Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett
Price Pritchett, you are a wise man.
We have had a week of changes. Changes requiring big decisions.
To cut a long story short, our 'change' is in location.
In a couple of months time are moving from London to Italy.
Today I booked our flights - Wednesday 28th March we are taking our family across to Pescara and driving inland to 'our' little village of Manoppello where our house is and there we will settle for a while.
Maybe only for 3-6 months? We really don't know, but our furniture in London is going into storage until we decide what our next move is.
You see, we rent a flat in London and our landlords are deciding to sell. Our finances are tight and we figured "why not actually live in the property we own in Italy?" Now there's a novel idea!
We have been renting it out over the summer months for the past 5 years, but the time has come for us to relocate there ourselves, for a while at least.
The view from the rooftop terrace: la bella vista
It has always been our dream since coming to London to live in Italy for a while before returning to our home land of New Zealand.
So, we are just living out the dream people!
Although the dream did not involve Austin having to commute between Italy (where his home and family are) and London (where his job is)...
But it can be done, and it will be done.
We are determined to make this work for us although the circumstances of us being there are not our ideal. But in the bigger picture of saving money while we are there? Oh it's definitely worth making it happen.
I'll be homeschooling Luca for the last few months of his school year (SCARY!! But cool.) and I'm looking forward to being surrounded by the beautiful Italian language, and hopefully become conversational in it rather than just one word sentences....! Toilet, wine, beer, the bill... that sort of thing...
I love the retro-ness of the house and look forward to actually making it a home.
I'm looking forward to the s p a c e - compared to our living situation now - for the boys to run around in. Both inside and outside.
I'm looking forward to morning coffees in the piazza while my boys kick a ball around, hopefully playing nicely with other children.
I'm looking forward to the markets in the village every Tuesday and Friday.
I'm looking forward to the slower and relaxed pace of life in comparison to London living.
I'm looking forward to eating and cooking with tomatoes that taste like tomatoes made in heaven.
So many things I'm looking forward to, but not the likely loneliness that will come hand-in-hand with the good stuff...
Anyway, that's just to update you briefly - and I'll be blogging from Italy also and I look forward to sharing my experiences (good, bad and ugly) with you.