Tall, Pale, and Foreign: Life as a female in Italy

Living in Rome, I’ve found that there are certain things that I just can’t seem to do as a tall pale person with (naturally) fair hair. Buying shoes, foundation and cover-up is nearly impossible. Buying hair dye is another chore. This, coupled with all the unwanted attention looking like an alien in a world filled with petite dark-skinned women, can make day-to-day tasks an epic journey, and walking down the street can make you feel that you’ve fallen into some sort of unwanted celebrity. Continue reading Tall, Pale, and Foreign: Life as a female in Italy

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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