Monday, September 18, 2006

First Day

I am sitting back in my hotel room and I am so glad to be away from work. It is not, in theory, difficult - it is quite similar to what I used to do. In that respect, I am fine. The work is not out of my depth. It is all in English, which is a bit different, but my English is good, and so I am just a little slower than I used to be.

No, the problem is that everything is in English. I am used to being in an enviroment were everyone speaks Italian, and English is used when necessary. I am reasonably fluent in English, but when everyone around me is speaking it, it all becomes like a buzz to me and I cannot focus on anything.

It is just another thing that will take some adapating to. Everyone was very friendly with me today and I am so grateful for that. I know that things will get easier, it will just take time for me to adapt to this new place and the new people.

I am so tired right now. I am still not properly recovered from jetlag and so I am going to try to stay awake for another couple of hours before sleeping in hopes of getting my sleep cycle to where it should be.

Also, soon I will get back to commenting on other blogs. I will soon I hope have the time for all the fun that the blogging world has to offer.

One day at a time.
One day down.


At 9:00 PM, Blogger RIC said...

I'll be quite short today, Alessandro. I'm happy for you. And I'm very glad that I could read those two last sentences...
Congratulations! :-)

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Gumby said...

With my limited knowledge of Italian, I started getting used to hearing it after about 4 or 5 days when we were in Italy last October. With your much more advanced knowledge of English, I think you'll be completely fine after just a week or two. And then you'll be just one big ball of sexy Italian to the Philly boys!

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Not so Single Guy said...

Welcome back. Take it easy...dont try to do it all at once!

At 4:30 AM, Blogger Gray said...

Like Ric, I, too, was happy to read the last two sentences: "One day at a time. One day down."

Wonderful, Alessandro!!

Jet lag has definitely been proven to be a nasty, crippling effect on humans for quite some time. Take a few days slowly until your body and mind adapt.

I am, like so many others, proud of you for getting on with your life.

Good luck, my friend!

At 8:43 AM, Blogger The Brian said...

I can remember the first time setting down in Lisbon and how the signs and everything was just overwhelming. When you have to constantly interpret everything you see it's mentally taxing. You need to find some Italian magazines to give your head a rest.

: )

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Moncrief Speaks said...

Glad you're settling in.

Philly has a huge Italian-American community, but I'm not sure how many of them still speak Italian. Perhaps you can find an elderly grandmother to converse with.

Ah, I'm sure you'll find other Italian expat buddies eventually, and you'll get a chance to speak Italian as well as English.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger J. said...

glad to hear that you are doing well.
how goes the apartment hunting?
i move back this friday!
and i cant wait!
hope to chat some more

At 11:24 AM, Blogger ..:: YNAGER ' 65 ::.. said...

Congrats...sounds like you have a healthy attitude about it. Good Luck

At 6:55 PM, Blogger dan said...

WELCOME to the states my friend!!

sorry I"m late catching up with your posts. WOW you're here. so cool.

BTW, language acquisition is something I work with every day. and you'll do fine bud, just be patient, it will come naturally after a while, and seriously i promise everyone will love you being from italy anyway and should be pretty patient with your English, it is also VERY OK to just say, could you please say that again, or smile and say, wait slow down just a minute. Good luck finding an apartment and adjusting to everything. Most likely there will be posts at first that you love it, then hate it, then begin to adjust for real and begin to really like it and enjoy all. hang in there, hope you get some sleep also. later.


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