Kayla, outbound to Italy

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Ciao tutti! Today marks one month, one week and one day here in Italy. I cannot believe it has only been just over my first month! Upon my arrival I was greeted with a very warm welcome from my first host family the Catgiu’s. We live not too far from the beautiful city of Cagliari on the island of Sardegna. On my first night my host family took me out to show me the city and it was truly an experience I will never forget. We walked up a bit of an incline to find a gorgeous view of the city. 

On my second day I had the opportunity to meet all the other exchange students in my city and also my district! Luckily, I arrived just in time to participate in inbound weekend. After a four hour bus ride to the city Olbia I found myself in a hotel with exchange students from all around the world. This was a unique beginning to my exchange that I was very grateful for, as all the students welcomed me and shared with me what they had already experienced so far. 

After orientation weekend I returned to my host family to begin my new routine 5,000 miles from home. I began to attend Liceo Artistico Foiso Fois. Here I study mathematics, physics, chemistry, art history, English, Italian and graphics. In Italy there is five years of secondary schooling and I have been placed in the fourth year. For those who choose artistic school this fourth year is the year you select which type of art you want to specialize in; and for me I was given graphics. For this course we often work on computers. I am very fortunate to have been placed in graphics as I have been using the programs we work in for years. 
I come home from school at 2:30pm to have lunch with my host family every day except Sunday’s (of course because there is no school Sunday). I take the metro for one stop and then a bus to return home. It does not seem so, but life here is very different. I would not trade this opportunity for anything; I am learning something new every day, whether that is about the language, my host city or even myself. I am so grateful Rotary chose me for this exchange and I am excited to keep you guys updated! Until next time, arrivederci!