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Re(4):The Expatriate thread
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I can't vouch for Italy as a place to move to, and it really hurts me because I love my homeland from a romantic point of view. But as for practical things go, IMO you can only move to Italy if you're rich enough not to have to worry about your health, bills and stuff [b]in the slightest[/b]. I'm about to challenge my own heart to detail what's wrong with my country. [b]WARNING:[/b] it's a very grim account, make sure you can stomach it. Sorry for pestering the Cafe with this stuff, but I feel it's my duty as a regular user to contribute to this thread. I admit I may have subconsciously exaggerated some statements, so don't take it for a gospel of the Italian dystopia. [b]Public healthcare[/b] is a nightmare, with excruciating wait times in ERs -some days ago a lady past her 80s here in Taranto was forced to wait 9 hours on a stretcher because Italian ERs work under a "there's always somebody who's in worse conditions than you" philosophy, even though her conditions were serious, and her son made the story get headlines on local newspaper as a means of protest-, and even worse wait times -up to more than 12 months- for potentially lifesaving examinations. Private healthcare is slowly turning alike its public counterpart. You want to apply for free healthcare services? You must be unemployed or a total tax evader (see below in the "money" paragraph). All this really disgusts me because I'm a fucking idealist and I deeply believe in the old saying "when there's health, there's everything. Concerning [b]social life[/b], same sex marriage regulations have just come true, but Italy is a land with an oppressive, widespread non-culture of pejoratively labeling you as gay if you're a nice guy -I know it happens just about everywhere, but Nobi's wonderful tale of Chiang Mai* makes me hope it isn't so hard there for men who aren't rude assholes- or nun if you're a woman who doesn't go around showing off your goods through deep cleavages and microskirts 24/7, let alone if you're attracted by people of your same sex. [b]Keeping the streets clean[/b] is an optional here in the South. I live a couple meters away from a busy shopping street and it just takes me to peek from the balcony to see a delightful garbage bags art installation around the bins most of the time. You have to wait for the monthly cleaning to see the bins in a decent condition for a couple days. [b]Money?[/b] Fiscal pressure is infuriating if you're an employee, whereas you can easily evade your taxes almost completely for a lifetime if you're self-employed. You're looking for a clerk job in order to tentatively make some bucks? Most shops demand of them to be already experienced. Duh. Family business seem to be the only ones which go relatively well, especially restaurants and pizzerias. Don't ever dream to get a job there because they have a strong tendency to only employ their close relatives. I asked four of such businesses in a day some years ago and I got rejected from them all. Last but not least, building regulations infringment is all the rage. The recent tragedy which plagued an hotel in Abruzzo could have been avoided because it originally was a farmhouse -or something else, there are conflicting reports about it, but it used to be a much humbler building- unlawfully turned into a big, full featured hotel, there was a trial but everyone got absolved. Besides, the attendants had figured out in advance that the weather was getting catastrophic, to the point they had prepared their luggage to leave the hotel, but they couldn't leave it because there was too much snow and the snowploughs didn't manage to get near the hotel in time. And now we're mourning the death of a lot of people because we're laid back in the most negative way: don't care about a thing until a tragedy happens, then cry about how it could have been avoided. TL:DR; Italy is [b]sublime[/b] for a vacation, but stay away from it as a place to live if your wealth isn't Kanzuki tier. *Nobi, please don't be afraid of having talked a lot, I read it all in a couple minutes and I enjoyed it from the bottom of my heart.
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