Nu har de kommit!

Idag har vi mött våra gäster i Köpenhamn och tagit med dem till Lund. Spanjorerna kom till Kastrup på eftermiddagen, så Johanna, Povel och Sofie hjälpte till att möta upp och ta med  dem tillbaka till Lund.  Sedan åkte Heléne vidare in till Köpenhamn för att möta italienare och bulgarer på Hovedbangården efter deras övernattning och dag i Byen.  Efter tågbyten och dubbla passkontroller var vi äntligen framme i Lund och det blev glada återseenden. Det känns verkligen som att träffa gamla vänner.

Breakfast

So when I were in Italy I noticed that the breakfast is different from the Swedes breakfast. The breakfast in Italy was mostly sweets and coffee/tea. In Sweden we usually eat sandwiches, yoghurt, cereal and we drink juice. It was really nice the first few days but it didn’t last long before I was hungry again.

Why do they eat sweets for breakfast?

  • They want to start their day with something nice and sweet.
  • They get a lot of energy after they eat a sweet.
  • They only have sugar in their country.
  • It is a tradition.
  • They are so ugly in Italy but when they eat a sweet they get cuter.

Answers:

  • Yeah, most people would like to start their day with something nice and sweet, but that´s not our reason.
  • Yeah, most Italian people we talked to said this was the reason.
  • Sadly, no, they do not.
  • It is probably a tradition that has followed through generations.
  • Mmm, no. You only get fatter of eating sweets, sorry we are disappointed.

Trash cans

When I was staying with a friend in Catania in Italy, and I was getting ready in the morning or in the evening I washed my face with cleaning pads. And usually I throw them in the trash can in my bathroom, but I couldn’t because they didn’t have a trash can in their bathroom. So instead I had to put them back in my toilet bag and I kept them there for the whole week. Whenever I wanted to throw something away, there were no trash cans near. Neither outside or in the house. And the people on the streets were just throwing their trash on the street so it was a lot messier there than back home in Sweden.

Why was it like this?

  1. It could smell bad in the house if you had it inside.
  2. They don’t care if it’s messy in the streets.
  3. When they have to throw something away in the bathroom they just flush it down the toilet so they don´t need a trash can.
  4. There is a garbage truck that empties the cans everyday so they don’t need that many trashcans in the city.

Explanations

  1. It could be a reason but there are those trash cans with lids so that you can close the trashcan so that the smell doesn’t spread to the rest of the room. So I don’t think it’s a good enough reason to not have trash cans.
  2. Well I think that most of people like it clean and a good smell in the air so I don’t think this could be the real reason.
  3. If I would flush down all the garbage that I use in the bathroom the toilet would get clogged right away. So for me this would not work but maybe it does for them, but it still doesn’t explain why there are no trash cans in the streets.
  4. This was the reason I was given. I guess it’s logical and we don’t have garbage trucks that pick up the trash every day, we have it like once a week. So if we had it like that maybe we wouldn’t have this many trash cans. And that can also explain why they only have one trash can in their house because they can empty it every day.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

When I was in Italy the Italian students wrote google, youtube or “web” as their sources on their projects and papers.In Sweden we usually have links to the website we used. For example: wikipedia.se or http://www.italia.it/en/discover-italy/sicily.html

Why do they do that?

  • They are too lazy to write every link and websites.
  • They don’t have to.
  • The italians haven´t come that far in evolution.  
  • They don’t know how to link.
  • They never have the time to search for the sources

Answers:

  • Maybe but we don’t know for sure.
  • This is probably the right answer, we don’t think that the student or the teachers think that it is necessary.
  • That’s pretty mean
  • Well hopefully they know how to link
  • Because they don’t think it’ necessary they don’t leave time to do it.

The conclusion is that they don’t think about it and don’t think it’s necessary – you only need to write google or youtube as a source

Cheek kisses

When I got to Italy I first got in touch with the “cheek kisses” on the airport and her mum greeted me with cheek kisses. It was really weird but I didn’t think about it anymore.

Then the first day of school I noticed that they also gave cheek kisses to their friends.

Alternatives:

  1. The italians give cheek kisses because it’s too hot so they can’t hug each other because they get overheated.
  2. the italians give cheek kisses because they like kissing each other.
  3. Italian people love practising kissing on people’s cheeks.
  4. Hands are too sweaty too be shaken.
  5. They give cheek kisses because it’s less intimidating.

Possible explanations:

  1. It is indeed very hot in Italy, but a hug cannot overheat them
  2. May be true, they seem to kiss each other as soon as they get the chance.
  3. Italians already kiss like pros.
  4. Although this probably is true, Italians don’t really care about sweat.
  5. BING BONG YOU WON. This is probably most likely because they want to have their personal space, and it’s more hygienic than handshaking.

Housework

When I arrived to my home in Italy, I noticed very quickly that the moms do almost everything at home. For example, when I tried to make my bed, my partner said:

“No! My mom will do it for you.” My partner’s mom didn’t work either. She stayed at home everyday and did housework. The dad was the only one working. I found that

very strange because in my family (and most other swedish families) the parents split the housework and both the mom and dad is working.

Why did the mom do all the housework?

1. The fathers only know how to make pizza, nothing else. And when they eat pizza, they ordered it.

2. The moms could easily get hit by cars if they would leave the house.

3. That’s the way it has always been. It’s their culture. No one ever thought of anything else.

4. Everyone earns very much money in italy, so it’s only necessary for one parent to work.

Explanations:

1. I don’t think this is the answer. Everyone in Italy knows how to make pizza.

2. No, everyone in Catania can get hit by cars when they go out, the traffic is so crazy.

3. Yes. I think this is the right answer.

4. No, this is probably not true. Of course some earn a lot in Italy, but not everyone.

Students coming home late at night

I chose to write about the curfews of getting home late at night. In Sweden my parents wants me to be home at like 22.00, if not, they will not let me go out for like 2 weeks, but in Italy they let their kids be out as long as they want to. I find that very weird, because I am used to come home pretty early, except if I have talked to my parents before hands and decided a time when I should be home.

  1. Because they trust their kids and there is a lot of people out.
  2. Because it’s a small island and no one can be kidnapped.
  3. They want a “night off” when it’s nice and quiet.
  4. They want to make their kids more social and have social skills when they get older.

Comments

  1. I think it’s this one, because in Sicilia, the kids are very nice to their parents, and it’s a lot people out in the streets so they see if anything happens.
  2. It’s probably not this one because there could be predators on the island.
  3. It could be this one, because teenagers can be very, very annoying.
  4. It’s good that they want their kid to be social, but I don’t think it’s this one, because the number 1 is more likely to be true.