Hi my name is Sarah! As you can see here I love this big dog, his name is Patrickone, but this is not the point of this blog.

The point is to document my new life in Italy! WHOA whoa whoa…let’s back up here. How did I arrive at this point?

Well, I attended college in California and while there, I studied Italian for my language requirement. To make a long story short, I ended up changing my major and my life!

I studied abroad in Padova, Italy in the school year 2009-2010. There I met the best group of friends of my life and more importantly the love of my life. His name is Livio and you will see him frequently on this blog as he is my soon to be husband!

I suppose there will be more about me to learn in the future but for now I guess the purpose of this blog is to document my life as I try to build it here in Italy. I want to try to stay healthy, happy and document this process of creating a life abroad. I hope you enjoy =)


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  1. I’m looking forward to following your blog! I’m in Spain for many of the same reasons you’re in Italy! I studied abroad in Sevilla back in 2009 and fell in love with the country and, most importantly, a man! 🙂

    • Wow! I will definitely check out your blog as well! How romantic =) What are you going to be doing there?? Work, study, or marriage? haha..those seem to be the only 3 ways to get into these European countries

      • Haha! So true. I’m studying in Portugal. I’ve been here since 2009 after I finished my last college course with a summer abroad program here, and… yep, just loved it! Now that I’m finishing my Master’s I need to figure out something to take care of my visa ASAP!

      • I’ve heard that getting a study visa converted to a work visa is much easier than just applying directly for a work visa. At least for Italy! Good luck though, let me know if it works out =)

      • I think it’s the same here, too, except the problem is that I have to find a job with a contract to get the work visa, and that is sooooooooo hard to find, I’m not even kidding. We’ll see… I’m itching to work, though, I hate having no money and little independence!
        I’m really excited to see pics of your wedding. I helped a friend do all of the favors, brochures and set up for her wedding (it was very DIY) so I have an idea of how much work it is. I’m sure it will turn out great though 🙂

  2. Hey Sarah 😀 I know we only hung out, like, twice-ish when I visited Katherine at UCLA, but you’re totally my hero for going to Italy after falling in love with it. I’m the same way, but with France. I really want to go for a while after I graduate in June. I’m loving your blog and pictures. I’m happy everything is falling into place. Have you been in Italy the entire time since you studied abroad? Did you never go home? Have you been there long enough to get a job? What does Livio do? 🙂 Sorry for asking so many questions…I’m just really curious. So stoked for you!

    • Hey Kelly!
      Of course I remember you! You were there when I became friends with Niccolò and my future was shaping itself right before my eyes without me even knowing it. Do you remember Niccolò? It’s thanks to him that I chose to study abroad…and then I met Livio and the rest is history. Anyways thank you so much for your message, it’s so sweet and I’m glad to know that people are reading my blog! I’m going to try to be very diligent because I noticed that if I start to take pictures and write down my thoughts every day and what I do, I appreciate things more as I’m doing it instead of letting time just fly by.

      I studied abroad the school year 2009-2010 but I had to return fall quarter 2010 to UCLA to graduate officially in December. Livio and I stayed together for 5 months of long distance while I was back in LA and we only saw each other once in November where we met up in Paris. In January of 2011 I packed up my bags and moved to Italy to live with LIvio and he proposed in March!! So I guess to answer your question I haven’t been living in Italy consistently at all since I left my study abroad program but I’ve been back and forth a lot to work out bureaucratic stuff and visas and such. It’s quite complicated.

      I haven’t been here long enough to get a job because I’m still waiting to sort my visa situation out, and it’s illegal to work without one. I’ve heard France is much easier than Italy because their government has a program for Americans to teach English there. I have friends who have either gone to France to work for the ministry of education, to teach English or one girl I know is there working as an au pair!

      Livio is an engineer, thank goodness one of us works! Haha..but no seriously I hope to find a job as soon as I get all of my paperwork settled…and in two years after we’re married I can apply for citizenship anyways! wahoooo! Let me know if you get things figured out for France! Have you applied for anything there? Did you study abroad?

      • Wow, that’s awesome. So awesome. I really want to keep in touch with you because you’re my HERO for packing up and moving to Europe after graduation! I’m torn between wanting to pack up and move to France for a while and wanting to stay here and start submitting to agencies (I want to be an actress) next summer. Things are still up in the air, but your blog totally inspires me!

        I DO remember Niccolo! I still keep in touch with him occasionally…I think he’s really cute :X haha. It sounds like you’re starting to figure everything out in Italia. Is Livio your age? You guys look really cute together. Where are you going on your honeymoon?

        I feel like I should keep in touch with you in some way other than WordPress comments…is Facebook the best way to reach you? Let me know and I’ll gladly keep in touch. I’d love to visit you once I get to Italy. I actually took Italian 1 last quarter at UCLA and found it frustratingly easy to understand (similar to français) but difficult to speak. With some practice, I think I could get better.

        I’m not studying abroad in France, unfortunately…I decided that, since I’m a transfer student, I want to make the most of my two years on campus and then travel afterwards when I don’t have any homework to do or professors to answer to. But I do intend to go there…not sure when or how, but I will get there one day and stay a while. 🙂

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