Next Week: ITALY!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

We leave for Italy next week.
YES, I can finally say that!!!
I have been waiting for 6 months to be able to say that.
I cannot believe how soon everything will be happening! I must say, I'm really excited.
Extremely excited.
People keep asking me if I'm scared, and honestly I'm not. My excitement level is far too high for that. I'm not even the least bit stressed.
After all, nothing can be that bad if your in Italy right? I'm looking at these next couple of years as a biiiiiig vacation.
I've been checking the AHRN website religiously. There are a few homes that I've added to our favorites. We really want to get a house, and not an apartment or town house. Everything we've been looking has been a 3 bed/2 bath. Hopefully we will actually like what we see when we get over there. As of now that website is my only tool.
Now, this might sound totally and completely ridiculous. But I'm worried about my blow dryer and straightening iron. I've heard that it's a better idea to just buy new ones over there, and to not try to use your American ones. Is that true? If so, does anyone have any suggestions?
I mean, a girl can take on anything once she is able to do her hair, right?
I'm also curious about weather. When I look online it seems like Aviano has been in the 80s pretty regularly.
As I write this post my mind is jumping all over the place, and I'm having a pretty impossible time trying to focus.
On that note, I will simply say to all my blogger friends in Italy: See you soon!!


  1. Hooray! If you need anything after you get here don't hesitate to email me! :) I used my Chi with a transformer just fine. it actually just broke this weekend (not because of using a transformer), and I went and bought a 220v one. I needed a better one for traveling anyway. I also purchased a new 200v blow dryer right after we got here. I'm not used to humidity, so I think the summers get really hot. I'm used to 90ish degrees, but dry heat. Last summer was apparently an odd weather summer (it rained A LOT), so I'm not really sure what the "typical" weather is here.

  2. I am not sure how AF stuff is but on post housing here in Germany for Army, we have 110 outlets in the houses:) Good luck!!

  3. So soon!!

    You could always buy a plug converter so you can keep your things and not have to get new ones. Most travel places (even AAA) or electronic stores carry them.

  4. I bought a new hairdryer only because the one I brought with me from the states was about 4000watts to use. Italian homes don't allot that much power at once. When you get here, TLF will have a blow dryer on the wall for you and there are American along with Italian plugs in TLF. So, the first few weeks here, you should be set. I still use my american flat iron, just plug it in to a transformer, Amanda is right though, it's best to get a new one for traveling, I still need to do that, just not sure what brand to get. Italian homes are pretty big, they say 3/2, but that doesn't include the basement. I wish we would have gotten a house, but they were all too big for just me and my hubby, we figured it would be a pain to heat it in the winter. It has been pretty warm here already, not fun when this country isn't big on Air Conditioning. We live up in the mountains a little bit, so it's a tad cooler that those who live by the base. What towns are the houses in that you like? It's beautiful here right now, a great time to be coming. Have a safe flight!

  5. I'm a new follower and fellow AF spouse also moving to Europe! Germany to be exact...the movers are actually here packing us up now! Isn't it exciting moving to Europe!! Congrats on getting to go to Italy! We hope to visit soon after we get to Germany. Stop by my blog sometime if you'd like! Happy Traveling!

    Casey @ We Took The Road Less Traveled

  6. Hooray! How exciting! I would LOVE to go to Italy. Can't wait to hear all about it!

  7. How exciting! (And also, for a moment when I was reading this through Google Reader, I thought you were Jess at jesstagirl and her officer and my heart nearly stopped because I didn't think she was moving so soon!)

    I would suggest getting a transformer, if you really like your current appliances and don't want to purchase new ones.