Tomorrow morning we're leaving for Lucerne Switzerland for the weekend and will return late Sunday evening. So I obviously will be offline starting from this evening until bright and early Monday morning.
If you would like to read the news in Italy in English, check out the website Life in Italy. The site is usually updated on a daily basis Monday through Friday and the news comes from the Italian news source ANSA. Thew newspaper Corriere della Sera also has a small section in English. Usually they will publish an article a day, again Monday through Friday.
I tend to check my stats on my blog on an almost daily basis, which include search terms used to arrive on my blog. Terms I see on a frequent basis are foreigners in Italy. I don't know what these people are searching for, whether it is what life is like here in Italy for a foreigner or how many foreigners are there in Italy. I just read an article today that there are nearly 4 million legal immigrants in Italy, or about 6.7% of the population. Undocumented immigrants, illegals, are about 500,000. The undocumented work in the underground economy, which includes domestic help.
Who are the largest groups of immigrants in Italy? Romanians with a population of about one million, followed by Albanians and Moroccans.
As you can obviously see, I've changed my template and is a work in progress. Please don't mind the dust. What do you think of my new "Image"?
***Update February 13th 2009. I am getting rather tired of the template I have now. It is rather depressing and I need to change it to of a more "Italian" theme and am clueless how to do it. Help!!!
Yesterday went up to Bellinzona, Switzerland again. It may seem that we are there quite frequently, which in fact is true. My husband had to go to Bellinzona Switzerland for work and he invited me to tag along. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny cool day so was a perfect day to get out of the house and also a change of scenery. While my husband was working I went for lunch and was able to almost finish our Christmas shopping. Have all but one person done. Yeah!!!
Gratitude - Appreciation or thankfulness - positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit one has received or will receive.
What are YOU grateful for today? List in the comments of this post of at least five things you are grateful for today.
Things that I am grateful for:
1. I am happy for the wonderful lunch date my husband and I had yesterday. It was a gorgeous day outside, perfect for getting out of the house and into the Italian countryside.
2. I am grateful now that I am at the half-way point in my Christmas shopping. Four people down, four to go. I am thankful I have started early and not postponing until the last moment.
3. I am grateful I am over my cold and feeling healthy.
4. I am happy and thankful for a beautiful day outside.
5. I am happy and grateful for having such a wonderful and caring husband.
Usually I try to avoid writing a "political" post, but after being asked countless times first if I am able to vote from abroad for the November election and second WHO am I going to vote for. I usually try to keep the political conversation to a minimum. Yes I am able to vote via absentee ballot and I am not going to disclose in this post who I am going to vote for. Especially since my vote does not really count to begin with. I am voting because it is my right as a citizen of the United States. The winner is based on the votes of the ELECTORAL COLLEGE and not really BY THE PEOPLE. Do I think this is correct, that I as an average American citizen, even if I live abroad, vote and for the electors, who in turn may or may not vote for the candidate in question, no.
Influenza sucks. The hubby and I have been sick a week yesterday with what seems to be a nasty cold/influenza. I'm fairing better now compared to my husband, but still not 100%. Thus the reason for lack of a post.
My husband and I just got back Friday night from spending three days/two nights in Istanbul Turkey. It was a rather short trip yes but no regrets in going. Just wish we had more time to spend there. The main purpose of the trip was to watch AC Bellinzona (Swiss football/soccer team) play a Turkish team in their third round for the UEFA cup. AC Bellinzona lost, 1-2 but both teams played well.