Interview with Alex the Blogger in Naples

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Name: Alex


Date of Interview: August 16, 2007


Area of Italy you live in?


Let us know a little about yourself?

Married mum aka merry mum?

What type of process did you go through to be able to move here?

1st stop was a visa from the Italian consulate and then the wait wait wait....I finally just jumped on a plane (and only then did they have it ready) then the P.S. fiasco which took a year of waiting for a white piece of newspaper print and a lousy photo and we've been here ever since.

What problems did you run into during the initial process and how were you able to fix them ?

Yes, I need my birth certificate translated (from a non latin based alphabet) and certified multiple times (they lose a lot of things around here) so have everything done in triplicate if you can.

How long have you been here?

Since 99.

What type of adjustment problems have you had?

Initially it was language (Neapolitan that is) and then the expectations -I expect too much. Expect nothing and then be pleasantly surprised is the way things go around here.

What do you wish someone had told you before you made the leap?

Don't bring anything you value too much -it will get stolen

What inside secret could you pass on to others looking to move over?

Make friends, make friends, make friends and have a back up plan.

Do you have any disappointments, things you thought would happen but haven't for whatever reasons ?

Perhaps staying too long has been a disappointment because in truth you can never really become Italian the way they need you to be.

What has changed about you since you have been here ?

Don't care as much about being "fiscale"

Do you think that you will stay forever?

Nothing is forever

Can you think of anything that you would like seen added to this site?

Are you kidding? I haven't even seen all of the bells and whistles yet -it is very cool!


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