Well, I am in Bologna. And again, this post will be only in English since I don’t know good translations.
Since leaving Rome, it’s gotten a lot better. I’m staying with a wonderful girl who got a Fulbright here last year, and she has helped make the transition a ton easier by being friendly, speaking English, and sharing her own experiences. It’s still hard, though. I’m tempted constantly to stay up late talking to people back home because my 11pm is their 5pm (which you should all totally not feel bad about – I enjoy it.) But there are loud noises outside early in the morning so I keep waking up, and mornings are really hard. Each time a new one rolls around I have to psych myself up to get out the door and face new people, new places, and that ever-present language barrier. Plus, I miss my family and my Austin, and Skype just isn’t the same as an actual conversation with someone.
But all the same, the fear and the constant desire to go home is beginning to fade as I get more and more excited to be here. The city is wonderful (I have a whole post about it in the works), I managed to buy and get a contract for a phone all in Italian, and I’m continuing the apartment search with hope. Today I’m planning on knocking out two of my other big tasks, so that should help too. Once this transitionary stuff is over, I’ll be settled into my research Monday-Friday, which will give me lots less free time to wallow, and I’ll have a museum pass and another American student here to keep me occupied on weekends. I have a lot of grand plans still, but I am becoming more confident that they’ll work out. Thanks for all your support.