The realities of moving from New Mexico, USA to a small town in southern Italy.
Bryan and Valerie,I have just stumbled upon your blogs (having read an entry by Bryan on the Slow Travel Message Board) and have been reading them aloud to my husband with much enthusiasm and amazement because of the similarities between your dream and ours. It is so exciting that you are taking the necessary steps to make that dream a reality! You have proceeded much further than we have!We first visited Italy in '99 and were smitten. Returned in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004, and have a trip planned for early April 2006. It was almost two years ago that we began to talk seriously about moving there, or buying a house there and living part of the year there and part here (Grand Rapids, Michigan).We will need to continue working (not ready or able to retire yet) and, like you, have decided the most logical thing would be to do various freelance work over the Internet, which we could do both here and there. We wonder if you have learned any more about how that will work as far as the Italian government is concerned. Are there income tax considerations, for instance? Should we establish an American business? (We are thinking of an "editorial services" business; I am a copy editor and John has done some Web work and some technical writing, etc.) What part of Italy are you most interested in? For us it has been Tuscany/Umbria. We have rented houses outside of Cortona for each of our visits from a lovely Italian family, the Catanis (www.fontelunga.it). (It sounds very trite to say that it was, in fact, my reading "Under the Tuscan Sun" in 1998 that inspired our first trip!) Like you, I am an avid reader and now have a shelf full of books I have read on Italy, mostly about Tuscany/Umbria. I have been studying Italian for three years, mostly private lessons. My husband, who is of Italian descent, knows only a few words, understands a little bit more ... but who feels he will learn "once he is there." (I think this will mean language classes, but he thinks he will "pick it up" ...) He is still trying to see if he can establish dual citizenship through his paternal grandfather. We have so many questions for you! For instance, what will you do about health insurance? About buying a car? We admire your courage ... I had to laugh when I read the part about Bryan being more cautious and Valerie saying "Let's just go!" We are the opposite. John would leave tomorrow and work everything out when we get there; I like to have all my t's crossed and i's dotted (well, I am a copy editor after all!).We would love to hear from you.Donna (and John) Ferrarodferraro@firstname.lastname@example.org
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