But anyways, one month later, a lot has changed (weird, right?)
First, I have finally made an Italian friend whom I, without a doubt, knows wants to truly be my friend too. That's weird to say considering every day I'm with tons of people at school that I know substantially and am able to make small talk with. But this is different. I'm not sure how to explain it but I'm sure you know what I mean when I say there's a real difference between vibes you get from people and if they are/are not good for your vibes. Sorry to get all spiritual on ya. Long explanation short, I have a new good friend and it feels good :)
Second, this weekend is Carnival. A holiday that doesn't exist in America. Not surprised at that, though, because America has a pretty well-known history of not wanting to do things as the rest of the world (using celsius, the metric system, etc.)
So this Sunday I'm headed up to Venice with my Swedish friend who is an exchange student in Mantova as well, his host brother, and another American exchange student who is living near Venice as well. The weather forecast says rain... but it's VENICE so that's really no problem for me as long as I have some food, a little coffee, and good company, I'll have a good time.
I'm also in the last half of my exchange. Now instead of counting up to the day when I'll be halfway done, I'm looking down at the days I have left. About 120 days until I'll be back in Oregon. When you write 120 days it seems so much longer than 4 months... or maybe it's the other way around. Anyways my time is limited so my level of YOLO attitude is at it's all-time high.
Apart from this, life is normal and all is well. I do naturally go through bouts of wanting to be home, but it's easier now to push these feelings aside and know that the longer that I'm here, the more I'm growing as a person. Which is comforting even in the shittiest situations.
That's about it!
Ciao! (and Buon Carnevale for those cool countries that actually celebrate these next few days of pure PARTY)