What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
1 year +
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There is a huge expat community that comes from all over the world because of the JRC in Ispra. There are many clubs, events, etc. organised through the Welcome Desk (JRC), the Club House (JRC) and other groups affiliated with the research centre. These are not held in Angera, but in Ispra and neighbouring towns.
To meet locals and integrate is quite difficult. There are local community programs that organise classes for Italian speakers/ residents for skills such as italian language, painting, rowing and masters swim clubs. These local community programs are offered by each individual town/ city and must be searched for by contacting the commune or provincia.
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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
The locals of Angera are quiet, tolerant and private which translates to them being polite but guarded with any new comers and also with longer term residents who are not locals. I'm not able to comment on racial tolerance but generally they seem tolerant of culturally diverse people. They are not a diverse group (locals) and are generally italian, well off (there is no community housing or lower- class) and there is a large percentage of seniors in the population.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Expats mostly work at the JRC Ispra and Whirlpool near Varese. Most expats come because of contracts/ jobs already acquired. Work for partners of these expats is very difficult to find and in order to get English teaching work you must go to Milano, Varese or teach privately to people in the surrounding villages. I am not aware of any expats working in other fields in the area, regardless of their Italian language proficiency or professional background.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Locals are very private and seem to work and socialise amongst themselves with little desire to interact with expats.
There aren't many social meeting places (piazzas, bars, or other) to meet up and in the evenings after 7 or 8pm the city is very, very quiet.
During the day the many sports clubs are teeming with locals and tennis courts, rowing clubhouses and pools in other villages are always full.
As for expats, they generally come from neighbouring villages to meet at the lakefront for aperativos or dinner. There are two distinct groups (expats/ locals) who have very different lifestyles it seems.
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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Move to this city for your own reasons, but do not expect to befriend locals, integrate or find a job.
DVDs and computers
I have a problem; maybe someone can help, or at least shed some light.
I brought a FEW VCR tapes with me, and a machine. I plugged it in and the machine went "zzzzt!", some smoke came out, and I put it where it belonged (trash).
I brought a lot more DVDs, and they mostly work just fine, whether on the computer or on the DVD player we brought with us.
However, one day I wanted to watch the movie "300" (Thermopylae), and it went for about 56 minutes and stopped dead. I had my son buy another and my daughter brought it over last month. Watching it tonight (finally!), it stopped at the EXACT SAME SPOT. It is not possible that two copies stop at the EXACT SAME SPOT. There must be something either: A) in the computer, or B) in the actual disks.
I cannot believe that two DVD disks could stop at the EXACT same spot, so I must be missing something.
Any suggestions on how I can finish this movie? Thanks in advance.
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Looking for other families to meet in Abruzzo
Hi lovely people,
We are a family from the UK (London/Hertford) who have just moved to Torre de Passeri, Abruzzo. We bought a property in February this year after renting in Atri for a few months.
We have five kids, eldest is 9, then 7yr old twins and 5 year old twins.
Other than ploughing through a course of Duolingo, none of us spoke any Italian before we moved here.
The kids tried the local school in March for about a month but found it very hard to settle in. The school did very little to help them. They were bored and felt isolated. Consequently the kids decided to home educate for a year and perhaps wait until they have a better command of the language before trying school again if they choose.
They are getting involved in the local sports groups but its still pretty lonely for them at this whole stage.
Anyway, we would love to hear from any other English speaking families in Abruzzo, It would be great to meet you and perhaps there's even a family out there with children around the same ages who would like to meet up.
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