Yeees, I am still here! Just took a “small” break from my blog to focus totally on my Italian life. I have had a lot to do in other words. Learning the language, several projects with brands, deadlines and private life. And oh, also dealing with everything that´s going on in my head above all that. Damn, I didn´t think moving to another country would be that crazy. I´m just gonna be honest with you guys, not everything is a dance on roses here. But I´m still settling down, so… hopefully the future is bright. And oh, I finished my Italian school today, so… YEEEY! Finally summer break for me too.

I have lived in Italy since January, and I have to say that I am not as homesick as I thought I would be. Yeah, of couse, I miss some things like my family and friends, and also some “Makrell i tomat” from Stabburet of course, haha. But apart from that, and all the odds I have experienced while living here, it´s actually kind of ok.
The vibe is different around here, and so am I. It´s actually difficult to move to another country where the people have a totally different way of living and acting. Everything goes so fast, and things are kind of chaotic around here. I am used to Norway, even thought I am Bulgarian. Bulgaria and Italy are kiiind of similar. But yeah, things are much more different than I thought. There are both good and bad days here too, believe it or not. It´s not all like in the movies, music videos or books. And it´s a totally different thing to live here than to be on a lovely vacation. Don´t get me wrong now, I love Italy, and all it´s amazing views, food and experiences, but it´s just that life here is a bit different than what I am used to. You have to experience it yourself to understand. I know that one can´t always get what one imagines, but that´s alright, makes it all somehow more exciting.

So, the language. It is a bit difficult to learn Italian, to be honest.. Everything went on in Italian at the language school, and we were not allowed to speak English during the lessons. It´s a good way to learn, but sometimes it´s was a bit confusing. Still tho, I love Italian language, and I really want to learn it as fast as possible, so I can start living, working and socializing with locals. It has always been my dream to speak this beautiful language.

One of the negative things I have experienced is the transport. Oh my, what a system they have here in Italy. Seriously tho.. I´ve been halv an hour (or more) late for my lessons several times. Half of the trains are cancelled and the other half are delayed by 15-30 minutes. I mean, can you even imagine? And oh, they cancel the train like 10 minutes before the train has to arrive, or they change platforms 2 minutes before the train arrives. I just don´t know how many times I have ran like an idiot around the train station, or how much time and nerves I have waisted waiting. It really has been one heck of a ride with the transport here, and not least, incredibly tiring. How do even people get to work every day? I´m not gonna even mention the local transport. Another thing that is taking it´s time is the post. For the post to arrive it takes tripple the time than usual. You get the deal. Anyways, guess I´ll just have to get used to it.

When it comes to work I have gotten a lot out of my stay so far. I have met and collaborated with several interesting international brands, visited showrooms and experienced Milan Fashion Week. So it has been a blast so far, but I also have to admit that it has also been a bit difficult to get into the fashion industry here, and I am still working on it. Still I am really pleased with what I have accomplished so far, and more is coming! It´s all just sooo exciting!

People are usually asking me why I moved here, and left the good life in Norway where everything is almost perfect. And to be honest I kind of get them now, but one thing Italy has that Norway doesn’t is the unique creativity in everything. The art, food, fashion, buildings, history, etc. Come on, we are talking about Italy here. Norway has other goods, and also negative sides of course. Every country has it´s pros and cons.

Anyways, apart from the transport, everything else is great! I´m not gonna go into personal stuff, but I am living my Italian dream by eating pasta or pizza 5 times a week + amazing/fresh gelato, visiting beautiful places, getting inspired, connecting with Italian brands and agencies, discovering new shops, challenging my personal style, and basically just enjoying it all when things are good. So I´m not gonna give up and move back to Norway just because I had a hard start. This is only the beginning, and I believe in change! I believe that with time everything will come into place and that awesome things will start happening.

And yes, I am back! But everything will change a bit around here, so stay tuned. Things are about to get spicy.

 

– N