It’s with mixed emotions that I announce that I’ll be moving back to the US in a couple of weeks. I’m not quite ready to leave Italy, but at the same time, I’m ready to be back in the US and to be closer to family and friends. I’ve timed my return so that I can spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years with family, which I’m eagerly looking forward to since I haven’t been home for the holidays the last two years. We initially set out to live in Bologna for a two year expat assignment. In a couple weeks, it will have been 2 years and 8 months since we moved to Italy. It really is unbelievable how fast time has flown. It feels like it was just a few months ago that I arrived in Bologna, excited and scared, wandering the city wondering how to procure food and money and friends and how to dry my laundry, and then shortly after my arrival, miming with police officers to find our car that had been towed. It’s easier to leave Italy (for now) knowing that I am a dual citizen and that I can return for a long visit whenever I want. I have an inkling that my relationship with Italy is only just beginning and that I’ll be visiting again before long.
Stayed tuned. I have a couple more posts planned for the blog. I’ll be writing about a recent trip to an olive oil farm in Tuscany, and I’ll be contributing to the November BOBu (Bologna Bloggers Unite) discussion. If time allows, over the next couple of months, I hope to write a few final wrap up posts. I’ll be making a list of Frequently Asked Questions from family and friends with the goal of posting some of my responses. If you have any questions for us that you’d like to see answered here, ask away in the comments section or via twitter or e-mail.