It’s not something that you do on purpose, but it’s intwined into your everyday living, determined by your routine and hugely by the society around you.
After spending a year in Italy, I realised that by default I was changing, and slowly blending in to Italian culture. I took a step back and realised that in many small ways, I was different. Here are 5 Australian habits I lost when I moved to Italy, some for the better and perhaps one for the worst!
1. I stopped waiting in lines… Oops!
This is perhaps a bad one, as my manners may have slightly decreased.
Italy is a lot more relaxed about certain rules compared to Australia, by far.
For example: J-Walking, riding a bike without a helmet, drinking in public… The list goes on. However, all of these are illegal in Australia.
Italy? It’s okay, they don’t care.
This is something that I have adapted to, and now I wonder how will I ever go back to following the rules, I don’t know?!
2. I started appreciating eating slowly, and enjoy preparing meals with friends
Instead of the meal just being an excuse to see my friends, I started to appreciated the process of cooking with friends and coming together to appreciated what we made.
Our nights are determined by cooking first, eating and then drinking. Over this time I learnt little secrets and new recipes, which is so much fun!
3. I take my morning coffee as a ritual, not a medicine
I changed my attitude towards coffee, it’s not a medical dose each morning, it’s a ritual, something to savour. I now enjoy making the moka, waiting for it to bubble up then savouring the taste of coffee on the back of my tongue. I make time for this process and love it. Gone are the days of throwing in a teaspoon of granulated coffee and hot water, and running out the door with it in a disposable cup.
3. I lost a lot of Australian slang and started speaking more “cleanly”
Believe it or not, the rest of the world does not understand Aussie slang.
In the beginning of my time in Europe, I’d often whip out a “How’s it going?” …or ask “Should we go for a swim in our togs and bring our thongs too for a wander to the bottle-o later?”
The strange looks and confusion arose, so I began to neutralise my speaking so that I was understood ‘worldwide’.
4. I stopped wearing as much makeup
Au-natural, Italian style! When I moved to Italy for one reason or another, I really cut down on the amount of make up I put on my face. It was a mix of influence by those around me and also just how I felt.
Forget about the false eyelashes and bucketloads of eye shadow, I’m sticking with a flick of eyeliner, mascara and some powder to go!
5. I stopped worrying about my weight and loved my body how it is
Here I find I do a lot more incidental exercise, I never feel worried or embarrassed by my body, and I feel as though there is less pressure to have a stick thin figure. I’m not sure if it’s just a change of attitude on my behalf, the Mediterranean diet or whatever, however one things for sure, I don’t worry about how I look, but more about how I feel.
Now that’s a win, woo woo!
Have you moved abroad and noticed some big changes in your daily routine? Tell me about them in the comments below!
Love Cherise Joelle x