I know it's been lightyears since I've written, but I beg your forgiveness.
Two weeks ago exactly I woke up to a sunny day and a free morning. I had an appointment at one but would spend the morning working out, cleaning and going to the market to buy some verdure. After my run (side note: two months into the trip I noticed I had two panzeroti growing on my hips and a timballo growing on my mid-section, so I made a dramatic change in eating habits and exercise) I felt refreshed and that life couldn't get any better. I was planning a trip to Dubai to visit a friend on another friends discount airline ticket. It would allow me to leave the EU and renew my tourist visa for another three months.
Sbagliato! As of April 2010, the EU changed their law for non EU visitors. With a tourist visa, one can only stay in the country for three months within a six month time period. Was this true I wondered? Everyone said no. That night at dinner with friends, all were optimistic. Even I thought, maybe I can get someone in two weeks to sponser my work visa.
Friday morning was even worse. I visited the questura, or police station, in Varese (if any of you know the questura, you know it's the worse place on the planet) and they assured me even if I was hired, I couldn't return for another three months. The only other option is a student visa. But still only after being in the US for three months. A call to a lawyer, same news.
DEVASTATION and tears on the street
But instead of driving off a cliff on the way home which was my original intention, I decided to look on the bright side of things. Since the shocking news, I have been like mad emailing the Consulate in Boston, enrolling in a language school in Milano, and giving my CV to every English school in the province, thankfully securing work for when I return in September and looking for summer work back home. I got on the plane on Tuesday morning and was still talking to my future employers.
That in a nutshell have been my past two weeks. Sorry for the 'dear diary' entry, I promise to return to regular programming here on.
(Image above: About a month ago the wisteria were in full bloom along the side of the Pinacoteca di Brera)