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1 My blog: Help! I live with my italian mother in law on 13th December 2009, 10:17 pm

Hi, I'm new to this site. Got the link from Jessica, Too tall for Italy blog. I look forward to some great female support out here in cyberworld...it can get pretty lonely.

If you get a chance you can hit my blog to learn a bit about my world in Genoa, Italy:
http://www.lmarmstrong66.wordpress.com

Help! I live with my italian mother in law

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Nice to meet you Imarm Very Happy welcome to the forum! how long have you been in italy? whats Genoa like??

cheers

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3 Hi on 14th December 2009, 1:02 am

Hi Clare, I've been in Genoa for a year now. I've been coming here since 2005 but officially moved here last year after I got married to an Italian. Genoa is nice, but a bit closed. The people here are hard. Not sure how to explain it really. I love it, but I find it hard sometimes because they are not overly friendly like other Italian cities I have visited. I have a few friends but of course they are all expats too!

Where do you live?

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Hi and welcome! I have a friend in Genoa who is Italian and fantastic, but she is originally from Rome so maybe that makes her more open. He husband is from Genoa and is lovely, but quieter. Gonna have a look at your blog now...................

time passes.........

Your blog is great, too much to read in one go but I am definately gonna read it all, bit by bit!

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Heya

Im in Roma i really like it here! if you ever come for a visit we could meet up Very Happy

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Yay I am so glad you came on board here! Your blog is probably my favorite out of all the Italy blogs! Whenever I need a good laugh I read it Smile

7 Too tall for Italy on 14th December 2009, 11:17 pm

Hi Jess! Good to see you on here! I have to update my blogroll on my site to your new Hey mon. It's funny when I ready your new blog title I was thinking maybe you moved to Jamaica, haha. Oh, but that would have to be Ya mon!

So did anyone watch the news last night and see what happened to Berlosconi? My MIL was cheering! I felt bad for the guy, he looked completely shocked and stunned by it all.

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Regardless of wether or not Berlusconi is a bad man, it is not the way to behave and, it will actually only create more sympathy for him, so probably defeating the purpose of the attack. Responding to bad behaviour with bad behaviour is not civilised!
That is my opinion, will get off my soap box now hee hee!

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9 blog on 15th December 2009, 12:16 pm

Thx Lizzie,

I have fun writing the blog but sometimes get carried away and write super long ones!

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10 Berlosconi on 15th December 2009, 12:20 pm

I agree, he may or may not be a bad man but this is not the proper way for a civilized country to be handling it. I don't know all that much about Italian politics but it does seem that Italy has some catching up to do if it wants to stay in the game.

I think sometimes it's like being stuck in the heydey of the 80's where there was lots of money and no one thought about the consequences, but those days are long gone and the people of Italy are starting to realize it, but not fast enough.

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I knows hes corrupt in somethings he does but my BF said when other people come to power they just tax us more! they do nothing for the people.

This man has not taxed us hes actually taken a house tax away! when the earthquake happened and people lost there lives and houses, he went there to see the damage he cried and the funnerals and he made damn sure that everyone who lost there houses had new ones built for free! earthquake proof ones and he set a date and made sure it was done on time!

He also did this when one mudslides happened!

So at the end of the day why cant people see the good stuff he is doing now? maybe he is trying to be a better person!? but as people we can rarely see through the things that someone has done in the past and thats a big shame Sad

Hes done some good where he is but still some people hate him!

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12 Berlosconi on 15th December 2009, 3:11 pm

Thanks for that! I have a few Italian friends here that support him and are quite involved in Politics and I am always careful about what I say. My only comment has been someone must like the guy otherwise why does he keep getting voted back in?

I know he has had a recent scandal with his wife but honestly what politician or famous person hasn't? I don't really care too much about his personal problems as long as he can do his job well.

In Canada, our politicians are just not that enigmatic. Nobody really cares. Only when Trudeau was in power do I vaguely recall his wife Margaret being the lover of Mick Jagger in 1977, and I was just 10 years old!

