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Tag Archives: Friendship

Life according to Anna: best friends and diamonds are forever and my best friend shines bright like a diamond!

24 Nov

Hello readers,

I feel completely disorientated and a bit empty right now, my best friend came to visit and we spent nearly four days together 24/7 and now that she has gone back to Italy I feel…strange, and I feel that something is missing in my life. Me and my best friend Anna (so easy we even share a name!) have been best friends for nearly five years and of course with the fact that nearly four years ago I moved abroad the friendship has grown even stronger but probably because we are used to see each other not very often when I fly back home now spending a few days together doing everything, shopping, cooking, drinking, laughing, even gardening…now that she is not is here I feel so confused. The soundtrack of our days was Unapologetic from Rihanna and I do know that my Anna shines bright like a diamond in the sky!

Countdown to Christmas has started…only a month away and I cannot wait to go back to celebrate with my family (and Anna) and I can’t wait to celebrate my Christmas on Boxing day with my husband ( I need help with presents please I am absolutely stuck!) and I can’t wait even more to go away again on the 27th December…have a good weekend you all!

Xxx

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A wedding to go to, a suitcase to pack, a trip abroad and a wedding anniversary to celebrate, all in a few days!!!!

12 Jul

I woke up so excited this morning, today my best friend is getting married!!!! The strange thing is I am the witness and I am over excited and the bride….is extremely calm right now, good for her!!!

I found this gorgeous card for them, I think is nice because it does kind of insert my culture on their wedding day…with an old fiat 500!

So I have a few hours to go and I have to do the ironing, pack the suitcases for me and my husband for our Saint Tropez weekend …. Need to get dressed have my new short hair done….and pray for good weather! Yesterday it was so bad here, sun, storm, sun,storm that when I went back in office I was soaked to head to toe no kidding! At the moment is 20 degrees sunny and it supposed to stay, pleaseeeeeeeee stay!!!

(the dress I am going to wear for today really doesn’t come out well in pictures…but I love it!)

I will probably post some snaps later on facebook and twitter, I will try to update the blog over the weekend but we might be busy in Saint Tropez….me reading 50 shades of grey and my husband falling asleep on the sun lounger!!!

xxxxx

The adventures of Anna, an Italian girl feeling alone in her “nearly” home country! Friend-dating anyone?

13 Apr

A few days ago I found an interesting article in Grazia, my favourite magazine, and I recognized myself straight away while reading it. This article is titled Er, will you be my friend? And it explains the story of Rachel, New Yorker born that at 25 years-old moved to Chicago to live with her fiancé, now husband, and how she struggles to meet new friends. I thought I was reading my story, just set in the US instead than in the UK!

The only difference between me and Rachel is, I have not started yet to friend-dating…I do struggle so much with meeting people in England, in over three years I have been here I have met amazing people, thanks to the wives and girlfriends of my husband’s friends (it does sound a bit like WAGs), I met an amazing girl here that I can consider my British best friend to whom I wish all the joy of this world on her engagement…but still, sometimes, I struggle, I want to meet more people, and make friendships. I notice that when I go shopping (on my own) I even try to chat up the person who works at the cashier in Zara, H&M, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, male or female does not matter… today I even did at Steamer Trading cook shop in Brighton, I bought a kitchen scale and when I was about to pay the girl at the cashier asked me if everything was ok, if I found what I was looking for etc, I thought How nice! So I started to chat her up saying Yes I found the scale I wanted but I wanted to buy the vintage style one but my husband does not like so I am buying this one…the girl very nice went blank for a few seconds, probably thinking:

WHY are you telling me this? And she replied politely…I mean what did I do wrong with trying to do a bit of conversation? I was not going to ask her out anyway!!! Is it the language barrier, is it the different culture or is it something else? It cannot be the language barrier, my strong Italian accent we all know is strong but it’s very understandable when I speak, it is not only the usual stereotype that British people are not friendly and Italian people are…because thinking about Rachel Tutto il mondo e’ paese (all the world is a town, everywhere is the same, like my good old grandmothers would say) because it happens the same ANYWHERE, Chicago, Brighton and Hove and God knows where else! WHY grown up people do not want meet new people and they just want stay in the circle of known friends instead than expand new horizons? Sometimes I could do with another British friend or a couple more….you know just fancy to see my best friend for a coffee in my situation could be an expensive double espresso… flying to Italy just for a quick meeting! Or I could do with a friend while shopping instead than use an imaginary one…luckily I learnt how to control myself from my compulsive hysteric lonely shopping : I try anything that gets my attention, go to the changing room, try all on and think about … what would someone else say about? Today as you can see I tried a pair of orange faded skinny jeans with zip on the ankles and a pair of Chanel inspired mint green shorts in Zara…luckily my imaginary best friend said no!

But luckily he/she did not say no to my Versace style or sofa cover inspired tops from H&M!!!

Going back to the article on the friend dating…if anyone feels lonely like Rachel or Anna, in the south east of England area….please let’s meet up!!! 🙂

xxx

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