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  • How to Get Italian Health Insurance

    Being one of the lucky ones, my American health insurance covered me abroad so I was never forced to buy traveler’s insurance or Italian insurance. The main deterrant for me as a student was the cost. However, after receiving a permesso di soggiorno for work purposes I decided to take advantage of the free health […]

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    My Favorite Travel Accessories

    Before I came to Italy, I spent hours online researching the best travel gear. When you are planning to move abroad, you need to buy a lot of little things like adapters for your electronics, converters (for more powerful electronics), and possibly even a wallet that fits your passport. I have been living abroad for […]

  • Quitting Your Job in Italy

    Quitting your job is much different in Italy than in America. During high school and college I often changed jobs as I moved to new cities and desired different skils. The process of leaving my position was never more difficult than submitting a letter or speaking with my boss in person about my intention to […]

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    Do I need to learn Italian to live in Italy?

    Well, do you really need to do anything in life except drink water, eat, and pay taxes? Probably not, but doing other things can certainly help you make more friends, get a better job, and live a fuller life, and learning Italian is one of those things. I have met many people along my journey […]

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    How to Get Residency in an Italian City

    If you’re looking for information on how to get your permesso di soggiorno, I’m afraid this isn’t the right page. However, getting your residency in an Italian city is another important part of the bureaucratic process. Having a certificate of residence in an Italian city allows to you sign up for the national health care […]

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    Essential Terms for Getting a Haircut in Italy

    First things first, getting your haircut in Italy is probably going to be expensive and it’s probably going to take at least two hours. Granted, I did get highlights and a full-on haircut, so if you’re going in for a simple trim you probably won’t have to clear your schedule for the day.

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    Thanksgiving in Italy

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. It’s a time for family, friends, and food. However, being away from home for the holidays isn’t always easy, especially when you have to spend half of your day trying to find canned pumpkin. Anyway, just because you are living in a foreign country doesn’t mean you can’t […]

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    How to Make Friends Abroad

    Enjoying an aperitivo with my classmates from Academya Lingue Living in a new country can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the local language. Once you get past the initial shock and get settled into your new environment, you might start craving some human connection. Luckily, there are some great resources out there for […]

  • Popping the Personal Bubble: Cultural Differences in Personal Space

    Okay, usually it isn’t THIS crowded in Bologna, but the Pope was in town for the day Italy is a beautiful country with amazing people, delicious food, and spectacular sights. It’s not difficult to embrace the warm culture and inviting, friendly people. While I love their smiles and enthusiastic greetings, there is one cultural difference […]

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    Getting a SIM Card in Italy

    The juxtaposition of a modern technology store with an ancient building is quite an interesting sight, but I digress. If you have become a recipient of the “Your account has incurred approximately $389127891.00″ in international data charges” message, then welcome to the club! Every day hundreds, if not thousands, of expats all around the globe receive […]

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    How to Pack For a Year-Long Trip to Italy

    Narrowing down your possessions for a long trip can be difficult. The phrase “only pack the essentials” is very subjective. For you, the essentials might be t-shirts and face wash, but for me it more closely resembles boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese and a jar of peanut butter. Apart from advising you to bring […]

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