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    God monologue. Not terribly exciting but exposes one to the Italian culture and intrecacies of the culture from a foreigners eyes.
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    Study book for "Moving to Italy"

    Stef Smulders’ “Living in Italy: The Real Deal - How to Survive the Good Life” is one hell of a story for someone who is thinking of moving to Italy. I stumbled upon it two weeks after our family had made a decision to move to Italy from the UK and reading it was just what the doctor ordered. It is a genuine story of a Dutch couple who goes to Northern Italy to study for a year, falls in love with the country and moves there for good. They study in a university from a different higher education system, look for a flat to rent, deal with people in a language they hardly speak, come up with a business idea, open a bank account, obtain all mandatory papers, hunt for a property to buy and buy it, sell up back home, go back to Italy, look for an architect, a builder and other contractors to do up their new place, explore the vicinity to find ideas for enhancing their business… It is a genuine story of a dedicated couple facing all sorts of challenges on their way to their dream and making it happen. The author introduces Italian words to describe the local culture which was exceptionally useful for me as a linguist. Basically, it is a guide, study book for a student studying for an MA on “Moving to Italy”. Vivid examples of what can go wrong and what you would be facing in real life could save you a lot of time and hassle if it is not something you would be prepared to do. If you are thinking of moving to Italy, reading this book is the first thing you need to do. Loads of humour, no faffing about, subtle when required – the author excels in it all. The breaks stop working on a bike going down a hill because the rider hasn’t checked them, you are supposed to abuse the dough (“Just think of your partner whilst kneading!”), but the funniest part for me was reading about the builder who was so pushy it wasn’t true. Enjoy!
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    Hilarious travel guide to all things Italian

    Ever since I was fifteen years old, I’ve been in love with all things Italy. At one time, I wanted to emigrate there and live like the Italians do. Authors like Frances Mayes and Jan Morris fed my heart’s desire and now I can add Stef Smulders to the list of my favorite ex-pat authors. In 2008, Stef and his husband, Nico, decided to take the plunge and emigrate to Northern Italy and open a bed and breakfast. Although they did their research back in the Netherlands, it’s never as easy as all that. Stef records their journey. The result: a delightful and entertaining read. From finding a place to live to buying and renovating a property (to turn into a B&B), Stef doesn’t hold back which brings authenticity to this memoir. His take on their Italian real estate agent had me grabbing my sides from laughing so hard. The continual uphill battles Stef and Nico faced were realistic and I now understand how difficult it must be to emigrate and start a business as a foreigner in Italy. Through it all, though, Stef kept his humor and the end-result is breath-takingly beautiful. This is a translation from Dutch and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. You’d think Stef was British and fluent in English. If you love all things Italy and/or thinking of visiting, I highly recommend this book. If you’re looking for an escape from winter weather, pick up this book right now! Thank you to Stef Smulders for giving me a copy in the hopes that I’d review it. My Rating: 5 stars
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    Easy read

    A light amd easy read. I wish I had seen the glossary of Italian words before I had finished the book
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