In the next few days we will be leaving the Cilento area as the vacation house we have been staying in will be having some repair work done inside in preparation for the first guests in April. We are grateful to our friends who have allowed us to stay here since the end of January as it has given us the opportunity to see many new places in this area. My sister and her husband will be arriving in Rome and we will be doing some touring with them for two weeks. After that…boh!
It was three years ago in May that we arrived in Italy after more than a year of planning, selling our house, quitting my job of sixteen years and struggling with the Italian consulates. That process required a lot of perseverance, and prayer as there were times we did not know if we would be able to obtain our visas. Now, after three years of meeting wonderful new people, seeing interesting places and tasting wonderful foods we will need to leave Italy, temporally. Our ability to generate enough income in this financial environment to support ourselves has been unsuccessful, il nostro sacco di soldi è vuoto, our sack of money is empty.
We fully enjoy Italy; life is good here and fits the type of lifestyle we seek. Small family operated shops to buy your everyday needs, beautiful architecture, deep history, friendly people, a slower pace of life and the cuisine. However, living in Italy can be hard since obtaining the proper work permits for working here is very difficult, the business environment for entrepreneurs can be restrictive and the bureaucracy is daunting at times. We realize the financial situation in the US is much different than when we left in 2006 but there are more opportunities with our citizenship and past work experience.
We view leaving Italy as a temporary situation. Our desire is to return here for more than just visits. We now know a lot more about life in Italy and what we need to live here permanently. When we left the US our plan had been to come here for one year and see what it was like to live in Italy, we extended that to three years and enjoyed it immensely.
In a few months we will be off to America and a new adventure!