Culture
Music
Art & culture

LET THE MYTHICAL TARANTULA BITE YOU

Dear readers, some of you have been to Italy, on a short trip, or a long one, or perhaps a semester at uni. You may have WOOFed your way around Umbria, or undertaken an Artist Residency in Rome. At some stage you certainly came to the stark realisation that Spaghetti Bolognese is not a thing.

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Hayley J. Egan

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3/3/2020

Art
Art & culture

THE MADONNA OF THE MOUNTAINS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ELISE VALMBORBIDA

Elise Valmorbida’s critically acclaimed novel The Madonna of the Mountains is winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction 2019. It has been shortlisted for further literary prizes and translated into several languages.

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Raffaele Caputo

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28/2/2020

Art
Art & culture

SOPRANO PIA HARRIS REDISCOVERS LA DOLCE VITA FOR HANSEL AND GRETEL

Growing up in an Italo-Australian family, Soprano Pia Harris has fond memories of being surrounded by music and food – two essential components of the beloved Hansel and Gretel story.

Travel
Lifestyle

CASA SAN GABRIEL, WHERE DAVID AND CHRISSIE SHARE THEIR DREAM TO LIVE THE SIMPLE LIFE

Almost every day in Italy, there are stories on the radio of young Italians who left their country and travelled to Australia in search of a better life. Many rarely return, if at all. But we don’t hear as much about the Australians who have chosen to reverse the process and end of up living in Italy permanently.

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Editorial Staff

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15/2/2020

Music
Art & culture

THE TRANSCULTURAL VERSATILITY OF THE MANDOLIN

In conversation with Carlo Aonzo, leader of "Carlo Aonzo Trio" that will be performing at Co.As.It. on 7 February

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/1/2020

Culture
Art & culture

HOW TEACHING ITALIAN HELPS MY STUDENTS TO DISCOVER THEMSELVES IN THE WORLD

The teaching of modern European languages and cultures, including Italian Studies, was established within a frame that mirrored the identification of the Nation with its standard language and its canonical literature - which was almost exclusively written by white, middle- or upper-class men. This model worked on the assumption that such a structure would eventually result in a proud and stable national identity. Yet Italian identities and cultures have always been much more complex, unstable, and contradictory than such a simplified, nationalistic, classist and patriarchal model would like to admit. (Photo: Francesco Ricatti - Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in Italian, and coordinator of the Italian program at Monash University)

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Francesco Ricatti

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7/1/2020

Culture
Art & culture

THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPRESSION OF THE ITALIAN CULTURE

Around a week ago, in the main space of the Italian Cultural Institute, I was sitting in the audience amongst friends, university lecturers, guests and invitees, including the newly appointed Ambassador, and there in front of me was a 17 year old boy with no Italian background, performing a main role in a farce by Dario Fo. Listening to his fluent Italian, and noticing his confidence and well-rehearsed comic timing, I realised that Italian language and culture in Australia is cherished, and its dissemination is quite successful. The state of Italian culture in Australia is healthy. (Photo: Laura Napolitano - Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Melbourne)

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Laura Napolitano

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7/1/2020

Culture
Art & culture

HOPE AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE ITALIAN ‘GLOCAL’ GENERATIONS

When I think about the future of Italian culture in young(er) generations of Australians, I think of the role of local Italians in global concerns, a phenomonen I call ‘glocalism’! (Photo: Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli - Senior Lecturer in Social Diversity in Health and EducationSchool of Health and Social Development Deakin University)

Culture
Art & culture

THE SHIFT THE ITALIAN CULTURE UNDERGOES FROM NEWLY ARRIVED ITALIANS

Rosaria Zarro has acted as VMC Commissioner since 2017, when she was first appointed for this role by Minister for Foreign Affairs Robin Scott acting on behalf of the Daniel Andrews Labour government in Victoria.

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

7/1/2020

Culture
Art & culture

NEW CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW ITALIAN LEGACY

The Fairbridge Festival, held in May this year, took on a special Italian theme. Folk legend Riccardo Tesi and the superb Banditaliana enchanted audiences with their contemporary, virtuosic take on music from the oral tradition in central and northern Italy. (Above: Fairbridge Festival closing parade - Photo: David LeMay)

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Hayley J. Egan

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7/1/2020

Culture
Current affairs

ENSURING THE PERPETUATION OF ITALIAN STUDIES PROGRAM INTO THE FUTURE

A stones throw from the centre of Melbourne lies a suburb called Carlton. It is home to the Museo Italiano, CO.AS.IT, the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Historical Society. The bars and cafes on popular Lygon Street are diverse, some are historical establishments, with touters thrusting menus into the hands of passers by, the love projects of post-war migrants. (Above: John Hajek - Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Melbourne - Photo: David Hannah)

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Hayley J. Egan

on

7/1/2020

Music
Art & culture

IN CONVERSATION WITH ITALIAN PIANIST LUCIA BRIGHENTI

Lucia Brighenti is a young and successful Italian pianist currently touring and traveling in Australia. She has garnered numerous awards and accolades both in her native territory and abroad. Her comprehensive and ambitious musical training and professional trajectory have taken her from Italy to Mexico, to Germany, the UK, Spain, and now Australia.

