Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra day so we could also see Verona. That was a…

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The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending from the hill opposite Gubbio. We saw it last year…

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An Italian mobile phone number

Alright, it took me a year of contemplating, several weeks of googling, and these past two days hours and hours of internet ‘work’ PLUS not one but TWO visits to Marsciano (the nearest town)….. but I now have CHEAP Italian phone number WITH 2 GBb of Internet…… only 10 Euros…

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Ik ben een cultuurbarbaar

Ik heb geen geduld (meer) voor muziek, ben 3 keer in mijn leven naar het Concertgebouw geweest, krimp in elkaar bij opera, vind Picasso een knoeier en kan niet dansen. Sterker nog, ik werd toen ik een jaar of 14 was na 15 lessen van dansles verwijderd. Volgens mijn danspartner…

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Cotto, the local stones

Good, another step. We have found the hand-made tiles that will go onto our terrace….. the family business at the company below has a great and friendly attitude towards customers, an honest, local made product AND a great price ! Now we’ll need to drive down there with a truck…

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Italian traffic regulations

I am now thoroughly convinced that there is an Italian traffic rule that I was not aware of. As a foreigner here, you would never have guessed, just like me. But you know, in Italy it MUST be MANDATORY to use your cell phone while driving ! How else could…

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Bureaucracy ad infinito…..

Italy’s bureaucracy: one step forward, 2 backwards 6 months ago we tried to get Nina admitted as resident, but at the town hall they told us she has to have an approved Italian medical insurance forst. So we headed back to the little village where the closest first aid post…

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Fire !

Never a dull day here in our new place in Italy. Today, while I was cutting down some trees in our ‘garden’, suddenly a black cloud of smelly smoke emerged from the neighbour’s chimney! That didn’t look good! So we dropped everything and rushed over to warn them, but the…

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Watch the arms !

One of the things here in Italy you have to watch out for, is not hurt ladies’ hands while driving through the streets of your local village or town. Uh?? Well, the thing is, Italians gesticulate a LOT, even when talking to others on the opposite sidewalk….. already quite a…

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Far and few between

…. blog posts that is. Let me tell you, working and living in two countries doesn’t leave much time to blog on top of it. Facebook still rules ! Sadly……. because writing articles, however short, on a a blog is more fun. But also sadly, Facebook has a much bigger…

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We’re moving

Well, we have STARTED to move at least. Just had news from our friends and neighbors in Umbria that the gas/heating system has been fixed….. good news now that it is still a bit nippy! We’ve loaded the car with boxes, gardening tools and a lot of other ‘stuff’ and…

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Stuff that needs sorting

When moving into another place there are many things to be taken care of. When moving into another country, there are many MORE! When we decided we were going to bid on our Italian house we knew that already, having bought property in France many years ago. But with Italy…

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How it all started

It is now way up to the end of March 2014 and we have bought a house in Italy. But as the first ‘post’ in this little bit of personal history, let me tell you how it all started….. Long long ago when I was only 6 years of age,…

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