This will be a little newsy post. This and that. It has been hellishly hot. There is a heat dome over Europe and all countries are suffering. Since air conditioning is not the norm throughout Europe it is even worse than the US. We have two units, one in the living room, and one in our bedroom. In a normal summer, we use these units seldom. This year has been different. It is not a normal summer. We used the bedroom one only once so far. The living room tends to get hot in late afternoon, it has a big roof and the wall with the picture window faces west. So they both catch the full sun all day. The unit is small for the size of the room, but now I turn it on around 1 pm and it keeps the room comfortable. This means we mostly stay inside. We go out early for errands and exercise and then close up the shutters and encave ourselves for the day. I don’t cook a lot in this heat either. We eat a lot of vegetables and salads. If we have fish or meat, it is quickly sautéed. I sometimes prepare cooked things in the early morning which we eat later at room temperature. Caprese salads, gazpacho, and panzanella are my friends!
Today we had errands to do. We had to get cat food and groceries. We had been putting this off as long as we could. We normally go to the Coop in our town for major shopping. It is the biggest store in Umbertide. But it isn’t a super-store. Monday morning would normally be a good day to shop. But today! It was chock full of vacationers who arrived here and need to stock up their homes or vacation rentals with food. This usually happens right around now or in August. The two big months to travel. But I had never seen so many. It must be that pent up desire to travel this year after all the Covid lockdowns. I saw two Belgian cars, five UK cars, four Netherlands cars, one German, and one from France. Wow!
All has not been chores. We were invited to lunch on Friday by good friends who live in the mountains between here and Gubbio. You might remember during my lock-down postings here Jill kept me cheerful by sending pictures of her beautiful gardens. Lunch was lovely as always. The food was yummy and the conversation ranged far and wide. We also met a new friend, Jane. The gardens and the views are beautiful.
On Saturday our friend Doug, who just arrived here to live full time, came up and I helped him fill out his packet and make copious copies of documents needed to apply for the Permesso di Soggiorno or Permit to Stay. A new resident here has just 8 days to fill out and apply for this permit. When a non-EU citizen moves to Italy they must first get a Visa to come here. A good analogy is the Visa is like the taxi that takes you to your house. The PdS is what allows you to LIVE in your house. So the Visa gets you into the country, the PdS allows you to live here. It must be renewed annually and it takes the place of the Visa which never needs to be renewed. Doug has now embarked on the merry-go-round which is Italian bureaucracy. 🙂
House hunting — This coming Thursday we have an appointment to view three more houses. These are in Spoleto. I have high hopes for one of them. The other two depend more on the location than anything else. Watch for a house hunting post later this week!
Hi Tina, we really like Foligno. I hope we can find something that will work for us. I love it’s vibe. And it is so nice since the renovation. You’re not far anyway, there beneath Assisi. Are you in SM degli Angeli? We have submitted the requested additional paperwork for the long term Permesso. And we wait. I assume we get an SMS or I watch the site to find out when our card is ready…just like with the regular Permesso. The tale will be told when we look at the date at pick up time! 🤞🤞🤞
Hi Nancy, I know you have been living in Umbertide and have many friends in the area. We did spend one month in Foligno in the Historical Center between apartments. Loved it! A real sense of community They ride bikes all over town. Old fashion beat up schwinn like. Of course there are expensive E bikes and racing bikes. The town is laid back. Recharging from the renovation of the city, we would would have moved there if we had seen it before our current apartment down the hill from Assisi. How is your five year Permesso moving along?
I will make it mine if I can get close. And many of these look promising.
This heat is amazing. I think it’s about the same temperatures that you had while here. No rain in sight. 😢 My new word is encaved. We are encaved in our apartment!
That was pretty much our routine when we were there. Crazy weather. I am really looking forward to hearing about your house hunting expeditions. I hope you find that special place.