Where are you from and where is your significant other from?
I, Angela, was born and raised in Australia, whereas Davide, was born and raised in Italy.
Where and when did you meet your significant other?
It was the year 2014 when my parents home was currently undergoing serious renovations and at this stage, they had hired a concreter with a couple of labourers... Both my mum and dad were constantly telling me about these handsome “Italian” workers - of which I had not yet met. “One has blue eyes. I think he's your type.” I assured them, neither of them would be my type as “Italian's are not my type.” Only a month earlier I had sworn never to marry an Italian. At the time, my dad was mortified and amused. Mortified because my mum is Italian and amused because, well...
It was towards the end of August and I had just come home from the Color Run looking like I had just dived into a pit of wet, multi-coloured mud that had soaked into my skin and left a faint but thick, red mustache on my upper lip as well as blue, dark circles around my eyes (see photo below!). This is how I looked when I first met Davide. Apparently his initial thought of me was “She looks like a man.”
Who made the first move?
After I had had a shower, Davide realised I don't, in fact, look like a man and he became intrigued by me. We exchanged Facebook's - my idea. I made the excuse that I would connect him with my brother who was looking for soccer players for a team. But really, I only wanted to use him for the fact that he spoke Italian. Learning Italian was always a dream for me so language exchange was my intention. Apparently, his intentions were a little different...
We agreed to catch up for dinner one night for an Italian/English night. I brought a giant pile of Italian exercise books while Davide brought a letter from his family back home and presents for me (including a pair of his favourite soccer shorts - typical – which I still have/wear to this day.) I had an inkling that he liked me but I wasn't interested. I tried to set him up with a friend which only made him work harder for my attention... In the end, I grew to like him and his romantic charm.
Where did you initially think he was from?
I knew he was Italian because my parents were constantly talking about him. Although, by looking at him, many question his background because of the blue eyes.
What was your first impression of him?
Handsome, dreamy, smooth-talker but a serious playboy. I remember sitting at lunch and exchanging Facebooks with him. His phone background was of a girl sitting on his shoulders and he told me she was “only a friend”... Then later I noticed his Facebook stated he was “In a relationship”. I immediately assumed the distance between Italy and Australia allowed him to be a sneaky, unfaithful boyfriend. I later learnt the girl on his shoulders was in fact, his best friend and he never changed his Facebook status from a previous relationship.
Dish on the first kiss!
It was our first official date. We'd just dined out at a Greek restaurant and once we had finished, we crossed the road to the beach. He had just chased off a fox (my hero!) and we had seated ourselves on the beach, drawing faces on our legs with sand, when he dove in for a kiss. As a teenager, I always dreamed of my first-ever-kiss to be on the beach, under the stars with some romantic hunk. Better late than never I guess!
Where do you live now?
We're currently living in my home country, Australia.
Have you learnt each other’s languages?
When we first met, we were living in Australia, so it made sense for us to focus on Davide learning English which he as done so well... Maybe too well because now he is losing his beautiful accent (noooo!). But now it's my turn to learn Italian and have been doing so for many years. I definitely furthered my skills while living in Italy which was a bonus!
Any advice to “mixed” culture couples or couples doing long-distance?
Be open-minded. If you're partner likes something, try it. You might surprise yourself.
I cannot speak for long-distance couples but dating someone of another culture can be difficult so be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. But every second is worth it.
Submitted by Angela.
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A huge, heartfelt thanks to Angela and Davide for sharing their love story with us.
Vi auguro tante belle cose. xoxo
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