I told you earlier that I liked to travel during my summers. I have been to Italy before and I absolutely fell in love with the culture, the friendly people, the gorgeous setting, and the delicious food! I have often said that “this place was made for me.” When I reconnected with my husband I even stated that I planned to live here within a year… life has a funny way of surprising you.
Remember that I have only lived here for three days and I am sure that this short list will grow and change. Still, here is what I have learned about Italy so far:
- Lines mean nothing and personal space is nonexistent
- “Lo non parlo italiano”
- Life can move slowly and be much more relaxed and IT IS OK!
- You need to have balls to drive here!
- When you are lonely, you need to make friends with a local! They will smother you with love, conversation, and attention!
I titled this post as Culture Shock. Although there are obviously differences in California to Italy, the culture shock I am referring to is in reference to military life. You may have guessed from my last post that my husband is in the military. Because we have only been together for a year and a few months now, I have had a crash course in all things military. This adjustment has been the trickiest of all. I am learning how to adjust to this life but I would be lying to you if I said that I was comfortable (and if you read my first post, you will understand how comfort is important to me).
Remember that I have only been married for 2 months now so I am sure that this short list will grow and change. Still, here is what I have learned about military life so far:
- There is an acronym for everything! You must know them all or nod your head and pretend you know what they are saying.
- Murphy’s Law applies here when getting ready to move overseas and filling out government paperwork-everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
- Everyone lives and works together. As a result, your personal life may end up on display.
- Many spouses have a hard time since most are not able to work while overseas. Find a hobby!
- It is NORMAL to fight with your spouse. These conditions are hard and they breed conflict. Fighting is ok, shutting down and ending communication is NOT ok.
…..today I feel like I have a lot to learn about military culture. I have three years to start learning.