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I’m not Italian and I’ve been living here for the past 12 years. Living in Italy means:
-Eating great and mostly healthy food
-Paying lots of taxes and seeing how your money is not used for what it should be used (=lots of corruption and improper management of resources)
-getting to see incredibly beautiful cities, natural landscapes and lots of great art , in churches and museums.
-Dealing with a Church with too much influence in local politics
-Having a Mediterranean weather (of course it depends on where do you live)
-Italian politics are crazy , frustrating and absurd.
-mostly friendly people. Lots of “human warmth” as we say.
-too many racists and xenophobes for my taste. Also homophobes and machismo.
-a sensibility towards art and history that you don’t find in many other countries.
-bad TV and, bear with me, bad Italian tacky music.
-beautiful men, for those who are interested in men.
-lot of bureaucracy. Not very efficient.
-decent “free” healthcare and decent free education
-knowing that you will have to work 122454 years before you get your retirement. But quality of life is so good that you won’t die before that.
I do like it here. But I guess it has to do, among other things, with the fact that in my country, Venezuela, we are having a pretty bad situation so Italy looks like a paradise in comparison.
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