A message from myisola


Hey! I really love your blog, you, how funny you are on instagram with the 'Oh we're clapping',yeah stalked you. I also feel with you about how hard it is to make friends when you don't know the language. I am half Italian and dying to be an exchange student, but now I don't know where: Italy/ US. Since you expierenced them both, I was wondering which one you would really recommend. I want to go for the fun and expierence, not educational in any way. Hope you awnser !

Hahaha wow I’m surprised you even watched that! and yess. Hmmm. Well, that’s a very difficult question buuut;

If you like being involved, really friendly people, a great atmosphere that welcomes exchange students, organization, and freedom, pick the U.S.

If you want to just have fun and meet people, I’d pick Italy, but just a warning that almost all of the administration here is extremely unorganized. Which means tons and tons of waiting. And also you have school on Saturday.. But the great food and beautiful architecture makes up for it.

A message from rauwrrdinosaur


Hi, how is it going in Italy? I'm 15 and from Belgium and next year I'll be going on exchange to Italy for three months (with the organisation AFS, I don't know if you know it) I just want to ask if you have any tips for me, what to expect? I read that you've had a hard time making friends and I'm really scared I'll have the same problem.. BTW I'm so jealous of the fact that you're staying in Sicily because last year I was hostsister to an italian girl from Siracusa in sicily!

I do know it! Afs or Intercultura is a popular program here. Italians are so friendly, you will probably won’t have any trouble at all! :) You’ll have a great time. And siracusa is so beautiful!

A message from Anonymous


Hey, so I am going to Italy next year (not sure where yet) and I just wanted to know, how long did it take you to understand most of the language, also, *ahem any hot italians?? ahem*

Oh gosh, well I’ve been here for 7 months and still having incredible difficulty with the language. But I believe in you! And they are literally all so gorgeous.. every single one. I’m not joking. You’ll love it

CARNEVALE!!

I had the amazing oppurtunity to go to basically the biggest carnevale celebration in all of Sicily. Acireale.

It was such an awesome time and everyone was yelling and wearing masks and pranking each other (all fun and games until someone sprays half a bottle of shaving cream in your freshly washed hair.) (COUGH COUGH)

but overall it was a great time with my friends and I’m very happy to say I experienced this. I also went to an “American themed restaurant” with my friends here and got a chicken burger, which was pretty delicious.

I feel like I say this in every post, but it’s really crazy how fast time goes by. I feel like I just got here, but I have almost less than 100 days until I go home. The exchange life.

I’m trying to blog more but I’m actually relatively busy (sounds weird to say) but Italians don’t believe in lazing around the house on the computer, unfortunately, so I’m out most of the time.

I’ll blog again this week, I promise!

I’M 18 YEARS OLD?!!! (LET ME JUST LOOK THROUGH MY .GIFS TO FIND THE MOST APPROPRIATE REACTIONS TO THIS NEWS) (that wasn’t proper english) (HOW DO I ENGLISH)



MY 18TH BIRTHDAY!!! What a fun birthday! In Italy, your eighteenth is the most important birthday in the world. So everybody has a huge party and pays tons of money. So guess what I did? Had a party and paid tons of money… sob. At least it was fun!
Two of the other exchange girls came up for my birthday, Hannah and Lindsey, (a girl from Texas, USA and a girl from Quebec, Canada!) so we had a lot of fun and talked into the night. All of my friends came and it was a great night surrounded by my favorite people here. I had a really great time and I’m so glad I got to spend my eighteenth here. Or, in Italian, diciotessimo. (literally eighteenth in Italian!)

and.. I ONLY HAVE FOUR MORE MONTHS HERE? Where did all the time go?! Wow…

I’M 18 YEARS OLD?!!! (LET ME JUST LOOK THROUGH MY .GIFS TO FIND THE MOST APPROPRIATE REACTIONS TO THIS NEWS) (that wasn’t proper english) (HOW DO I ENGLISH)

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MY 18TH BIRTHDAY!!! What a fun birthday! In Italy, your eighteenth is the most important birthday in the world. So everybody has a huge party and pays tons of money. So guess what I did? Had a party and paid tons of money… sob. At least it was fun!

