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adminee
3/20/2020 12:48 EST


This new thread is intended for non-political posts about coronavirus. Please share information that will help other expats in your area and elsewhere in Italy. This is vital. Share updates on hospitals and other testing locations, business and school closures, government updates, locked down areas, travel restrictions, where to get food, medications and other necessities.



Please also use this thread as a place to support one another in these uncertain and stressful times. There are expats on this forum (many of whom read and don't post) who are living alone and very far from family. A few kind words can make a difference in someone's day. If you want to debate the politics of how the situation is being handled in your country and other countries, PLEASE keep that off of this thread.



I lived in NYC on 9/11 and remember with humbling clarity how people came together at that time. That event changed me forever and thinking of it always bring tears to my eyes, but the kindness of strangers is what I remember most. When you look back at this time one day, you will remember the kindness of strangers. Please be kind.

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equitraveler
3/20/2020 12:56 EST

To those who live part time in Italy, but are currently somewhere else in the world:
Write to your Italian neighbors, local businesses, the wineries and restaurants you frequent, your business colleagues and tell them you are thinking of them and hope they are well. It will help in a dark time and they will be grateful.

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whidden39
3/20/2020 15:44 EST

Your sentiments mirror my own. Time to focus on what really matters.

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TheresaIT
3/20/2020 18:38 EST

admins,

I was also living in NY at the time of 9/11. I was turned away from volunteering the following day because so many people had offered assistant. Crisis brings us together. My hope is that we continue to care after the health crisis is over.

Some friends and I have been meeting via Messenger at 6:00 PM every night for a Flashmob via our windows and balconies; an idea that was inspired after the initial Flashmob event took place throughout Italy - which was so inspiring and beautiful. I also participated in the 12 PM hand clapping event, honoring the nurses and doctors who are so diligently working around the clock. The following night at 9 PM, we joined with people throughout the country as we lit flashlights and/or candles from our windows. There were several others on my street who participated in all three events. It was heartwarming, as we had no previous interaction.

I so agree that we all need support and connecting with others is so important. My intention is to bring people together in music and song for inspiration, joy and. healing. We now have people from the US, the Netherlands and Australia joining us, as I post our songs on various FB groups and other social media.. With so much news focused on the coronavirus, we need to keep a balanced view, and keep a positive attitude.

Thanks for starting a non-political post, focused on what matters most - not only accurate information, but- care, support, connection - and upliftment.

Wishing you, and all, good health and happiness.

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TheresaIT
3/20/2020 18:47 EST

Also, here's a link to an article I wrote for a local online magazine on six ways to manage stress that I thought might be helpful:

https://www.intrieste.com/2020/03/13/six-practices-to-stay-happy-in-trying-times/

All the best,
Theresa

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almare2
3/20/2020 20:25 EST

TheresaIT, I didn't know you were living in NY on 9/11.! I was living in Long Branch, NJ, and I took the PATH train from the World Trade Center to Newark Penn Station 18 hours before the first impact. I remember only too well how horrible it all was and how people joined together to help one another.

Thank you, administrator, for starting a new thread. I don't live in Italy, but I spend 3 or 4 months a year in Abruzzo and have many friends in Italy, so of course I'm concerned to hear what is happening where they are. When the last thread got so political, I just stopped; I deleted the emails without even reading them.. So it's good that you've started a new one. :-)

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whidden39
3/21/2020 05:43 EST

Here is a message I just received from the owner of a hair salon in a small Puglian town. The message (translated to English here) was sent to his clients, some of whom are expats. It seems so ideally suited to the sharing and caring goals within this thread. I edited his personal information so as to protect his privacy.

Dear friends, dear friends of (name of shop) These days I have had confirmation of one thing I have always thought: life surprises you, challenges you and in a moment everything can change. Everything that a second before seemed obvious to you, becomes special. It becomes a gift. Life tests you and sometimes just asks you to change your point of view: it's like when you were a kid you went upside down and looked at your bedroom backwards and that familiar place seemed completely new to you.
Maybe what life is asking us is simply to start looking at our lives upside down... To start surprising us again with things that we thought were obvious.
All this I actually write because a virus has put a distance between us and trivially I just wanted to ask you "how are you?".
But we can take care of this distance and stay close.
And I'm here to tell you I'm here. And I do this by giving you a phone number to which you can send Whatsapp messages (xxxxxxxxxx) if you need it.
For advice, for a suggestion, for a little secret revealed...
I'm here.
Write to me your needs with a message and I will try to answer you in a short time.
Never has expression been more effective than "let's keep in touch."
I hug you
MD

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TheresaIT
3/21/2020 06:45 EST

Almare2

I didn't know you were in NJ! I had been working in Twin Tower 2 until July, when a friend had a friend who needed an office manager in mid-town. It likely saved my life. I was on the train on the way to work that morning, and wondered why we were stalled for so long - then figured it was jus the NYC subways at work (haha). The city streets are much like they are now in Trieste - eerily quiet and desolate, except for a few key areas.

I'd love to come and visit you in Abruzzo sometime! It's been on my list for ages!

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TheresaIT
3/21/2020 06:51 EST

whidden39,

Thanks so much for sharing this. It opens my heart and brings tears to my eyes - so incredibly beautiful.

"We must start looking at the world upside down. "

And thanks for translating (-: After three years of living in Italy (and classes before and after I moved), I remain an Italian language beginner (-:

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TheresaIT
3/21/2020 07:42 EST

Can someone please remind me how to get notifications when there's a new post? For some reason, I no longer receive them automatically. I've looked on my Profile page and Preferences, but I don't see an option for subscribing.

Thanks!

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JacksterJam
3/21/2020 08:02 EST

Did you check that you are still subscribed to the forum (option under post title)? Sometime there are kinks on this site.

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TheresaIT
3/21/2020 08:18 EST

Thanks JacksterJam,

Just found it! Don't know how I got unsubscribed, but glad I'm back (-:

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PhilG
3/21/2020 08:28 EST

It often takes adversity to reveal the best of humankind. To wit: The message from the Puglian hairdresser. Thank you for sharing, whidden39

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JacksterJam
3/21/2020 09:09 EST

Glad it worked and happy to help! :-)

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whidden39
3/24/2020 05:01 EST

There is a revised self-authorization form to use when leaving your residence for a valid reason. I think the changes relate to prohibiting travel to a second home. Find the new form at this link:
https://www.interno.gov.it/sites/default/files/allegati/nuovo_modello_autodichiarazione_23.03.2020_compilabile.pdf

Be safe. Be light of heart.

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thefountain
3/24/2020 16:24 EST

Hi everyone,

I have been keeping up on the virus in Italy. My prayers and heart go out to all of you as well as my family in different parts of Italy.

I'm in New York and the virus is spreading quickly. We also are not allowed to go out of our houses and many businesses are closed.

I know one day we will be able to go out and walk again. Try to never let Hope fade. We have warriors in the health industry putting their life on the line to give us hope for a brighter future.

I look forward to visit Italy when this is all over.

My love to all. Be safe. Sending a big hug.

Sunshine

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equitraveler
3/24/2020 18:43 EST

The situation in NY is dire. Please be safe and stay healthy!

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Goldmelie
4/27/2020 11:47 EST

thanks for information

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thefountain
4/27/2020 15:04 EST

Widden39.
What a nice message. Thank you sharing.

My family lives in and I am so impressed by the way they keep each other entertained and cared for through this crisis.

I prayer everyone is doing well.

I look forward to the day I can come to Italy again.

Forza Italia

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