Bologna Inside - Second Edition

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10 > LONG TERM

Julia Hill portrait photo

Julia Hill, English Teacher
Taunton, Somerset, England

INTRODUCTION

Perhaps you met la tua metà. Or found a great job. Or maybe Bologna has simply sunk her hooks into you so deep you just can’t seem to pull away. In any case, at some point, you’ve started to think of Bologna as your home. You don’t relate to life in your country the same way you once did, but you’ll never be entirely Italian either. Some days, you could fit in everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

Many foreigners living abroad put off some of the topics in this chapter because it is psychologically challenging to accept the decision to truly stabilirsi in a foreign country. Like most expatriates, you feel nostalgia for your family, friends and aspects of your own culture that you have grown to appreciate even more while living in Italy. It’s normal. Everybody feels it. But don’t let those feelings get in the way of taking important steps toward getting yourself in regola. The more time you pass here, the more likely it is that you will experience life’s milestones, such as buying a home, Italian style. Unfortunately, you may also experience some of life’s darker moments, such as divorce or death. In these cases, foreigners sometimes find themselves in extremely difficult circumstances during what are already trying times because they have not obtained Italian cittadinanza or otherwise formalized their status here.

Even if you are one of those migratory types who goes back and forth between Bologna and your country frequently, make it a point to familiarize yourself with the issues you may face if you are planning to be here a lungo termine.

la tua metà = your other half
stabilirsi = settle down
in regola = regularized
la cittadinanza = citizenship
a lungo termine = for the long term