Monday, October 22, 2007

Ad nauseum

I have mentioned, whined, griped and talked about the inefficiency of the government here to process my paperwork required to make me legal and active in this country. I am not alone obviously as there are about 1 million of us in the country waiting for some miracle to happen. After my visit to the Questura (Police Dept) at the beginning of the month, I have decided to let it lie and live my life as I came to do. Its not my fault and there isnt anything I can do about it.

However, as I watch American TV off and on and the presidential debates about immigration, I have to chuckle....it seems to be a problem that no country is able to grasp or solve; albeit, the issue in the US is on a different tangent.....

The world is definitely getting smaller. