caroline_venezia

Apr 11th, 2013, 12:21 PM
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yes, congratulations to you both.

still living the "dream". [ours if not yours] .
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Apr 12th, 2013, 02:51 AM
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Hi Caroline and Phil

Many congratulations and I am glad to hear some friends have been made - locals by any chance?!?

I bought a bottle of Campari yesterday in an effort to hasten summer but no effect so far.

Victoria
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Apr 12th, 2013, 04:05 AM
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tarquin, I drink Campari all year round and it's never had any effect on the weather! Congrats to Caroline & Phil for a good year.
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Apr 12th, 2013, 05:09 AM
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Caroline, sounds like it's been a bit of a struggle, congratulations on hanging in there.

I'll be thinking of you when I go to the Edinburgh festival in August, using your strategies to find the best performances.
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Apr 12th, 2013, 07:07 AM
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I just came across this thread and cannot want to read it through, and the blog as well. We cannot go to Venice for a year--not with new grandbabies growing so fast--- but we will go for a month, in October. Perhaps we should meet up for a drink---negronis for the men ( that is my husband's favorite) and I'll have a prosecco. What can I order for you, Caroline?
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Apr 14th, 2013, 05:24 AM
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Caroline and Phil, I just discovered your blog and am enjoying it thoroughly. We are going to be in Venice in May and I am just to lat May and reading about the artichoke festival, and it made me wonder when it will be this year. I have tried to google it, but to no avail, at least not for this year in Venice. Thanks in advance if you know, RosieCaro(line)
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Aug 10th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Hi Caroline - I was referred here (and to your husband's blog) today after posting last night that I'm working on moving to Italy. I'm planning on taking some time today to read through the blog.

My situation is somewhat different than yours, as I am retired, with a decent pension from the military, and my brother lives in Pordenone, near the US airbase at Aviano, so I will have some support once I get there, if the visa is approved. Right now I'm working on selling my place (I'm not going to get anything out of it, just get out from under the mortgage) and after that I'll be filing my application.

I'm actually hoping to move to Venice, specifically because people walk everywhere and I am no longer able to drive for health reasons, though I'm also entertaining the idea of other cities in the Veneto. I visited Venice last year with my brother and really enjoyed myself. I wish I'd had more time to explore.

I've started studying Italian, though my opportunities for that are fairly limited right at the moment; once I get out of my condo and move back to Seattle temporarily, I'll start going to some Italian classes so that I can make better progress with it.

I appreciate that you're both willing to talk about your experiences here and on his blog. Thanks!
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Aug 11th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Hello everyone and thanks for your further good wishes and congratulations. Sorry I haven't responded before as I got out of the Fodor's habit while I was working, but am now enjoying the long Italian school summer holidays!

So yes, for anyone still checking here but not following DH's blog, we are still in Venice after 17 months and already planning for year 3.

We were both lucky enough to get TEFL work with decent companies who did actually pay us and on time. I had a part-time contract with one company and DH did non-contract work for a few companies plus some private lessons. We are both now on a promise of full-time contracts for the next scholastic year with the company I was with, so all working out so far!

We treated ourselves to a 2nd year in our current, rather expensive flat (really enjoying that altana now!) but will be looking for somewhere cheaper and hopefully unfurnished on a secure long-term contract, next year - when we'll have a better idea of future earnings and will have to live on those, with the redundancy money largely used up.

Tarquin, see you soon!

Nikki, hi! I wonder if you are in Edinburgh yet? We've deliberately tried to avoid finding out what was on in this year's and last year's festivals, so we wouldn't be sorry about missing them; although were annoyed to find out Scottish Opera had waited for us to leave to do Wagner last year! This last week for the first time we've sampled the short Biennale theatre festival and the 3 shows I saw were all excellent, so will have to plan for that more seriously next time.

Enzian, we'd be delighted to meet for a drink. If the men are having Negronis, I want one too! Campari spritz or prosecco also always welcome though

Rosecaro, I'm so sorry I missed your question about the artichoke festival. I did see posters for it again but we didn't go this time. If you get another chance, there's this website - www.carciofosanterasmo.it.

Erynn, hi, we 'crossed in the post', kind of!

Anyway, all for now - time for another glass of almost-free vino sfuso out here on the balcony
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Aug 11th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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Ciao Caroline! nice to hear from you again.

I'm so pleased that it's working out for you in Venice and that you are enjoying it more now.

good luck for year 3!
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Aug 11th, 2013, 05:15 PM
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I'm so happy for you!
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Aug 11th, 2013, 11:46 PM
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Erynn, if you are struggling to get to Italian classes I recommend the following tools.

http://www.duolingo.com/
http://www.busuu.com/enc/
http://www.verbalplanet.com/publicvi...A&currency=USD

I've used verbalplanet a fair bit and it is great getting language from a native speaker
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Aug 12th, 2013, 10:41 AM
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Bilboburgler - I am currently using duolingo.com and really enjoying its integrated approach. I'm also using several Italian study books with sound files, and some grammar books to help round things out a little more. Thanks so much for the links!
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Aug 12th, 2013, 12:28 PM
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Erynn, I'm not familiar with duolingo.com [I'll give it a try after this] but I had a lot of success with listening to Michel Thomas in the car. He is very big on grammar and repetition which suits me very well on short trips to work and back.

there is a beginner's course and an intermediate one, both of which i thought very good.
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Aug 12th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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A vote for Michel too
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Aug 13th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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(P.S. everyone, please don't think I've rudely ignored Erynn! I saw her own thread - http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...g-to-italy.cfm -
& responded to it on my way to checking this one.)
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Aug 13th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Caroline has not ignored me at all! She's been very kind and quite informative.

Annhig, thanks, I'll look that up.
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Aug 14th, 2013, 12:01 AM
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Another vote for Michel Thomas's repetitive method, which I will listen to again starting today. Strange how my more recent Italian is so evanescent while the French, rarely needed these days, just sticks. It takes me a couple of days just to stop saying 'oui.'
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Aug 14th, 2013, 09:57 AM
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we had a real piece of good fortune yesterday. it was the last meeting of our italian circle before the new term of conversation classes starts back in September, and our hostess for last night runs a B&B. it so happened that 2 of her guests at present are italians, and they kindly agreed to join us for dinner so we had the chance to practice our less than perfect italian on native speakers for a few hours. They were extremely patient and very tactful in correcting our many mistakes.

shame it was over so quickly. italians are pretty few and far between in Cornwall so this was sadly a rare occurrence.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:28 AM
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Tarquin, I think you should count yourself lucky! My Italian is also largely evanescent, but my French has pretty much disappeared altogether in the attempt to learn Italian!

Annhig, that was lucky! I wish I could arrange something similar here
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Aug 15th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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Tarquin, I have the same experience with french and italian. I really do think that the french phrases that we learnt at school when we were [certainly in my case] so much younger, stick so much more fast than the italian we are now trying to absorb. but i find also that the repetition in, say, M. Thomas, really helps the italian to stick too.

lol Caroline, perhaps you could start a french circle!
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