I have a couple of less-than-usual interests. One of them is Irish traditional music - I play the flute. Since arriving in Lunigiana (near Pontremoli) I have not taken part in any music sessions.
We moved to a furnished house here some weeks ago. There are already all sorts of things like two surplus TVs to dispose of.
TheItalianLife wrote: "With German citizenship your husband, and you (as his wife) can live in Italy. i think that is all that there is to it" Not entirely. I am in a similar position, and am still looking for the answer. I am a UK citizen, so I can live here. My wife is Australian, obviously enough therefore not an EU citizen. There is no doubt about the fact that she can live here with me. But there are two buts. 1) How does she get the necessary papers (as many of us know, you need papers to certify breathing in Italy) to work? 2) What happens if I die? Like today? She will then be a non-EU citizen without papers entitling her to stay. We would not want her to have to sell up, and we would not want her under those circumstances to have to negotiate some enormous beaurocratic exercise to get permission to continue living in her own house and home. We are working on this, but I'd be interested in any more knowledgeable input.
It's not likely to have beem a calabrone - we have quite a few here. They are frightening, and we had the fire brigade here to spray a nest in the eaves. Anyone for climbing a two-storey ladder in a heavy total-cover rubber suit with a stick in one hand and a bottle of spray poison in the other? Anyway, they sting rather than bite. Some say the sting is very dangerous. Others say it is less dangerous (although perhaps more painful) than an ordinary wasp sting. I hope not to find out personally. If it nipped a bit of flesh, perhaps it was a "horse-fly"?
Well it was only because of this topic that I realised a) that I was not logged in, and b) that there was a message that has been waiting for me for about two months. So that might be an example of why replies are not as common as they might be.
Bizarrely, though it is not visible in my browser, the "Writers Abroa" part at the beginning of the OP's second paragraph is a link to the site to which he is referring. Give it a click!
That's exactly part of the reason for avoiding having your details all over the shop. We have a civic duty to protect our privacy, precisely when we are neither criminals nor terrorists, and precisely when we don't really have anything to hide.
Just be glad it's one less way the "security forces" and authorities can poke their noses into your private business.
Another one I can recommend is XE.com. You can get a reasonably accurate quote online (though the rate changes by the minute!). It takes a little work to set up, but they are helpful about talking you through it. It's another option, probably quite similar to the ones above, but you could include it in your comparisons.
Prices vary. I just paid exactly 10 EUR/quintale for wood - mostly false acacia - cut and delivered.
Is it active? Hi Heiko, Thanks again. I had already registered. I still don't see any activity from the last year or more, and I don't see anything explicitly called "networking". Am I looking in the wrong place?