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  • Learning the Local Language

    Published January 10th by ErinAbroad
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    When you become an expat, you have a lot to learn. Not only are you confronted with an unfamiliar location with its own environment, climate, culture, and people, but most likely a different language, too. If you are not fluent in the local language, you might end up feeling like an outsider. Listening to a conversation, you feel like you’re watching a movie without any sound: you might get the gist of what is going on around you, but you don’t understand everything.

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  • Non ci sono problemi! - No problem!

    Published December 24th, 2016 by Stef Smulders
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    In 2008 we moved to Italy and bought a house to start our B&B Villa I Due Padroni. This post tells how we found the house, an adventure on its own …

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  • Helpful Tips when visiting Vatican City

    Published December 19th, 2016 by Evelin Gutierrez
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    You are headed to Rome! On top of your list for places to visit is Vatican City, the smallest state in the world and centered in Rome. Hopeful to see Pope Francis or go to the Vatican museum when you’re there? Here are some helpful tips when visiting.

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  • Expat Spotlight: Valerie's Top 3 Tips for Basilicata

    Published December 19th, 2016 by Valerie Fortney
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    My husband and I moved to Basilicata about five years ago, a sort of “reverse immigration” to the land my grandmother’s family left about 100 years ago. We love the rugged landscapes and incredible hospitality, along with a slow Old World lifestyle that is quickly fading (even in other parts of Italy). It’s the kind of place where neighbors help each other, give from their gardens and wine cellars, and hold tightly to their traditions while being “modern” too.

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  • Dating in Rome

    Published December 12th, 2016 by John Henderson
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    If “Roman Holiday” dealt with true romance in Rome, the scene would have Peck ogling another woman on the sidewalk, Hepburn performing a fair imitation of the Heimlich maneuver and Peck careening his scooter right into the Trevi Fountain. They’d surface scratching and screaming, two soaked, soon-to-be ex-lovers wondering why they keep putting up with each other.

    John Henderson shares what he has learned about dating in Rome.

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  • Thanksgiving in the Etruscan Countryside

    Published November 30th, 2016 by Susie White
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    Americans living in Italy, no matter our differences, seem to have one thing in common: we all miss Thanksgiving. Our Italian friends are also quite fascinated by our holiday and all of the incredible (and unusual to them) foods and recipes we prepare. Since the fourth Thursday of November (for some very odd reason, wink wink) isn’t a holiday in Italy, I’d say most of us who actually do celebrate Thanksgiving, do so on the weekend.

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  • Expat Spotlight: Tim’s Top 3 Tips for Sicily

    Published November 16th, 2016 by Tim TenClay
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    Tim TenClay lives in Sicily (Palermo) where he is a husband of one wife, father of two daughters, and pastor of three churches – two of which are bilingual and seeking to find a well-balanced integration of members from Africa, Europe, and North America.

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  • A Californian Native Experiences an Earthquake in Italy

    Published November 15th, 2016 by Evelin Gutierrez
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    I didn’t know what it meant to feel an earthquake on foreign soil. As a Californian, earthquakes happen regularly. You can say I am used to seismic activity but in Italy I have come to understand there is a massive difference and risk.

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  • Should you ship your car abroad?

    Published November 9th, 2016 by PSS International Removals
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    The decision to move abroad sets in motion a period of months of organisation and decision making. Many questions will be raised about how to orchestrate your move and what to take.

    Your car presents one of the thorniest questions – is it better to take your car with you, or sell it and buy another set of wheels when you arrive in your chosen country?

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  • Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Umbria

    Published November 9th, 2016 by ErinAbroad
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    Views, villas, and the almighty olive are on display in this beautiful pet-friendly accommodation in Umbria.

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