I spent 4 weeks in Tamwood and in Vancouver, and they’ve been the most intense and beautiful 4 weeks in my whole life. It’s not easy writing in a way so the reader can understand what I’ve really felt, because every feeling was unique and very intense, but I’ll try my best.
I arrived here on 31 of July, and it seems yesterday: all the time I spent here passed too quickly, it was just like a lightening. I remember entering at Tamwood as a shy girl, scared by everything new and unknown, and the most interesting think is that if I think how I am now, I can’t almost recognise myself: this changed completely me and the way I think, I experienced a culture that is completely different from mine, various and multi-ethnic, and I understood a lot of things that I couldn’t understand if I used my original way of thinking.
Another great point that made my experience unforgettable are the fantastic people I met. This aspect is very important relating to the previous topic, because the people I met were students from everywhere in the world, so they’ve made me stop thinking in a close-minded way, so I could really see the world with new eyes. I must continue remembering this experience.
Also the beautiful landscapes contribute in making this trip special: I’ve been very lucky, because it’s not common being able to make a trip on the Rocky Mountains! I can see this nature just here in Canada, I tried watching as intensely as possible, and I’ll try to keep this picture in my mind.
I look forward to telling my story when I’ll be back in Italy, but I think I’m going to have difficulties in explaining something so big and intense, but now I’m sure of a thing: coming here in Vancouver is been a great idea!
Written by Irene Spongano
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I arrived in Vancouver on July 2th 2016, the first person I met was Adriana Cavaleri. She is my homestay mother. She is from Domanico, a province of Consenza in Italy. She enjoys gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, walking and taking care of her small dog named “Bear”. I have had a warm and friendly stay at her house; I really enjoy being at home because she is very friendly and kind and she always cooks exquisite meals. Actually, I think I have put on weight lately. Moreover I have learned a lot of things with her such as how to make tomato puree, how to preserved tomatoes and how to pick figs.
During my stay in Vancouver, I have been practicing speaking English all the time due to spending time going to many places such as Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain, Whistler, Stanley Park, The Rocky Mountains, Deep Cove, and others with my classmates. All of those places are beautiful, but I would like to say that the most beautiful places I have seen in my adventure are Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peito Lake. Those places are amazing and I never imagined being there.
In addition to this, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of people from lots of countries such as Japan, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Switzerland. I hope I did not forget one country. Therefore, Tamwood’s teachers are the best, they are always trying to help us to improve our English, they have recommended me practicing my pronunciation, especially my “J”, “Y” and “G” also some vowels especially when they are combined such as “ai” and “ei”. I think that I have learned a lot and I will never stop practicing English.
Also at Tamwood I met the best English teacher I have ever had, her name is Lee Ann. She is my private teacher, so after class I continue practicing and studying hard. I really appreciated her helping me to improve and also when I started to talk about everything she was interested in what I was saying. I am not pretending to say that my other Tamwood teachers are bad, but I think that with Lee Ann I feel confident because we have things in common such as our personality, therefore, I do not get nervous when I talk with her.
I want to come back to Vancouver on vacation with my family and my boyfriend, so I need to save a lot of money to come back and enjoy going everywhere with them. I would like to visit Adriana as well, I think she will be very happy to see me again. I will never stop thanking Adriana for everything she has done for me.
I hope to see at least some of my classmates again. I would like to go to Japan, Italy and Germany but if someone else wants to go to Mexico I will look forward to meeting them. I will never forget spending my time in Vancouver.
Written by: Stephane Martínez
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