Make no mistake about it, this transition with a young family is proving to be a difficult one, but the simple joys of our new lifestyle and watching our kids experience the people and culture around them make it all worth it.
After working hard for a while, being smart with our money, and investing time into building a strong family, we can now embark on a seven-country, seven-month trip to a new continent. It's time for us to do something we love with the people we love.
Basically every time you get a veggie or some fruit you have to bring it over to the little scale and punch in the associated number and weigh it and it'll print you a little scan out sticker. Okay, not so bad. Except there's one scale, maybe two, and a bajillion people.
Everyone, regardless of their cultural origins, shares a broad range of cross-cultural experiences when living and working in a new culture. Candidates for international positions should do an intercultural training to ascertain if a life and career overseas is the right thing for them.
If you wander down the right back alley, you can still find the surviving remnants of a functioning Italian city -- a playground, a tailor, a basketball court, an upholsterer, a yoga class, a pet shop, a funeral parlor.