Maria Grazia Galati is one of the two founders of PassaParola, a reference magazine of the Italian community in Luxembourg. Sara Coggiola, our Italian ambassador, presents this bubbly and very active women in Luxembourg through a comprehensive and entertaining interview!
Interview of Maria Grazia Galati, italian and living in Luxembourg
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Milan. I lived and worked in many countries. I am a journalist, publicist. I have been living in Luxembourg since 2001, here together with my friend and colleague Paola Cairo, I founded the Italian Magazine PassaParola. We also broadcast a programme called Voices by PassaParola on Radio Ara. I am also a TV author and published books – nursery rhymes, a prize winning novel book dedicated to women, various monographies and tourism guides.
My son, who is 20, is presently in Canada studying Cinematography.
I have three main passions: dancing, cooking and the seaside. I dream about living in a house on the beach, possibly in Italy, a simple and hidden place where I can breath and smell the seaside.
What inspired you to found PassaParola Magazine?
I become aware of a gap in the Italian community of Luxembourg, and I wanted to give her a voice, an identity and be their cultural mirror.
What kind of values the magazine and the radio programme fulfill in your life, other than your career?
I consider the magazine my other child. Bringin it to life allowed my career of journalist to move a step forward, to become a publisher and editor-in-chief. I really appreciate being able to freely create, decide and choose, while respecting the audience and the ethical rules involved. This great work, celebrated on the 10th anniversary of the magazine issue, uplifted my professional satisfactions.
How do you consider the Italian community in Luxembourg, and how is different from the others you had the chance to met abroad?
It is variegated, a genuine sample of the population who lives in our homeland. This is peculiar to every Italian community in the world. What really differs is the way Italians blend each other with the host country, because determined by its culture, habits and rules.
What meaning has for you the Italian cultural identity?
The ability of distinguish ourselves as Italians and to integrate with citizens of the host country.
Can you give us 3 adjectives to describe your life in Luxembourg?
Interesting, lively, constructive.
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived to Luxembourg?
The general level of wealth of the citizens, clean public places, general order and pragmatism, the fast efficiency when doing bureaucracy paperworks, too cold weather at my personal perception.
Tell us one thing that you would miss of Luxembourg if you had to live the country tomorrow.
All the people I have met so far, who become dear friends.
Your favourite place in Luxembourg?
A square near Rue de la Paix, is a relazing place with small ponds and a gazebo.
What feeling do you have when your are in this place?
I feel nostalgic because it represents a nice and important period of my life.
Your secret address in Luxembourg?
The streets around my former house in Bonnevoie.
Your favourite district in Luxembourg?
What do you like to do with your children in Luxembourg?
My son used to attend scout meetings and had the opportunity of practicing many sports. It’s a great country for families with young children.
Talking about food did your way of cooking changed since your arrival to Luxembourg?
Absolutely not ! I always brought with me traditions and recipes of my family. I cook exclusively italian dishes, using ancient methods.
Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?
I often opt for Italian or Greek cuisine.
Can you give me one word in your language that is impossible to translate to other languages.
Let us discover a bit more about yourself…
If you were a business in Luxembourg what would you be?
If you were a power what would you be ?
Power of love
If you were a book what genre would you be ?
A nursery rhyme book
If you were a season what would you be?
If you were a spice what would you be?
If your were a shoe what you would be ?