An Introduction

 

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My name is Rochelle Del Borrello and I am a mother, writer and blogger originally from Australia.

I began writing about the difficulties of being an accidental or unwilling expat in Sicily but now my life is about accepting and embracing life in Italy.

Sicily is a mysterious place for most, it is filled with darkness and gets much bad press, not to mention all the cliches. I want to paint a more down to earth picture, yes there are many things which don’t work too well but there is also a wealth of history, art and endless stories which overshadow the negativity.

I have been exploring Sicily since 2012 originally on a blog called Unwilling Expat in a mixture of photography, cultural observations and reflections on day to day life in this part of Italy.

Sicily Inside and Out is a continuation of the same work and is not a light and fluffy tourist magazine, it is about both the beauty and ugliness which exist side by side on this island. At times things can be dark but my writing always reflects a truthful and ongoing experience.

Please come with me, read along and be open to the new experiences this ancient isle has to offer you.

Palazzo Draghi, ME

Now after more than a decade of living in Sicily things are less foreign and I am in the unique position of being considered a local with the perspective of an outsider. 

This year I am concentrating on writing my travel books and freelance work so my posts will be less regular in 2016.

Why not stop by on Wednesdays for some random Sicilian beauty and my insights into life here in Sicily, who knows you may find something to add to your bucket list.

Belvedere, Castell'Umberto looking at Aeolian Islands

 

I love hearing from my readers so if you have a worthwhile Sicilian experience to share with me feel free to drop me a line with your idea or let me know what you’d like me to explore for you.

If you like any of the images you see let me know, the photo’s are my own and I will be happy send you an exclusive print on request.

If you want to invite me to your Sicilian hotel or town, let me know and I will visit, photograph, write and visit your piece of Sicily. (Se volete che vengo da te – in Sicilia certamente- io sono disposta a venire al tuo ristorante, albergo o paese per scrivere, fotografare e raccontare tuo pezzo di Sicilia, fammi sapere!)

Email : sicilyinsideandout@gmail.com

Taormina art studios

#COSItaly

Is a collective blogging group made up of foreigners living rich, colourful and at times frustrating lives in Bella Italia. We like to share our observations and frustrations in a lighthearted and fun way writing about how life in Italy really is for foreigners.

Our group is quite eclectic but in a fun and energetic way, the majority live in Florence others are in  Reggio Emilia, Piemonte, Rome and little old me in Sicily. We are mostly Americans, with a Brit and one token Australian!

COSI good tourist

In Sicula Cuisine I give you a taste of fine seasonal food as it ripens on the vine. Some wonderful appetizers are these delicious roasted Sicilian Artichokes.

Stuffed Artichokes

(Please note. I am not an employment agency or interpretative service you will have to use the internet or your closest Italian consulate.)

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100 thoughts on “An Introduction

  1. I am only a part time expat as I spend six months in Itlay each year and the rest at “home” in Brisbane. I didn’t particularly want to become part of the expat community, but over the 9 years I have been coming and going I have found a few friends among the expats. In our village they come and go as I do, so there is a revolving door of people and I don’t spend too much time with any group. I have a small group of Italian friends, but sometimes it is nice to speak your own language. Bagni di Lucca axpats come from all over the world , so it can be fun.

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    1. This sounds great, that way you have one foot in each camp. So what keeps you coming back to Bagni di Lucca? Tuscany isn’t as bad a Sicily, my problem is that I’m too far away from a big exciting city, you’re relatively close to Firenze which I’m sure helps to relieve any small town blues. I know Lucca really well as I used to work their for their Lucca Opera theatre festival a few years ago, it’s a beautiful part of Italy.
      I can’t say I’ve made any friends over expat networks I’m only exploring.
      Your blog looks beautiful by the way!!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my post/blog. What’s with Aussies and Italy then hey? I’m about to embark on my own Italy adventure this year and search for a property in Puglia – my first pick was Florence but I’m not rich enough for that! I went to Sicily last year. Was a very fleeting visit to too many towns in too short a time so I’d actually like to spend more time there one day. Maybe a read of your blog will be of assistance 🙂

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    1. I know Aussies love Italy. I must say it’s brave of you to be moving over right now, things have become so expensive here!! Hey Florence is my favourite city in Italy but it’s Sicily for me as my husband is from there. Puglia is beautiful. You could always consider Palermo, the further north you go the easier it is financial wise. I’m not sure how helpful I can be about advice for moving over to Italy, it helped having a hubbie with his own house!! Good luck with everything!

