Now I'm officially home, I should probably stop going on about it. I've written a couple of blog posts about my au pairing abroad experience and coming home, but I haven't really written much about it in a narrative content. So I thought I'd fill you in, then we are done with it forever, hooray! Thursday was my final night with my host family, so they took me out for dinner and we went to the most amazing sea food restaurant, with a 7 course menu. I wish I'd taken photo's, but pictures probably wouldn't have done the courses justice. They were all miniature sizes and oh my, they were delicious! My host dad also ordered a bottle of champagne and it made me feel a bit emotional, but somehow throughout the whole 'leaving Italy' process, I managed not to cry at all. Which, if you know me, is a small miracle. On the Friday after saying goodbye to friends and picking Edoardo up from school for the final time, I said my goodbyes (and was presented with a Burberry make up bag as a farewell gift- completely amazing) to my host mum and Edoardo, and then Lorenzo drove me to the hotel I was staying at pre-flight. Once settled in my room I made the quick decision to make the most of my final night in Italy. I had a shower, shaved, exfoliated, moisturised, face masked and then, for the first time ever, I ordered room service. I was such an excitable little bean when it arrived, the man must have thought I was a nutter! I then settled down with my tiramisu and watched Mulan. Before going to bed and waking up at 4am ready to catch my flight to England. And here I am. Returned, well fed and missing gelato.
Although I'm looking forward to spending the majority of the summer in England, I am off in almost a week to Cannes with one of my best friends and her family. We're staying in a villa near Grasse and I am so excited I can hardly wait! I know you're probably sat reading this thinking 'Oh Alice, you jetsetter you', but I haven't actually been on a real vacation, relaxing, holiday for about 3 years. Anyone who has been travelling will tell you it's a very different experience to holiday-ing, they're both fantastic, but both very very different. And whilst I was in Italy, despite what you may have thought whilst reading my blog, I was working so the chance to explore, let alone sunbathe was very limited with only one day off a week. Which means my French week will definitely be made the most of! I'll be taking my camera with me so you can all catch up on my little holiday once I'm home.
Finally, I thought I'd give you some insight as to my plans for the summer (and maybe even after). Some of you may know I'm off to university in September, just outside of London. I've put my deposit down for my accommodation and have even been given my room and am in the process of setting up my student account, so it's all very real and all very adult-y and confusing. Who knew the day would come when I'd be a regular in the bank? Unfortunately before my next adventure of university, I've got two months of unemployed-ness to 'look forward to'. But I know I'll be extremely bored so right now I'm job hunting. Job hunting is one of those things you know you need to do, and there is a part of you that wants to do it, but at the back of your mind there are so many reasons you don't want a job, you just keep putting off the hunt for longer and longer. I don't want to spend my summer pieing off my mum and dad, in fact, they wouldn't let me, but going back to actual work fills me with dread. Are there any jobs out there which require people to stare at their laptops all day and not move a muscle? I'm fully qualified.
I hope you've all had wonderful weekends!
Ciao for now!