Moving to Italy

Dreaming of exporting yourself to the Bel Paese? Here are some thoughts and resources on doing just that.

Vacationers in Italy exist in something of a bubble, where they think they’re experiencing something of authentic Italian life without getting close. They may eat differently, spend their time differently, focus on different things – but ultimately, they’re on holiday and they’re not engaging in any of the routine daily […]

Getting Used to Food Differences in Italy

Well, apparently I’ve been working toward living in the wrong European country. Either that, or my Outer European is the dominant one here and my Inner European has learned to keep her damned mouth shut. Really, though, my favorite color is orange, so maybe there’s something to this… Your Inner […]

My Inner European is Dutch

Even if you’re prepared for culture shock, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less, well, shocking. And, as we’re learning already, it begins even before you’ve left the comfort of home. Take, for instance, the Italian tendency toward procrastination. It’s well-documented, and we’ve read about it – there’s […]

Expat Roadblocks: Experiencing Culture Shock at Home