Today we have Laura for our Expat Spotlight. She is an American travel writer and art historian who now lives on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast. And yes, we’re thoroughly jealous after seeing photos of her beautiful location.
- Name: Laura Thayer
- Occupation: Freelance Writer
- Current Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Originally From: USA
- Website: ciaoamalfi.blogspot.com/
- Twitter: twitter.com/ciaoamalfi
How did you become an expat, and why?
As an art historian, I traveled to southern Italy to study the beautiful art and architecture there. What started as an academic visit quickly became so much more. I fell in love and I fell in love with the place. The first time I arrived on the Amalfi Coast I knew immediately that I would be back again. Turns out my instinct was spot on! I have been back and forth for the past two years, and I have finally settled in and decided to call it home. I love the stunning beauty and the history of the Amalfi Coast. If you haven’t seen it yet, add it to your must see list for Italy!
Best piece of expat advice you’ve received?
One of the most inspirational conversations I have had about expat life was with Valerie from 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree. She exemplifies the hard work and persistence that is sometimes required in making your expat move and life possible. She has encouraged me and inspired me to be persistent and keep working until you find the solution to whatever problem you might encounter. This is probably the single most important quality to have when faced with Italian bureaucracy. Wait, scratch that, it is certainly the single most important quality!
Best piece of expat advice you’d give?
It can often be stressful thinking about moving, planning a move and settling into a new home. My Mom was always there for me, even though she knew it meant being halfway around the world from me. I will never forget that support and how she constantly reminded me, “Take every opportunity to enjoy yourself!” Sometimes it is too easy to get caught up worrying how life might work out. It is important to not let those worries detract you from enjoying every moment you possibly can in your new home. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, just open the window, take a deep breath, take a walk, enjoy the sun, and remind yourself why you are on the journey you are on. And remember, there is a solution for every problem!
Favorite expat related web sites?
The wonderful Italian expat blogs are my favorite online haunts. Many deal with expat related issues, life in Italy, and they make me laugh and feel a part of a community. My day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the following blogs:
- Bleeding Espresso
- South of Rome
- From Australia to Italy
- My Bella Vita
- Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino
- Olio di Oliva e Sogni di Vino
- 2 Baci in a Pinon Tree
Are you planning or dreaming of a move? Are you going home instead? Where to and why?
Laura didn’t answer this one. We’re guessing she is quite happy where she’s at and who can blame her – just take a look below at the photos she took and sent us to include with our interview.
Tell us more about what you do in your location?
Now I am pursuing freelance writing, learning Italian, being an amateur gardener, and enjoying life on the Amalfi Coast. I write about all these things and more on my blog Ciao Amalfi.
Would you recommend your current location to other expats? Does it rock or does it suck?
I would recommend the Amalfi Coast for its beauty and for the warmth and friendliness of the people. I would warn, however, that it is not an easy place to find work, as much of it is seasonal and centered around the tourism industry.
What is the expat community like where you are?
I am just starting to discover the expat community in my area, and so far everyone has been friendly and very welcoming. The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination, so I am constantly meeting people from all over the world. If you are in the area, I would love to get together for a coffee or a limoncello!
Thank you, Laura for participating in our Expat Spotlight! We wish you success and happiness in your current location, and wherever your dreams and business endeavors take you.