A Year Overseas

A year ago, we went through one of the most stressful times in our marriage.

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The first 6 months

And we did not think we would survive. The first 6 months was bananas (or nuts!!).

To give you an idea, we lived in temporary lodging for about a month. Then, as soon as we were able to find a ride to the car dealership, we purchased a beater car (‘06 Fiat Punto Grande) and learned how to drive manual. After getting a car, we immediately started searching for a house and thankfully, the first one we looked at was perfect for us.

 
Our Italian Home 🏡

Our Italian Home 🏡

 

Although for months, we used a moving box as our coffee and dining table. Can you relate?

In addition, we also did not have a TV for awhile, so our source of entertainment was Settlers of Catan (what’s your favorite?) and exploring our new town by foot.

Truthfully, there were a lot more struggles than mentioned, but I don’t want to bore you with details. Plus, I would rather not write about it if I’m being honest because you’d think a year would be enough time to forget about it, right?

It was rough to say the least, but we made it through and we are stronger than ever before. Much, much stronger!

The last 6 months

When our household goods (HHG) finally arrived and we recovered from expenses (the beater car, then a couch, a dining table, and guest bed) our house finally echoed less and what a relief that is (for me) especially when the husband works at night. As soon as we upgraded our good ‘ol moving box dining table to a real one, we were finally able to have friends over for game nights!

The moment we felt comfortable, we definitely explored what it’s really like to live in the Italian economy. We learned how to order our coffee (in Italian) because PRIORITIES 💁🏽. We also became decent friends with an Italian waiter, who happens to put together wine tours in Northern Italy once a month.

 
 

Needless to say, I am clearly enjoying the wine and gelato this country has to offer! On top of learning to live like an Italian, George and I definitely had the opportunity to visit Slovenia (Ljubljana & Lake Bled), Croatia (Pula & Zadar) and explored cities within Italy (Florence, Milan, Maranello & Modena). Lastly, we were also able to host our families (from both sides) when they visited Italia!

 
George & Chana in Pula, Croatia

George & Chana in Pula, Croatia

Tower of Pisa

Tower of Pisa

 

Currently

As of right now, we feel that our house is cozy and inviting, so it definitely does not need as much work as it did in the first year. So, this year we plan on making travel a priority and I could not be more excited about it.

Where should we go next? I’d love to get some ideas from you!

With love,

ChanaDianne


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