Name: Serena Sorrenti Age: 17 Gender: Female City/ Country: Bari/ Italy School name: Liceo Classico 'Q. O. Flacco' Star sign: Virgo I come from Bari, in the south of Italy. I live on the hill, not close to the beach and the sea. In summer, the temperature can reach 40 degrees Celsius but winter can be as cold as 0 degrees. I love the snow! The small village in which I live has only 4,000 people. I am an extrovert. That's why I have so many friends. I like to chat, and people who know me would say I am talkative. Sharing, in my opinion, is one of the key elements in a friendship. At the same time, I love to listen to others. I also like to see people smiling or laughing and, if they are sad or angry, I try my best to make them happy. I'm a very positive person. My school life keeps me quite busy. I have to travel quite far from my village to the school. I get back home at around 3pm, having not eaten lunch or had a rest. It can be exhausting! Then studying takes up about six hours of my day. I study Latin and Greek every day for a couple of hours each, and then I spend about two hours on my other subjects. I can speak Italian and English, and a bit of Spanish and French. As I'm currently an exchange student with AFS Intercultural Exchanges in Hong Kong, I'm trying to learn Cantonese too. Back in Italy, since I have to travel to school, I don't have time for extra-curricular activities and sport. I attended ballet classes for three years and used to be in a football team. I also love swimming. But I don't have time anymore. But I manage to have hobbies which are less time-consuming and require less physical effort. For example, I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and roller-blading. When I do have free time, I like to spend it with my friends. In winter, when it's cold, we meet at someone's house and play card games, or bake cakes and eat together. During our long summer holidays (from mid-June to mid-September), my family goes to our second house near the seaside. It's a great chance for me and my mother to relax. In the summer house, I have to cook. I love cooking and I'm quite a good chef. I have to do some household chores, such as tidy up my room, wash dishes or clean the floor when my mother is tired. The most important festival in Italy is Christmas, because almost all Italians are Catholic. And we still keep some traditional customs, such as the nativity scene (Presepe). If you get the chance to visit my country, you won't be disappointed. I recommend you go to the art cities such as Rome, the capital; the 'perfect' Florence, Siena and Pisa (all in Tuscany, where I am sure you'll appreciate the countryside); the romantic Venice; or the fashionable Milan. For winter holidays, the northern part is beautiful, while in the summer, the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are perfect for relaxing. Italy is famous for pizza and pasta, but also for its coffee and ice cream. If you want to taste the best and most traditional food, the southern part of the country is the place to go, in particular Naples, which is quite near where I am from. If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to email@example.com . Sunday Young Post will forward all e-mails to Serena.