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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Arrivederci Roma for 2012

Today is my last day in Rome for 2012 and I must say, leaving this city never gets easier for me. But I am so excited to be going home for Christmas and to become an aunt for the first time! In times of travel, change or departure you look back and reflect. And doing so on the last year in Rome, I can really only smile. Of course there

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Ethnic Food in Rome

I hail from Melbourne. Arguably one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It’s where ‘spoilt for choice’ in the diverse food department takes on new meaning. Ethnic food is obviously not the mainstream in Rome or anywhere in Italy for that matter. But in my opinion, it has come a long way in the past decade or so. I remember the first years I spent travelling in Italy,

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Australia through Italian eyes: Stingrays, Spiders and Kiwis!

I must admit I continue to develop a strong sense of pride being an Australian living in Italy / Europe. Having travelled to just about every continent, I have always been welcomed and well-received as an Australian and this seems to be the consensus among other travellers and fellow Aussies. I do find it fascinating – ok sometimes frustrating – and for the most part very funny, the comments I

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Arrivederci Melbourne. Next stop Rome.

Tonight I depart my original hometown of Melbourne for my newly adopted home town of Rome. I have been in Melbourne a little longer than expected but I have loved almost every minute of a summer spent with family and close friends. I recently read another expats’ blog which attempted to debunk the myths about moving to a foreign country and encouraging those thinking about it to think twice. Well

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Restaurants

Food is life in Italy. And food and Italy are life for me! Sadly I even dream about Italian and regional cuisine when I’m not in Italy! I’m not there at the moment because I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a (typically erratic) Melbourne summer (you pick your battles hey!) but while away from Rome where do I go to enjoy an Italian meal? Firstly it’s not exactly in the

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How to ‘Rome’ in Melbourne: Pizza

I’ve spent so much time in Italy over the past decade, that when I’m in Melbourne friends and family often ask where I go to experience a little of la dolce vita. And being home for the summer there’s no need to miss out on some authentic Italian experiences. So, I’ve put together some of my picks for pizza – the most recognised Italian dish in the world. You have

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Snow in the eternal city

As I sit outdoors in Melbourne at 1am and the temperature hovers around 20 degrees celsius (after peaking at almost 30 during the day), it’s hard to imagine that it is actually snowing in my other home town of Rome right now! Yes – snowing! And yes, this is strange! While this would not make news in any other northern hemisphere European capital, snow in Rome is about as rare

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