Asia Colombo spent the 2016-2017 school year as a foreign exchange student at Berkeley High. She is from Italy. Her name is not pronounced as we pronounce the name of the continent, but as “Ah-zia.” She was a part of my family for the year.
She took a strong interest in all things Berkeley, all things California, all things America (except soda and all the sugar we eat and red meat and butter). She got the most out of her time here. And she took a strong interest in quirky things.
Even when she first arrived, she had mastered some colloquial English. Each time I pulled over at a quirky manifestation, she said “Oh Wow!”
Her father visited in the winter. We spent a day visiting quirky things, and he appears in many of the photos.
Asia goes back to Italy tomorrow, June 25th. May she always treasure her time in Berkeley – and may she come back soon.
Oh Wow. What a great bunch of quirk.
Asia saw all with the eyes of a beginner. I wish that I had that chance, to see Berkeley and California for the first time. She reminds of just what a special place Berkeley is – the natural beauty, the culture, and the creativity and individualism that we embrace and that is manifested in our material culture. Berkeley is oh wow and may it be so forever.
I asked my friend what he had to say about all these photos of Asia in Berkeley. He said: “In primo logo, voglio dire quanta sia bello avere Asia qui. Vorrei che lei viaggia sicura a casa e spero che tornera presto.” WOW – who knew??????
I asked about the post, thinking that he might say “Che viaggio!” He didn’t. For that, he stuck to English.