Thursday, August 10, 2006

Nerves part 2

After a very, very long day on the plane, I finally arrived in Philadelphia.

I am settled here in my hotel room and unable to sleep again, though that might just be jet lag. I spent the morning looking around the city (and I do like it here), then I had an interview at 12.30, and then was shown around for an hour. I wanted to go out again exploring in the afternoon but it was just too hot, so I went to visit some museums. The art museum in particular is wonderful.

I wanted to go out and experience some of the night life of the city, but I have a second interview tomorrow, at 10.45, and showing up hungover or otherwise impaired would be such a huge mistake. My first interview went okay, though I do not think it was anything special. In the evening, I was looking online for apartments near the city because I will need to find one quickly if I get my job. I should find out by the end of August one way or the other.

And no, I did not completely forget English, though I managed to look like a complete fool when I met my interviewer and the first sentence out of my mouth was in Italian. We both laughed but it made me even more nervous through the whole interview and I think that made my English worse. At least I was understandable, I think. That is worth something.

I am going to enjoy my time in Philadelphia. If nothing else, it is time worth enjoying.


At 1:29 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Like I said in the e-mail - relax - be yourself and things will come together. You have plenty of time in the future to explore the nightlife of Philadelphia.

A second interview is a sign that they like you. You will be great - just believe in yourself.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger The Brian said...

Good luck A! How exciting for you.

Have fun in philly, cheers B

At 9:43 AM, Blogger john said...

Good luck!! I hope you get the job.

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They know that you might be excited and they also know that in those cases you might have problem with the language. So don't worry too much about it.

I don't know what kind of job it is that you are interviewing for, but I take it's not up front where you have to deal with the people, so their only concern is that you know enough to communicate with your coworkers. (I think)

Just don't worry too much. And since you cannot really go out, use the time there to think. You probably need that too.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous dan said...

yeah! Allessandro. glad things are going well. and yes you definitely deserve a getaway to the states, even if it's not technically a vacation, you deserve to just enjoy.
I hope today's interview goes well, and hopefully you can enjoy some nightlife tonight on a thursday evening... ahhyeah! Philidelphia boys watch out!.. he he, nah, j/k. wishing you well. good luck! dean

At 8:45 PM, Blogger RIC said...

I keep my fingers crossed and hold my thumbs for you, Alessandro! Everything will turn out just fine, you'll see! :-)

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Moncrief Speaks said...

Philadelphia is a great city. And very historic by American standards. I loved my brief visit there.

And as you probably know, there's a large Italian American community there. So you'll have some food from home nearby even if the Italian American culture is quite different from Italian culture (I'd assume).

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Blog Off said...

I was in Philadelphia a few years ago and enjoyed it. My friend and I stayed in a hotel room with a huge mirror on the ceiling over the bed!

You must go and visit the Liberty Bell.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger alessandro said...

Thanks to everyone for the support. I think everything went fairly well, now it is just a waiting game.

fingers crossed, everyone :)


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