I live! I hope you didn't mind the scheduled posts last week, I'm glad i put them up as i STILL have no internet. The little village I live in north of Milano, Cairate, is indeed very quaint but along with that comes no internet service. I bought a Internet Key to use for my laptop but the key and the computer dont seem to understand each other. So here I sit in my friendly neighborhood Pakistani Internet Zone, unable to upload any of the million pictures I've ever taken. Like the one I took this morning. It's been raining straight for the past five days, and before that it was thick sunny smog, but when I opened my shutters (yes I do it dramatically every morning) this sunny morning, there on the horizon were snow-capped mountains!! Why didn't anyone tell me we were that close?!
You know how back home everyone tells you, EVERYONE speaks English in Italy? Liars. All of em. Immediately upon arriving I've been thrown into so many situations where I'm forced to use what little I remember. Thankfully I can understand almost everything that they say to me know, but just have a hard time getting the words out. I hear this is normal.
(side note: do you realize how hard it is to type on this foreign computer?)
My apartment is in a little courtyard off of a tiny street. My landlady Luigia lives next door. This morning she came in to measure curtains because the neighbors complained about me walking around in my underwear. She doesn't speak English at all, so getting that information across was...hysterical. In Cairate the first days as I walked around, everyone would stare at me like I was the enemy. Now that they have seen me at the Tabaccheria, post office and on the bus they seem to have warmed up a bit. I even get a 'Ciao' from the weirdo with an eye patch that walks around all the time.
Hopefully my internet situation will work out soon..I'm going to look up wi-fi spots right now so I can use my own laptop and upload my pictures.