Anyways, I am sure that Berlosconi has done some good, he's just a target for hard times...even Obama is getting bad press because Americans think he should have turned over the economy by now!

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ohhhhhhhh hum
I really think your view of Berlosconi is coloured by the people around u when u r an expat, unless of course your Italian politics, history and language are up-to-date. I don't know enough about him to have a valid opinion. But I do, for e.g. know people who have been working in Abruzzo in the camps and it does not seem a good situation, and I am sure it doesn't feel like a camping holiday. Also when they held that big meeting in Abruzzo I thought it was in bad taste and a real waste of funds. My gut instinct is that Berlusconi is a slime ball...but as u say what politician isn't these days?

And Italy is not stuck in the 80s, it is still in the fifties! U consider it's attitude to women for e.g.

oh, there's a whole can of worms here!

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lmarmstrong66 wrote:Hi Jess! Good to see you on here! I have to update my blogroll on my site to your new Hey mon. It's funny when I ready your new blog title I was thinking maybe you moved to Jamaica, haha. Oh, but that would have to be Ya mon!
Haha that was actually my first thought we I found out where we were moving. Don't know if you ever got the show In Living Color in Canada (or on the high seas) but there was a sketch and the dudes always said Hey, Mon! lol.

About ol'Berlu I think he is shady shady. And I am not convinced he is a changed man, far from. But he is like 73 and being assaulted is never ok, no matter who you are. I think Lizzie's right, this will work for him which sucks.

If u look on the expats website they are saying the same sort of thing.....

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I have been outofcommission for some time ( in america visiting the 1000 people that consist of la mia famiglia ) .. I have always been curious about Genoa and I must say your blog is awesome! witty funny and I totally relate to living with your MIL and the strange things she cooks at 7am...

about berlusconi.. ummmm well i probably shouldnt get into it but being a political science graduate in university and closely following Berlus"croni"..im not a fan.. if you really read about him from start to finish you would be shocked.. i like to give people a chance and knew nothing about mr. berlusconi when i came to italy but as a legal immigrant in this country it would be hard-pressed ( and hypocrytical) for me to like someone who publicly claimed that he and "italians" dont believe or want a multiethnic italy since i am about as multiethnic as you can get Wink.. but whatever hes 70..what? i hope things change here and people look less at the media and READ BOOKS about their county, president, follow diverse new sources before making an opinion into a fact Wink

rant aside.. i live in florence.. love it.. tell me more about the "closed " people of genoa.. i thought that about here too but slowly and surely I'm breaking away at the icy exterior! i just give them long uncomfortable hugs Wink Razz

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lmarmstrong66 wrote:I agree, he may or may not be a bad man but this is not the proper way for a civilized country to be handling it. I don't know all that much about Italian politics but it does seem that Italy has some catching up to do if it wants to stay in the game.

I think sometimes it's like being stuck in the heydey of the 80's where there was lots of money and no one thought about the consequences, but those days are long gone and the people of Italy are starting to realize it, but not fast enough.

I am perplexed by your reference to Italy as a civilized country. Laughing I'm just not getting that impression living here! 8 yrs of dirty bathrooms, trash all over the streets, wreckless driving, people cutting me off when I'm standing in "the line", and random fireworks at all hours on any given day of the year... just overall lawlessness... I'm finding it all very chaotically romantic, but it doesn't seem civilized.
don't mind me - just plugging in my thoughts scratch



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Ggnitaly84 wrote:welcome to the pinkforum!
I have been outofcommission for some time ( in america visiting the 1000 people that consist of la mia famiglia ) .. I have always been curious about Genoa and I must say your blog is awesome! witty funny and I totally relate to living with your MIL and the strange things she cooks at 7am...


rant aside.. i live in florence.. love it.. tell me more about the "closed " people of genoa.. i thought that about here too but slowly and surely I'm breaking away at the icy exterior! i just give them long uncomfortable hugs Wink Razz

the hugs are a great idea! I can just imagine it flower

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I am perplexed by your reference to Italy as a civilized country. I'm just not getting that impression living here! I'm finding it all very chaotically romantic, but it doesn't seem civilized
don't mind me - just plugging in my thoughts

Romantic? I only got that impression when i was a tourist. Work, responsibilities, healthcare, kids ... the nitty gritty of life ia a logistical, emotional and beaurocratic nightmare!

