Australia, Expat Life, Expats, Travel, Victoria
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An Example of The Expat Attitude Put into Practice // Come mettere in pratica lo spirito dell’espatriato

Koala on the GOR - Great Ocean Road

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 a piece of fruit, it’s not just a kiwi, but a kiwi fruit! In Italy we call the green fruit just ‘kiwi’ : )

Macro of Kiwi fruit

Macro of Kiwi fruit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, today I just want to talk to you about the spirit of this trip and the emotions I experienced. I’ll leave for the next time all the details about where we went and what we did. All of a sudden I was experiencing a sense of freedom, of discovery, of being in Australia, travelling like I did a few years ago as a backpacker. As cruising around, that’s a use of the word I learnt long time ago in New Zealand, I captured each moment, each picture in my mind, savouring it. And all of this mixed with laughs, jokes and unusual affirmations, of which I have to report one:

  1. “Have you ever seen Koalas?”
  2. “Just as puppets”

There was no actual ‘No’ as an answer. I just found this response hilarious and very creative!

In the evening other memories came to my mind, when I was cooking with my Canadian friend in all the dirty kitchens of all the hostels of Australia and New Zealand long ago. As if we were a well trained team and not mostly people just met a few hours before, we cooked and washed the dishes, while our kiwi friend was delighting us by playing the guitar. Afterwards there was more guitar, beer, singing of new songs, of old songs, down memory lane. There was also a lot of talking, of eachothers great experiences, a lot of sharing of eachone’s points of view, a lot of thinking about the present, that we were enjoying so much, and about the bright future still to come!

It all comes down to the fact that once again I think that life is a journey and that each one of us has the chance to make the most of it and that a positive attitude & doing instead of thinking, allow you to live your life fully. I need to thank my travel companions for the beautiful trip and for sharing it with me!

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12 Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road

12 Apostles @ The Great Ocean Road

L’altra settimana vi ho parlato dell’atteggiamento degli Expatriate e pochi giorni dopo ho avuto l’occasione di metterlo in pratica nella sua forma più evidente e libera. Ho ricevuto un sms nel pomeriggio con un invito per la ‘GOR’. Ti rendi conto di essere in Australia quando capisci cosa vuol dire questo acronimo: Great Ocean Road. E anche qui un guizzo di allegria. La sera tardi capisco che l’invito era per l’indomani e nonostante avessi un appuntamento il giorno dopo presto la mattina e il giorno seguente dovessi tornare entro una certa ora, accetto! Carpe diem!

Sembrava di essere all’interno di una barzelletta: 2 spagnoli, 1 italiana, 1 australiana per sbaglio e solo per metà del viaggio e 1… qualcuno che viene da un’altra parte, 1 kiwi, cioè un neozelandese. L’incertezza era dovuta, essendo passato tanto tempo, al fatto che non mi ricordavo se ai neozelandesi piacesse effettivamente essere chiamati kiwi. Il ragazzo mi conferma che è perfettamente normale e ricorda anche a tutti che se invece ci riferiamo al frutto, dobbiamo usare l’espressione ‘kiwi fruit’. In italiano la frutta la chiamiamo solamente ‘kiwi’ : )

In questo post in realtà non voglio scendere nei dettagli di dove siamo andati e cosa abbiamo fatto, ma semplicemente raccontare lo spirito di questo viaggio all’insegna della spontaneità e le emozioni vissute. L’indomani siamo in macchina, ‘cruising around’, espressione imparata in Nuova Zelanda parecchi anni fa’ e che mi piace moltissimo, e mi rimane impressa ogni immagine che vedo del mare, delle scogliere, della natura. Il tutto unito a chiacchiere, musica, scherzi ed affermazioni di vario genere tra le quali una che ho trovato veramente autentica, insolita e creativa.

  1. “Hai mai visto i koala?”
  2. “Solo in forma di pupazzi”

Nella risposta non c’è un ‘No’, anche se poi la risposta è quella. Sicuramente è stata una delle frasi che ricordero’ del viaggio!

La sera d’improvviso nella cucina di un ostello ricordo tutte le cucine di ostelli visitate in Australia e Nuova Zelanda tanti anni fa’ con la mia amica canadese, tante molto meno decenti di quella del YHA di Apollo Bay. Come una squadra affiata da anni si cucina, lava e asciuga assieme mentre il nostro amico neozelandese ci diletta con la chitarra. E anche dopo cena si suona, si canta, si beve birra, si chiacchiera, si scambiano opinioni, esperienze passate e si guarda positivi insieme al futuro.

Ancora una volta l’atteggiamento positivo, il fare invece del pensare, mi portano a vivere una vita piena, emozionate e intensa! Ancora una volta è questo il cammino da seguire, ‘atteggiamento positivo e fare’, insomma l’atteggiamento dell’espatriato è cio’ che penso ci debba guidare. O almeno l’atteggiamento al quale ci si debba ispirare quanto più possibile, nelle più svariate situazioni. Carpe diem!

Grazie ai miei compagni di viaggio per avermi invitato e condiviso questa esperienza ‘viva’ con me!

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Milan born, I lived in the US although very briefly, Spain (Madrid), Australia (Melbourne) and now Zurich for an exciting new adventure! I'm a curious person, a traveller, a lover of languages and cultures, food, art & design, a marketer and about to become a jewellery designer. I also love traveling and sharing. Travelling is a Life Experience, and it also means new recipes, new styles, culture and so on... you'll find all my love for traveling and what it entails in this blog! I'll share my own real experiences with you so that you can get tips on Australia and more first hand! This blog is in English and Italian, and occasionally in Spanish. Sharing is caring!

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