WE’RE MOVING TO ITALY
Earlier this month, we received hard copy orders (read: US Navy official change of station) to move to Rome December 2018. O M G. Where do you even start with a once in a lifetime, but also terrifying, opportunity? My career is in logistics, so of course my mind is overrun with questions:
- What day are we leaving the states?
- Where will we live?
- Can we find a house with a yard?
- Should we risk renting something physically unseen so we have some place to live the day we arrive?
- Do Italian phone plans have unlimited data? #priorities
- Will I be able to find a job?
- How difficult will it be to make friends when we’re not fluent in Italian?
- How much pizza, pasta, and gelato can we possibly eat? (answer: the limit does not exist)
Even though I’ve already done hours of research on our move to Rome, it still hasn’t been the easiest to understand what this process will be.
- When do we start the visa process?
- What do we need to do for Troy and Xena? They are our fur babies and yes, we are those people.
- What medical processes do we need to go through?
- Are we flying out from the West or East Coast?
- DOES THE NAVY ISSUE US A POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ENTIRE PROCESS?!
So, we thought we’d keep this journal about our experience through this seemingly logistical nightmare; hopefully to help someone else when they go through a similar process, but also for J and me to look back on.
The two best things about our move to Rome is: (1) we’ll have the opportunity to explore so many European countries and (2) one of my closest friends lives in Naples and our time spent in Italy will overlap by over a year and a half (!!!). If you’re a fellow military spouse, you understand how rare it is to end up at the same duty station as one of your closest friends TWICE. For those who aren’t familiar, well, it’s near impossible.
While we’re definitely nervous for this next chapter, we’re jumping in with both feet and welcoming Italy with open arms and an open mind. So much can happen in three years, we’re excited to see where this journey takes us.