The Italianized Blonde

lifestyle

Remedies for Homesickness

Traveling is a wonderful way to learn. Going abroad has opened my eyes and heart to different lifestyles, cultures, and ways of thinking. Moving to Italy has taught me so much and everyday my life here challenges me to be a better, stronger, and more confident person. At times being away from the known can be difficult, and I think it’s normal to miss aspects of where we are from fairly regularly. For instance, at least once a month I miss 24 hour drug stores. Here in Turin, Italy,  ...

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From Sydney to Sicily: Beyond Google Images

I first left my Sydney’s Northern Beaches life at age fifteen. The High School’s sand scattered campus literally backed onto Avalon Beach. Our Biology teacher would sit us around the ocean rock pools, whilst behind us, in the Pacific, whales migrated, dolphins frolicked and sharks fed. Students snickered over weekend stories and made plans for the next one. I was stuck in a momentum, restarting, every seven days. Mum (surprisingly ‘having’ to keep her youngest daughter enthusiastic) suggest  ...

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culture

“Culture Shock”

Since living in Italy I am quickly picking up on cultural differences between American and Italian culture and what IS or IS NOT important or expected on a daily basis. Of course these are all generalizations and cannot be true for every Italian person or place and will depend heavily on where you are located in Italy, how you were raised, what your influences were, etc. Same goes for anything I mention about American culture. Many of these observations are unspoken “rules” so  ...

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travel

Day Dreaming of Summer and Puglia

If like me, you have been getting a bit of the winter blues and are craving some warm weather, let me just take a minute to day dream about spectacular beaches and try to convince you to start planning your summer vacation to one of my personal favorite places: PUGLIA!! In some English texts it is called Apulia, this name originates from its Latin roots. However, it is more commonly known by most Americans as “the heel of the boot”. The boot that I am referring to, of course, is  ...

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