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

19/12/2019

Events
Current affairs

EXACTLY HOW BIG IS MELBOURNE'S 'LITTLE' ITALY

It seems the wave of Italian migration to Australia, particularly Melbourne, just keeps getting bigger. Postwar migration saw Australia’s first Italians forming small communities around the city of Melbourne, creating “Little Italy” on Lygon street, Carlton. So, it makes sense that Carlton is the location to hold the annual Italian Festa, which unfortunately, draws fewer crowds every year. (Photo- Source freemelbourne.com.au)

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Natalie Di Pasquale

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17/12/2019

Culture
Art & culture

THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT AND SPEAK ITALIAN

The benefits of bilingual experiences in young children have been researched and documented for years. A plethora of resources exists to support parents and caregivers who are trying to establish a bilingual home for their little ones

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

1/12/2019

Culture
Current affairs

AN ACHIEVEMENT TO REFLECT ON

Committed as we are to fueling the controversy over the Italian ‘decline’ (as defined by the Italian economic newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore), we often forget about the reputation that the Italian system has earned and maintained in various sectors for several decades.

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Daniele Curto

on

1/12/2019

Music
Art & culture

ARIA AWARD-WINNING KAVISHA MAZZELLA & TRIO RITURNELLA WILL BE TAKING THE STAGE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha's original song's lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert.

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Editorial Staff

on

18/11/2019

Events
Food & wine

EMBASSY OF ITALY PRESENTS THE FOURTH EDITION OF THE "WEEK OF THE EXTRAORDINARY ITALIAN TASTE"

From 18 to 24 November, the Embassy of Italy will be hosting the fourth edition of the “Week of the Extraordinary Italian Taste”, an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation that involves all the Italian institutions abroad.

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Editorial Staff

on

15/11/2019

Art
Art & culture

CURATOR MIRIAM LA ROSA TALKS ABOUT AN EXCHANGE ARTIST RESIDENCY BETWEEN SICILY AND AUSTRALIA

Miriam La Rosa is a Melbourne University-based curator from Sicily currently involved in the cross-cultural and cross-regional artistic project “Preservation is an act of political warfare. An exchange artist residency between Sicily and Australia”. The Italian promotional, cultural organisation CO.AS.IT is hosting a documentary screening and exhibition opening on 12th November and running until the beginning of 2020. (Photo - from left to right - Kade McDonald, Jesse Gibbs, Miriam La Rosa, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, and Xena Wilson. Mondello beach, Palermo, Sicily. 28 July 2019. Photograph: Timothy Hillier)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

14/11/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - 60 FILMS FROM 23 COUNTRIES EXPLORE THE HUMAN CONDITION

The Jewish International Film Festival is in full swing and it is a fascinating time of the year for avid cinemagoers looking for films outside the mainstream, that challenge and engage all at once. Screening at a number of cinemas nationwide, the festival attracts a culturally and ethnically diverse audience and 60 films from 23 countries are classified according to 3 main categories (Feature, Series, and Documentary), thus appealing to a wide range of tastes. In Melbourne (as in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra) the festival this year runs from 23 October to 21 November and is hosted by the Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, the Lido Cinemas Hawthorn, and the Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave.

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

11/11/2019

Art
Art & culture

An immersive experience with Italian artists Veronica Piraccini: The Holy Shroud. Exclusively at SpACE@Collins in Melbourne

For 10 days only, six artworks created in response to the Holy Shroud of Turin using an ancient technique and colours of Piraccini’s own invention, invite you to embark on a historical, scientific and artistic journey whilst provoking dialogue and contemplation.

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Editorial Staff

on

31/10/2019

Music
Art & culture

Calabrian songkeeper, Mimmo Cavallaro brings the tarantella calabrese to Australian shores

For the first time in Melbourne, Mimmo Cavallaro brings us his dynamic and passionate modern mix of traditional Calabrian/Italian folk music in this one night only event! The folk music master will perform in Adelaide,Shepparton, Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong

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Daniele Curto

on

25/10/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Pavarotti - Review. A tribute to the Maestro’s soul

Ron Howard, the acclaimed director of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018), “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), “A Beautiful Mind” (2005), “Apollo 13” (1995) and many others successful movies is back to the music documentary. Now, with “Pavarotti”, the director has pushed himself in a different, unexplored world: that of Opera.

