Month: August 2013

Expat Life

A new section has just come to live on my blog about ‘Expat life‘, the hardship & excitement of moving to another place and start a new life somewhere else. In my case, right now it’s Melbourne, but it’s been Madrid in the past. I’ve even been a temporary expatriate also in other cities for shorter periods of time, to learn a language or do an internship. For example in Barcelona, San Diego, the little town of Moodus CT (USA), Sydney, … I’ll be sharing my experience, what’s yours? Check it out by Clicking on the link below: Expat Life. Related articles Chasing the sky: Are you ready to be an expat? ( a reality of being an expat ( All aboard the expat blogger express ( Ex-Pat Living: Hey Friend, Looking for a Lighter? ( Introducing the Guest Expat Blog Series (  

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire and curiosity about the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, and a few months ago I chose to live in Melbourne, Australia. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

What does it take to be a Melbournian? // 18 cose per dire di essere di Melbourne

Today, or tonight, I just wanted to share with you this funny article about 18 things that define you as a Melbournian according to the Herald Sun. I must say I already agree on some of them. For example I want to have a good coffee shop near home, and I’d like also to be able to buy ‘Prosciutto di Parma‘ everytime I want at the Woolworths close to my house, but I still don’t freak out if I don’t have a good souvlaki within reach, but it nerves me more that I need to travel a bit to find good Dim Sim (it’s not the Vietnamese Pho, but still Asian, C’mon I’m Italian, it already counts for me! 😉 ). So as you can see, I’m getting there eheh Although I still miss the #2 that says that the AFL final is more important than Xmas, New Year’s and Australia Day (at the same time). The question is, will I ever get there? It can both sound scary and exciting at the same time! …