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The Gran Balon

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

I mentioned in one of the previous posts, a flea market in Torino called the Balon. After a bit of research I found that “balon” is a piemontese word for “ball”. The wikipedia description is a bit murky about how this became the name for the market. So the Balon occurs every weekend. But only […]

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Fai da te (do it yourself) in Italy,

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

WARNING – Handyman musings ahead. Having been a homeowner in the U.S, for many years I quickly realized that if you need to call a handyman or plumber for everything in the house it really can quickly cost a bundle of money. A lot of things are relatively simple to do, especially in the era […]

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Internet and Cellphone Service

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Okay, this seems like a prosaic thing to write about but I’ve decided to write a little bit more about actually living in Italy. One significant difference that I’ve been aware of since I began coming here in 2011 is that the cellphone service is significantly cheaper and now astoundingly better. Since I have my […]

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Oh my god, it finally arrived

Monday, April 15th, 2019

I arrived in Italy with a visa for Residenza Elettiva ( Elective Residence) meaning I was not here for any other reason that I wanted to live here. If you come to Italy for any period longer than 90 days, which is the limit without a visa, then you must apply for a Permisso di […]

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