I always want to find the silver lining in every situation, to find the bright side of something. Some days I really miss Switzerland. I don’t miss the US, I don’t really remember life there but I miss Switzerland. I miss the beauty of the country, I miss how clean everything was, how everything worked, how well we were paid.
Italy has its advantages but I still find that I feel like an outsider here. I look different, I’m blonde, tall and fair skinned. My kids are the same, we stick out like a sore thumb. My mentality is different, many people my age and older are mentally stuck 30 years ago. Though, many younger people are much more open and different, I hope this brings change to Italy.
Italy can also be dirty and organized. There’s trash on the street, wild dogs who roam the streets, and many playgrounds are in a state of disrepair.
But the silver lining? The people are friendly, even if their mentality is old. The availability of fresh fruits and vegetables is much better than in Switzerland and we truelly eat in season. My town is clean, the city does a great job of picking up trash, I hope that every city in the area can take it as an example. As for work, I honestly find many more jobs here than in Switzerland, there is an never ending demand for an English teacher, especially one who is a native speaker. To me this also shows that Italians are interested in doing more in the future by investing the time (and money) in English.
I don’t think I will ever stop missing Switzerland, but instead to dwell on the negatives, I am going to try my best to focus on the positives.
I will leave you with a photo of the biggest advantage here, the Amalfi Coast (with Felicity splashing around in the water).