ITALY

From Halifax, Canada To Genova, Italy

Hats off the Scotia Personnel Ltd. I have stood by a simple motto: have plans but take risks. Self-motivation and assurance lead me to a six-week work exchange opportunity in Liguria to teach a family the English language. Encountering an international job opening was nothing short of amazement. Learning about the employer was interesting and encouraging. The application process was long but quick. Work needed to be done, and commitment needed to be given. Support received from family and friends was an undeniable appreciation, as always. A system of admiration and well wishes also contributed to a warm and gracious feeling to continue to explore a world of opportunities. Then, began the Italian – European experience.

WEEK 6

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Two sweet Germans met at the Arco Della Pace (below)

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I love falling in love with the world, remembering all the good there is and forgetting all the bad there is

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Embrace culture and its simplicity

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Inside The Duomo

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A sense of excitement to know that the top of the Duomo is (was) accessible

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The best peak of altitude stood and seated

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The photos do not share half of the palace’s breath-taking creation

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Another visitor from Australia who gave all their strength to walk the hundreds of steps to reach the top

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THE DUOMO – A SIGHT TO SEE

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They obviously didn’t know about the top view either, I was glad to beat them to it…

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Milan, I love my city.

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Street magic entertainment

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Street tap entertainment

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Piazza San Babila

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One must love the care offered to cyclist

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Street music entertainment – an hour well spent

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Simple/typical cross walk

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Guided tour pt1

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Alongside the one and only river of Milan

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After school fun

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A view of SantEustorgio

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Guided tour pt2

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Home of Milan

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A relaxing park is seen on every street corner

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Milan’s first skyscraper

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Part of a church left behind for historical purposes, after the road was widened into a round about

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Love how the Sforzesco Castle can be seen from anywhere

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A recognized heroic King shown on the centered statue as his role and success in the World War II allowed Milan to soar pass and through the economic industry.

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One of the many theaters for arts

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A distance from Galleria Vittori Emanuel

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Inside the gallery

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A group of visitors just as amazed

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“Let’s not travel to tick things off lists or collect half-hearted semi treasures to be placed in dusty drawers in empty rooms. Rather, travel to find grounds and rooftops and tiny hidden parks to sit and dismiss the passing time. Travel to be spun into the city’s web until we’ve surrendered, and content to be spent and consumed. of all, travel to fee a place while in it.” Victoria Erickson

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One of the many ice-cream galleries that displayed class and culture

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Street music talent – the tap of wine and beer bottles used to produce unique sounds

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From a picture chapter book to a non-picture chapter book. Simple motivation will get any job done

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Daily walk pass the castle amazed me more and more each time

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One of the many antiques and creations to view in the Museo Naxionale della Scienza e della Tecnica (National Science and Technical Museum). A must see by any being at any age.

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One world, to gain an appreciation for history one will better endure the present. “History is the mother of today.”

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Some of the first forms of transportation, and engines….

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Tools used in Wolrd War II

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“To invent an airplane is nothing, to built one is something, to fly is everything.” Otto Lilienthal

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“The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.” Antoine de Saint Exupery

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“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly” Friedrich Nietzsche

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Helicopter model

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It’s not you, it’s me – see you tomorrow?

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Reflection: the family, people, architecture, culture (and its history) taught me a whole lot…

WEEK 5

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First day view of the marvelous city, Milano (Milan)

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Vegetable art

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Parco Sempione

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1/10 of the great Castello Sforzesco

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An African brother happy to see an Africa sister

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Be friendly but aware. A little note: One is sometimes taught to not talk to strangers (well in my culture at least), the many photos I share at a distance was taken by the many strangers I gladly approached whom were delighted to offer their help. A discovery that also revealed that one can never know too many people, have too many friends, or travel too much. Great, cherished conversations were made through each interaction.

