Here are some things I have done since my last blog post:
1.Applied for my Visa. My family and I drove up to Phoenix to the honorary Italian consulate there and got everything stamped. The man who was going over the paper work with us let my siblings stamp a few things and they had a lot of fun. We did have one misunderstanding though! The honorary consulate is in the Italian club, which consists of a bar and a dining hall. We got there on time, but no one was there to meet us. We waited there for almost an hour before we found out that the consulate was upstairs! Thankfully the staff was very understanding and so everything turned out fine. Once we had all the stamped paperwork from there we sent it off to the official consulate in LA, hopefully my visa will arrive any day.
2.Went shopping for cold weather clothing. I found out that Mesagne has very cold winters, and since I live in the desert I didn't have much in the way of winter clothing. Unfortunately because it is still the summer the only thing we could really find was pants and one very comfy jacket. Luckily my host sister messaged me today and told me that she would take me shopping when I arrived, so I'll be able to get warmer things once I arrive. I'm also very glad that she'll be there to help, because I really have no clue what to do when it comes to shopping.
3.I started packing up my room. As soon as I'm gone my little brother will be moving into my room and my two other siblings will be moving into his room. Unfortunately this also means I have to pack everything I'm not taking with me, which is quite a bit. The only other things I can leave out are things I'm going to be needing in the next two weeks before I leave, so I have to decide what books, games, clothes, etc. I'm going to be using. So far its going well though and hopefully I will be fully packed up by the end of the weekend. After that the only thing I'll have to do with my room is convince my younger brother not to paint it black and neon yellow while I'm gone.
4.I met someone used to live right by Mesagne. I have to admit that this was by far my favorite thing out of all this. As random as it was, the person was the dental assistant at my dentist. I had mentioned that I was doing foreign exchange in Italy and she freaked out when I mentioned Mesagne. She was able to give me lots of good advice for living there, as well as telling me all her favorite things about it. I had a lot of fun talking to her and I learned a lot more about my new town.
5.Lastly I finally planned a going away party. This may not seem very big to you, but it was a lot harder than it sounds. All my friends live pretty far away, and with some of them its nearly impossible to get a hold of them unless your at school. Also they all have very conflicting schedules so it was hard to find a time when most of them could come. Thankfully my best friend Corrina helped me out a lot, and managed to contact everyone (Coco, if you're somehow reading this, thank you sooo much!).
Thank you for reading my blog, the next time I post will mot likely be once I'm in Italy (11 days!), or maybe a small post once I get my visa.