Friday, 5 October 2012

Beauty is where you find it #34 : homeland

Wow! Somehow it's an hard task.....And I'm gonna to tell you why!
I was born in Italy, in Florence, from both Italian parents. So I am Italian. Sure.
When I was 10 months old, my family moved to Canada, to be more precise : Calgary, Alberta.
We spent there my first 6 years of my life!!! In the meantime, my two youngest sisters were born there, too!
We went back to Italy, Milano, right in time to start the primary school! So I start to read and write in Italian. I told you : I'm Italian!
When 9 years old, my family moved again!!! This time : Tripoli, Libia. We lived there until I was 14!!!
After that, we went back to Italy, Milano, again.
In Milano, I completed my studies, with my degree in Geology.
In 1997, I got married and I moved to a little town, Salsomaggiore Terme, close to Parma. In the meanwhile, Paolo and I, both Italians, had our boys, Matteo and Tobia, both born in Italy, so they are Italians, too!
In 2004, as a family, we moved to Cairo, Egypt, where both my kids started to attend a British International School. We stayed in Cairo till July 2010. Then we moved to Jakarta, where we are right now. My boys are still attending a British International School.
I use my Italian language to talk to my husband, some Italian friends in Jk and on Skype with my family. I use the same language to relate with my kids, too. But here starts the funny part. My two boys, often answer me back in English...They play (and fight!) together in English...Sometimes they use Italian, when they realize that I'm too tired to follow their English, moreover at dinner time....waking up every morning at 5:30, at a certain time I don't have anymore the concentration for English...I need to switch to Italian...!!!
All this to tell you what? Simply that I didn't spend all my life in Italy, but just only a part of that. I know that I'm Italian, but in a different way. When I'm back in Italy for the holidays, I know that I'm at home, but I'm not Italian 100%. I'm an expat wherever I go. When I'm abroad, like in JK, I'm more Italian than at home, back in Italy. I don't know how to express better this feeling, but this is it!!

...Probably, I have more than one homeland as you can see : Italia, Canada, Libia, Egypt, Indonesia... what will be next????

I link today to luzia pimpinella !!

xxxx, Alessandra

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  1. Ciao Alessandra :)
    I really enjoyed reading you post, what a life! Wishing you all the best!

  2. Wow, you've been all over the place! Although I travelled lots when I was younger, I've only ever lived in one place, always close to family and friends. You are right though, you're Italian, but with a twist, just to make things more interesting! Ada :)

  3. Very interesting to read where you have ben in your life!
    Xoxo Miriam

  4. Wow, you really got around a lot, seems as if the world is your home :-). How does the saying go? "Home is where your heart is" ;-).


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