If you’re studying abroad in Italy (or have before) here’s a list of 8 slightly frustrating adjustments that come with the land we temporarily call home:
1. You can’t split the check.
Something I definitely took for granted in America is the ability to split the check at any restaurant you go. Once the bill comes around in Italy a big group dinner with all your friends becomes a complete and utter headache. Between the people paying with cards, adding up who got what, and that one person who only has a 50, paying for a meal with friends in Italy is one drawn out process.
2) Sulfur water?
Not everyone will or has experienced this, but in some buildings, the water will reek of sulfur every so often. Not only does that make it sketchy to drink or cook with, but it also can make wherever you are smell like eggs…which isn’t very pleasant.
3) No dryers.
This one is self explanatory. It now takes a full day to just wash and be able to wear your favorite pair of jeans. Oh, you’ve run out of socks? Looks like you’ll be wearing a dirty pair for the day till your load dries.
5) No peanut butter.
If you’re a peanut butter lover, you’ll understand the struggle of being in Italy. There is literally no peanut butter in sight (if you’ve found peanut butter you need to comment and tell me where asap). Fortunately, though, Nutella is available for purchase at just about every corner.
7) Paying for water.
I’ve never been so dehydrated in my life. Water is a delicacy for students studying abroad in Italy. Not only is it not free at restaurants but it can be kind of expensive. If you’re on a budget, the last thing you want to pay for is water, especially when you’re at a big group dinner where you’ll have to order 3 or 4 bottles. PRO TIP: If you’re stingy like me, buy those massive packs of giant water bottles at the grocery store and bring one with you wherever you go. This way you’ll avoid paying for an overpriced small bottle when you’re out.
8) The thought of leaving Italy makes you want to vomit.
Despite the frustrations listed above, Italy is still the best place in the world and if these small inconveniences are the price I have to pay for living here, I’ll take them any day!
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