Well, we have been in Italy for four years now! Woo hoo! And we still love it.
I was recently reading another American expat’s blog. She was writing about how too many expats write pretty, little the-food-is-good, here-are-some-pretty-pictures-blogs instead of blogs about more of the realities of life in Italy, like corruption or politics. And I know my blog falls right into that first category.
I think that it is important to realize that there are as many expat experiences as there are expats. The difference is in each situation. My experience, even as a dual citizen, is that Ben and I are still treated by Italians like we are on a long vacation. Even after four years. Why is this? Because we live outside a small town on an isolated farm, some days (sometimes MANY days) we see no one else but each other. Our Italian is still not fluent. (Oh I know even after 4 years. How bad is that!) Neither of us are working or attending school or have a child in school. We rented a furnished house that had all the utilities connected in the owners’ name so we just pay the bills. And we live in a fairly modern, well educated, well run part of Italy. We really have not encountered corruption or real difficulties. On the other hand, I think that I have done my fair share of writing about how life for us really is. And some of the problems that we face. I guess we are fortunate that there have been so few.
However, I can see that someone trying to work or start a business or restore a house or anything that involves government interaction would have a much different story to tell. We just avoided those things. And I know that we could be more involved here in Italy. But hey, if I was still living in the US would I be more involved there? Doubt it! Been There, Done That, Have the Tee-Shirt to prove it!
I’m old. Until we moved here, I have worked part time or full time since I was 14. I want to eat good food, take pretty pictures and enjoy my life how ever much is left of it. So that is how this blog will continue.
Have a glass of wine and drink a toast to us, please. Along with this dog, Nerone, we are very lucky!