“Esse quam videri”

Heeeeello everyone!

I am a really bad person, I know.

But from this past November to pretty much yesterday I had tests and oral tests almost EVERY DAY. These months should be called ‘hell‘. I don’t now how, but I’m still alive!

This is the last week of school before the Christmas holidays break and, for me, is the last week of school in my country untill the next September!

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[photo (taken from tumblr) that shows how I spent my afternoon in this past two months]

As you may know from my previous post, I will be an exchange student; I’m going to U.S.A from January to June (hooraaayy).

As you may not know – no okay, as you certainly not know – at the beginning of November I came to know the State in which I’m going to live for the next six months! (Huge HOORAYYYY)

And the State is…….:

*drums roll*

North Carolina!

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I have seen (thanks Google Earth!) the town where I’m going to live and it’s really lovely! And I also have seen the school where I’m going to study and it is beautiful and maybe four time larger than my current school.

My host family seems so nice to me and yestarday I received the first email from my host mum. She seems really kind and when, in the email, she wrote that she has told all of her friends and relatives that I will be there, I was so touched.

I will arrive in the US on January the 18th or 19th.

My relatives this past Saturday organised me a surprise party. They did a big banner that said:SURPRISE! You didn’t expect this, did you?!”

They showed me a video with all my photos, from when I was a baby, a little girl to the girl I am now. In this video there were also some message that they had recorded for me. In the background there was the song “Girl on fire” covered by Naya Rivera on Glee.

Needless to say I was a sort of fountain for how much I cried. Love them endlessly.

This is the spectacular and so delicious cake:

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And this is the breathless present they gave me (to, exact words from the note: do the VIP in the US!):

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So I guess the countdown begins!

If anyone wants to recommend me some particular beautiful place in North Carolina that should absolutely be visited or wants to give me some information about NC, I would be really happy about it!

I leave you with the beautiful, in my opinion, motto of the State of North Carolina:

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London, July 2013.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" 

It’s been almost fortnigh I came back from the beautiful London.

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 I went there on a study holiday for two weeks. I’ve never had the opportunity to travel a lot; this was only the second time I went abroad.

 If I stop to think about it, it seems to me only yesterday (oh my gosh I’m talking like my grandmother) I worried about a looot of things about this trip to London

. For example that my suitcase would never arrive at the London airport and it would end up in Timbuctù, instead..

However, the things that worried me the most were the fact of not being able to make friends and not being able to get by.

As I discovered later, there was no reason to think all of that.

 People I knew were so funny and down on earth that I got on well with them. I have to thank them too if I enjoyed this trip so much.

And yeah, I discovered that I was really able to get by; feeling a little indipendent  is a nice feeling.

(But I’m not going to lie: during the first few days I really felt homesick.)

 AND, last but not least, my suitcase arrived!

London is a really stunning city.

 Aside from the wonderful places I got the opportunity to see, what I really loved of London was that you could see a lot of different people, dressed in a different way, maybe with pink or turquoise hair, with lots of piercing or tattoos, and no one turned around and glared at them.

 I know maybe I stayed in London too little time to say it and maybe happens that people turn around and judge, but it’s just what I was able to notice for the short time I was there and I really loved it.

Anyway, I’m going to show you some pictures I took! 🙂

Underground.

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 Red Telephone Box.

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Hyde Park.

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That’s the lovely Brighton.

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This is an incredible portrait painter. (Still in Brighton)

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Buckingham Palace.

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 Tower Bridge.

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 Big Ben.

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  Cambridge.

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 Madame Tussauds: The Queen Beyoncé and me. Proude Ladies!

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 London Eye.

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So that’s it! Thanks to anyone who will read about my trip in London, hope you’ll like this post!

Giulia