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      1. Oh it’s an investment property, I’m not moving there permanently. Just had a look at your blog. Well, I could learn about Italian politics from you, so there you go, helpful after all. I currently live in London, so I’m use to expensive lol

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  3. Lol, I lived in Canada for 10 years and then headed back to Singapore for 3.5 years and totally felt like a foreigner. Odd considering I was born and raised until high school so I know what you mean!

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  4. Hi Rochelle, I spent a gorgeous holiday in Cefalu’ last summer and fell in love with Sicily so its great to hear all about it through your blogs – keep them coming, they really bring the island to life! :o)

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    1. Yes it’s really easy to fall i love with Sicily. Thanks, it is a great complement to hear I do justice to this magical place, it’s pretty easy to write about such an inspiring spot. Great to have your encouragement!

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  5. Hi from Piemonte, Mrs Sensible is Sicilian. We married in the UK and she made it clear, that she wanted to live there. She said we might move to Italy when we retire. Two rainy winters later, I managed to persuade her to move to Northern Italy. She is now hinting that we might move to Sicily soon. The definition of soon to me is this afternoon, but I think in Italy it might mean as long as 3 years… So Mrs Sensible is also an unwilling expat, but in her own country. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for giving me a little attention by following. Well at least Mrs Sensible is still in the same country. Perhaps making summer holidays to Sicily will be able to tempt someone to move further south… At least being in Europe things are a little closer and it’s easier to travel, I still don’t understand why they put Australia so far from everywhere, I guess it’s a well kept secret!! Well I guess we are all unwilling expats in one way or another. Life’s a about compromise …

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  6. hi rochelle, looking forward to delving into your blog regularly. there seem to be a lot of expat aussies in italia – i’m a reasonably new one; less than a year – and being the daughter and granddaughter of migrants i feel more at home on this side of the planet [though the bureaucracy is…is…well, i don’t need to say anything, do i!
    my italian partner would like to live part time here in and in australia at some stage. he hasn’t encountered that horror 20 hour flight yet 😉

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    1. Ciao Ali! Thanks for browsing my blog, it’s always good to see another Ozzie blogging! Yes I know what is it about Australian’s and Italy? Your blog looks great too and it sounds like you are adjusting and loving life in Italia even if economic times here are a little grim right now! Yes I know that strange feeling of belonging in Italy, I think it’s something that is genetic, we inherit something from our Italian background to make us feel at home here. Yes I totally identify with your frustration when it comes to small things like paying bills or getting a permesso di soggiorno (thankfully I have Italian citizenship as I married my Italian boy!)
      My dream would be to do six months here and six months in oz, but this isn’t a real possibility as I now have a little boy, but there must be some way to balance ourselves between two beautiful countries!!
      I’m sure we’ll keep in touch, all the best and happy blogging!

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  7. Many thanks for following Jumping From Cliffs Rochelle. I’m extremely envious of your ex-pat-ness, unwilling or otherwise; I adore Sicily and dream of picking up sticks and settling there some day. I’m sure it’s not all roses, but I can think of worse places to be 😀

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Yes life is about making the most of what you have. I am taking every moment living here in Sicily as one of the most precious gifts I could have, the problem is I love Australia just as much. Who put Australia so far away from the rest of the world anyway? Happy blogging to you!

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  8. Dear Rochelle,

    I was an expat for 12 years, living in the United States and missing my native Colombia. Now I am back in Colombia, missing the US (at times, admittedly). So enjoy Sicily!! Plus, nothing is cuter than children speaking Italian, and Matthias is probably as fluent as one can be at three.

    Also, thank you for reading and following my blog.

    Best,
    Ana
    http://www.thedrugstorenotebook.com

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    1. Ana,

      Thanks for your comments!

