Somewhere in Italy

californians figuring out life in italy one day at a time

six months until rome

Jul 1, 2018


It’s been almost a month since the last update and… well… we still have a lot of questions.

  • We still don’t know what day we’re leaving the states. 
  • We still don’t know where we’re going to live. The Navy gives us up to 60 days of lodging per diem to figure out a permanent place to live. Sooo, we’re planning to show up and figure it out when we get there. First week in Tuscany? Yes, please!
  • There is no quarantine process for the pups! All they need are their vaccines.
  • The Navy packs up our house as is, so there is no heavy lifting on our end. It’s a relief, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bothered I can’t make spreadsheets documenting the contents of every box.
  • The Navy is supposed to issue us a sponsor so we’re not the blind leading the blind, but we still haven’t received one… go figure.

We’ve been practicing our Italian every week so we don’t show up completely unprepared for a new country. It’s similar enough to Spanish that we haven’t had as hard of a time picking up the language as we had expected. We’re both really excited to actually be in Italy and be fully immersed in the culture and language! Let’s be real though, no matter how much we try to prepare, it’ll probably still be a slap in the face with culture shock.

rome-italy-colosseum-2Photo by Alex Suprun

The beginning of this journey is slowly becoming a mixture of emotions. After three months of knowing, we’ve finally told family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Because everyone knows and everyone wants to talk about it, it feels overwhelmingly more real than before. The excitement sometimes wears off and sadness, panic, and anxiety creep in. We know this is the normal ebb and flow of emotions, but it’s still exhausting and hard at times.

While we are really sad to leave our family, friends, and basically everything we’ve ever known, we’ve been reminding each other how exciting it is to experience a different country and begin this new journey together. One of the most comforting parts of this all is that no matter where we go or for how long, we have each other and it’s one of the major parts our lives not changing.

Until next time.


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