What is it like to live in Italy?

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Mudassir Ali
Mar 12, 2020 01:50 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 12, 2020 01:52 PM

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

-beautiful language

-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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