On Thursday around 3 PM Italian time, I checked into the hostel in Torino where orientation was held. I went upstairs to my room, which was shared with two other teachers, and sat down on the bed. I was exhausted after travelling halfway around the world.
Shortly after I took a shower and went to the bathroom, which I only mention because I struggled to figure out how to flush the toilet! You can ask me about that in person sometime.
At 5 PM we met for dinner and a short walk around Torino. I struggled through it due to fatigue. Then we went to sleep and I was out like a light.
The next day, we had a full three hour tour of the center city of Torino. After that, we had an afternoon of informational sessions regarding life with the host family, how the Italian school system works, and what expectations are.
Then all of the teachers had dinner and hung out for a few hours. We were all nervous about meeting our host families in the morning, but excited.
I have many pictures of the tour of Torino on my Flickr account… See the menu in the upper right corner of your screen to access it. My photos are in chronological order, so you can view the photos from February 5 for the tour. Here are a few: