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.


  • 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.


  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.







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: or

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


  • 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.


  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.


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.


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.


  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.



Last week I visited Catania. It was such a beautiful city with many ancient buildings.  

But in Catania they don’t drive like here in Sweden, they drive crazy compared to us! Everyone’s everywhere and the only have themselves in mind, it even gets dangerous. When you’re going out you constantly have to watch your steps so you don’t get run over by a car. Why is this?

  1. Italian people are always late, so they are always in a hurry.
  2. They don’t care about their safety. They like to live on the edge, YOLO.
  3. They have no traffic rules.
  4. They don’t know how to drive properly.

Possible explanations:

  1. Even though it’s a stereotype, Italians are in fact always late.
  2. This is not so likely, some Italians probably don’t care but the most of them do care about their own safety.
  3. Of course they have traffic rules, there were even policemen on the street managing the traffic. But the policemen didn’t do anything when the driver’s drove in a crazy way.
  4. Most of them know how to drive properly, but they don´t think of it when they are in a hurry.


And the time???

The time in Italy isn’t the same that in Sweden. One swedish hour is like one hour plus twenty minutes (at least) in Italy.

One time the teachers told us to be in the school at 11:30. We was like five minutes late but when we came to the school the teachers wasn’t there. We waited for about five minutes and then one of the swedish teachers came and said that the other teachers was on their way. Ten minutes later the rest of the teachers showed up and the activity could start.

In Sweden we should got scolding because we were five minutes late.

Why was it like this?:

  1. Because one Italian minute is 100 Swedish seconds. One Swedish minute is 60 seconds.  
  2. They haven´t any clocks in Italy. They follow the sun.
  3. In Italy do they prioritize other things before the time.
  4. They know that everyone are going to be late so they don´t care about the time.
  5. The Swedish people are very punctual.

Which alternative is right:

  1. Don´t think so. One minute is the same everywhere.
  2. No. We saw people wearing watches and the most of the people we meet had a mobile phones.
  3. Can be true for some people.
  4. Yes, we think so.
  5. Yes, in Sweden it’s very important to be on time.



Då var det dags för oss att säga farväl till våra värdar. De bulgariska eleverna och vi hade en mycket tidig avfärd, så det var samling redan 4.45! Nästan alla kom i tid till sista kramkalaset. Innan sista kramen och lite tårar fick man så klart visa upp passet. För vissa var kramkalaset mer tårögt än för andra, då eleverna kom olika nära sina värdar och andra elever. De som var mest tårögda räknade ut att det är 128 dagar till italienarna kommer till Sverige.


Efter att ha köat i 75 minuter var vi incheckade…. Då var det 15 minuter till planet till Milano lyfte, så det var snabba ryck i säkerhetskontrollen! Vi var sist på planet, men kunde ta det lugnt på planet, då det blev lite försenat. Detta gjorde att vi fick lite kortare tid i Milano, men det gick bra, då det planet också var försenat. Från ett varmt Catania märkte vi att det nästan var nollgradigt i Milano. På planet från Milano till Amsterdam kom skrivblocken fram för den sista egna reflektionen: vad har jag lärt mig om mig själv på denna resa. Ska bli intressant läsning! Fast vi hann också njuta av den vackra utsikten över Alperna.



Väl i Amsterdam, Schiphol, som är en stoooor flygplats, blev det riktigt knappt med tiden och det bliv inga kisspauser eller inköp förrän vi hade kommit fram till gaten och sett att planet inte hade börjat boarda än. Vi transporterade oss genom flygplatsen i idrottslärarens tempo, så vi blev inte omsprungna av någon. Väl framme vid gaten hade 5 minuter till inköp och toalettbesök, så det var inte så stor marginal.

När vi närmade oss Köpenhamn var det en annan utsikt från planet.

Alltid härligt att kunna se hem till Sverige när man landar

På Kastrup hade vi bara att vänta på bagaget, men här hade vi för första gången otur. Våra väskor kom inte! De 18 väskorna hade inte hunnit med våra snabba ryck mellan bytena. Som tur var, var de väldigt tillmötesgående på Kastrup och lät oss göra en enda anmälan på alla väskorna, så det gick betydligt snabbare än vad det kunde ha gjort. Det positiva med detta var att vi enklare fick plats på tåget över till Sverige.

Väl hemma i Lund var det nytt kramkalas med de föräldrar som mötte upp. En mycket trevlig och lärorik resa var slut, och med den också vår sista resa i projektet. Nu har vi bara kvar att i mars vara värdar för 30 besökande elever från våra partnerskolor. Det ser vi fram emot!



Fredagen blev till kväll och det blev dags för avslutningsfest. Det började med  att en äldre elev på skolan spelade fiol medan hennes mamma kompade på piano. Eftersom vi har jobbat om barocken, så var stycket av Bach. Det följdes av en mycket välspelande ung gitarrist, även han en äldre elev på skolan. Efter det blev det Idas sommarvisa, sjungen av de svenska eleverna.

Sedan blev det buffé med sicilianska specialiteter, arancini fyllda med skinka eller ost, pizzetas, knyten med soltorkade tomater och ost, med mera, med mera. Mums! När vi hade ätit oss proppfulla kom efterrättsbuffén fram….Alldeles utsökt!

Avslutningsvis var det bara kram- och tårkalaset kvar. De spanska eleverna och deras värdar fick vi säga hejdå till redan ikväll, medan vi träffar de andra på flygplatsen imorgon bitti, tidigt, tidigt.

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