My name is Amber, and I’m currently doing a student exchange program here in Italy for 10 months. I come from Sydney, Australia, in an area called The Northern Beaches, and am currently staying with a host family in Montegrotto.
So far, I’ve had an absolutely amazing time in Italy! I’ve had such amazing opportunities already after only around a month and a half in Italy, including being able to see Venice, spending my first week in Rome, going to Germany with our school, and snowboarding in the mountains!
Italy is quite different from Australia, obviously the language, but also things such as going to school on a Saturday, all the historic buildings and places here, and of course eating authentic Italian food (which I love!). It took me a while to adjust to the times of day I eat, since in Australia we generally eat smaller meals/snacks throughout the day rather than 3 big meals. I like going out/home for lunch though- in Australia we eat it at school. At my Australian school we also have a wallaby (looks like a small kangaroo, and are in the same family) which lives there.
I arrived here in winter, and it was very, very, very cold!! Where I live in Australia, 15 degrees in the winter is considered a freezing day, since our Summer is always roughly 30-45 degrees. My area is very much based around the beach, surfing and skating, and although I personally do not surf or skate or go to the beach much many people I know do often (I went a lot when I was younger).
I really enjoy being here in your school, and everyone is so helpful and kind! I would really like to speak with you all and I look forward to meeting more of you!