Month: July 2013

An Example of The Expat Attitude Put into Practice // Come mettere in pratica lo spirito dell’espatriato

Last week I talked about the Expat attitude and just a couple of days later I had the chance to put it in practice. I received a ‘last minute’, or better I should say a ‘last second’, invitation for a roadtrip to the Great Ocean Road. I didn’t have much time to think about it and despite I had an appointment the next day first thing in the morning and I had to be back the following day by a certain time, I said ‘YES!’ I would just do it, ‘Carpe Diem’, and enjoy this experience in time, with a couple of friends. Actually it could have been one of those jokes: “there were 5 people: 2 Spanish, 1 Italian, 1 Aussie by chance and just for half of the trip and… 1 …whatever…kiwi”. Yes I could call this cool guy ‘kiwi’, time has passed and I didn’t remember if people from New Zealand actually liked to be referred to as kiwis, but yes. And we also have all been reminded that if we want …

What is the Expat attitude? // Cosa si puo’ imparare da chi vive all’estero?

I encourage to read this article by The Age about Expat life or better attitude. I think it reminds everybody how to look at life and brings a bit of positive attitude and care for others, it pushes you to know more about the country you live in, it brings the curiosity to go out and make new friends. Among other things, it talks about expats you usually do things and don’t spend much time thinking whether they should do something or not.  I think we all need to remember that from time to time. From my personal experience, I do think that as an Expat you are, in a way, forced to put yourself out there to make new friends and explore the new city you live in, but then it also comes down to each one’s attitude. It allows you the freedom of being different, discovering your newself, if you want, although you always need to cope with yourself, but that is another story. I remember the first time I came back from …

What’s it like to spend a day at the MCG watching Footy? // Che cos’è il Footy australiano?

Ok, 10 months in Australia have passed by and the Footy was still on my local to do list. What happens is that I met a person in my French course so passionate about AFL that I could not stop myself from asking to go together. Footy always looked so strange as a sport to me, a mix of other sports and played only in Australia basically. So it did not have too much of an appeal to me, but on the one hand I thought I needed to understand the basic rules, since I’m living here, and on the other hand Christine enthusiasm just made me decide I wanted to go and see a match with her. She perfectly organised everything, she even called a friend that speaks Italian to make us feel more comfortable. Well, what more could you ask for?! We met her just outside of the arena on a Sunday afternoon and we finally made our entrance in the famous MCG stadium. It was built to play cricket and Footy, they …

Sydney: where to find some really good fish? // Dove mangiare dell’ottimo pesce a Sydney?

Every now and then I have the chance to go to Sydney and I feel so lucky as it is one city I have been in love with for 11 years or so. It was the chance to experience an amazingly warm city, 23C, like a hot spring, and sunbathe while having tapas in the CBD at Barrafina (try the lighlty floured calamari and the avocado salad, delicious! Feaured on Broadsheet), which I recommend, or while walking around Manly, because that’s what I did on my 2nd day. I also visited the World Press Photo exhibition at the National Library of NSW, quite impressive, and tried a couple of restaurants which I really reccommend: The Spice Temple in the CBD and Toko, a Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills. At the Spice Temple you can have amazing chinese food, very, very spicy! My eyes were watery, but it was all worthy! At the Koko is a glamourous spot, but that also delivers on its promise: delicious food! As I said, Sydney is always beautiful, glamourous, enchanting …