I've added some links on our menu bar to some great websites. Some are several other blogs about Italy (people moving/living there) that I've spent time reading and learning more about the process that others have gone through to obtain a similar experience that we have planned. I'll probably add to this list in the future as I find more... It's great to read about the highlights (and lowlights) of moving to another country, learning a new language, living in a different culture - the process, the surprises, the food, the finances, the bugs and bidets. Even in the small amount of time I've been connecting in online forum communities and communication with other "bloggers", it's beginning to feel like we may have a group of acquaintances when we arrive in Florence.
For a fun LIVE view of Florence and Rome, check out the webcam links. Maybe when we're over there we'll run in front of the camera and wave...just look for the 2 Americans with just a couple euros in their pockets, smiles on their faces, and an espresso in each hand!