What challenges did you face moving to Italy?
For starters, certainly nobody in Italy knew English then. That’s the first and largest hurdle to everyday dwelling as a foreign family there. Everything else is just a element and no longer specifically difficult to conquer when you get the hang of things — matters just like the riposa (noon siesta), the national vs. Provincial vs.
Local way of doing things, etc. Aside:— In Rome, we lived in a 400-year-old constructing of 3 or four storeys on a 600-year-antique street. Our area become on floor floor. Our kitchen had a part of a 2,000-year-old Roman wall running through it — it turned into the suitable region to stack our china and cooking utensils.
Outside, there have been two appropriate water fountains that were intended for the hearth brigade to put out fires. And those fountains brings me onto my ‘angle.’ As a younger boy, you may imagine I wanted to get on nicely with the ladies of my neighbourhood.
The boys and ladies congregated at the fountains generally. The Romans, like every different Italian then, have been not used to having foreigners of their midst. Everyone (consisting of the girls) have been polite sufficient however weren’t describable as friendly or enticing generally.
Everything is closed on Sunday. There is a two to four hour gap within the middle of the day (riposto) whilst the whole lot shuts down. The pace is slow, besides at the roads, then it's F1 racing time in Fiat 500s.
Getting matters done. This is a whole international of WTF for the foreigner, mainly Americans. There seems to be a sure stage of pride in doing a negative process and charging a lot for it. Unless the character you're hiring, or you've got a mutual friend. Then, you get the greatest craftsmanship at cut rate prices. But do not be in a hurry.
Racism is weird. Black human beings are usual unless they have an African accent. The Roma and Gypsies are handled as sub-human. Say what you'll approximately America, however we do preserving simple.
Family. Family is not restricted to blood relatives. Italians will treat you like crap if they are not within the mood. But, whilst they adopt you into the family, they'll love you unconditionally forever. Electric bills. They come quarterly. If you're used to monthly, it's a hard pill to swallow.
Banking. It's archaic, old-fashioned and slow. If you want to visit the bank, clean your day.
Pizza. You've been lied to all your life. They will blow your mind.