10 Things Italians living in London may find amusing

tube signs

It has been five years since I’ve decided to take a couple of suitcases with me and wave goodbye to my folks in Rome to start a new adventure in London. As an Italian however, the first approach to the Anglo-Saxon culture can be a bit of a shock (in a non-dramatic, but the entertaining and funny way).

What I’ve always been repeating to myself though, is pretty much ‘When in Rome do what Romans do’ and it worked out well. Embracing a different culture can only enrich your soul and widen up your mind. However, still, there’s some funny stuff that I couldn’t help but share with you – if you’ve ever considered moving – and that’s what most Italians thinks when in London.

TMI

Info overload is a thing in London, Mind the Gap anyone?

Although, admittedly, in few instances, it had actually helped me. In fact, if it wasn’t for the mindful floor sign at the crossroad – that shouts where to look at –  I’d probably won’t have lasted that long in London when first moved (and even now at times, well actually most of the times).

That ‘awkward’ silence on public transports

Memories of Italian’s loud and overcrowded public transports are all long gone by now. Public journeys in London are actually sacred mediums for silence and contemplation. Most people can get annoyed if you are talking too loud over the phone… Beware! Although, rules are rules and those might be slightly different on any given weekend after 5 pm.

 

tube signs

 

Happy Hours don’t actually involve the presence of food

As an Italian, (stereotype alert!) I’m used to drinking wine or cocktails as part of a meal or at an aperitif. Our ‘Aperitivo’ or ‘Happy Hour’ mainly consists of a buffet with all sorts of foods (the more the merrier!)  that you can eat along with your ONE drink of choice.

Which literally means give me more food than booze.

 

via GIPHY

                                      

Being promoted at work

Although it may sound awkward, being recognised for your efforts in Italy is not an easy and so standard process. Working hard could sometimes lead you to actually be even more frustrated than anything else as – rarely – there’s a chance of a big pay rise. Sad truth.

 

via GIPHY

 

Or Actually Having to work

Another upsetting truth is that finding jobs in Italy is not an easy task – nevermind your dream job – so, what has really shocked me (in an astonishingly and beautiful way) was that after moving to London, it only took me a few weeks to find my first occupation.

Without getting into too many details, youth unemployment rate in Italy, even tough recently has decreased is still quite high (36.90 percent). Therefore having to move abroad sometimes is not really a choice but a necessity.

 

via GIPHY

 

Four seasons in a day

Ever happened to you? Entering the tube when it’s sunny and hot and getting out when it’s windy dark and cold?  Well, It definitely has to me and that is NOT so funny. Lol.  Cloudless blue skies can soon part to make way for torrential downpours.

   

 

The fine art of the small talks

Small Talks or “Chit Chat” are quite a fundamental part of the British Culture and at first got me totally unprepared. In fact once happened when being asked, “How was I doing”  that I’ve replied with an ingenuous “Totally shit today!” and got a fearful and scary look in return. Do never do that, for any reason. Whatsoever.

That subtle – typically British –  way of explaining tough stuff by always starting on a positive note it’s a tricky art to master, especially for an Italian!

 

 Canned Spaghetti

Yes, there is such a thing.

canned spaghetti

 The “I’m sorry, not so sorry ritual”

 

Finally, the amazing and multicultural melting pot that this City really is and that I’m grateful to be part of.

 

These are the TOP Festivals in London

You can easily associate the Spring and the Summer in London to many things: like the unmissable Pimm’s o clock, the overcrowded parks during the lunch break on a sunny day, or the long-awaited Bank Holidays (and long weekends too), but also with the Festival season! Here’s a round out of the top festivals in London […]

Continue Reading

Five Fantastic Festival Looks

Festival season is on its way, and with limited room in that rucksack, what to wear needs some serious consideration. Here are five fantastic looks to match these top five festivals: Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset Camp Bestival is completely family friendly, so why not take the kids for a weekend of music plus loads […]

Continue Reading

The Fog at The Tate | Fujiko Nakaya

  You may have noticed a mist of fog descending on the Tate Modern’s South Terrace. If you’ve been wondering what that was, it’s part of their new live exhibition, Ten Days, Six Nights. The new installation is from 83-year-old Japanese fog-sculptor Fujiko Nakaya, which launched officially on the 24th od March. Nakaya, who first […]

Continue Reading

Cerith Wyn Evans at The Tate Britain

Cerith Wyn Evans art Installation. Photo By Roman In London

Cerith Wyn Evans art Installation. Photo By Roman In London. A neon explosion of glow has recently been installed at the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries. Welsh Artist Cerith Wyn Evans’s new masterpiece Forms in Space…by Light (in Time) has won this year Tate Britain Commission. ‘Cerith’s installation sits beautifully within the space, unfolding as you walk through,’ explains […]

Continue Reading

Top Spring 2017 Style Inspirations

We’re there, spring has started and we can almost feel the heat (Ehm, sometimes at least). Surely, you might be wondering what are the staples items that you’ll need in your wardrobe to stand out from the crowd,  well, then you should keep on reading! 1. Bralettes This declares the end of an era: the […]

Continue Reading

My trip to India: Part 1 – PEOPLE

I have visited India a while ago, however, I do believe that it’s one of those trips that you’ll always remember and this is why I’ve decided to share my experience with you in case you’ll ever want to go, are already thinking to or simply interested in the matter. I’ve divided my Indian Tales into […]

Continue Reading

The Perfect Playsuit

black culotte jumpsuit

Playsuits are the ultimate versatile one-piece item of clothing – dressy enough to go partying in, comfortable enough to run around, dance and sit down in! Whatever your style and body type, there’s the perfect playsuit to suit you: Relaxed Summer Style A pull-on printed playsuit is the Holy grail of casual all-in-ones, ideal for […]

Continue Reading