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21 Things That Will Make Every Italian Visiting Australia Say "That's So True"

Gym rats, don't take my parmigiana.

1. Struggling to understand why everyone in Australia is on a health kick.

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You just want to get your Nonna to come and feed some carbonara to all those poor kids munching on plain lettuce like a bunch of sheep. Also... where are you guys running to?

2. But knowing deep down it's because they don't know the absolute lack of mobility that comes with Sunday lunch at Nonna's.

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The realest food coma.

3. Sitting in a bar, sipping your first glass of Chianti, just to relax... only to realise your Aussie mates are already a few drinks ahead of you.

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Aussie drinking culture is all or nothing.

4. Planning your trip to Australia in October so you'll have a second summer.

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But then suffering in silence when you realise you'll have to shave for ANOTHER three months.

5. Feeling so exotic when you first arrive.

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Flaunting all your Italian pizzazz is your forte.

6. But being a bit disappointed when you realise Italians are much more common in Australia than what you thought.

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There are lots of Italian immigrants in Australia.

7. Coming to Australia thinking Italy definitely has the best beaches...

8. ...only to find out Australia is actually a huge contender.

9. Thinking of how jealous everyone back home will be when you have a summer glow on Christmas day.

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10. Visiting Australian museums all the time, just 'cause they're free!


Art for everyone! Thanks, Australia.

11. Being quite impressed by the Aussie pizza game...

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Us Italians are known for being very particular about our food, but... Italian food in Australia is surprisingly good.

12. ...yet crying IRL when you come across these atrocities from time to time.


Canned spaghetti on toast. Guys, that is painful.

13. Which is why you still always miss your Nonna's cooking.

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14. Even though you dread the moment she finds out you haven't been eating pasta every day.


"STAI SCIUPATO!" ("You look thin!"), she'll say. Then proceed to feed you baked pasta, and meatballs, and zucchini fritters, and cheese, and lasagna, and focaccia, and taralli, and... you get the point.

15. Being weirded out by eating kangaroo meat...


How could you do this, Australia? Kangaroos are too cute...

16. ...but then remembering we eat horse meat.

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Ooops. Ok, fair.

17. Being surprised how many young people stay in Australia to live and work compared to Italy.

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Italy has a much older population. That's why we're so wise: We learn from our elderly. 👵

18. Wondering why people are weirded out by you using WhatsApp audio messages.


Australians are weirded out, GUYS. They only call and send text messages. But us Italians know audio is the only way to really get that tone across.

19. And being judged when you make wild hand gestures while on the phone.

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Yeah, we know whoever we're talking to can't see us. Still, it helps us get to the point.

20. Feeling extremely patriotic when you're so far away from home...

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Always keeping an eye out for Italians on the street, maybe stalking them just to have a conversation in your beautiful language. ❤️

21. ...cause deep down, mamma Italia will always be in your heart.

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"Tu vuo' fa l'Australiano" but you'll always be an Italiano.

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