I call myself an Italian from Down Under, born in Australia but raised for 15 years in Italy in the small region of Calabria.  Growing up in the tiny village of Messignadi, I couldn't wait to leave and become a 'city chick'.  Only when I matured, and was living far away from Calabria, did I realise how fortunate I was to be part of something so huge and pure, and that only those living there fully understand the treasures this poor land has to offer.

Once I grew up I understood that you can take the girl from Calabria, but you can't take Calabria away from the girl.