Two of the other exchange girls came up for my birthday, Hannah and Lindsey, (a girl from Texas, USA and a girl from Quebec, Canada!) so we had a lot of fun and talked into the night. All of my friends came and it was a great night surrounded by my favorite people here. I had a really great time and I’m so glad I got to spend my eighteenth here. Or, in Italian, diciotessimo. (literally eighteenth in Italian!)

and.. I ONLY HAVE FOUR MORE MONTHS HERE? Where did all the time go?! Wow…

I’M SO HAPPY :)

I changed families about a month ago and this is the happiest I’ve ever been! I have two little brothers, two dogs, two cats, and a big house. I go to school with my brother now instead of walking, and it’s very nice. I’m very happy.

(sorry I haven’t updated in a long time, tumblr wouldn’t let me post for like a month)

and im going to.. LONDON!!!!! IN APRIL :)

A message from cecilyistrong


Hey there! I'm rEAlLY considering on going on a youth exchange with Rotary... in fact, I got picked. I just decide if I'm going to go lol. I feel really nervous and scared about getting to my host country and feeling totally lost and confused and alone. Eeeep. How has your situation been making friends? Did you join any clubs? Sorry for all the questions, lol! :D

Ahhhh, that’s so exciting!! And to be honest, it’s been really hard for me so far. School is difficult and so are friends but I know it will all be worth it in the end. Exchange is a beautiful, beautiful thing and I’ve made so many memories here so far. I highly encourage you if you have the opportunity!

And nooo, don’t apologize! I remember being exactly in your place. Searching nervously on tumblr and the whole deal. Where would you want to go? I know a lot of people from different countries and I’d love to help you pick one!

NATALE IN SICILIA!!
senza neve… 
(christmas in sicily, minus snow) :(
My wonderful host mother and I decorated the tree last week so here you go!

NATALE IN SICILIA!!

senza neve… 

(christmas in sicily, minus snow) :(

My wonderful host mother and I decorated the tree last week so here you go!

some more bad-quality phone pictures of piazza armerina! one of my favorite places in sicily :)

Another update - because I haven’t in a long time.

My host mother and I, Anna Maria, set up the albero per natale a couple of days ago! (Christmas tree) I will post pictures after I get new batteries for my camera (ooops)

School is still difficult, Italian teachers can’t seem to comprehend the fact that my year doesn’t count and I don’t need to do all of these little assignments they assign and study for 5 hours every night like the rest of my peers. (I do anyways, because I find German interesting) I’m on a CULTURAL exchange. Not an academic. I am here to learn the culture and the language, and I won’t do that if my teachers separate me from my peers to study science.

I’m in a bit of a slump, it’s hard to make myself happy when I can’t even make my teachers, friends, etc happy, but sometimes I just have to remind myself of why I’m here- to learn the language and absorb another culture. Not to make everybody happy. But alas, I like having friends and having people talk to me, so that’s that.

It got really cold here for a bit, but now it’s warm again. This weather, I tell you! Always changing from really hot during the day and really cold at night.

I’m going to post more pictures now, so here we go!

When you put 2 and 2 together and finally understand a certain phrase:

From Wednesday night to Friday afternoon, I spent time with all of the other rotary inbounds!! We went to Siracusa (a popular touristy area in sicily) and ate thanksgiving dinner together, and I just really love them.
There were 3 American girls, 2 Mexican girls, an austrian, a German, and a Taiwanese girl!

A message from ontothenext-adventure


Hiii I love your blog, I hope to be in Italy like you next year :) however, I was just wondering how you dealt with being a a senior there... Like have you already graduated your high school back home? How did you deal with your classes and stuff like that...I'm freaking outtt

Actually, I have to do more classes when I get home, probably through the local community college (the struggle is real) but I will graduate later than my peers in America. :( I don’t think it’s really hit me yet.

A message from richolasnenner


Tiny pope babies elizabeth

whenever an italian has a child it automatically resembles the pope, nick

A message from Anonymous


Does everyone in italy look like the pope?

yes, all of them. every single one. even the babies