      Yes I am trying to enjoy Sicily despite many frustrations. Isn’t it funny how we miss places we can’t go to, the grass is always greener …

      Yes it is cute to see Mattie mixing his Italian and English he is already good at translating things, he always explains things I have said to his father.

      All the best
      R.

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  9. Hi Rochelle!
    In keeping with the community values of WordPress, I want to pass on the “I am Part of the WordPress Family Award” nomination that was so kindly passed on to me by Goldy @ http://goldyigal.wordpress.com/. You have moved me, made me laugh out loud and given me lots to think about. Thanks for your support. Keep blogging because I (and others) will keep reading!

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  10. Hi there, yes Sicily can be tougher as compared to where we Iive which is near Bagni di Lucca. In fact, one of my best friends moved from Sicily to this area after she split up with her partner and she’s told me lots about some difficulties of bringing up her daughters in Sicily. But Sicily is also very beautiful as we found out when we spent Christmas with friends there in 2011. We’ll be glad to follow your interesting blog. As you’ll know ours is at http://longoio.wordpress.com – best F & S

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    1. Ciao, Yes life in Italy is filled with contradictions and Sicily can be infuriating at times but sometimes there are moments of absolute bliss. You’ve got to take the good with the bad, no place is perfect. I’m doing my best to enjoy this adventure while it lasts. It’s getting particularly hard to live here thanks to ‘la crisi,’ I hope you are weathering it well. Things for us are pretty frugal right now! Thanks for stopping by. Keep up the beautiful blogging. All the best to you too!

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am an expat in as much as I left South Africa in 1994 and settled in England in 1998 having travelled a wee bit in between. Now I am travelling again completely uncertain as to where I will settle next. Looking forward to exploring your blog and sharing your adventures too.

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    1. Hi Diane,

      Happy you liked my blog. The more I write about being an expat the more I am convinced we are all going through the same experience. Life’s journey is always uncertain. It’s good to have you along for the ride and hope you are having a thrilling trip. All the best!

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  12. Hi SiRochelle,
    thanks for stopping by my blog, I have taken a look at yours and found it very interesting. As a true Sicilian that grew up in New York City I endure within me two different “personalities”, trying to cope with both isn’t easy :), furthermore, three years ago I joined my husband in northern Italy and, believe it or not, I too feel as an unwilling expat. I don’t mean to compare my homesickness to yours of course, yet I can assure you that Sicilians, regardless of where they are always feel somehow out place outside the island’s borders. It struck me to notice that you refer to Etna as a “she”, most Italians,considering it as a volcano therefore masculine in our language, refer to it as a “he”. Only true Sicilians call it The mountain (in our dialect ‘a muntagna’). Brava, sei dei nostri :). Lucia

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    1. Ciao Lucia,
      I’m happy you are enjoying my posts. I am discovering everyone at one time or another feels like an outsider. You there is something in the Sicilian personality I think that makes us terribly restless. I am the grandaughter of Sicilian migrants to Australia, born and raised in Australia but I guess I’ve inherited the Sicilian gene!

      Ha! I didn’t notice I was making Etna into a lady! I guess I have read about Etna in a lot of the local literature so I must have absorbed the Sicilian!!

      You’ve just given me an idea for another post…

      Grazie!
      Buon weekend!!
      Rochelle

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  13. Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog.
    I love yours too and I have becomes a follower now.
    To be honest I don’t know many Sicilian blogs by expats like us. My favourite other Italian blog is by Pecora Nera (who has commented above!) but he’s in northern Italy. I think, now we’ve found each other, we need to stick together!

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    1. Thanks for following.

      I still get a kick out of getting new followers!

      I was so happy to discover your blog as I am trying to build up a network of Sicilian expat bloggers as I’ve been feeling a little isolated here!

      Yes definitely, we need to stick together!

      Keep up the brilliant blogging!

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  14. Would you like to do a guest post on my blog? I’ve got about 1,000 followers, so it would probably bring lots of potential new friends to visit your blog! Perhaps we could start chatting on email and even write something together.
    Drop me an email if you think the idea sounds like fun!

