One of the only certainty of who decides to leave is that sooner or later he will have to return.
During this year that I spent in Australia I’ve almost never thought that I would go back to Italy before my two years visa would end. The fact of having chosen a so far destination in some way facilitates your relationship with your country. Going back to Italy means spending money, time and a little organization, three things that you don’t always have, even when you are not travelling.
The fact is that the many disadvantages of living in Italy are, almost (I said almost) proportional to a lot of nice things that here you don’t have or that are not equally replicable.
And it’s for these things that, sooner or later, everybody comes back to Italy:
- food and wine. It might be rhetorical but it’s the first thing I recall when I think about my country. I just want to get off the plane, starting to eat immediately and going on eating without pause during the three-week holiday. In Melbourne you can find any sort of food, and the quality is higher than in Queensland but the price is doubled. Moreover, the relaxed atmosphere that you can find in an Italian osteria/trattoria here is almost impossible to replicate and usually Italian food is associated with mid-high level restaurants.
- bidet. Don’t give it for granted, never. It’s a precious object.
- the beauty of the place. Australia is a beautiful place, but after one year I miss those things that I used to see in Turin and that by the time I gave for granted: porches, old houses, historical buildings and floors covered with pebbles.
- drinking, chatting and smoking on the street without any risk of being fined by a policeman. Unfortunately Australian relation with smoking and drinking alcohol is less relaxed than here. Drinking is forbidden in the street and in some areas in the centre you can’t smoke. All this because often Australians can’t control themselves, especially when it comes to alcohol and drugs.
They are all more or less marginal things but in everyday life they can affect a lot. Important things are others, sure. That’s why after this month in Italy I’ll go back to Melbourne and I’ll try to stay there the most I can.
Finally, obviously in Italy you have friends and relatives and it’s always nice coming back to hug them all. This is not secondary at all, is evidently the essential reason why you have to come back from time to time. At the same time, after one year overseas, you’ll realize that you’re leaving even here some important people, so that you’ll start an infinite loop of intercontinental – goodbye – and – welcome back – which we like a lot.