian words used for different meanings

        • Pepperoni pizza: that’s not pizza with capsicums but with spicy salami

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I was so confused when I got a pepperoni pizza expecting capsicums.

    • Granita is a cocktail whereas the actual granita is called slushy

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The greatest different I’ve noticed between eating habits in Italy and in Australia, is that in Italy we usually have very big cooked lunch at home whereas here for lunch they have only some sandwiches or small snacks and the main meal is dinner. Moreover in Italy I used to eat only Italian food all the time, since here they don’t really have a typical australian food but Australia is a multiethnic country you can find cuisines from all different nationality. Isn’t this amazing?!

Time’s flying, second trimester!

G’day mates! How are ya?

Sorry, I haven’t been updating for 3 weeks and lots have happened lately.

First of all I’m not in year 10 any more but I’ve started year 12! It may sounds weird but here in my Australian school year 11 finishes after 3 terms and it starts year 12 on the 4th term of the year. So last term they had the exams and this term year 10 had its exams too, but I’m not doing any of them, only few assignments, one for each subject. Yuppy! 😉

Why did I change year? I was really unsure till the last minute but now I reckon it was the best choice I could make.

Ilaria pushed me at least to try and so I did, because in year 12 I could meet people of my age and study some of the subjects I should be studying also in Italy.

So I talked to one of the teacher, who did an exchange in Italy, asking her if it could be possible and then she made me chose the subjects and even the vice principal gave me some help to catch up the topics I didn’t study. All the teachers have been really helpful and they have given me all the support and materials I needed. I’m really grateful to Lakes Grammar, I reckon that’s a great school and I will miss it heaps for sure, when I go back to Italy. Oh…I have only a little time left (40 days), that’s so sad! Every time I think about it I almost cry.

Reptile park

The day before starting the second trimester I went to the reptile park with a family friend and her relatives from Canada. I really enjoyed this zoo, even more than the Taronga zoo of Sydney because you could stay closer to the animals and there were lots of young volunteers holding catching speeches about Australian wild animals.
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Central coast Mariners

Has I had been promised by my fantastic sporty family, on the Saturday we went to watch the first game of central coast marines at Ourimbah stadium. I hadn’t been to a serious soccer game before and I have to admit it was pretty exciting and our team won 3-2 against Perth glory. After that we went to a fund-raising for cancer where there were heaps of people walking nonstop around an athletic field and many bags with candles had been positioned on the edge in memory of the people who died from this awful disease.

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Surfing at Lakes beach with Roxy

Few weekends ago I went to the beach with Julie and Caitlin, my host mother and host sister, to bring the dog for a swim. With the occasion I tried to surf, with really bad results. Certainly I didn’t expect to stand on the board the first time but I couldn’t even get into enough far into the water to catch the wave that I was always swamped and dragged back to the shore.
At least I tried. :’) Hopefully my big brother Brendan will give me some lessons if the weather allows us (it has been pretty naughty lately).

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Marvellous Soldiers beach

To conclude my first week in year 12, on the weekend I went to soldiers beach with my favorite exchange students Gina and Arianna, on Friday, and with Ilaria on Saturday. We wanted to surf but for many reasons we didn’t end up doing it, unfortunately. Anyway, I love Soldiers beach: it’s simply awesome and every time I go there I just feel so grateful to be here, and all my stupid paranoias suddenly go away.
Btw we had lots of fun playing volleyball, soccer or trying to catch the waves with the body board.

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Bye for now,
Vicky

Coming soon
~my obsession: FOOD IN AUSTRALIA
~year 12
~10 facts I love and hate about Australia
~Aussie slang

Home is where family is

G’day mates!! How are you doing?
Lately I’ve been to Melbourne visiting the half of my family living on the other side of the world. That was such a great meeting, full of emotions and I even cried few times for the joy. Martine, my father’s cousin, picked me up with her partner Gordon from the apartments where I was staying with my host family and we went to have a stroll in Queen Victoria’s market. She introduced me also to her nice relatives from her mother’s side who where visiting her in the same time. Then we went to the Italian district of Melbourne where there were lots of authentic Italian restaurants (at this point I cried missing Italy) and we met with Anne-Marie, Serge and their families in Copperwood restaurant. I had such a good time talking to the girls of the same age as me Sophie and Elise, who are both thinking about becoming physicians like me (even if I’m not too sure about that any more), and playing with my little cousins Lewis, Annabelle and Lucy who were so cute.
With this family reunion we were celebrating the September babies: Mannon, Anne-Marie, Kassie Marie and Jean. From the photos you can see how original and fashionable was the caramel cake which I smashed turning upside down when I got in Martine’s car… Opsss! But they said it had even a better taste with my Italian touch. I’m the best 😛 haha
After the cake I talked for a while to Martine and her mother who could speak Italian, English and French, and she told me about Mario and their hard life when they first arrived in Australia.
After saying emotional goodbye to everyone, I went with Martine and Gordon around the city center to see the really nice graffiti and to catch a tram typical of Melbourne. At the end of the day my cheeks were sore from smiling too much: I’ve never been so joyful since I came to Australia. I don’t know when but I’m sure that in future I’ll come back to see my family again, they are all such beautiful people and I can’t wait to see them again!