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Lucia Valeria Alfieri

on

21/10/2019

Culture
Current affairs

Stumbling stones - Italy’s culture of remembrance

Wandering through the streets of an Italian city, a contemporary visitor may occasionally come upon small golden tiles, set into the pavement and each inscribed with a name and several dates and details (‘arrested on’ and ‘deported from’) explaining the fate of someone who once lived in the given location. (Often the following words include ‘assassinated’ or ‘killed in Auschwitz’). (Photo: Stumbling stones in Turin) - Source: guidatorino.com

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Caroline Smith

on

10/10/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Special guest at 2019 Lavazza Italian Film Festival, Mimmo Calopresti talks to Segmento

Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Mimmo Calopresti, noteworthy for his 1995 drama ‘La seconda volta’ and ‘La parola amore esiste’ (1998), winners of three David Di Donatelli Awards, has excelled also in documentary filmmaking and wants to bring the lives of everyday people to the screen, shedding light on human experiences and stories that concern all of us. (Images from the Opening Night of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Melbourne: Palace Cinema Como: 20 September, 201

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

26/9/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Seductive, courageous, and heartbreakingly honest. La Nonna - Performance review

Seductive, courageous, and at times heartbreakingly honest, sell-out crowd-pleaser show La Nonna is an intimate portrayal of a young man’s journey to self-discovery benefitted by his close bond with his Italian grandmother, or nonna, and their cross-generational dialogue.

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

20/9/2019

Chefs
Food & wine

THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF FOOD

‘Italians love to celebrate, it’s in our blood, life is a celebration. We have forgotten this in many ways; it is part of our rich inheritance to celebrate. When we sit with our families across the table, time stands still. It teaches us that this is where the heart of the table is’. International Sicilian chef, Carmela D’Amore speaks with Jenna Lo Bianco.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

8/9/2019

Art
Art & culture

The inner unity of the sacred and the profane

‘From the Imprint of Jesus’ by artist Veronica Piraccini is bound to resurrect the age-old debate surrounding the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. (Photo Gabriella Carta - Veronica Piraccini in her atelier d’art in Rome)

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Raffaele Caputo

on

1/9/2019

Travel
Lifestyle

Como, Garda and Maggiore: An Insider's guide to the Italian Lakes

The Italian Lakes: Como, Garda and Maggiore and the smaller of islands of Orta and Iseo that may be lesser known but are just as beautiful. They’ve provided inspiration for writers, artists and composers. (Photos Rachael Martin)

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Rachael Martin

on

1/9/2019

Business people
Profiles

Third generation Italian-Australian Gianni Vitellone talks about personal identity and family pride

I recently chatted with Gianni Vitellone, Director of Pronto Travel/Vita Italian Tours in Collingwood, about his life and love of all things Italian. (Photo Wide Shut Photography)

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

1/9/2019

Literature
Art & culture

Meeting writer Gianrico Carofiglio at the Italian Institute of Culture of Melbourne

Gianrico Carofiglio, the multi-award winning Italian writer, translated in twenty-seven languages, visited Australia to attend the Byron Writers Festival in early August.

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'The vice of hope' by Edoardo De Angelis

Winner of two Nastro d’Argento awards and one David di Donatello award, Edoardo De Angelis’ dark and sombre Il vizio della speranza (2018) reminds of his narrative and cinematographic style in forerunner Indivisibili (released 2016 and also set in bleak and desolate Castel Volturno in the rough outskirts of Naples). - Image published in the Hollywood Reporter 17 September, 2018 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/vice-hope-1144004

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'If life gives you lemons' by Ciro D'Emilio

Lemons carry symbolic importance and become a metaphor for life in Ciro D’Emilio’s sombre but captivating debut feature and coming-of-age story Un giorno all’improvviso (2018), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival the same year as its release. (Image published in Screen Daily: 6 September, 2018 https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/if-life-gives-you-lemons-venice-review/5131972.article)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'Bangla' by Phaim Bhuiyan

Feel good movie Bangla, with high audience ratings and awarded a Nastro d’Argento for best comedy in 2019, is light-hearted while at the same time it delivers an important social and political message. (Photo published by the IFFR, 2019 https://iffr.com/en/persons/phaim-bhuiyan)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

28/8/2019

Music
Art & culture

In conversation with Tango connoisseur and member of the Melbourne Tango Orchestra, Stephen Cuttriss

Stephen Cuttriss has been praised by the media as one of “Australia’s heavyweight tango musicians” and a bandoneon player who “ignites the sonic soundscapes of Argentina on this unique instrument. He explores the roots of both urban tango and rich rural folk traditions" - Photo Stephen Cuttriss (with kind permission by Stephen Cuttriss)

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

12/8/2019

Art
Art & culture

The Art Mile - suburban beauty

120 artists have created 99 murals that have a total length of 1,260 metres, second only to the Berlin Wall. The Art Mile, inaugurated in May this year, in the Roman district of Torraccia, is an explosion of beauty and an example of how public spaces can be turned into surprising works of art. Segmento went to visit an unknown Roman area which is way out of the city’s centre, and definitely way "out of the ordinary". (Photos: Jesper Storgaard Jensen )

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Italian Cine-scapes: Urban space and architecture portrayed in 9 Movies

The Italian Cine-scapes #2 film festival, running from May to November, 2019, and co-organised by the Italian Institute of Culture and Palace Cinemas, is a visual feast awakening the senses. Running for its second consecutive year, the festival honours Italy’s past and present, celebrating its architecture, its people, and both collective and individual emotions.