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THE DUOMO – 600 decades were spent to build this incredible monument, which holds 80,000 people. One can only appreciate it’s beauty in person

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I was so excited, and could not hide it

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Picture perfect: Strength of a lion, heart of a lion

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2.5 hours spent listening to a beautiful local artist – I had to take a seat

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how strange? – My joy and enthusiasm was caught by a stranger –

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Pianist street entertainment

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Opposite view from the park Sempione – a couple days before (a Friday evening) I had witnessed a true meaning of tranquility, as I walked passed an observed the hundreds of people creating their own enjoyment – Pace e Amore

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It’s impossible to only spend four minutes listening to any local talent

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After Day 1 of walking through Via Dante I had to return to La Cafe Dante for lunch as the waiters’ service is more than welcoming – I was graciously pulled off the street

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Snap shot of the waiters’ work

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Fine pizza selections

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A generous Indian-Italian

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Pasta de basilico

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WEEK 3 & 4

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Don’t wish for things to happen, make things happen

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Topless woman… being nude on the coast is fairly common

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The path to Arenzano

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Look ahead – always – but remember what the past has taught you

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Fresh water for all

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Pasta made with spinach, flour, and one’s choice of cheese

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A package of parmesan cheese (melts like mozzarella), finished after each meal

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Bacon and potato spaghetti

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Italian rice, served in the same manner as a pasta dish

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One of their many types of rice grains

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Rice with tomato sauce and basilico (similar to “Spanish rice”)

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Every meal finished with parmesan cheese – that melts so beautifully in the heated meal

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First lesson

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“It’s all in the motion/movement”

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The family was so impressed – 75 meter shot

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WEEK 2

 

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Italians love molded cheese

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Gorgonzola – the taste did not set well with me unfortunately

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Fresh basilico and tagliatelle pasta – bowl 2

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Gnocchi (Yno-o-kie) pasta, stuffed with flour and cheese

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Lite lunch

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The day I took the wrong left turn, but the 120 minute walk was great

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River side

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Refreshing walk through the tunnels, on the coast

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Never felt so great… being lost

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One of the ports on the coast of Liguria – Virazze

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There are ice-cream and pizza shops everywhere

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A date to remember

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The end of the Virazze Port – Following a lesson of Liguria’s geography (after finally stopping to ask a man in a shop if he spoke English), I was also told that if I walked for about 40 more minutes on the coast, I would have arrived on the boarder of France!

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My first pizza with the kids

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General rule: Pizza is meant to be ordered with beer, and pasta is meant to be ordered with wine

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This day I was requested to go and rest and he will awake me when I was needed to review the work

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Regular pasta dish: eaten on a daily basis, sometimes for both lunch and dinner

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Growing basilico and lechuga

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Every home owns a dog

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Colgoleto, Liguria

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Fresh coconut for sale

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Great service

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A large crab-shape calzone

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Oranges are everywhere

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Note: there was no sushi inside (I asked for the sushi menu and the waiter laughed so a calzone it was)

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Beautiful day

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First bus ride to Lerca

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With everything give thanks, praise God

WEEK 1

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Perspective is everything

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Young gentlemen

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It was a warm welcome

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Say hello to Ducka – our first time meeting

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So alive

 

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Summer home

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St. Anna’s Club House

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When there is a break from pasta, meat and vegetables is served. And of course bread as always.

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The boys and a friend prepare barbeque sauce for the first time

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The back yard – dinner outdoors

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First time trying barbeque “salsa”

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Preparation for garlic bread

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In Italy “mayo” is used for everything besides hotdogs, hamburgers and potato salad

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Typical horderves served with wine

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Early morning outdoor cleaning

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One can quench their thirst where ever they are

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5″ cockroach

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The boys love to playing and singing the beattles

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One thought on “ITALY

  1. So inspiring reading about people’s experience. I would like to share my story. I had the pleasure of working with Scotia personnel through my experience as an au pair one year in the states and following with six months in China. I’ve always dreamed about traveling and experience another culture but never knew how or where to start. I heard from college school mates and family and friends about this angency so naturally this was the way to go. And I can’t tell you enough how an amazing feeling it is to put ideas and dreams into reality.

    The Scotia personnel staff is very friendly, patient and incouraging when it comes to the process of getting ready to work and experience abroad. Any questions I had they reassured me and helped me through my process so I was one step closer to being abroad. The best thing was they share the excitement of your adventures and incourages to keep pursing them. I was blessed with two amazing host families and friendships with people despite having to part ways to our own countries once we where done, When the contract ends, we knew we would be life long friends despite the distance and time, cause sharing these kinds of experiences a hard to forget,

    I highly recommend jumping in and starting the processes right away, they will help you through the applications, interviews, questions and of provided reassurance when you feel uncertainty when leaving your comfort space (your country and home).

    I am still processing my Life changing experiences in just a short time period and i think I will be reflecting for the rest of my life , if it wasn’t for this well established angency I may not have gotten to do all the experiences I got to do and for that I am very grateful.

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