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Lizzie wrote:ohhhhhhhh hum
I really think your view of Berlosconi is coloured by the people around u when u r an expat, unless of course your Italian politics, history and language are up-to-date. I don't know enough about him to have a valid opinion. But I do, for e.g. know people who have been working in Abruzzo in the camps and it does not seem a good situation, and I am sure it doesn't feel like a camping holiday. Also when they held that big meeting in Abruzzo I thought it was in bad taste and a real waste of funds. My gut instinct is that Berlusconi is a slime ball...but as u say what politician isn't these days?

And Italy is not stuck in the 80s, it is still in the fifties! U consider it's attitude to women for e.g.

oh, there's a whole can of worms here!

well, i do intend to look at the MIL blog, so thanks for that Imarmstrong66... but since this has turned into a chat about Berlusconi, i'll add my thoughts too.

As much as I wish that all world leaders would be holy upright honest and respectable, I know that is just not possible Sad I do wish more women would be in charge, but that also seems impossible because women have so many other things to do besides gain power and status in life!
I guess a lot of men who gain power and status in life, along with wealth and fame, turn out to be sort of shady. I wouldn't expect Berlusconi to change as a person... but it seems that the laws put into effect when he is in office are usually good ones, as opposed to the really useless ones that Prodi was making.

What I don't like at all (besides just a general disgust for the whole Italian political and judicial system) is that he has been in office too many times for too many years Sad- and he owns not only some of the media, but a lot of the media! I just can't see how that is a good thing.

In any case, throwing a statue at him is just ridiculous. If the society is upset about how government is running, Berlusconi is the wrong target to attack. People should look at themselves first, and how they are voting, how socially responsible they are, and how much of their time is dedicated to the greater good of the nation. Berlusconi doesn't really matter that much!

And those are my useless rambling "two cents" Sleep

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Lizzie wrote:
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I am perplexed by your reference to Italy as a civilized country. I'm just not getting that impression living here! I'm finding it all very chaotically romantic, but it doesn't seem civilized
don't mind me - just plugging in my thoughts

Romantic? I only got that impression when i was a tourist. Work, responsibilities, healthcare, kids ... the nitty gritty of life ia a logistical, emotional and beaurocratic nightmare!

yes, i agree it is a nightmare in all of those ways, but i do still recognize that there is some kind of romanticism in the "let your hair down and anything goes" sort of italian way... the "everyone get out of my way because I'm cooler than you with my Audi" kind of thing... which you can rarely get away with in the US. In the US you can dress out of fashion or weigh 250 pounds and nobody really looks at you like they do here, but try driving like an italian, and the cops will bust you fast! So, once in a while, when I feel nostaligic, I remember that sensation of standing on a small sunny street in Firenze, eating a peace of pizza while breathing motorino exhaust and watching italians flying by with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths... and it's sort of romantic. Ha ha. I am making myself laugh. I know, i don't make much sense! jocolor

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Boy, this sure is a lot of press for such a short guy! Laughing
But politics aside, I see your point about civilized...must have had a brain fart when I injected that remark!

I actually opened the overhead on the plane to try and put my napsack in and the short Italian jerk behind me stood up and shoved his sweatshirt right where I was trying to put my bag. I nearly lost it on him, I just gave him a dare to die look and said quite calmly "do you mind?". His friend was laughing his head off behind him, what an idiot!

As for romantic, yes, real life sucks the romance out of anything no matter where you go truly. When I lived in the Caribbean I used to see the most gorgeous sunsets and I would think right place wrong guy. Now I am with the right guy, but we have a tough time finding the right place...ahhh, such as life! But I would choose him over a perfect sunset any time Wink

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flower for Leah - well said!

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