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Back to Sydney I spent the last days of holiday with Ilaria, another Italian exchange student, and her lovely host family. We went at the beach in Manly, a little and very nice village. Walking in Manly it seemed like being inside a movie: there were many pretty and original shops, small markets and high trees along the seafront and there was a jazz festival on with very good performances on the stage. Summer here has already started! 😉

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Unluckily now I’m back to school and I’m going to study harder for Early’s exams.
Only 2 months left, see you soon guys! xx

Vicky

Happiest week!

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Hey hey hey my darlings, welcome to my blog again! This time I’m going to talk about the last week of school which was full of particular and interesting activities ran by year 12 students who are attending their HSC exams in October and graduating.
Since Monday I’ve been really in a good mood because of the nice weekend I spent, the warm weather and coz it was the last week before holidays!
While school is starting in Italy I’m realizing how cool is Lakes Grammar besides uniforms and annoying assignments: the relationship between teachers and students is kind of a friendship or like a big family, the lessons are so different from the italian ones, here in Australia every time we do new activities, watch videos or movies, for example studying the space in science we did a research about astronaut’s life and we ate space ice cream!
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Can you imagine Italian teachers playing footy or soccer against students?! No way!
But this is what they did last Wednesday here, at Lakes Grammar. Since the girl teacher team hadn't enough players, I was asked to join in and guess what?! I even scored one goal at soccer that made the teacher team win. Year 12 girls asked me not to be hard on them. Haha 😛
On "Wednsdy arvo" I went for a walk to the Toukley to watch the sunset with Arianna, that was simply awesome. This nature never stops surprising me!
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On Monday we also had an award assembly where the teachers gave praises to many students for every kind of outstanding feature or performance such as “pure imagination” or sports, drama, music, volunteering. I was surprised by the teachers’ attention towards the personality of students in its whole and not only about school marks.

At Lakes Grammar fundraises are quite common: few weeks ago year 12 cooked and sold sausages sandwiches during lunch time to raise money for the swim competition of a student.
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The last 2 days of the term were pretty crazy: on Thursday was the muck-up(sporco) day, which means that year 12 students could get the school dirty and do whatever they want to the building but they didn’t do very much. The same day there was the “slave auction”(asta degli schiavi) so year 12 students dressed up and they were sold during the assembly to the best bidder, students or teachers, who can ask them to do everything, for example to drive to Macca’s (McDonald’s) during lunch time. The money raised from the auction will be used for year 12 formal of next year.
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On Friday there was the graduation day with a very very long and touching assembly: first there was a mess with the bishop and Rns songs, which I knew (in Italian), then the principal held a funny speech talking about the first years at Lakes Grammar of some graduating students, and the year advisor and the captains of the students held their really moving speeches as well and in the end they hugged each other. I was so astonished when the teachers prayed for the students, something like that would have never happened in my school in Italy!
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To end the week in the best way I went out for dinner with Caitlin and her friends on Friday night, on Saturday we had a party at home to celebrate my host dad’s birthday and on Sunday my antie from Melbourne came to visit me, since she was working in Sydney last week, and we went for a walk near the beach despite of the not very nice weather.
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Finally I’m on holiday!! And I’m going to Sydney every other day, on Monday with Ilaria, exchange student from Genova we went for a walk near Bondi beach which is the most famous beach of Sydney, and on Wednesday with Caitlin and other girls I went to the see life aquarium to tease the little sharks that don’t look that scary behind the glass but we definitely don’t want to meet at the beach! 😛

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I don’t have much time to write because now I’m in Melbourne with my host family and to meet my Australian relatives so please forgive this really basic post. If I wasn’t good writer before, I think that now I’m getting even worse. Oh well, it happens 😛
Bye for now xx

Before I let my light shine

Hi guys! I haven’t been writing for a while cause of assignments and bad moods but I can assure you that I’m still alive! Yeaa
I’m in love with Australia, here everything seems so cool, great, amazing, stunning, wonderful, marvelous, magnificent and there aren’t enough words to describe all its beauty. (Yes I’m in a good mood today) haha
I simply love the people so happy, open, loud, funny, creative, kind, helpful and lively.
I love the warm weather with such a bright sunshine.
I love the school with all the facilities needed for great activities and sports.
I love playing footy.
I love australian teachers, so careful and patient towards the students.
I love the nature and the animals.
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Ok after this long praise I’ll tell you what interesting stuff happened in the last weeks.

At school we had lots of assignments: for food tech we had to run a café serving the school staff. I was in the waiting staff so I had to serve the teachers but I had a little bit of troubles because I didn’t know their names so I didn’t know who I should bring the dish to. Anyway it was fun and after all we ate together our delicious dishes.

