I don’t think I can even put words on how much fun everything with ACLE has been so far. I have met more people than I can count in less than 2 hours, and they are each so nice, fun and super interesting as they are from all over the world! I’m just so proud I remember nearly all their names!
I’ve met quite a few people from South Africa, who taught us (me, Chelsea and Monica) the phrase “What’s putting?” which is like what’s up or what’s going on. Met a Brit names Stefano who is just thrilled with American culture (he had never met Americans before this). He’s super eager to learn as much American slang as he can. We taught him “ya’ll,” and he told me my British accent is actually quite spot on for an imitation. It’s so funny to hear people react to our American-ness, like the South African girls we had lunch with: we said something about getting the check and they go, “ ‘Check,’ that’s cute.” Or the Irish boys who thought it was so funny when we said “Freshman” instead of “First year” and then exclaimed over how we call “Fifth years” “Super seniors.” They liked that one a lot. Or the Canadians who really do say “Eh?” at the end of lots of statements, putting Monica’s “Canadian” (aka Australian) accent to shame…
This morning my roommates (two from Canada and one from New York) woke up early – before 7 am – to go to the Italian market. It was so worth the early wake up. I bought some cherries and a peach for only 59 cents. And spoke Italian to the people working there! I also talked to a guy selling bottles of wine for only 2 Euros, some of which is from Piemonte, a part of Northern Italy that my family is from. Piemonte and Venice, apparently.
Today was our first day of camp training. I should’ve taken a picture of it to post. Also, so much fun…I feel like this blog is going to get redundant, as everything is really just so much fun. We learned games, songs…and met even more new people all along the way.
Must run to group dinner at 8 pm! (Which is in about 10 minutes, if you’re wondering about the time change).