I remember before I came to Italy, when I got the address of my second host family, which is located at a small town called Bene Vagienna, I asked some Italians about this place when I reached here, no one seemed to know this place. So I didn't have much expectation of the place, but the family I stayed with here, they're one of the best families I've met. Blew me away with so much kindness. And it's absolutely beautiful, the weather seems to be much cooler than anywhere else in Italy, beautiful house, pool, outdoor meals, making pizzas, baking chocolate lava cakes for the family & chocolate cheesecakes, sweetest dogs, endless laughter where I learned speaking Italians and the parents trying their best to learn speaking english. Brought us up the heels and so I could experience sliding on snow for the first time on a sunny summer day, had fun teaching me about different wine, cheese, meat, chocolates after every meal because the dad is obsessed with it, and so are us... I just have to come back again in the future. One of the most perfect days in my life. So simple, yet so rare and beautiful.
I have been in Italy for quite a while now, actually only 2 weeks but I'll be leaving in another 2 weeks! So I initially intended to post at least one photo everyday on instagram to document what I have been doing so I could remember when I looked back. Unluckily my phone broke halfway and didnt wanna switch on anymore. Me, I see it as a hidden blessing, so that I could enjoy my trip more... (My host family is so kind that they gave me a cellphone so I could use during emergency) And since I always get too lazy to retouch the photos when I'm back home, I decided to start uploading them and writing things down before I forget them. My experience in Italy so far, is a mix of different kinds of people and food. Some are good, some not so. Italy isn't exactly how I imagined it would be, but like any other countries it surprises me in different ways everyday. Here are just some postcards from Italy, pretty views. World cup finale tonight, also last night with my 2nd host family (which is awesome), will be spending it having barbeque by the pool, playing cards and watching the world cup. I've come to appreciate simple days because they're always the best!
June 7, 2014
It's been a few weeks since I came back from Australia but I have yet to sort out all the photos I've taken (which is not very surprising...) I was thinking if I should blog about it day by day or place by place. And I guess it'll be less messy to post one place by another rather than day by day since we might have visited a few places in a day.
On the third day in Gold Coast, we decided to head down to Brisbane to visit Lone Pine - the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. They don't only have koalas actually, there are also kangaroos and other Australian wildlife. In a moment you'll see why it's such a lovely place to be. Kangaroo is hands down my favourite of all! They aren't locked in cages, so if you want to you could approach them and hand feed them. Koalas are adorable too, but they're so lazy they basically only eat & sleep. We're lucky enough to spot the baby koala sleeping in its mom's arms when we were there. Too adorable!