moving to Italy

Italians Take Their Holidays Seriously!

by admin on January 4, 2009

Wow…things have been crazy….it’s been so hard to get anything done because everyone is on Holiday forever around here….and our internet has been down for over a day…..finally back! The time change is still messing with us as well…our sleeping is way off…..it’s really cold too so we finally figured out today that we need to wear layers and layers….you know how challenged we are with assessing weather needs! We did laundry today…..hah!!!!……our washer holds about 2 pairs of socks and takes an hour to wash!!! And….no dryer…..so we checked out the laundry mat and it would cost about $50 to dry things! :) So….we are hanging dry…and believe me….we are quickly learning that we will not be washing much…..not a reality we could even grasp until now!!! Also…..utilities are so expensive here that our apt is kept slightly chilly and lights are kept off…the kids have been great about it all….doing their part….but such a lesson for me too…..we take our resources back home for granted!!!!! I’m sitting here with a turtle neck, sweater and scarf…pants of course and ugg boots!!! We did a lot of walking again today….getting the lay of the land….every step you take is beautiful……I am so awestruck most of the time….today I felt as if I was in a Charles Dickens novel…..it’s just so different…..and so beautiful….and everyone is dressed to the nines……

We found a “supermarket” today…..got lots of food for 25 euro…..pasta and all related items are so cheap…..thank goodness as the exchange rate is painful. The kids are very aware of that as well…our dollar is worth .60 cents at best…..so we are watching every euro…..no more leaving change in pockets!!! Every euro counts!!! Talk about learning the value of everything at once! But…I’m very aware of the fact that we are so lucky to be here….experiencing this…no matter what we have to forgo to do so!

I’m hoping people will be working tomorrow…epiphany is tuesday so I’m sure they will be extending their vacations until Wed! :) By the grace of God, I came across a place that I believe can help me with Emmy’s school…..that has been impossible til now….so tomorrow we will visit them (if open) and get her set up. ..then we have to get kaelin’s uniform….we are waiting to see where em will go to school before we book our apartment and we are out of this one on Thursday….so it’s a crazy week but I am peaceful……I know it will all work out…..it always does….and then we will be set….and can start our routine…..and live our life here! I was getting a bit anxious…okay real anxious….. at first but said some…ok alot…..of prayers and I think was then given the realization that what we are experiencing is challenging….but it is not life or death…..and we have so much love and support…..and I can dig deep…….and there is so much real terror going on in this World….and real hardship…..that I have to adjust my thoughts…..and I did……..and I’ve become peaceful….with an understanding that this is a gift…and I need to just believe and let go……there is something very magical about all of this…….

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Our First Day In Florence

by admin on January 1, 2009

Arriving in a foreign country where you intend to live is much different then arriving on vacation….we have tasks to do…..we have so much to do in the 10 days that Chris will be with us….our goal is to have a home, schools set, kids set, cell phones, a gym, knowledge of the bus lines….as soon as we touched ground there was no time for jet lag….game on!

January 1….Describing Day 1 in Florence

Busy day and am now hitting the sack……we are still trying to figure out our internet connection so it will probably be hit or miss til we are settled. The girls had TOTAL jet lag…slept from noon on….just tucked them in from the couch to the bed! Chris and I walked the entire City today and tried to find the international school….we were out for close to 4 hours walking…..brought back some hot chestnuts for the girls……but they were still sleeping! :) The funny thing is when I left I said that I wished they were going to walk with us…..they said Mom, we just want to watch a movie and rest…..we do this when we are vacation from school….and I said ya I know but that is when we are at home…..and they both said, in unisom…..ya mom but we ARE home! :) I just laughed and realized oh yea….we have plenty of time to explore! ….the girls said they would be ready to rock tomorrow…..we will see!

New Years was great….very LOUD and we watched the fireworks from the Arno River….a bit surreal…between jet lag and the reality of where we are…I’m not sure how much I absorbed…but it was amazing!

I look forward to settling in a neighborhood that isn’t in the middle of it all…..a little peace outside my window will feel good…..as right now there is not much in my head!

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You Will Not Believe This!

by admin on December 31, 2008

YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS…..I STILL CAN’T..

when I traveled with K and Em here many years ago….I think they were 5 and 7ish……we spent two days in Florence…..I was walking them down a street and looked in a bar where there were many people having a good time……and I remember thinking how fun that looked and having a bittersweet feeling of where my life was at that time…..I then bought a jacket in a boutique a few doors down for a ton of money ….and I remember thinking that I shouldn’t do it but it had “life” and an arrow pointing forward on it….I bought it as a symbol to myself….that was a great trip but also tough…my first time out of the country and a lot of uncertainty in my life at the time….new life with the girls….new business…new home…new career…in the Napa Valley….I hold great memories from it but also bittersweet…..

Important to note : I had NO clue nor could have taken you to that boutique nor that bar if you would have asked….I couldn’t have even described them to you.

Are you ready for this?!

Fast forward to this journey…first day…..Our taxi dropped us off at our apartment and we settled in. Chris and I then went out to explore..turned left out the front door and began to soak it all in…I walked no more then two doors down and looked in at the jovial sounds coming from the Bar….I stopped…..and immediately knew….this was THE bar….and I looked across the street….and there was the boutique…..NO JOKE….We went into the bar and had a drink…I told Chris the story and we toasted…..because nothing in life is a coincidence. I knew at that point that this journey was a gift…and to enjoy it to its fullest….no matter what the days ahead may bring!

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