The Invisible Partner

One of the many unexpected side effects from starting my own business is the amount of praise and admiration I receive from friends and relatives. People take their time to tell me how impressed they are, what a great job I’m doing and at times what an inspiration I am to them. This, together withContinue reading “The Invisible Partner”

Expectations vs Realities of Florence

By Abigail Ferenz and Dr. Paolo Molino Edited and published with permission. Preparing to temporarily live abroad for an internship in Florence, Italy, I always heard of the beauty and adventure the city has to offer being a main hub within the Tuscan region. Consistently, when sharing my plans to go abroad, those around meContinue reading “Expectations vs Realities of Florence”

Friendships matter

I have been an expat for most of my life. I was born in Brazil and lived there until the age of 15 when I left for England, never to  return to live in my own country.  I’ve since lived in France and now also Italy, so after a childhood with the same house, friends,Continue reading “Friendships matter”

Tinder life

I’ve recently had a few (female) clients ask me about dating apps in Italy. As they plan their Florence move, they’re thinking ahead to ensure an Italian romance is on the cards. It so happens I’m a bit of an expert…some context for you: I arrived in Italy married to the father of my children,Continue reading “Tinder life”

Reverse culture shock

So you’ve moved to Florence, you’re learning Italian, the culture doesn’t seem all that strange to you anymore. You’ve made new friends, the kids are happy in their school, you even have a couple of new hobbies, and then the inevitable happens, you go back home, you visit your home country, and boy, does itContinue reading “Reverse culture shock”

Driving in Italy

No, this is not a blog about crazy Italian drivers and how brave you need to be to drive here, although yes, Italian drivers are crazy and you do need to be very brave to drive in Italy. Some stereotypes exist for a reason. This is a blog about the hidden side of driving inContinue reading “Driving in Italy”

Is a life in Florence for you?

This is not an easy question to ask yourself. But be brutally honest, can you handle all the pitfalls, bureaucracy and inevitable disappointments that come with a move to a foreign country? I will never stop being amazed at the resilience and sheer strength of my clients. People determined to make a life in Florence,Continue reading “Is a life in Florence for you?”