Today I went into the San Francisco Consulate and got my Italian passport. It has been a process that has taken me over 3 years. I now will hold dual citizenship, Italian and American. I received this citizenship through a process called "Jure Sanguinis". Basically the Italian government has said that since my grandfather was an Italian citizen and since my father was born while my grandfather was still an Italian citizen and since my father did not renounce his Italian citizenship (I don't think he ever knew he had Italian citizenship) and since I never renounced Italian citizenship, this document only acknowledges what has always been true, that I am an Italian citizen. Whew! I love the logic. I can thank my friend Lorraine for telling me about this. When she first told me I thought well why not try?
Moving to Italy it brings us some modicum of comfort to be an Italian citizen. It means I don't ever have to worry about visas. It also means that I can travel throughout the EU as a citizen. This is particularly important as far as health care is concerned. This is what an Italian passport looks like.
When we go to Italy this time we will check into the Stoic One' s visa requirements.
We still have done nothing about getting ready to move. We have packed up some books, but that is all. We just had Halloween here and I realized this would be out last one. I hate Halloween. It makes me very anxious to wait for the doorbell to ring, no really, it does. The Stoic One gives out candy and Luca adds in his other two cents.
The other big news is that I finished the book I have been writing for 4 years on the time I worked at a chaplain at a Federal Prison. It has gone to the editor and publisher and can't wait to see the finished product. You will hear more about that here I am sure.
We go back to Umbertide Nov 28th. I will post pictures of the new apartment then.