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    1. That sounds great! I’m taking a couple weeks off from Monday as I have people visiting but I’ll email soon.
      I’d love to write a piece together. Feel free to guest blog on Unwilling Expat, even if I’ve only got about 500 followers …
      Will be in contact soon.
      Happy blogging

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  15. Hi from another unwilling expat. Although, I wouldn’t be as unwilling an expat if I was living in Sicily! I love it there, and Italy in general. And its only two and a half hours from home…..
    Jane x

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  16. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog – I was also a fairly reluctant expat to start with, but now I am considering both England and Finland as “home”. It’s a good feeling to always be “going home” when travelling between the two countries 🙂

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    1. Thanks for following me back! I enjoyed your posts about bringing up bilingual children, I’m in the process of raising my child speaking English and Italian which is a real challenge as I’m the only one here that speaks English, so it’s been challenging. Being an expat is a real adventure that I’m trying to live with positivity and creativity! All the best!

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  17. Hi there, thanks for liking my post on an Expat’s Guide to Homesickness. I’m guessing you could probably add an item or two! Looking forward to exploring you blog. Cheers, Julie

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  18. Hi Rochelle – thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I have literally just gobbled up some leftover meatball pasta washed down with Ozzie red wine, whilst checking out your site, and felt some sort of karma in connecting with u…
    Expat life is a roller coaster. At least it has been for me. 2.5 yrs in Vietnam, any extra daughter to boot, and then a broken marriage. That all happened in the blink of an eye – and who knows whether expatriate life style is to blame or not.
    However, what I do know today is that my family are living an amazing life here still – the leftover meatballs were cooked last night by me and the kids as my wife was over for dinner. Go figure.
    Life is a balance, and never say never.
    If I could, I’d explain it better over a drink, but in the absence of that, I look forward to seeing you around in the blogosphere sometime.
    Be happy and go well.
    Tim

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    1. Ciao Tim,
      Thanks for taking the time to write. Yes it is strange how little things seem to connect to remind us how we are all connected. I agree being an expat is a real roller coaster ride! I’m doing my best to hold on and appreciate the adventure even if it can be a little frustrating! Hummm I wouldn’t mind a glass of Ozzie red or a good Oz beer! Cheers to you, wishing you all the good karma possible as you are obviously a friendly guy. Happy blogging to you.
      Rochelle

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  19. Hi Rochelle, just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog today. Yours looks fun! I’m going to follow. I hope you will visit my place again sometime soon.

    I’ve never been to Italy. Would LOVE to go!

    Blogging from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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    1. Yes it is another world, totally different to Tuscany.
      Happy to have you following, enjoy the journey.
      I adore Tuscany and if I could choose I’d move to Florence or Lucca!! I’m exploring Sicily right now so, this could take a while…

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  20. Nice to meet you and thank you for visiting my blog. I live in Busselton and I am confident you know where that is! We moved from Perth three years ago. It has changed a lot in that time – got a lot busier and lots of new buildings 🙂

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    1. Yes, I know and love Busselton, such a beautiful part of the south west! It has been such a long time since I’ve been there. I last went on my honeymoon ten years ago now! Look forward to seeing more of how Busselton has changed! All the best!

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  21. hi rochelle, thanks for reading and following. i look forward to reading more from you too and think this is a good outlet for an unwilling expat. fyi – one of my daughters married an aussie and now lives in bunbury, wa. we travel one way or the other each year, but now that they have 2 babies i really miss them and know it’s hard for her too. ) best, beth

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    1. I really enjoyed your blog.
      Australia is a pretty special place to live and I’m sure your daughter is having a wonderful life. I know and love Bunbury even if it is a little isolated. Perhaps you should consider an extended holiday or retirement?!?
      Cheers

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  22. thanks and i spent most of last summer there, and enjoy long stays whenever i’m able. like you, my daughter finds bunbury and finds perth much more to her liking,, they lived in subiaco for a bit, but her hub’s family is in bunbury, so they find themselves there once again. hoping they may move back to the states next year, crossing my fingers ) beth

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked something of what you saw. I think your blog is wonderful and you have a beautiful way of expressing yourself. You sound like a cook chick to boot! (Do people still say cool chick?!? or am I using too much Australian slang!?!?) Anyhow, so following you and looking forward to hearing more Multifarious meanderings …