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Setting the tables

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Chocolate pizza

In the last two weekend I’ve been hanging out with another Italian exchange student who’s staying nearby. It’s so easy to understand each other, since we share the same struggles. She’s helping me a lot, thanks Arianna. ❤

We went together to play soccer only for the training with a girl team in Toukley. Here soccer is a very popular sport also among girls whereas in Italy it’s mainly considered a male sports. I really like it, I wish I had started it before! My hbrother also taught me a little bit how to juggle but I’m pretty bad at it.
Unluckily the season of soccer has already finished so I’m not playing any more, but spring has started and soon I may learn surfing.😍

On Father’s day, two Sundays ago, I went to Tuggerah to a big shopping center with Arianna, her host sister and Gina (exchange from Germany). I went for some shopping and I had Tim Tam, which are typical australian biscuits, with hot chocolate (don’t tell my father).. So good! 😛 Then we watched a movie with Zach Efron who took off his bloody T-shirt as usual😍 (cit. Gina’s Hmum) haha
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Last weekend I went with Arianna and Morgan, a friend from soccer, to Sydney to the zoo. It was such a wonderful day and I finally saw a kangaroo for the first time since I’ve been here. Also elephants, seals, giraffes, lions, tigers, koalas, red panda, zebras, crocodiles, snakes and penguins were pretty cool. Here some pics!;)
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Yesterday I went with my hsista and her friend Louis on jetskis in Budgewoi Lake and… OMG… it was simply the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!! Besides the fresh bath (not on purpose, we fell off the jetski) I had so much fun. Thanks so much Louis! 😀

I’m sorry for all the people that standed me in the last period, I know I had been quite annoying with all my negativity. Forgive me 😉 now I just want to stop worrying about silly things and enjoy every single second in this wonderful place, with these wonderful Aussie people.
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Learning to use chopsticks. Sushi❤❤

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Sunday night barbie with the family:):)

I owe a big thanks to my parents in Italy that keep supporting me in every possible way. Love you❤

Cya;)

Goodbye Austin!

Hi guys!
In the last two weeks I had the chance to learn more about the Chinese culture, actually I learnt more about the Chinese cuisine. In my school all students have to study Chinese in year 8 and there are few brave students that chose to keep studying it also the next years. And then there are these crazy people like Austin who are going on exchange to China for five months!

I went on a school trip to Sydney to see a documentary about the space in 3D at IMAX which is a huge cinema and then we went to Chinatown to eat in a restaurant some really weird food, luckily we weren’t served chicken feet. I don’t even know how to describe it. I just tried everything and I reckon the dessert and the calamari were the best. Here are some photos with the Spanish exchange student, the cutest boy of year 8 and the two guys who study Chinese.

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Yesterday I went to Austin’s farewell party where we eat this hot pot thing and I made a tiramisú to bring some Italian food for the occasion. I tried to eat with chopsticks, but after a few attempts I gave up and ate with fork. I had such a good time since the people were really friendly and the food was simply delicious!
I was really surprised by Austin’s curiosity for China and he taught me few Chinese words but all I can remember is ni hao ma (how are you), shang li (victory), sie sie (thank you) and lin hao (Austin)林浩.
Chinese is so complicated but so interesting!

This is my name in chinese: 胜利
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It was so nice to meet you Austin! I hope you will have a great experience in China.
Buon viaggio! 一路平安

First month! Lazy & busy

I can’t believe it, a month is already gone.

How do I feel?! I don’t know, I have lots of ups and downs.. I’ve passed the period of all excitement and also the one of frustration… Yes the tiredness plays bad jokes: at the and of last week I felt quite bad because I didn’t feel to fit in anywhere, also if I love everything about Australia and I don’t miss home too much. 

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Now I’m quite good and I’m getting used to the new routine: school, gym, scout, netball. Anyway, unexpected things are always there.

Last Monday I received a call by a scout leader when I got back from school. She told me that the group of scout of my age was going to do abseiling. At first I had no idea of what it was, but I take the chance without hesitating too much. So we went somewhere inside the bush, where there were some huge rocks. What we actually do was kind of rock climbing in the opposite way. We went down hanging on a rope. It was pretty exciting and I met also some nice scouts of my age.

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Unluckily last Thursday I didn’t play any netball games but at least on Friday night I went to netball training of Cait’s team and in the open field where we were playing we had a cute guest: an opossum!

On Sunday morning I went to the Soldiers beach with my host mother Julie. It was really a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it was like being in a dream. The beach was simple stunning with huge waves and rocks, AMAZING!! Moreover there were lots of cool surfers and in the last term, when it gets warmer I could have the chance to surf too. I can’t wait!

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Last week I made my first pizza by myself for the host family (with the help of Chiara on Skype, thank you my dear!). It was quite good and everyone appreciated it. And the next day I cooked pizza also at school during Food Tech. This Australians are crazy: they have chocolate pizza with nutella and Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, but they don’t have pizza with fries. (By the way I’m getting fat and my school skirt doesn’t fit me any more… Shh don’t tell my father).🙈🙈

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PS: I’m sorry for this boring post since I came here I’ve become quite lazy 😛 I’ll try to do better next time. If you have any questions or things that I didn’t write just send me a message or a comment.

See yaaa xx

Vicky