e-pal: italy

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2007, 12:00am

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Name Puerto Da Cas

Age 17

City Milan

Star sign Scorpio

Milan is Italy's economic capital and the second biggest city in the country. It has a population of

1.2 million.

But compared to Hong Kong, it's very small! I'm now living with my host family in Mong Kok as an AFS exchange student and studying at La Salle College.

Italy is not a big country, but the weather varies greatly from place to place. In general, we have a long, hot, dry summer and in winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing.

I was studying several subjects at school in Italy, including Ancient Latin, Ancient Greek, history, philosophy, Italian, English, German, science and history of art.

School life was very demanding, but I was able to cope. Luckily, I'm quite good at studying, and I don't have to spend much time doing revision.

While other students study about four to five hours a day, I usually spend less than three hours on it.

Italian is my first language, and I also speak English and German.

In my free time, I like playing football, reading and listening to music.

I spend a lot of time hanging out with my friends. We go to the city centre or to the park.

During the summer holidays, I always go to the province of Tuscany.

But during other holidays I travel elsewhere in the world. I have been to all the continents except Australia and Antarctica. But this exchange visit is my first time in Hong Kong.

Pasta, meat and vegetables make up the majority of what I eat. My mother really loves cooking, so I hardly ever cook.

The only household chores I need to do are tidying up my room and making my bed.

We have a cat at home, and I like playing with it.

I am not a very fashionable person, and I usually wear casual or sporty outfits. I choose most of my own clothing.

Italian food is world famous, and I love all the different cuisines from around the country.

Besides food, I also love Italian art and culture. I'm very proud of being Italian.

Like many people in my country, I am passionate about football. I am a huge fan of Javier Zanetti, the captain of Inter Milan.

I believe Italian people love soccer so much because it's all about team spirit.

Besides football, I also like all kinds of pop music and movies. Italian music is one of my favourite types. And my favourite movies are thrillers.

I don't have many friends because I don't relate to the average Italian teenager. But the friends I have are loyal and interesting.

Though it may be too early to think about future, my dream is to be a lawyer.

Italy is a Catholic country, so the most important festival is Christmas. Every year, I have a big dinner with my relatives to celebrate.