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      1. My virtual me didn’t do her job properly, so I had to take over proceedings in the MM household, but I have not said my final word yet and will be poring over your posts as soon as I have time. Thanks for all the praise (blush). I am a cool chick, of course! We’re ALL cool chicks (MM ruffles feathers). Keep the Aussi slang coming – I found out that tight swimming trunks are called “budgie smugglers” by aussi girls this morning- true? I’m still laughing out loud alone and getting strange looks from people 😉

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    1. Glad you found me!
      I’ve been following your blog and posts on FB for a bit and I’m loving it!
      I looks like your family is having fun in Piedmont, you have a great sense of humour!
      I totally didn’t realise you were from Australia.
      Happy holidays and endless adventures in Italy!
      Rochelle

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  23. Rochelle – I want to say thank you, first of all for stopping by my blog and following it…I am so glad now to have found yours! I look forward reading your stories especially about Sicily from the perspective of someone who is an expat living there. I have visited 5 times and am in love with Sicily and Italy, although for many reasons you mention, I know I could not live there on a full-time basis. Grazie and buona notte.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Margie! I’ve met the most fab people thanks to my blog and discovering other people with similar perspectives is always a pleasure. Your blog is great too! Look forward to keeping in touch.
      Grazie a te e civediamo!!

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  24. Your story sounds amazing! I am looking forward to reading more! I am trying to convince my other half to move back to Italy… he said maybe in 5 years… arrrrhhh I want it now! hahaha, although he seems to think that there might be a civil war going to happen soon over our bad the economy is, so we can come after that, well that’s what he told mamma when she was saying she wants him to move back home. Hopefully things will improve, and I can live my dream of living in Italy! 🙂 Ciao!

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    1. Tah for you comments. I know it is a scary period here in Italy, we are having a rough time scrimping and saving. Be sure to make lots of money and come back to Italy as if things continue along these lines the taxes are going to be the highest in the world!! I hope your dreams come true. All the best!

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  25. I had an email from WordPress saying you’d commented on my article on Noto, but it isn’t up there, so I’ve looked you up from the details the email gave. Your articles are so good and your photographs ………. words fail me (not something that usually happens). I love Sicily and try to holiday there once a year but I love Italy in general (Lucca in particular along with Rome). I shall check in regularly now to read your stuff – keep it up.

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    1. So happy to hear from you. Yes I commented about your article as I’m writing something for a journal about the Noto infiorata spring festival and was looking for inspiration. Thanks for looking me up! You’ve made my day, it’s nice to feel appreciated! Yes Italy/Sicily are such rich places to visit. Happy to have you following. All the best.

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  26. What a wonderful (expatriot) adventure! (Though after 10 years I imagine it is no longer an adventure, but a way of life!) Such beautiful pictures- ahhh… I look forward to many more pictures to come! Now excuse me while I look through more of your pictures of the countryside and dream of another life- on the other side of the ocean!

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    1. Thanks for your wonderful compliments. Yes after ten years things have become quite routine, but you know every year I notice new nuances. Sicily is really a fascinating place. Happy you like the pictures!

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  27. Hi Rochelle, I applaud your mission! 🙂 Very glad to have passed by and will definitely drop by from time to time. Am glad to meet like minded people. Am mother of an active girl and have various projects on hand, so know about juggling many items @ the same time! 😉 Many thanks for passing by and best wishes on your mission!

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    1. Thanks for saying hello and hats off to you for juggling many things, it’s a really thankless task isn’t it but with many personal rewards :-
      ) All the best to you too and be sure to keep in touch…

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  28. Hi Rochelle,
    I’m another Aussie expat living in Italy. I’ve just discovered your lovely blog. We are trying to make the most of our time here, so I’ve been searching out blogs about Sicily as we hope to travel south later in the year. I know I’m going to find some gems here.
    Ciao
    Jenny

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      1. All good! I was surprised how much time I did have to spend on it so completely understand if you choose not to. Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer
        Hayley

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  29. Hi Rochelle, I’ve just found your blog. Italian moved to Melbourne for love and adventure…sounds familiar? I have to admit that at times I wish I could swap sides with you…that’s when I get a bit nostalgic 😉 But I guess life it’s easier down under but we are so far away from everything…