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Jytte Holmqvist

on

14/6/2019

Art
Art & culture

The facetious and unproven facts about Leonardo Da Vinci's life

Leonardo da Vinci. The artist, scientist, architect, botanist, writer, historian, cartographer, inventor, in other words, the original ‘Renaissance Man’, is one of Italy’s most beloved historical figures, and this May marks 500 years since he died, reportedly wrapped in the embrace of the King of France. (Image - The Death of Leonardo da Vinci by the French artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. The painting is showing Leonardo da Vinci dying, with Francis I of France holding his head)

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Hayley J. Egan

on

28/5/2019

News
Current affairs

Italians and Cordelia syndrome

Surveys, as we know, are usually a waste of time. But the results of the YouGov demographic research, supported by English newspaper the Guardian as well as the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, are quite astonishing. (Photo Pexels)

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Daniele Curto

on

28/5/2019

Music
Art & culture

How "Il Bel Canto" mesmerized Australian Opera singer Rachael Birthisel

Rachael Birthisel, Soprano - a name you may not yet know, but certainly one to keep an ear open for. I first met Rachael close to 15 years ago at The University of Melbourne where we studied Italian together. Her journey has always been one that’s intrigued me.

by

Jenna Lo Bianco

on

28/5/2019

Culture
Art & culture

Teatro alla Scala ballet company graces Brisbane for the very first time

I was just 15 years old when I first stumbled into La Scala opera house in Milan. Truth be told, I had lost my way from the outstretched corridors of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and was in search of directions – no romantic story here at all.

by

Jenna Lo Bianco

on

6/9/2018

Culture
Art & culture

How a “Little Italian School” flourished into a big dream

Perth-based mother of three Tania Pietracatella has been enamoured with Italy and the Italian language ever since she first visited the Bel Paese on a family holiday when she was 12 years old.

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Daniele Foti-Cuzzola

on

28/12/2017

Culture
Art & culture

Federico Fellini was right

Buon appetito, buongiorno, grazie, nonna, nonno, Pasqua, Natale… If you are born into an Italian family in Australia, these words become part of your vocabulary. They were so imbedded in mine as a child, I didn’t realise there was an English equivalent.

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Natalie Di Pasquale

on

15/9/2017

Culture
Art & culture

The Italian-speaking inner voice that can't be silenced

Do you ever hear voices in your head? I do. All the time. I hear two. One voice, usually the voice of reason and control, speaks English. The other, the voice that pipes up in moments of extreme emotion and passion, speaks Italian.

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Jenna Lo Bianco

on

20/1/2017

Culture
Art & culture

Massimo Cacciari, the faithless philosopher who thinks of God

As well as achieving the status of a leading Italian academic philosopher, the 72-year old Massimo Cacciari has devoted a great deal of his life to politics, holding a seat in the Italian parliament for seven years when he was still relatively young and the office of Mayor of Venice (his native town), for three terms, the last one ended in 2010.

Culture
Art & culture

The masks we live in

In today’s society of modern man I believe that Carnevale is one of those festivities to which only few people give the proper magnitude. Yet the Carnival has deep roots in the history of humanity, and in all its manifestations, throughout the peninsula it is possible to find a common denominator: the propitiation of fertility of the land, through the exorcism of death.

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Daniele Curto

on

29/12/2015

Culture
Art & culture

The man behind the spectacular Presepio Vivente

The “presepe” or “presepio” (also known as Christmas Crib or Nativity Scene) had been for a very long time the only Christmas adornment of the Italian families, a humble and genuine way, deeply-rooted in our culture, to celebrate Jesus’s birth before the advent of Santa Claus and the decorated trees.

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Laura D'Angelo

on

25/12/2015

Culture
Art & culture

Cortesia italiana, the legacy of a forgotten past

Immediately after I met my wife the path that led me from celibacy to the conjugate status had been really short. Only a month passed away since we started dating and we were already living together; six weeks had been long enough for me to decide to propose to her (and for her to say the fateful ‘yes’); the following year for the first time in my life I was visiting Australia and my future family.

by

Daniele Curto

on

12/12/2015

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