Today marks the 13th day I have been here in Modica, Italy, and I am in love with it! From the wonderful people and delicious food, to the beautiful landscapes and historic architecture, Sicily has it all! BTW I promise I am not advertising for Italy...
Anyway, I live in the town called Modica, located in the Southeast corner of the island Sicily. My town is a pretty popular touristic city and it is no wonder because it is so gorgeous as you can see!
Another town I visit quite a lot is Scicli. My host family likes to joke that I am in Scicli more than I am in Modica, and if you ask me, Scicli is even more beautiful than Modica!
School here is much much more different then in the United States! First, you decide which kind of high school you want to go to: classical, scientific, linguistic, culinary, artistic (my school), musical, technical, and 7 more. At those specified schools, you have different tracks that you can take. For instance, at the art school you can choose sculpture (my track), drawing and painting, fashion and design, or architecture. These schools do not just have classes revolving around the specified subject, however. In my case, I have 11 total classes: philosophy, religion, history, art history, gym, math, chemistry, English, Italian, practical sculpture, and sculpture theory. I only have between 4-6 of these classes each day because each class is 1 hour and school is 4-6 hours long.
Another difference between the schools is that you stay with the same people for all of your classes and while the teachers switch rooms. I like this because I get to know my 16 classmates much better than if I were to have 100 different ones.
While I was not out sightseeing or attending school, I was taking part in so many memorable experiences! So far I have: gone out to breakfast and tasted my first Sicilian granita, stayed at my host-families beach house (below), been a part of a babies baptism at the church, tasted my first Italian pizza and gelato (below), gone out with friends for frozen yogurt, seen many beautiful churches (above), visited the first Modican chocolate factory/store, encountered a scorpion in my bedroom, eaten "burgers" with friends and family, overlooked Scicli from the highest possible point (above), begun school, tried* espresso, shopped in town, eaten dinner with other AFSers in the area, appeared on the news, gone to the mall, seen fireworks at the End of Summer Celebration (below), visited an amazing hotel (below), baked a cake and bignès, gone to Federica's 21st birthday party (below), tried some alcohol, and attended my first Italian language class. Wow, I haven't realized how much I have done until now. I can thank my incredible host family for all of these great experiences and the many more to come!
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