Khoolish (INA AFS to Italy YP 17–18)
That was the first word I heard when I arrived in Italy, that had the meaning welcome. There were lot of people in front of the door, and they were all shouting and yelling. But my eyes only went to someone that I had only known from the photos that they sent to me before. It was so amazing. We never met before, but it was like we were family. We all hugged each other, and the first word they said was BENVENUTO.
Benvenuto to Italy, Benvenuto to your new family, Benvenuto to your new class, Benvenuto to the new culture, Benvenuto to the new world, Benvenuto to…
“Ciao tutti, mi chiamo Eldin vengo dall Indonesia” the first sentence I said in Italian to the Italian people I had just met. That meant “Hi all, my name is Eldin, I come from Indonesia”. I said it in the airport when I met with my coordinator, my host family, and also all my friends from around the world in my region, Cagliari. Here in Italy I live in Uta, 20 minutes from Cagliari, in Sardinia Island.
In Italy I live with an Italian family, they are Maurizio my host father, Maria my host mother, and my sister Gaia, and my two brothers Nicola and Stefano.
In this island, there are some Indonesian students too. Gandhi is in Guspini, an hour from Cagliari. Then there is Kinan, in Tempio, in the north of Sardinia Island.
I have been here for two months, and I feel like I was being born again. Everything is new, like as if I was a baby. Who doesn’t know anything, is always asking, and starting to learn the language from zero. I was starting to learn how to walk with my own feet. Step by step. I start to open my eyes, see clearly. Open my ears, hear carefully. Open my mouth, speak slowly.
I open my wings, and fly to my journey. I see everything from here, some things I have never seen before. I met people who I only saw from the photos before. I taste something new, that I have never tasted before.
In the other road I go to study in my new school, I meet with my new classmates. I study with them every day. I read a book with a lot of new words that I don’t really understand, I write letter by letter in my notebook. I listen to the teacher when they explain the lesson, I enjoy it. And they asked me “Eldin, hai capitto?” or “do you understand?“ and then I said “Sì”. “Si curò?” or “are you sure?“ the teacher asked again. “N…no” I replied again, and everyone laughed, and my friend taught me how to do it.
At another occasion I had dinner with my family. That day we ate pizza for dinner, I was surprised that the pizza was very big. One person eats one pizza. Wow it’s big, I don’t know if I can finish it or not. Then I just ate and ate, piece by piece. I tried to finish, and I can finish yeah, but I was very full. But now I can finish a pizza relaxed, without being scared to not be able to finish it, but on the other hand I am always the last one to finish. But I like it. I like pizza, yummy.
In another situation I met many people from around the world and we become friends. We met at the camp in Cagliari, I learned about many cultures there, many languages. We shared our own culture of our country. There were people from China, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, France, and a lot more, but also Indonesia.
We did a lot of things at the camp. Singing, dancing, telling our stories, and also showing our talent. We enjoyed it, and when the camp was over. It was hard to go, a lot of memories were created.
In the other side of the city, I went on a trip with my friends. We had a day to have a lesson of Italian language. We met in the center of the city, and we took the bus. We sat and waited until the bus stopped. We enjoyed the view of the road. We walked to the park first before the lesson. We saw a lot of the birds fly in the sky. We spent our time there, and talked to each other then we walked to the lesson, we enjoyed the lesson, and we also helped each other.
Finishing the lesson, we went back together. Took a bus and had ice cream. We ate our ice cream and saw the view of the sea near the center of the city. We had fun, but the day must finish and we went back to our homes, and promised to do it again.
I can’t wait for what will happen in the other side, situation, road, or city. In this amazing exchange year