About Unwilling Expat

In good times and bad, Sicily is the superlative of Italy. – Edmond Charles Roux (1966)

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My name is Rochelle Del Borrello and I am a writer, translator, blogger and journalist from Perth, Western Australia. I have a complex relationship with my adopted island home of Sicily, Italy and I still have much love for my antipodean home, even if it is too far away from everywhere.

Originally I began writing about the difficulties of being an accidental or unwilling expat in Sicily but now I think my life has become more about accepting and embracing life here.

So why was I such an Unwilling Expat? It wasn’t my intention to move away from home to start a new life overseas. I leapt into it for the sake of love and adventure.

Now after nearly fifteen years of living in Sicily things are less adventurous and I am looking for ways of appreciating this expat existence, sharing the difficulties and exploring the madness that is Italy, while also feeling as if I am part of the insanity.

I’m constantly surprised, overawed and infuriated with life in Italy so there will always be material to keep me blogging, perhaps forever…
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Since my journey has taken me beyond my unwillingness I have decided to change my blog’s name and I am in the process of shedding my skin and becoming a new version of myself on a new site:

As of January 2015 I will be blogging from:
Thank you for following me on my adventures and I hope you will continue to check in on my new WordPress identity.
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