Like Penelope Green in the famous novel "When in Rome", Michelle Di Pietro leaves everything, career, home, family and friends to chase the infamous Italian dream and finally live the "dolce vita". (Photo Courtesy of Michelle Di Pietro)
Finally, after one year and a half of living my dream in Australia, I decided it was time to go back home to see my family and friends, and to enjoy the Italian summer in my hometown Stigliano, Basilicata!
Her Facebook page has nearly 300,000 followers from all over the world; her videos on Youtube are widely clicked: she is known as the web’s best ever Nonna. She’s a little over a metre tall and 80 years old but her smile and charisma are explosive. So is her attitude to certain things; tattoos is one, she hates them.
The first step for students or temporary residents after their arrival in Australia is finding a place to live in – usually a single room, a room to share or, for those who can afford it, an apartment or a house.Often, the rush to settle or the fear of losing a place that is readily available induce wrong decisions – for example, to accept a lease “in nero” (paying cash) or to pay the deposit before signing the contract.
88 days, few less than three months, are required to apply for a farm job to get the renewal of the second Working Holiday visa. Three months not necessary to have the opportunity to stay in the country for another year and to “live the dream”.
The healthcare system in Australia – Medicare – is of a high standard. It is no surprise that the country’s population claims one of the highest life expectancies in the world.