An Expat Talks about Living in
Jan 26, 2016
An expat who retired in Minturno, Italy says the people there are the most welcoming, friendly and accepting group she has ever met. She appreciates the low cost of living, beautiful weather, history and culture of Minturno.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Not diverse at all but the most friendly, accepting, welcoming group I've eve met.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Government work and agriculture.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Family, food, church, beach, sports in that order.
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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.
It is a great spot to retire. Food, utilities and housing are cheap. The weather is great. I can't ask for more. Enjoy the history, culture and natural beauty of this diverse little slice of Italy.
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Sono qui, in Italia
Well, after years of thinking, wishing, hoping, planning...sono qui in Italia.
There should be a happy exclamation point after that sentence, except that only 2 days in, I came down with the worst flu I have ever had. In fact, I haven't had the flu for several decades. Not because of vaccines, since I'm allergic to the flu vaccine. Who knows why I haven't gotten the flu.
Anyway, I got dramatically ill. Called the house call doc service (MedInAction) in Rome, Dottore showed up on a motorbike (I think you'd have to have a death wish to ride a motorbike in Rome at night), took a history or tried to since I was coughing up my lungs, listened to my chest, eyebrows lifted, took my temp, eyebrows went higher. Temp was 104F! Not good for someone who's a couple months away from 65 yrs old. Prescribed a bunch of meds, charged me 140E.
THEN, I had to get a taxi to take me to a farmacia that was open late. OMG I got so ripped off. I was so sick, I didn't care. Nearly puked in the cab. I should have. Would have served him right. Got my meds, finally hailed another cab, had barely enough euros to get back. What a nightmare.
That was several days ago. I'm somewhat better today, but OMG I can't end up in the hospital! I have 3 dogs, no permanent or even semi-permanent place to live, don't know anyone, can't speak Italian well enough to do more than order an espresso. How the hell would I find someone to care for my dogs?? I think I've dodged the bullet, but this has been a huge welcome to your new reality.
Another welcome to your new reality: I bought a SIM card for my second iPhone. Thought I was doing pretty good. Damn thing wouldn't work. I kept getting a long messaggio in Italiano veloce. What??! I finally figured out that the card the guy in the phone store handed me had a PIN number that I had to put in to lock the SIM card. Big sigh. I'm a technophile. I love gadgets. I've been playing with computers since they filled rooms. But in Italia, I'm probably a techno-novice. Partly because I can't read the damn instructions.
I have to pick up a car at Fiumicino on Friday. I hope I'm well enough to do that. I've barely managed to stumble outside to let my dogs go pee. But I have to be out of the B&B on Friday anyway, so I don't have much choice. Then I head to Todi to learn how to speak Italiano. I hope.
Welcome to your new reality! Any reassurances that this will get better are welcome!
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