Interview with Katerina in Florence

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Name: Katie

Blog: http://blog.katerinafiore.com

Date of Interview: September 28, 2007

 

Area of Italy you live in?

Firenze

Let us know a little about yourself?

I am single, currently studying tango and Italian

Why did you decide to move to Italy?

I decided back in 2002 when I first came and studied.

What type of process did you go through to be able to move here?

I am in the process of dual citizenship.  It has been going on for 3 years but I am hopeful.

What problems did you run into during the initial process and how were you able to fix them ?

Just the fact that everytime I came to the Consulate in Chicago he told me there was something else I need to do.  He was a meanypants.

How long have you been here?

I lived in Firenze for 8 months as an au pair.  Wouldn't change a thing!

What type of adjustment problems have you had?

It was hard being away from my family.  But that soon passed when I got reaquainted with my friends who became my family in the end.

What inside secret could you pass on to others looking to move over?

Remember to stay positive and always when homesick meet up with friends and enjoy the company of a life you could never experience in the States.

What has changed about you since you have been here ?

I appreciate family more, I appreciate my boldness and original lifestyle ideas and how friends are supposed to treat you.

Do you think that you will stay forever?

I will be living my life half in Firenze, half in Chicago.  Nothing can replace family.

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Date of Interview: February 2, 2010

Area of Italy you live in?
Firenze, Toscana
Let us know a little about yourself?
I am a travel writer, photographer, English teacher, Yoga instructor in Florence.
Why did you decide to move to Italy?
I decided in 2008 that Italy is where my heart belong, Florence in particular.
What type of process did you go through to be able to move here?
I obtained UK citizenship through my mother who was born in London. I am now an EU citizen starting the process of getting residency in Florence.
What problems did you run into during the initial process and how were you able to fix them ?
My initial problems were that I started the process of Italian citizenship when becoming a UK citizen was much easier. If you have any family members in other parts of Europe, check up on those before you try to process the long, long process of Italian citizenship. I obtained my UK citizenship within 3 months after I applied.
How long have you been here?
I lived in Firenze on and off since 2002. I arrived this time to live in July 2009.
What type of adjustment problems have you had?
The adjustments I have struggled with is money management before I received my stable teaching job. I am still shopping for groceries every 3 weeks. Being on my own has its perks and also many lessons. I love the challenge!
What inside secret could you pass on to others looking to move over?
Stay positive and attract friends that will be there for you. As an expat, you need a support system and your friends become that. Your family is always there for you, but not as close as your friends.
What has changed about you since you have been here ?
I appreciate family more. I know that if something ever happens I can go home. But also, things always work out for the better. Expect nothing and accept everything and you will never be disappointed.
Do you think that you will stay forever?
I can honestly say, I don't know what the future will bring. But I know for sure I will be in Firenze as long as it makes me happy. smiley

 

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