Month: April 2014

Where does Surf, Relax, Wellbeing, Beach meet in Australia? Byron Bay

We’re almost half way through autumn in Melbourne, already missing summer, although we still have a warm day every now and then. What’s better than an escape up the coast of Australia? An option, not too far from Melbourne is definitely Byron Bay. A laid back, beach & surf town in NSW. 2 hour flight from Melbourne, just over an hour from Sydney, probably a 2hr drive from Brisbane. Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Tiger fly to the Gold Coast airport in Coolangatta. And then it’s a 45min drive down to Byron Bay. April is a good month as it’s still warm, but not too crowded. The main activity is going to the beach or do surfing or the likes, like body boarding. There are plenty of places to book your surf lesson or to rent the gear. You can rent a body board for 2hours for as a little as $8 at the Corner Shop. There’s a lot of focus on wellbeing, so you’ll find a lot of Yoga, Pilates, massage & Spa places. And …

What’s Anzac Day & Anzac Biscuits (recipe)? // Cosa sono l’Anzac Day e i Biscotti Anzac (ricetta)?

This post is dedicated mostly to the Italian audience being 25th April an important day to remember also in Italy and not only in Australia. That is why I’ll spend more words in my post in Italian. As I was saying, traditionally for me, being Italian, April 25th has always been Bank holiday as it is here in Australia. In Australia though it’s called Anzac Day and it is celebrated for a different reason: to commemorate the lost lives of Australian and New Zealand soldiers that fought and died in Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25th in 1915 (World War I). A service at dawn takes place everywhere in Australia to remember those losses and all later losses in other wars. Here you can find more details about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day “It has been claimed that biscuits made of oats were sent by the soldiers’ wives, the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_biscuit). Now they are commonly sold in supermarkets and very commonly used to fundraise in favour …

Happy Easter! What do Australians eat on this holiday? Recipe // Buona Pasqua! Cosa mangiano gli australiani di tipico? Annessa Ricetta

Happy Easter! For me Easter has always been about eating Chocolate Eggs, the “Colomba”, a sort of a Easter Panettone just to simplify, and most of the time skiing, if still enough snow around, or take a short break somewhere. Usually not spent with my family after probably 18 years of age. As we say in Italy: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” (i.e. “Xmas with your Family, Easter with whomever you want”, but it also rhymes in Italian). More than 10 years ago I spent my first Easter in Australia, in Melbourne. I was staying in a hostel with my 2 friends, Brit & Kathrine, and we had a nice beautiful breakfast with grapes, cereals and the, now famous, not at the time, Hot Cross Buns. That’s what the Australians, and most Commonwealth countries eat for Easter, or traditionally on Good Friday. And that’s what I had for Good Friday again this year. It’s a dough, usually with raisins and cinnamon, served hot, some people like it with some butter inside. It looks …

What’s it like to live in Melbourne? Blog of the month on Expat Blog // Com’e’ vivere a Melbourne? Blog del mese su Expat Blog

Un po’ di tempo fa’ Francesca di Expat Blog mi ha scritto con molto entusiasmo chiedendomi se avessi voglia di raccontare la mia esperienza in Australia attraverso un’intervista. Ho deciso di accettare perche’ da espatriata sono convinta che condividere la propria esperienza, come leggere quella di altri possa aiutare a vivere la propria. Expat Blog, disponibile in varie lingue, si occupa di questo. Mi sono divertita a rispondere alle domande di Francesca, della quale mi hanno colpito positivita’ ed energia, perche’ mi ha dato l’occasione di rivivere la mia esperienza di 1 anno e mezzo a Melbourne e in giro per l’Australia (e in generale nell’emisfero sud), e di riflettere. Se siete curiosi, troverete a questo link l’intervista: http://www.expat-blog.com/newsletter/top/263_aprile-2014.html ———- // ———- A few months ago I was asked by Francesca of Expat Blog to tell about my experience as an expat in Australia. I decided to accept because I’m firmly convinced that sharing one’s own experience abroad, as reading someone else’s, helps living ones own. The Expat Blog website, available in different languages, has …