8 Time Zones Away From Home

( watch alarm sound )

I move my sleep impaired arm to the source of the noise . After a few tries I finally get to it and the room grows silent again . I struggle out of bed . Can’t find the cord to pull up the shutter . Strange .
My right hand mechanically grasps the curtain .
How will the weather be like today in Rome ? Is dad already up and about ?                             I can’t hear him .                                                                                                                                       I pull it back to take a peek at the sky .
I step back blinded by a ray of sunlight . Sleep slowly wears off my eyes .
Blinking , I open the curtain again .
A multicoloured parrot struts along the branch of an eucalyptus tree stretching out its branches toward my window . An unknown bird cry fills the air .
A bullet train shaped thought hits me .
“Adelaide , South Australia”.
Home is some good 15324 kilometres away .

Now it’s my 4th day here in the continent-country ‘Down Under’ and , apart the natural train of thought leading back home and occasional “early morning understanding where I am” syndrome , I’m quickly and smoothly getting accustomed to my new living and academic environment .
People ( from the accomodation staff to my project coordinators , from fellow Australian students to people I have met in shops or on the street ) have been really kind , helpful , friendly ; they are trying and succeeding in making me feel as little out of place as possible.
I am really grateful and take this opportunity to thank them all .

‘Home’ ( including my culture , way of life , city , etc, ) is always a step around the corner .
A thin transparent film projected over everything around me . Constantly pointing out differences and similarities . At times painfully reminding me of it while showing how much there is to see , experience and share in this world of ours .

Looking out the window , gazing at my little patch of Australian sky , I realize how fortunate I am to be here .
Having the opportunity to be part of something completely different from what I’m used to back home , having the chance to see first hand how this part of the world lives and breathes , what makes its people tick , having a go at observing the world through their eyes .

Today the weather is overcast . The city skyline fades into the clouds .
I haven’t seen Adelaide yet . For now , the university campus and a gigantic shopping centre are my only stepped on Adelaidean spots .
Hopefully this weekend I’ll get my first sight and taste of the Festival State capital .
And I’ll finally see how this Australian city heart beats .

About Alessandro Sereni

I am a third year student at "Università Degli Studi Roma Tre" in Rome . I'm majoring in "Political Science for Cooperation and Development" . My main interests are : international politics ; geopolitical dynamics in East Asia ; languages ; Asian culture ( in particular Chinese one ) .
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3 Responses to 8 Time Zones Away From Home

  1. Lily Knox says:

    Hi Alessandro,

    I understand completely what you mean, especially the part about not having seen the city yet. I have been stuk for some days in the Uni-Woolworths-Hostel route myself. But we still have lots of time left to discover the cities we live in.
    I alo wanted to add that your post is extremely well written. I really enjoyed reading it. Hopefully I will be able to read more about your adventures.


  2. Alessandro Sereni says:

    Thank you very much !! 🙂
    I’m sorry it took me so long to reply , but due to slow internet and my O’week being in full swing I haven’t been able to get down to it !
    Take care !

  3. Jessica says:

    Hey Alex,
    Out of your 3 entries so far, I must say this one is a personal favourite.
    Maybe because this feeling of unfamiliarity is what unites the internationals. Especially in the first week, when it was relatively more overwhelming. So I want to thank you, for being there, and making it easier for me too 🙂
    Lastly, you did a good job, and I like your descriptive writing style.

    Looking forward to more entries.

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