With the plan to move to another country, comes sh*tload of things that have a serious deadline. One of these things is get your physical stuff together, or better yet: get rid of it.
A few days ago we had our very first private Italian class and we were welcomed in la casa della tortura, as the teacher joked. But it turned out she wasn’t joking at all…
It turns out that Sardegna is even prettier than I thought. While looking for ‘vendesi’ signs, we revisited some old favorites and discovered many new places. Sardegna is our number one option, for sure.
There are probably many more, but this is my personal top 5 of learning a new language. Dive right in: study, read, listen and of course speak!
I could call this the week of the quitter. I decided to quit my once a week side hustle and I quit those agonizingly slow Italian classes. And now there’s some room to explore new possibilities.
The other day I was scrolling through the beautiful illustrations of Eleni Debo’s Instagram. The short bio on top of her page read ‘Belgian illustrator living and working in the Italian Alps’. What the… I needed to speak to this lady.
I blinked twice and it is 2019. It was about 3 years ago M and I talked about our Italy plans out loud for the first time. 2020 seemed like plenty of time…
M and I are now officially classmates and we have our minds set on learning to speak Italian fluently – Dutch accent and all, I don’t care. We have a lovely Italian teacher who speaks Dutch with a heavy Italian accent.
The first real Italy preparation, aside from going on trips to explore where we want our new home to be, is starting this Tuesday. We enrolled ourselves in a beginners class Italian.
I found this book in an Italian bookstore: Storie della Buona Notte per Bambine Ribelli. Every other page has an illustration by a different illustrator, portraying kick ass woman of the past and the present. Then I realized something else: this would be perfect for learning Italian. I need to have this. Want to have a look?
Since we have decided we want to move to Italy in the not-so-far future, we still have a lot of narrowing down to do. Now that we’re back from our trip to Puglia, the main question is… have we found the perfect spot?
Verona, oh Verona. She is a beauty. I’ve been wandering the streets of this Venetian city in the North of Italy last week, drinking cappuccinos and eating gelatos. The Italian sun lifted our spirits and brought a non-stop smile to our faces. So did the food and the wine…