Julie Cook, Tuscany

Who are you? Originating from North Yorkshire UK, we are a family of 8 who grew up around food. Family dinners, times of celebration, cold wet Sundays and in times of stress – one thing has always been a constant source of enjoyment for our family. Cooking.We started with less than an acre of land […]

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Nadia Plamadeala, Rome

Who are you? My name is Nadia, I am from Moldova, 29 years old. I am a cross-cultural specialist currently writing my first book for expats about Italian culture.I also work in tourism and love to learn new things about foreign cultures. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Italy in […]

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M. Elizabeth Evans, Florence

Who are you? I read this initially as “how are you?” and was writing some “witty” response, “somewhere between a glass of wine and an institution.” Then I realized I’d read the question wrong. I’m M.E., a writer, blogger, obsessive goat and capybara video watcher.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to […]

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Nancy Palmer, Tuscany

Who are you? I am a mom, a sister, a daughter and a friend. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Cortona, Italy in April 2016 from California. My husband passed away a year and a half ago and last year I travelled the world leaving his ashes in all the […]

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Jasmine Mah, Bergamo

Who are you? My name is Jasmine, I’m a 27 year old born-and-bred Western Canadian from Edmonton, Alberta. I attended pharmacy school at the University of Alberta and practiced in the community for a little less than two years before packing my bags for Bergamo, Italy.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved […]

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Jessica Venture, Casarano

Who are you? I am a 27 year old new mom married to an Italian Special Forces helicopter pilot. I started blogging as a way to communicate with my family and friends and over the years it turned into my source of release and creativity. I started out teaching English which is the common path […]

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Jasmine Mah, Bergamo

Who are you? My name is Jasmine Mah, I am a 26 year old Canadian living in Bergamo, Italy. Where, when, and why did you move abroad? I moved abroad in December 2014 to Bergamo, a city in Northern Italy about 45 minutes away from Milan in Lombardy. My fiancé is from Bergamo and after […]

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John P Brady, Sicily

Sicily, for some a paradise island, for others a place to emigrate from, for me it was my new home. I sketch this to give the reader some idea of the cultural differences and challenges that might face an expat on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. I struck out alone for Catania, Sicily at the […]

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Amy Lucinda, Puglia (Southern Italy)

I moved from the UK to a small town in Southern Italy (Puglia) to take a position as an English teacher in a private school. I’ve been living here almost 2 years. Living in a small town, there’s a distinct lack of expat activity! My boss and my two colleagues are native English speakers, but […]

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Jill Pennington, Emilia Romagna region

My name is Jill Pennington, I am 44 and have been living in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy for 8 years. I was born in Holmfirth West Yorkshire. My husband and I decided after renovating a house in the UK that we would like to try out a renovation project abroad and we thought […]

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