No matter where you are, if you need to call a foreign country, it’s pretty easy to understand you’ll need to add a country code. But if your mobile plan or landline contract limits the type of calls included, you might need to know which numbers are landlines and which are cellphones, otherwise you could find yourself a horrendous bill at the end of the month, or with no credit on your mobile phone.
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I’m a British expat, I moved to Italy from London in 1985! I’ve been married to an Italian/Swiss national since 1990 and have always lived in Como, half a mile from the border with Switzerland. I do various jobs for a living: English teacher, translator, freelance journalist, editor, photographer; I have published hundreds of travel, arts and general interest articles accompanied by my photos in numerous magazines, mostly inflight magazines, I like the idea of my stories flying around the world.
Recent reports suggest that there are over 3.4 million British people living abroad, which is 7% of the overall British population. One of the major reasons for this is the weather. Roughly 1000 people leave the UK every day in search of sunnier climes and a higher standard of living. Of these 1000 people, over 40% are usually British citizens and most choose to relocate to either Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, the US or UAE.
Although the UK has some beautiful countryside and stunning coastlines throughout the country, the weather defines how often we get to enjoy the outdoors. Even during the summer, there is no guarantee that we’ll be able to visit our favourite beach due to either wind or rain often destroying our best-laid plans.
Jasmine is a born-and-raised second-generation Canadian on the Western part of Canada in Edmonton, Alberta. She studied Italian and Pharmacy at the University of Alberta and practiced for one year after graduating before hanging up her dispensing jacket and picking up her suitcases (and a one-way ticket to Italy). Jasmine moved to the beautiful city of Bergamo in Northern Italy in December 2013 for the age-old reason of love (her fiancé Massi is a born-and-raised bergamasco!) and at the ripe old age of 26. She, like every expat, is currently a self-proclaimed blogger and private conversational English teacher. In her spare time, she reads, paints, and writes about Italy.
Helping others bypass architectural barriers in Venice.
Those who have visited Venice, or other historical centers throughout Italy, know how difficult it can be to get around town. Lugging suitcases and pulling strollers over bridges or perhaps touring about in a wheelchair can be trying, if not impossible. Yet, to have access to and freely move about is a right for all, and for persons with disabilities it’s a right sanctioned by the United Nations Organization.
Still, when a person with disabilities dreams about riding in a gondola the realization of that desire is difficult and at times out of the question. Like all people who fall for Venice’s mystery and charm, those whose mobility requires the aid of a wheelchair...
Originally from the UK, we have been living in Italy for over three and a half years. We consider ourselves very fortunate as this is the second time we can do the ‘Expat experience’. Just over 25 years ago we embarked on our first adventure when we moved to Portugal, our home, for nearly nine years. This time, using lessons learnt from our first experience; older and maybe wiser, we have tried to embrace the opportunity to discover, learn about and appreciate another culture, language and country in Parma.
One of the things you’ll probably remember fondly after a visit to central Italy are the beautiful stone pine trees, also known as umbrella pines, that make so many landscapes unforgettable. Sadly, this beautiful tree has a very shallow root system and during high winds they often fall victim, sometimes causing victims themselves. Last week’s exceptionally high winds caused hundreds of trees to fall, all over the central regions. Consequently, many towns are going to have to rethink what type of trees to plant in urban areas, as surely these trees can be as dangerous as they are beautiful.