culture

Cosmopolitan Identities

Cosmopolitan Identities

“In an era where global vision and cross-cultural competencies are critical to business success, multicultural upbringing can be far-reaching. Multilingual, highly-skilled and international experienced, they have unique skills and abilities that enable them to function more effectively in a global business environment.” Born in New York to parents of Chinese origin, Amie received her college educa... »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Bobby McDonagh, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy

It gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest wishes to Easy Milano readers on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day 2017. 2016 was an important year for the Embassy as Ireland celebrated the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which led to Irish independence, with a year-long programme of events at home and abroad. In addition to organising a ceremony to mark the start of the Rising, the Embassy w... »

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a home-cooked Shepherd’s Pie recipe. The recipe which originated in Ireland in the 18C is now a classic family recipe throughout the UK and US. Every mom has their own version and you can put your own twist by adding your favorite vegetables or cheeses. My mom always hand mashed the potatoes in large batch... »

Is an Overseas Assignment Right for You?

Is an Overseas Assignment Right for You?

The allure of an overseas assignment can be very appealing to some individuals, especially for certain destinations that are very sought after, such as London. However, it is wise to note, that some of the most unsuccessful relocations from the US, for example, are into the UK – this may seem strange, but many people feel that it will be very easy, given the language and cultural ties. If US to UK... »

Independence Day Message from  Sri Lanka Consul General

Independence Day Message from Sri Lanka Consul General

“our heartfelt appreciation for the Government and people of Italy for their generous support and goodwill …”   It gives me great pleasure to convey my warm greetings and sincere best wishes to the Sri Lankan expatriate community in the Regions of Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Piedmont, Trentino Alto Adige, Valle d’ Aosta and Veneto on this auspicious occasion of... »

Italian Style Christmas

Italian Style Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And although you may be far from home, make the most of the season with our tips on how to celebrate an Italian Style Christmas. Your beginner’s kit should include first and foremost a Nativity Scene or presepe. These are essential during the holiday season and in Italy they have historical significance. Since the times of the Etruscans people have wors... »

The Italian Bureaucracy Shuffle

The Italian Bureaucracy Shuffle

After almost 17 years in Italy, I certainly can’t say I’ve “gone native.” However, there are times that I realize just how second nature certain things have become in my day-to-day life here. I had this realization recently when speaking with an American friend who had just relocated to Italy. She was expressing frustration with the runaround she was going through in order to get a certain medicat... »

Movember 2016 in Italy

Movember 2016 in Italy

Movember the Month formerly known as November is back in Italy in numbers. For 30 days your moustache turns you into a walking, talking billboard for men’s health. In 2015 over 700,000 between moustache growing men (MO Bros) and daughters, sisters, girlfriends, wives (MO Sistas) were the catalyst for Billions of conversations on men’s health and helping, with their passion and events to rais... »

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 3 of 3)

In part two of the series, we left off discussing stage three of cultural adjustment, adaptation, in which you were beginning to reach a place of understanding and acceptance of your new culture, and you found yourself feeling more like the person you were back in your home country, but with a new twist. As that knowledge and appreciation mix with your returning confidence, you are now entering th... »

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

The Stages of Cultural Adjustment (Part 2 of 3)

In part one, we left off discussing stage two of the process of cultural adjustment, in which you were experiencing full-blown culture shock and all the frustrations and challenges that go with it. Again, this can be the most difficult stage of adapting to a new culture and the time in which it is most critical to identify and seek sources of support, ranging from friends and family, to fellow ex-... »