Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. It is a day dedicated to celebrating the San Valentino, in English – Saint Valentine. Did you know Valentine’s Day is linked to a religious festivity and originates from Italy?
January 10th 2020, my phoned buzzed. I stirred and cursed under my breath as I looked over at Alexa. It was only 2.13am. I scuffled across the bed to the dresser to see who was calling. I answered the call with a husky, “hello babe” into the receiver. “Have you been following the international news lately?” Lin queried. If there is one person that knows me so well, it is my best friend – Lin.
It’s my two years anniversary of living in Italy! Trust me, I am not here to complain much, I’ve had the best times here regardless of the stories I will be sharing with you in a moment. Moving to a new country is never easy, and you definitely know this if you have temporarily or permanently moved for study, a job, or any other reason. It may take you weeks to figure out a lot of things. In these weeks, you may take the wrong routes and hop on the wrong buses. It is at moments you want to order […]
When I think about the house hunting in Milan and the costs, I simply grip my heart in despair. My short-lived frugal moment in Palermo opened my eyes to the extravagant costs I overlooked while I was initially living in Milan. I mean, in Palermo, I had a decent and lovely room near the Palermo city centre for just €200. Yes, that cheap. I didn’t mistype!
Racial discrimination, this is a very touchy topic many Africans would not dare to thread. Who wants to be reminded that their forefathers were tortured and sold to slavery? It doesn’t only sting the heart but has left a stigma. When you are moving to a new country – especially switching continents, one of the first things you consider is how hostile or hospitable the citizens are towards people that are racially different. In Italy, I have had a lot of funny questions thrown at me about Africa, like – ‘do you live with Lions in Africa?’ I just laugh […]
People often walk up to me to ask, compare your living experiences in Milan and Palermo. Which do you prefer? I will often answer with, there are a lot of reasons to choose Palermo over Milan but two reasons not to. Based on my experience living in these two cities, I would tell you to choose Palermo for these reasons:
Moving from Nigeria to Milan. Recounting my first days experiences. “Are you sure you don’t need to take more food stuff?” My mum asked for the third time that morning. “No Mum. My luggage will be over weighed.” I countered. She retreated and hurried me to get ready for the airport. I closed my bag as feelings of excitement and worry gushed through me. It was my first time moving away from Nigeria, and in Milan. It worried me that I had given up my well-paying job to become better educated. But I wanted to experience a new culture and […]