My friends and family think I am totally insane to be living my life in Italy, they are waiting for me to come to my senses and move back to Australia, like I’ve been playing around for the past decade of my life.
The truth is it’s been more than chasing a dream, I’m not bathing myself under ‘the Tuscan sun’ or running a bed and breakfast in Puglia.
I live in small town Sicily which at times is trying for my patience, challenging for my sense of space and privacy and above all it comes with an entire spectrum of misunderstandings and culture shock with whoever is around me. So why do I do it to myself?
Because Italy talks to me, it whispers sweet nothings into my ear, makes me laugh as loud as I ever have, it allows me the time to write, smell the pasta sauce on the stove and taste life.
Italy has infuriated me as much as it has made me fall evermore in love with it.
Moving to Italy has changed me, it has made me let go of many unimportant things, life here is more authentic, a simple less cluttered life which speaks to me louder and clearer than anything else.
Please check out the rest of the posts as well (links will be added as posts are published):
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- Georgette (Girl in Florence): Authentic Tourism
- Pete (Englishman in Italy): How Authentic an Italian are you?
- Rick (Rick’s Rome): The Authentic Italian Culture Debate
- Andrea (Sex, Lies, and Nutella): How to Be an Authentic Italian (in 9 Simple Steps)
- M (Married to Italy): The fear of the fake: What “authenticity” means to a foreigner in a strange land
- Jessica (Italy Explained): Where is this “authentic Italy” everyone’s looking for?
- Gloria (At Home in Tuscany): The odd woman out’s view on “authentic Italy”/
- Rebecca (Brigolante): Italy Roundtable: Finocchi Rifatti al Pomodoro
- Alexandra (Arttrav): Art and Travel: the authenticity of seeing art in person
- Melanie (Italophile): Everything is Authentic
- Kate (Driving Like a Maniac): Becoming authentic