Ciao a tutti. . .
I'm a newbie from the States who is so glad to find this online community as I prep for some long Italian visits.I am retired having taught history for 33 years as I raised a daughter and son with my beloved husband who died June of 2007 from mantel cell lymphoma.Since I had parents from Vicenza province, I've been to Italy in 1958, 1971, and 1999 and still have contacts with relatives. I speak Vicentino dialect and continue to self-learn la madre lingua as well.I always expected to return alla Bella Italia, especially with my husband ( Calabrese roots) as we both intended to do genealogical research as we enjoyed the good life. Now I think 2010 will be the time for me to pursue both of our dreams. I'm finally ready.Since I want to be independent of my Italian relatives, I'm hoping this community of Italophiles can advise me on all things practical for long stays and, I in turn, hope to share my experiences as I find my life as "an Italian." Ci vediamo allora! Piacere mio. : - )