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  • How Italy Has Changed Me

    Published May 3rd, 2016 by John Henderson
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    When some of the few English-speaking Italians approach me in Rome, without me saying a word, they address me in English. It’s as if I’ve got U.S. flag pin the size of a license plate hanging over my neck. After two years and three months here, I wonder how much I’ve really changed. I blend in Rome like a Starbucks souvenir shop.

    While I can’t change my face, ruddy complexion and brown hair, I have experienced changes elsewhere. Inside I am a different person than when I took that one-way flight from Denver in January 2014.

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  • Giving Birth and New Parenthood in Milan

    Published March 21st, 2016 by Karen Rigatti
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    If you are an expat living abroad, the news of impending first-time parenthood brings with it its own brand of hurdles, stresses and, yes, joys. So, if you’re an expecting expat, you know that having a baby outside your home country will be different than it would be back home, but knowing how it will be different can take you from feeling stressed and overwhelmed, to a state of calm preparedness. “Different” doesn’t have to be scary, and knowing what to expect – and what to ask for – will go a long way toward paving a smooth road to delivery

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  • Call her Hamlet

    Published March 14th, 2016 by Elizabeth Wahn
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    Ever hear of a female production of “Hamlet?” In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The English Theatre of Rome is offering one that shows how far we’ve come theatrically since the Bard penned his greatest masterpiece.

    This spring producer Gaby Ford and director Douglas Dean are staging “Hamlet” with an all female cast that includes Alashiya Gordes in the lead role, Georgia Darell as Horatio, and Nadia Caretto as Ophelia.

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  • 31 Things an Insider Loves about Rome

    Published February 22nd, 2016 by ErinAbroad
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    After 39 years as a sports, travel and food writer, John Henderson retired in January 2014 and moved to Rome. After 2 years in the city he is still finding a lot to love.

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  • Two Worlds, One Relationship

    Published February 13th, 2016 by Karen Rigatti
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    Do you have a partner who enriches your worldview? And do you often experience frustration stemming from different points of reference, different societal norms and countless different cultural nuances? In my counseling practice, I work with many intercultural couples who find that in spite of enjoying the richness of two worlds in their relationship – and often two or more languages – they are also struggling with how to bridge the gap.

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  • Buying and Selling property in Italy - A Team Endeavor

    Published January 15th, 2016 by Donald Carroll
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    A dynamic couple from Chicago found a villa they wanted to buy in Montepulciano, Italy. Their real estate agent there had them sign a Proposta di Acquisto (offer to purchase) to send to the seller giving the price they wanted to pay and had them make out a check for Euro 5,000 in the name of the seller. The seller accepted, collected her check, and the deal became irrevocable. The agent asked the couple for his fee of 3% of the purchase price and they paid.

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  • What to do w/your Expat Child in Summer?

    Published January 9th, 2016 by SuperCamp Italy
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    Or…what I did last summer. Bringing 21st Life Skills & Learning to kids 10-18!
    By running the only Quantum Learning SuperCamp in Europe.

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  • La Befana Vien di Notte....

    Published January 5th, 2016 by Susie White
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    Tomorrow is the Epiphany, a legal holiday in Italy. But, thanks to Italian folklore, this holiday is more than likely called ‘La Befana’ by most people. The Befana, an old lady who flies on a broom the night between the 5th and 6th of January, brings gifts to good children and pieces of coal (sugar) to those that weren’t quite so good.

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  • Scambio in Italy - More than an Exchange

    Published November 3rd, 2015 by John Henderson
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    Scambio is Italian for “exchange.” I meet an Italian who wants to learn English. We talk Italian for an hour and then English for an hour and correct each other along the way. However, one of my first language lessons in Rome was how to ask for said language lesson. Technically, scambio in Italian vernacular usually refers to a sexual swap. I tried calling it a scambio di lingua but while lingua means “language,” it also means “tongue.” That became problematic — and a bit dangerous — when asking women.

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  • Falling Back

    Published October 22nd, 2015 by Susie White
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    Remember that this Sunday, October 25th, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time in Europe, so set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

    As usual, the US will ‘fall back’ one week later.

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