How to deal with the “I-hate-it-heres”

After almost five years in Rome, I rarely get homesick. I miss my family and friends back home, and sometimes I’m nostalgic for places I no longer live in, but these days, I feel that Rome is truly home. What I do get is a bad case of something I like to describe as the “I-hate-it-heres”. It’s an emotion like PMS and road rage all rolled up into one. Here in Rome, I like to describe this feeling as Rome Rage. Continue reading How to deal with the “I-hate-it-heres”

Talk Like a Local: How to Speak Roman Dialect

Many people don’t know that there are many, many ways to speak Italian (just as a unified “Italian cuisine” doesn’t actually exist). Though you can certainly survive in Rome while speaking standard Italian (or English, for that matter), speaking and understanding a bit of Roman dialect is necessary to any understanding of the city’s unique culture. Continue reading Talk Like a Local: How to Speak Roman Dialect

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How to get your permesso di soggorno, or Italian bureaucracy without going insane

One of the most stressful parts of moving to Rome can be acquiring your permesso di soggiorno, or permit to stay. The process requires dealing with Italian bureaucracy, which is notoriously difficult: between long wait times, short opening hours, lack of readily available accurate information, and oft-unfriendly staff, getting anything done in this country can seem impossible. Continue reading How to get your permesso di soggorno, or Italian bureaucracy without going insane