My Australian adventures – joining the dots

Toowoomba and Sunshine coast – September to December 2016

TREVISO, 12-06-2016 – I’ve spent these last three years in Italy working as an English teacher. I honestly do not enjoy being a teacher…I always find myself repeating the same things over and over again. I don’t want to be a teacher for the rest of my life, no way. I want to work in a much more dynamic environment, and I also want to be able to express my love for Australia, what this land means to me, not only teach its language. No wonder my thoughts (and my heart) keep taking me back there.

TREVISO, 30-08-2016 – I’ve booked my flight to Brisbane, nice! The Skilled Visa I was granted a few months ago allows me to live and work in Australia for four years and eventually get a permanent visa. I want to try to find a job as a teacher somewhere in Queensland. Who knows, I might even find a job as an Italian teacher so that I can keep a connection with my own country. I have to admit that something has changed and that I am approaching this new Australian adventure with a totally different attitude and a much deeper awareness compared to a few years ago. Because I am now able to appreciate Italy in its wholeness, and I can see it through different eyes. I have always run away from it, not able to grasp its endless beauty and its charm. What Italy offers cannot be found anywhere else in the world… history, culture, good food, passion, art, traditions…

TOOWOOMBA, 05-10-2016 – I’ve found a job as a tutor and a casual teacher in a boarding school in Toowomba, the Glennie School. It’s a great experience, a unique opportunity for me to see how an Australian boarding school is structured and how it works. It’s all a big surprise, we never finish to learn from our life experiences! However, I don’t think this is going to last that long because it’s not what I really want to do in my life. These days, more than ever before, I feel deeply rooted in my Italian origins. I am proud of them and I want to make Australians understand what my country represents for me and I also want to share my passion for “il Bel Paese” with them. But I’ve realised that there is only one way to do it: you have to go to Italy and live it, breathe it, experience it, taste it, admire it, smell it, feel it, hear it!

SUNSHINE COAST, 02.12.2016 – I’ve started to think of a project that can somehow link my love for both countries, Italy and Australia. A project that can make them closer, that can bring a little bit of Italy into Australia and viceversa. It’s just an idea for now, difficult to imagine and difficult to explain…maybe one day something will come out of it…

…and then that day finally arrived!

OzItaly is the outcome of this inspiring journey

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