Where in the world are we?
In April it will be my 4 year anniversary of living (mostly) in Italy. Before that I lived the majority of my life in Melbourne and a few years in London. I have lived in Portugal for 3 months and moved around Italy spending summers in Rome, Taormina and Sorrento. The bel ragazzo and I have seen many countries, worked in a few and have finally decided where we are going to live (or try to live anyway.)
We have moved to a beautiful, small town where the air is clean, the pace of life more relaxed, where there are next to no tourists. What? I hear you say. 'Next to no tourists?' As you know we work in the tourist industry so what are we doing in a non-touristy town?
Well....we have quit our jobs for a start! Good bye stupid tourists...there will be no more 'stupid tourist comments of the day!' The next time I go away I want to be the tourist!
We have moved to a town where no one speaks English, except the odd person who lived in Canada or America many years ago. No more going to an Italian restaurant and seeing pizza with ham and pineapple on the menu, no more!
After travelling for so many years it is time for us to settle in one place. We are sick and tired of living out of a suitcase and we have so many plans for the future that we are beginning to put those plans into action.
So where are we?
Come on, you can all guess!
We are in Malito, in Calabria, in bel ragazzo's lovely little hilltop town of 800 odd people. We have been back for three weeks and the gods are definitely on my side. I have already found a job, this week we are moving into our own apartment and other then that I have no complaints - well not really. Since I am moving into a small Calabrese village, there are certainly going to be issues, times when my patience is tested and where I feel I am going mad. I've only been here 3 weeks and have had some issues with water connection and the like...but hey - we're here, we're willing to give it a try and see how it goes.
So stay tuned for tales of my new life in a small, hilltop, Calabrese town living with my bel fidanzato (we are engaged now, so maybe I should change his name???)