I am finally starting to feel settled in my new apartment and town here in Italy. Mum and I had a very busy first week here – almost as soon as we got off the plane, we were running from place to place, line-up to line-up. I registered with the local AND regional police, set up a bank account, got a SIM card and obtained endless documents for a permit of residency. While it was tiring, it was a great distraction from this huge change that I have made (geographically, socially, educationally) and the now great distance between myself and everyone back home. The realization of it all finally came when I had a second to breathe and take account of my surroundings. 

And aside from the bureaucratic things, I still have a lot to figure out. I’ve realized that a laundry cycle takes  3-4 hours, but I still need to figure out how to go for a run without everyone in the town gaping at me. I know now that when all 3 drawers of my dresser are open, the whole thing will fall over, but I need to learn how to walk on cobble-stones without multiple near-ankle-injuries per day. 

It was a great week though. Mum and I had some great meals, excursions and experiences. Some highlights include:

Walking around my new school…

Exploring Turin…

Finding a 4 euro pasta restaurant in my town…

And renting a Fiat 500 to go to Ikea.

I plan to post regularly in the coming months: updates as well as recipes and food adventures!

Thanks for reading,