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General Discussion / Re: Night sky..
« Last post by Vignaverde on August 20, 2017, 12:31:28 PM »
With all the stresses in life and the nightmare situations in Spain ( I won't even start talking about those scumbags) what a nice thing to read, thanks Levi, the first part of that will now become my whatsapp status :)
General Discussion / Re: Night sky..
« Last post by tobylap on August 20, 2017, 08:20:21 AM »
One of my favorite poems.
General Discussion / Re: Night sky..
« Last post by Orbito on August 20, 2017, 06:23:33 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Night sky..
« Last post by levissima on August 19, 2017, 11:02:57 PM »
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

W H. Davies
General Discussion / Night sky..
« Last post by Rustychain on August 19, 2017, 10:03:43 PM »
I woke early this morning; 4am or so. When I got up there was the most gorgeous crescent Moon & an almost-as-bright Venus right next to it.

The sky was clear, the early morning practically silent & it was a great moment.


There's probably a line somewhere about simple pleasures but I can't think of it.


General Discussion / Re: Power Cut
« Last post by Rustychain on August 14, 2017, 10:31:28 PM »
Hi Natalie. Would you expect there to be cuts this week?

I can't remember when we last had a power cut here, apart from the big one last winter when all hell broke loose.

In my experience they are very infrequent & really not worth worrying about.

General Discussion / Re: Power Cut
« Last post by Natalie on August 14, 2017, 08:26:48 AM »
Thanks for the reply. We are in Tornelli and found the signs with the details of the planned cuts
RRealting to last week. Do you know if there are any planned for today or other days this week?
General Discussion / Re: Returners
« Last post by Vignaverde on August 11, 2017, 12:20:03 PM »
What a big shame Orbito, I do wish you all the best if you do end up going back.
I must say in the last year I would say we have switched from our usual 30-50% of buyers wanting to move here to around 80% of buyers intending on moving here. In the last 6 months we have had many clients move here full time for many many reasons. Up to now we have had only 1 person go back and that was after a few weeks!
I often find females take much longer to settle than males for many reasons but often family related (elderly relatives or grandchildren) but on the whole people seem to get over it.

I am sorry to hear you have had no local support Orbito because this is the thing we have had in abundance and many of our clients love the area so much because of the people and their neighbours. It is very un-Italian IMO to be cold towards other people, I feel very sorry that you have ended up in this type of situation. With regards to ignorant officials I have learned over the many years of being here to be hard and forceful when you speak to them, even sometimes being a little arrogant can help, once respect is gained it is usually pretty straight forward. I think that local comunes and utility companies get a great deal of hassle from people and their first thought is to put up a blank faced brick wall to anyone who contacts them !

Picking up on your point (Orbito) about social services, you will find that it does exist here but once again language may not make you feel comfortable with it all. I think anyone changing their life and moving to another country on their own is very brave and I personally would like to wish you all the very best.
General Discussion / Re: Returners
« Last post by Cassius on August 09, 2017, 09:53:04 PM »
I don't quite get it; 2 of our posters have said how much they miss the ballet & the opera because of living in Abruzzo... they do do those things in Italy you know! ;D

OK, so it might be a bit more of an effort than hopping on the Tube if you've come from London, but make an event of it; go to Rome / Milan / Verona for a night or two & get your fix that way. If these things are important in your life, just make a bit of an effort.

Or am I missing something?

Well - as Orbital said - only one thing of many - but if you are in London you can go to the ROH for about 10 if you book ahead - whereas a trip to Rome/Milan/Verona is just that - a big trip.  I was going to ROH once a fortnight or so. 
General Discussion / Re: Returners
« Last post by levissima on August 09, 2017, 08:44:53 PM »
whatever happens, I hope you'll keep in touch and let us know how you get on.

No experience is ever wasted and spending time living in another country will, no doubt, equip you with lots of useful skills for a future employer. 😉 Good luck
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