The important thing is that she’s an Italian girl in her 30’s who has been living in Australia for 10 years, and she’s STILL trying to work out the rather large cultural gaps when it comes to dating, courtship, and social protocols in general. Her situation gives her a unique perspective that, in my opinion, is very instructive for foreign men in Italy hoping to “get lucky” with Italian girls.Pay attention, fellas, because we are doing it all wrong! Canada, and other “Anglo” countries, probably including Northern Europeans, as well.But even if your relationship ends up in failure, down the line you will value what you learned. I frequently noticed her peculiar gesture whenever I talked to my parents on the phone.Setting the personal qualities aside, any expatriate is also a vessel of beliefs, attitudes, customs, and mainly, surprises. After a few occasions, I asked her why she stared at me that way.
On one level, I totally agreed with her, but there was something about her opinions that just didn’t quite square with my experiences. She didn’t mention her real name, and I wouldn’t reveal it anyway.And lesson number 3: Just be yourself and face the cultural differences with an open mind. You never fully discover your culture’s shortcomings until you date a Latino.Of course, cultural clashes can be a disheartening experience. As soon as I emigrated to the US, I dated an American girl.Well, I already knew that we were doing it wrong, but this reader explains “how.” I guess I should also point out that this discussion mostly includes Italian women with men from Australia, the U. Men from other parts of Mediterranean Europe or South America might not struggle as much. So what I’d like to do here is to present her comments, and then offer my observations in response.Without further ado, gentlemen (and curious ladies), I give you the reader known only as “Female G” from Perth. I am an Italian woman in my late 30’s living in Australia.