What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?
Absolutely nothing before I left
Expat Health Insurance
is a different breed of health plan provider. Smaller, more flexible. Intelligent and personal. Our mission is to make our members feel as safe in their new country abroad as they felt back home. With Integra Global, you're not just another number. Unlike some of the bigger insurers, we are able to provide a fast, flexible and personal service to all our members and our plans are designed specifically for the healthcare needs of expats. Get a quote from Integra Global
If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?
Learned the language after I arrived.
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
Not too much...always thought that Europe was more advanced...well some countries are but not Spain and Italy.
How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
VERY VERY significant. HUGE!!
Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?
Never was a honeymoon stage...spent 2 years in Spain but the real nightmare began when I accepted a contract to work in Sicily.
What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.
Yes, anger...frustration...drinking more, definitely depression....but I had a very very bad time when I arrived in Sicily. Palermo is not a good city to move to at all.
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
The people are so lazy that they never complain about anything. The people seem to be kind. Food is good. I do love the water and the mountains.
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
the mentality! These people are something else. Palermo is the wild wild west. Also, the loneliness. This can be a real winner!
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
To reduce culture shock you should have the following before you go:
Speak the lingo.
Try to have at least a friend or two to call on when you arrive
Research the particular area to find out what the place is like... better yet visit for a week and do some hands on research and then move there prepared.
Go with a significant other or family member so you have someone to talk to.
Permesso vs Integration Agreement
Help, help: We are in the process of renewing our PdiS for the 3rd time...all seems to be going smoothly...BUT we just received a letter from the Sportello Unico per L'Immigrazione (we are not interested in becoming Italian citizens) saying they are terminating the immigration agreement (we must have signed something back in 2014 when we first applied for res.) due to partial non fulfillment of language and civil culture...I do remember hearing at the time in order to be considered for citizenship you had to fulfill these...we didn't think that meant us. Question smart people (Sergio et al): will this affect our PdiS? We sent the docs in Aug and just had our fingerprints taken 9/24. Thank you for any input.
Post a Reply
Acquiring Lost Citizenship - Redo
Greetings All : I am currently living in Conversano Puglia to "acquire my lost citizenship" meaning I came here without an elective residency visa and I am starting the process here in the commune where my grandfather was born. Right now I can legally stay for 90 days. Some family issues are transpiring back in the US and I might have to return in a few months. With that said, is it okay to start this process (just about to send in my permesso packet and get my receipt to stay, then go to the municipality to start the residency process) knowing I might have to leave ? Will it be impossible to start the whole process over if started and then have to leave ? Thank you in advance for any input.
Post a Reply