Living in Italy has some pretty amazing perks. The food, the history, the museums and churches, I mean do I really need to continue? But there is a big difference between traveling in Italy and living in Italy. As are there large differences between life back home in Australia and 'la dolce vita' here in Italia.
Christmas in Padova.Growing up in Australia, Christmas has a very different vibe to its northern hemisphere friends. Instead of freezing our butts off in a cold or white Christmas and building snowmen, typically we are playing cricket at the beach and building sandcastles.
I've had many a road trips to visit this glorious tower.First things first, driving in Italy is not for the faint hearted! Their streets are often small and narrow, their highways big and fast, their traffic lights are sometimes in obscure places and that's all before even getting to the drivers themselves.
Carnevale in Venice.With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to write about some traditional Italian holidays and celebrations. But first, can we acknowledge the fact that Christmas is literally 44 days away? Where has this year gone!?
Burano, Venice.So I have a confession to make. A very embarrassing and shameful one at that. After three years of living in Italy, I am no where near fluent in Italian. I would love and wish to be, but sadly I am not.
Venice via gondola.I think I get asked this question about 10 times a week. First comes the typical question of "Where do you come from?". And then almost instantly after I say Australia, the next question is always "You come from Australia? Wow, why do you live in Italy then?".
To say that moving to Italy is an adjustment, is an understatement. As beautiful and amazing as it is, living in Italy comes with many quirks and traditions that one must get used to. Here are five things I've learnt so far: