There's one thing that's really confronted me in Europe - not the languages, or the right-hand driving, or the complicated shower fittings - but simply the empty paddocks.
At home I look out the window and see pigs, cattle, sheep, ducks, the neighbours' horses, goats and alpacas. At night you can spy wallabies, possums, rabbits, and the occasional owl or devil.
After a few days in Italy I got pretty desperate to see some black pigs, but they were hard to track down.
The black pig that's native to the Parma area has a similar story to the Wessex Saddleback - it lost popularity when agriculture became more intensified, but has had a come-back in the last decade or so.
However, finding a market for the meat hasn't been easy, and many farmers have given up on their black pigs.
So I was thrilled when we made contact with some free range black pig farmers who were very willing to spend time talking pigs with us.
Thank you to Yoli Meneghetti and Giacomo Belli from Agriturismo Ca del Fuoco. Film production by Bronwyn Purvis.