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A Lebanese night out in Zurich // Una serata libanese a Zurigo

Last night after a full day of running around doing million things, I really needed to relax, chill out, unwind… We were supposed to go to an organised event, but it was too late, so wandering around Zurich, I believe still in Enge, we saw this cute and lively bar on the corner, next to the river, with coulourful lights and music playing with such a great vibe and we decided to make a stop there. A very welcoming staff, just showed us where we could sit while waiting for  proper table. We sat on the stools, maybe a bit too high vs the table, but where we ended staying the whole night! We ordered a “stange”, the Swiss/German word for a small beer, which is already probably 3/4 of a pint (another country where beer is easily drunk :), and a “radler”, which I was told it’s called “Panache” or “Panache’ “, like in France, basically beer with lemonade. Ohhh God, it was so refreshing, since Zurich last night was still very warm. Oh, …

1st Haircut in Australia? // Primo taglio in Australia?

Sometimes we believe that there’s no place like our home country. There they do everything, or most things, better. Let’s take Hair-cutting and Italy. Well, objectively they cut your hair very well in Italy and my experience relies actually on Milan (lately Adore’) where I lived most of my life. If I say I had my 1st Haircut in Australia last week, it’s not true…I should say “since I’m back”. I once I had a haircut at Bondi beach with my friend Martina in 2001 and I was actually pretty happy with it! 🙂 But I can say I had my 1st cut in Melbourne 2 weeks ago and I survived! Just joking! As per my first lines, thinking I cannot have my hair cut anywhere else in the world (I’ve been back twice to Italy and I had my hair cut while I was there), I asked people to understand where to go, once passed the idea of hairdressers being more expensive here. As I liked the haircut style of my friend Penny, I …

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 …

Want to move abroad? But where?

A friend just shared an article about the best countries to move to according to 3 main different criteria: 1. Economics 2. Experience 3. Raising children But the good thing about it is that the ranking is interactive according to which are the criteria that interest you the most. You might be interested more into the experience or just some aspects of the economics. Here’s the link to the countries interactive 2013 ranking by HSBC: http://www.expatexplorer.hsbc.com/#/countries But you can also compare 2 countries, read about hints and tips or go more in the research into detail. I won’t uncover you anything, but you’ll find a few surprises! For you to read! Related articles Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate. (washingtonpost.com) World’s 10 best economies for expats (cbsnews.com) The 15 Best Countries For You To Move To Right Now (businessinsider.com)

Happy Bday – What did happen in 1 Year of Blogging? // Buon compleanno! Cosa vuol dire scrivere un blog per 1 anno?

September 26th that’s the day I finally decided to start blogging! It’s been an amazing year, during which: I experienced a lot started living in Australia again, in Melbourne for the 1st time, travelled around here & collected new stamps on my passport in Fiji, New Zealand and Thailand (I still have to write about it) met a lot of fantastic people that inspired me, in Melbourne and through Blogging experienced working by myself, in an art gallery, always looking for learning something new and learnt so much about taking photographs with a DSLR, French, reaching a good intermediate level, as my friends Gaelle & Xavier would say learnt a bit of jewellery making and a lot of small things, making bread, some Footy rules, etc… but most of all, as we’re talking about Blogging, I learnt how to blog, although there’s still so much to learn, got a deeper understanding of WordPress & social media communications and started implementing what I learnt, shared my thoughts, feelings, my travel diaries with many people that have …

POSITIVE MONDAY! – Que’ suerte tengo! // I feel so lucky! // Sono fortunata!

Hoy si’, hoy es tiempo de escribir un post en castellano! Si’ porque hoy tambien creo que tengo suerte! Y sera’ por 2 motivos: 1. Estoy trabajando en esta galeria de arte, Porthole Gallery, como Marketing y Administracion, y de repente entra una senhora chilena que parece muy simpatica y de hecho lo es. Me pregunta sobre la galeria, hablamos, le pregunto si vive cerca y me comenta que es chilena. Entonces ya empiezo a hablar castellano, encantada de la vida! Hablamos de la galeria, que expone pinturas y esculpturas con tema marinero. Les gustan y le cuento que la venta de estas obras ayudara’ a los marineros del mundo que con su trabajo nos llevan la mayoria de los productos que compramos hoy. Me habls del porque esta’ de vacaciones en Melbourne, de su experiencias pasadas en Inglaterra, de cuanto aprendio’, de como se lo paso’ fenomenal, y cuando se va, me da’ un beso y me regala una sonrisa espectacular! que quiero mas de la vida? Bueno, claro que le pedi’ de estar …

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? (inaforeignsky.wordpress.com) a reality of being an expat (cindi-keller.com) All aboard the expat blogger express (telegraph.co.uk) Ex-Pat Living: Hey Friend, Looking for a Lighter? (whattheworldtaughtme.com) Introducing the Guest Expat Blog Series (theexpatloop.wordpress.com)  

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 …

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 …