1. Cristina

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    Greetings from Italy!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cristina, Aug 21, 2019.

    Hello, I'm a little writer and a big reader from Italy :p I'm here also to emprove my English both on writing than reading and I hope to meet new friends with my same passion for telling stories :)
    I'm a biomedical engineer and I have written short stories since my first years of school. In this period I'm writing a novel based on an Etrurian legend.
     
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  2. Hammer

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    Ciao @Cristina - confirmed italophile here - I don't know the middle bit so well, but used to take my son to Milan to visit his great uncle every Christmas and have spent a fair bit of time down in Puglia

    I have found this site to be a terrific blend of informative and fun, I hope you do too, and I look forward to learning more about Tuscany and Umbria!
     
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    Salve, benvenuta al forum! Like @Hammer here, I'm quite fond of all things Italian. The food, the wine, the language, i tutti. I've only been there once (Verona) but I'm eager to return.
     
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  4. Cristina

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    Thanks for the welcome :)
     
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    Welcome!

    Wow....talk about an amazing coincidence. Someone posted in another forum (settings?) that his character had inherited an island. There's a television show (Island Hunters) that used to be on the HGTV network and a website. Anyways....one of the islands that's listed for sale at $4 million euros is Cereboli Island in Italy. Have you ever been there? It looks really interesting from the YouTube videos.
     
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    Welcome @Cristina ! I'm Iain, one of the mods here. If you haven't had a chance to yet, be sure to check out New Member Quick Start and Forum Rules, and don't be shy about contacting me or one of the other active mods (jannert and big soft moose at the moment) if you have any questions or problems.

    You'll need to have two weeks' membership, twenty posts (which include two constructive critiques of others' writing) before you can post in the Workshop for critique of your own work, but until then, feel free to poke around and jump into any one of the numerous discussions that are ongoing here. Those initial requirements will fly by.

    I stopped at the airport in Milan once...no, twice! But anyway, don't be worried about not being a native speaker of English, we have quite a few of those here and this forum is very understanding if you make a mistake. Legendary fiction sounds good, I can't wait to take a look.
     
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  7. Cristina

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    improve*... I've started very good, hahah
     
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    No, I have never been there, but it sounds interesting :) I hope I will earn 4 millions euros one day to buy it ahhaah
     
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    Thank you :) I hope to write my books in English one day, then there are many native English speaking artists with whom I would like to collaborate :) Actually the main characters are these days people but they are involved in this legend because of their origins or work. In-fact they are archeologists. So it's more like adventure fiction :)
     
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    Hey, there was a blurb on yahoo news this a.m. about some places in Italy playing people to move there. Catch is that you need to start a business there and agree to live there for x number of years. Different regions have different promotions apparently. One region will give you $500 a month for a year, another region will sell you a vacant house for $1 (it does need repairs apparently....?) and another region will give you a lump sum to move there.

    These seem to be regions of Italy that are shrinking rapidly and trying to get the population up. I'm not certain how a region with less than 2,000 people can support a business like a bakery or a restaurant though. I guess a tour guide business could work although it would be at the mercy of global economic factors - I don't see a lot of pleasure travel happening nowadays.

    Anyways, depends on your personal situation. If you have kids you probably want to stay near schools and if you're employed you probably want to stay near your job. If you have health concerns, you probably want to stay near medical care. But you you want to head out to an isolated region to kick back and sit on a quiet patio and write your best seller....there you go....enjoy!
     
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  11. JLT

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    Where in Italy, if I may ask? My grandparents came from Bari (Monopoli, actually) shortly before World War I.
     
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  12. Cristina

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    I have heard of it. Maybe in a small town, there are few activities like yours, so you can make some money: p But it probably couldn't be the ideal life for me :)
     
  13. Cristina

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    I'm a Neapolitan girl :)
     
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    For some reason....I forget to put down the name of the damn town!

    I was thinking of the first one I read about, Molise, Italy. There is also Candela, Italy and while I was trying to find the story so I could add this information, I also found a place in Greece. Antikythera, Greece.

    I am a little bit puzzled though - you're the person on the ground so perhaps you can answer this question. Isn't there a refugee crisis on right now? All the people fleeing the war zones in Sudan and Syria (or is that over now?) and my understanding was they were being housed in refugee camps in Turkey, Greece, etc? Why don't the local governments help these refugees re-settle in regions that they apparently want to pay people to come and live in? I'm pretty sure that refugees who need a safe and secure place to live would be willing to live there for free if it meant they could live peacefully and raise their families in safety.

    Anyways...that's one idea you can forward to the economic development board of these towns if you have any contacts. They can also take a look at the www.CBC.ca website for a television program called "Still Standing" to see how some small, mostly rural towns in Canada are dealing with shrinking populations. Who knows, maybe there's an idea that Italy can use.

    Wow....I hope you need a job...I just gave you one, lol!
     
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    I don't remember well but... if I'm not in a mistake, there was the case of a little country with few old Italian people and many immigrants went there to live. The fact is that if Italians have gone away from these realities, there are many reasons, for example isolation, lackness of servicies, or these places are in zones which have suffered heartquake or other cataclisms xD So, immigrants wouldn't live good there. Furthermore, there are no so many of these places to welcome all the immigrants' waves.
     
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    Anyway, now I'm curious of "Still Standing" . In the last times, I'm curious of everything which come from Canada . In-fact, I already know that cbc.ca doen't allow straming in Italy, so to watch it, sometimes I change VPN :D
     
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    Welcome!

    If you want to improve your English (which isn't that bad at the moment), I'd say dive headfirst into the lounge. Good place to just write whatever, really.

    Hope you enjoy your time here. :superagree:
     
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  18. Cristina

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    Thank you so much :D
     
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    Ah, Napoli! Are you a mixture of pink, white, and brown? (If you're baffled by that question, I should explain that in the US, you can get packages of ice cream that include strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate. We call it "Neapolitan.")
     
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  20. Cristina

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    Ahahahah I like It! I didn't know It, I'll tell my fellow Neapolitans :D Before the explanation in terms of an ice cream, I thought it was a reference to our history as a mixture of peoples and therefore colors ahahah
     
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    Come to think of it, we're all a mixture of various shades of pink, white, and brown. I guess that makes all of us Neapolitans!
     
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  22. Cristina

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    And yellow, lemon ice cream is very tasty ahahah And we use lemons for a variety of good recipes, like delizia al limone
     
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    the aforementioned prozio - Nino, sadly no longer with us - made limoncello. which was always very welcome.
     
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    Limoncello, right! We also made it :)
     
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    There is a whole world of difference between the sickly-sweet stuff we get in the UK shops (it tastes of petrol with cleaning fluid) and proper, home-made limoncello!
     
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