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    1. Salve Barbara, So wonderful to hear from you and I’m happy you are enjoying my blog. I miss Australia more than words can express, but life’s an adventure and we should make the most of it. Living with ‘nostalgia’ becomes a normal part of expat life. And who put Australia so far away from the rest of the world any way … we should write a protest letter to someone about that. Un abbraccio e tante belle cose a te …

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      1. I guess I feel as close to Europe as I ever had, thanks to Skype and good entertainment’s system on planes, flying has never been easier! But I’ll definitely chain myself to Parliament house if we could move just a touch south 😉

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      2. The internet/Skype/blogging communities are a great help when you become an expat and it is easier to travel (even if I am beginning to worry about international terrorism, which is beginning to frighten people out of travel a bit). Well you can’t get much further south than Melbourne, Australia … unless you consider Hobart 😉

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    1. Thanks a lot, I’m happy you enjoy my work, I put a lot of effort in showing many facets of Sicily. A visit here will be an unforgettable experience for anyone. Keep following, comments like yours keep me motivated 🙂

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  30. I’m delighted I came across your site and was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Italy. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into Sicily and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking business managers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants.

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    1. Thanks for commenting and I’m happy you enjoy my blog. I can’t say I know much about how to recruit in Italy, not really my area of specialization.

      Perhaps you can check out the Sicilian Godmother’s blog its run by Veronica who has a background in business: http://siciliangodmother.com/

      Also Misty from Surviving in Italy is a sassy business woman:
      http://survivinginitaly.com/

      If you are after Expats living in Italy, which sound perfect for this kind of work be sure to look into Internations which is a huge expat network with several offices all around Italy: http://www.internations.org/italy-expats

      All the best on finding the right people for the job!

      If you are looking for anyone in Sicily, I’d be happy to send my resume …

      Does anyone else have any ideas? Cheers!

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  31. Ah, always nice to find a blog by someone with similar experiences! I just moved from near Sydney to the south-west of Sweden a year ago, although I think I was more willing than it sounds like you were initially. I miss Australia, but I’ve never handled the heat (I’m actually born in England but left there when I was 4, sooo technically I’m a double expat haha). Italy was always somewhere I had been considering, but love led me to Sweden it turns out.
    Anyway, I’m glad to hear you are liking it more now and I’m glad to have found your blog! 🙂

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    1. Well, it’s great to hear from you, a fellow unwilling expat type. Sweden sounds like a great place to live but I imagine it would make a huge change from Sydney, how do you do with the language?!? Happy to have you a long for the ride and thanks so much for introducing yourself. Cheers 🙂

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      1. The language issue here is a strange one. Everybody speaks very good English (except for a few older people, but actually most older people I’ve met are also very impressive). They also love to practise their English, so getting by day to day is quite easy. But it makes it harder to learn Swedish, and it’s hard to get a stable job without knowing Swedish. So it’s a double edged sword I suppose. The actual language itself though is beautiful, and I’m enjoying slowly learning it but I’m hoping this year I’ll speed up my progress. I know lots of words and lots of the grammar, but I just need to piece it all together now. 🙂

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      2. It sounds like a real challenge and Swedish must be an amazing language to interact with. I had a uni classmate who would wax lyrical about her native land and astonish everyone by speaking the language. Good luck with it all and be sure to put it all in your blog! Cheers to you ☺

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  32. Dear Rochelle

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Sicily and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

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    1. Hi there Joe, Well that sounds like a wonderful project and I have a few names in my head, let me have a think and hunt down some details. I will email as soon as I can. I get plenty of emails from my blog. It would be my pleasure to give you some suggestions for participants. It’s a shame I have been here so long I probably don’t make your specifications. Thanks for writing. Will be in touch.

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  33. Hi there, discovered your blog via Italian Reflections FB group. I’m also an Australian (from Sydney) in Italy (have been based in Turin since 2007). Have had many ups and downs but have really come to embrace the life I have here. My mother’s family was originally from Sicily and after I finished uni I spent several months in Sicily so I know a lot about what living there everyday is like. I have a food blog and love to write about dishes inspired by my family’s cooking and Sicilian roots. Anyway, looking forward to seeing future posts on your site. 🙂 Rosemarie

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