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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Our Next Step

As you can imagine there has been a lot going on in the D’Ambrosi household.

1) My mom left on February 20, three days ago, Demetrio and I have been feeling the pinch. We are now both fully in charge of taking care of Veronica. She goes where we go and lives a truly Mediterranean lifestyle. We try to get her home for naps so she does not get too cranky. So far, she has proven to be very adaptable.

2) I have been extremely preoccupied with studying for my Italian driver’s license. While my mom was here, she took care of Veronica in the mornings for one to three hours while I went to the driving school. Sometimes Demetrio would go with me and wait for me there and sometimes I would take the bus to and from.

3) My DH (dear husband) has decided that enough is enough. Since September 15 (the day that the project he’s been working on with Microsoft and Fiat ended) he has been a stay-at-home daddy. Microsoft Italy was supposed to find him another position within its subsidiary but after five months they have failed to do so and they have asked him to look for position outside of Italy. They told him that they do not have a position for him; his dream of possibly living in Rome has been dashed. So the crafty DH sent his resume out and began working towards finding another job. He flew to Seattle for a round of interviews and was offered a position right away. They want him to start as soon as possible and so assigned us a relocation specialist to get us moving.

My thoughts:

I think everyone knows that my first six months of Italy was very difficult. The language barrier really alienated me from the Italians around me. Slowly though I began to meet more and more ex-pats. (Laurie being the first) I saw my social life looking up. Finally, it felt like I had found a group of people I could really trust, talk to and lean on for support when living in Italy had gotten the best of me. My social calendar was busier than most of the Italians I know.
I can say without hesitation that I am really going to miss all the new friends that I have made in Torino. I personally would like to stay for two or more years so my Italian can improve and I can possibly start a mommy and baby group. Part of me feels like a failure, our experiment to live in Italy just was not feasible.

I think its hit my husband worst of all he said to me the other day “I think I got Italy out of my system.” As he reminds me that he’s only been a tourist in Italy for the past 20 years and have never lived here. Little things frustrate him a daily basis but I think there is a bigger philosophical picture too.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue blogging on Gia-Gina in Italy. Nevertheless, I know I will keep the baby blog as Veronica daily happenings are two Important to let fall by the wayside.

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At 1:22 PM, Blogger Delina said...

Wow... So you're leaving? What do you mean by your husband being a tourist here for 20years? Isn't he Italian?

Best of luck with everything.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger miss cupcake said...

Friendships are the hardest to leave behind. You have accomplished so much already and I can empathize how a longer stint in Italy would be wonderful but such is life - I'm sure it'll take you to other wonderful places and people. All the best.

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous stacy said...

Good luck Gina! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and will miss it. We have been trying the opposite (Italian husband here in the US with me) and now are making the switch. I hope you are happier than he has been. Best of luck in everything and enjoy your beautiful baby!

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Laurie said...

WOOOOOHOOO on the driving exam! You rock! Now on this "I am a failure" topic, MISSY....you know what I think about that....enough already! In your short time in Italy you have enriched so many people's lives with your incredible generosity and unstoppable tenacity. You are a winner if ever there was one. We'll talk!

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous deborah said...

I've read back in your blog and I can't find where you speak of moving. Are you coming back to the states????

At 8:05 PM, Anonymous deborah said...

Oh .. just read over again. you're moving back to Seattle.
It's my home, you know. I'm excited for you. What an experience you've had.

I work for Coca-Cola and I've been looking at the possibility of transfering to Coke Italia. It's still my hearts desire.

Change is hear to stay. It keeps us young! Good luck to you, Gina. When and not if, you start your next blog you'll let us know, right?

At 4:57 AM, Blogger american girl in italy said...

well. I am sad you are going to leave italy, but at least I will see you in Seattle! too bad you bothered with your drivers license... can i have it? haha

we will miss you in italy!!!! I will call you this weekend!

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Ambra Celeste said...

We will miss you! Torino won't be the same without you. We still have some weeks left though, right?

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Paz said...

Congrats on passing your driving test and this new move you'll be making.


At 1:17 AM, Anonymous rose said...

Hi, I recently discovered your blog and became pretty much hooked since you are living my dream...to live in Italy. I have to read blogs chronologically, so imagine my shock when I finally reached 2007 and you are coming back to the States. Wishing you nothing but the best in Seattle. I've really enjoyed your writing and hope you keep writing.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger H. (aka. NC_State_Gal) said...

Holy cow! What changes you've had in the short amount of time since I began reading your blog. It seemed like only yesterday when I was reading about your relocation to Italy!

I wish you the very best and I'll definitely continue reading your other blog :).

P.S. - This isn't failure and it isn't admitting defeat. It is just change and who says that you won't return one day?

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Ann said...

Best of luck to you!! My husband alo doesn't feel at "home" here, and he's also Italian. I usually don't do meme's, but felt may be appropriate, since you are leaving, yes I am 'tagging' you. Check out my most recent post on my blog. Good luck for your move!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger melusina said...

Good luck with your move back to Seattle. You'll always have Italy - and I bet you'll still go back now and then.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Gia-Gina said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and the support. Part of me is sad that we could not make a life for ourselves in Italy. And another part of me is happy to leave and return back to a place that I like and have fond memories of.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

OH my! You're leaving! Best of luck to you, and congratulations on passing your driver's test! It's not an easy test to pass, and having your Italian license will ensure that you come back to use it! Buona fortuna!

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous JennDZ said...

Gina, I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I wish I had gotten to it sooner. I can relate to a lot of your stories, my fiancee is from Rome and I am always bugging him that we should go and live there, but he is always saying you just can't make a living there, that people struggle so much. So be proud of yourself that you made it as far as you did, you should leave with your head held high!
Good luck with your new life!

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Jill said...

Hi Gina!
I’ve been following your blogs since you arrived in Italy. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

I can appreciate all the emotions you must be feeling now.

We live in Redmond and I use to work at Microsoft before moving to Italy for a year. We returned to Redmond in March 2005 to learn we were having a baby. 15 month old Daniela and I would love to meet up with you and Veronica for a coffee if you have time, if not this trip, when you're moved and settled. Ciao, Jill (weloveitaly@hotmail.com)


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