replied to the thread italian lost in canada
on the Italy forum on May 25, 2013:
Hi, I am an italian stuck in canada. I am looking to move to italy, "i think", just looking for other canadains living in italy now who might be able to give me some advice on how they made the move and some what point me in the right direction.
My husband and I are back and forth between Canada and Sicily. At the moment we are mostly in Canada and part of the year in Sicily but as soon as we retire it will be about half and half. We are not going to be looking for work as we will be living on a pension. It seems to me that most of the expats I know who are in Italy are either teaching English or they have started their own businesses. I know of several who will buy a wreck of a house, fix it, and then flip it. The south is the best place to do this as they are much cheaper here - especially in Sicily. We bought our place for €27,000 and it didn't need much work.
replied on May 24, 2013 with:
I do have duo citizenship as I carry an italian passport. I no longer use my canadian as it is expired. I know it is difficult to find a job over there, but it is also difficult to find work here as I live in London Ontario and its' unemployment rate is through the roof. The so called american dream is nonexistent lol. I am single, no attachements to canada and the majority of my family lives in italy, and I need a change of life style. I have no college or univeristy degree and do expect to become a lawyer or doctor just would like a regular job and enjoy life they way that I've seen when I was over there. Caccicco, are you still in canada or have you relocated to italy? And, would you have any advice as to how I would find employment, any type of employment when I get there?
posted Petrol & Diesel
on the Italy forum on May 23, 2013:
replied to the thread Car Buying Process
on the Italy forum:
This is another one of my, "Gee, I wonder how this is done in Italy." When I move to Italy I will need a car -- one that is practical, as economical with gas as possible, and not tiny, but small enough to park on public streets. Not only do I not know what type of car I should buy; I know nothing about the buying process in Italy. I only know that I dread the process in the U.S. Does one do much haggling on car prices in Italy? I also confess that I am not simpatico with Italians that love their cars (like many Americans too.) My ego is not wrapped up in my car's image and I just want reasonably comfortable transportation. Please give me some idea how the car buying process is different from the US and what tips you may have for a successful undertaking. OMG, I haven't even begun to think about car insurance. YIKES!
It was an adventure, for sure. The test was hard since I am far from fluent.
AnnaKati, that was valuable information that I will take with me to Italy. Good to know once you establish residency that you can buy the car and drive with a US license (or Int'l Drivers license) for a year while prepping for the Italian license. This will be an adventure, I'm sure.
posted New Expat Tip Tool
on the Italy forum on May 14, 2013:
SOOOO appreciate all you do Betsy. I am retiring to Italy this year and know nothing about what to expect! Im trying to find other retirees who might like to be part of a group of us from America or Australia [wherever]. Surely making the move within a group would be easier in dealing with the obvious culture shock to be expected!
Thank you for the article. I'm considering Portugal and France, and have noted the areas you mention.
I would like to ask if anyone has ever had there child attend this school?.
1. If so what was your experiences?
2. Is it professional?
3. Do children follow an English education system?
4. Does the school have a high staff turnover?
5. Are classrooms always active and monitored and taught by schoolteachers?
6. Do they have fully equipped facilities? e.g science and maths equipment?
7. Do children progress and is their learning support in mother tongue english?
8. Do they follow european standards quality of teaching?
Many thanks for any feedback.
Forget about Bloom, send him to Bocconi......