Category: Living in Italy

Italy and the corona virus: letter from Ischia

UPDATE: 12.3.2020 Conte announced that further restrictions have been put in place and all shops and businesses are now closed except for grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, tobacco shops and newspaper stands. I’ve updated the rules down below. Things in Italy are changing day by day and my post today could very likely be obsolete by tomorrow, but I still want to document this very strange and surreal time and give you an update about Italy,…

Six Italian teachers you must follow on Instagram

During my long convalescence from surgery in December, I’ve been spending a lot of time studying Italian and I’ve discovered a wonderful group of Italian teachers through Instagram. These are great teachers to follow because they share a bit of their Italian selves giving you a chance to understand the great varieties of Italian culture throughout the regions and practice Italian along the way. They are very generous in giving lots of authentic content and…

10 ways living in Italy has changed me

At the moment, as I’m going through a heavy bureaucratic period in my life, I’ve been thinking about how much Italy has changed me. I had major surgery in Naples back in December and I’m now dealing with the aftermath of doctor visits and further tests. That part is straightforward, but along with that comes the bureaucratic mayhem of getting referrals and prescriptions, filling out forms, and navigating the labyrinthine system of requesting hospital records.…

Buon Anno 2020! Happy New Year!

Buon Anno 2020! This is one of my favourite times of the year, a season of renewal and hope, getting ready for the coming green of spring. The days start to get longer and while there are still a few months of winter, we have so much forward to look forward to. Last New Year’s there were some things of 2018 that I wanted to leave behind – a job and a bad friendship, but…

Hospitals in Napoli

No one wants to think about hospitals in Napoli, but when something happens you unfortunately have to think about them. The wrapping up 2019 turned into an unexpected health scare and surgery. After spending 10 days at a hospital in Napoli, I’m home now and slowly recovering. If you’re curious about healthcare in Italy and Napoli, read on. Hospitals in Napoli I’ve heard lots of scary stories about hospitals in Napoli, about the lack of…

5 Ways to improve your Italian

For all of you learning Italian, I’ve put together 5 ways to improve your Italian using online resources. I use these all the time as I’m always trying to improve my Italian. Even though I grew up with the Neapolitan dialect spoken at home, I didn’t start studying Italian until I was in my 20s. Up until then, whatever I spoke was a mottled broken dialect, learned all by ear and mixed with English and…

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