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One or two things raise their ugly heads whilst dreaming of moving abroad. Homesickness, yes I'm sure everyone has pangs of it .

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 09:42

One or two things raise their ugly heads whilst dreaming of moving abroad. Homesickness, yes I'm sure everyone has pangs of it .

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 09:28

Hi, I am new to this forum but discovered it a few years back. New to the forum, but not to Italy. So taken the plunge at last and joined. The main reason for joining is my hope to move over to Italy to live, in the future.

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 04:31

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Sun, 05/19/2013 - 08:43

I have looked in there now and again but have never been drawn to join.This community has a lot of interest from all over Italy not just Abruzzo. I find it refreshing to hear from all corners of Italy and find it a sad thing that what was called "the community" will be no more. What can be done? 

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:08

Just been watching a great program with Kev the shed, commonly known as Kevin Mcloud, another manly hulk making his own little den from scratch. Last weeks show he managed to produce "Urban gold" from fat bergs he'd been mining under Trafalgar Square. Urban Gold in this case being fuel oil for his pressure lamp & this week glue from boiled rabbit skins. Great stuff for a tomboy.  

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 17:01

Awwwww, You's men are always spoiling a girls dreamskiss

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 14:11

  Oooer! All this manly talk of stoves & generators gravity circuits snow shovels & four wheel drives is really turning me on. Are you all 6 foot 5 bearded lumberjack types with a big shiny woodaxe tucked into your belts really big furry boots & a loyal pack of huskies in the yard?  Is it really such a war zone out there or is there just a little weeny bit of boys playing with toys?  wink

Fri, 09/28/2012 - 13:48

  I cant disagree with much of what you say Sebastiano, especially the rose tinted glasses & the need for research. Those are the reasons & more I have been delaying making a decision. I can’t see how only the Brits are getting it wrong though. Is there something you see in the Brit mentality, character, intellect that gets them to make ill-considered & foolish decisions which they live to regret? Mind you, they did vote for Maggie Thatcher. I think as I suggested earlier that the wealthier you are the greater the chances of success. Money gives you choice which allows you freedom which is a pretty major route to happiness.  In that respect, Americans, Dutch & German economies have for many years been steadily growing while the UK’s with its overburdened welfare state & unchecked immigration has been spiralling down & the rats have been jumping ship in droves.  The only people that don’t want to leave are the Bankers. Work can be a motorway to society. What a great line. I dont know how old you are but I’m old enough to be sick of work & I doubt if many of the Brit retirees in Italy would want to work even if they could get it. I don’t know what Beery spice is on about. I didnt mention Abruzzo or any Dave & I didnt attack Italians?The lady was not my friend just someone I met briefly and by what I learned was in no position to be gadding  about behaving like every other Italian. It seems like its a complex subject & people hold passionate views. But why so much passion? I say Bravo Flip. You seem to have a healthy attitude & a balanced viewpoint. No agenda, no angst, no holier than thou, no do it like me, no your all a bunch of no hope losers. Thank you. Pass the Marmite please.

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Thu, 03/08/2012 - 08:25

I have visited Abruzzo. What part are you in? Loved the mountains and the beaches. I was first introduced to Abruzzo through Tim Parks and his very enlightening & entertaining books. Have visited many parts of Italy and can't quite make up my mind which areas to "try out". I thought maybe that I would rent for some periods of time in different areas and make a long holiday out of it. Seems like a good way to go. Did a year tour in my youth with a small child in tow, it was fantastic, sadly I'm a lot older now and not built for sleeping in tents and the back of a VW bus. Covered lots of areas then and many I have re-visited. Still would like views from people here and maybe some photo's of their area. I don't think jumping in without doing lots of homework is the right thing to do. Research, research and more research is the key and then if you fail on the way at least you tried eh.

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 07:53

Signed. Have been part of so many things that all went down the tubes due to apathy. And, as Einstein puts it so succinctly The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.  So, how about it.

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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 08:32

  Hi again, Yes, Italanon, I am a fungi collector and lover. I can only agree that when going out to collect you must either know your stuff or have them checked over by someone who does. My first experience was in Italy. I was taken out by an expert Mycologist and shown where to look. The altitude they grow at, the trees they like to grow under, and how to spot them and tell the difference between edible and non-edible. I was led to believe that the Boleutus family (Porcini) was one of the easiest to recognize and one of the least of the poisonous fungi. BUT, I am no expert, so, don't hold me to that. We then cooked and ate them in many recipes until, can you imagine, I was sick of Porcini!  The photo I use as my avatar was a very large Porcini I picked in the U.K. Yes, they do grow here and are plentiful and just as tasty and is now sitting sliced and frozen in my freezer awaiting my next risotto. I did read recently that in Italy, at least 18 people died whilst gathering mushrooms. They weren't poisoned; they fell down mountains. Some of them had gone picking in the dark!!!!  

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Mon, 02/20/2012 - 04:29

Thank you all for a warm welcome. I look forward to posting in the future. Thank you for the suggestions also.