“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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It’s important to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them. Oscar Wilde

I wrote this first on Facebook and because I liked it I thought I’d post it here, too!

I wanted to post this two days ago, but of course I didn’t have time (damn school).

Anyway just pretend to read this like it’s the 30th of October and everything should be okay.. (?)

It was half past three p.m on August 30th and I was doing the suffering subject that is mathematics. The day before I had been in Milan to do the English test that would have decided my admission to the program to study in the United States; I put so much concentration in it that I thought my mind was going to explode and that I was going to be (almost!) disgusted by English from now on. Before I left, they told me that I would have known the test result in a week. Instead the result arrived the day after (from which today [remember that I wanted to post this on October the 30th] has passed exactly two months); my mom nonchalantly put on my maths notebook (where I was solving a damn problem about the ellipse) the Ipad opened to the email in which it was written that I made it.

Goodmorning

We are happy to inform you that Giulia has successfully passed the admission test for the school semester in the United States.

I cried not only for several hours, but every time I communicated the news to someone so that she/him could share that joy with me.

Then I started to think that if someone had told me that I would have gone to the USA eight months ago, when the email that arrived was completely different and disappointing, I would never have believed it.

But most of all, I thought that Oscar Wilde was right:

It’s important to have dreams big enough not to lose sight when we pursue them.

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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

First post!

Hello people of WordPress!

I’m one of the hundreds and hundreds (maybe I should say thousands) of  people who, today, have decided to open a blog.

From the things I’ve just read on the internet, there’s a huge percentage my blog will die in a few months unless I write something interesting, unless my blog’s name and its layout are captivating and unless I follow some instructions such as: “Fifty plus one advice to build a successful Blog!”. Or whatever.

(Okay, I do admit I read something similar to that ‘fifty plus one advice’ thing…)

Anyway! I’m just going to introduce myself a little bit.

My name is Giulia and I’m seventeen years old.

Really big dreamer, New York obsessed (and hopefully a future New Yorker, thank you so much), books and music lover, fashion devoted, aspiring writer.

(My blog will be full of thoughts and pictures about these things.)

Stubborn, kind, touchy, honest, moody, passionate, ambitious.

I adore my family and my friends. Oh and of course: pizza.

I’ve decided to write my blog in English, even if it’s not my first language. It’s not at all because I have the presumption to think I can speak and write English as my mother tongue. It’s just because I really want to practice it more than I can. So, really, feel free to let me know any mistakes I will make. It will be appreciated!

Thanks very much to anyone who has spent a few minutes to read my first post!

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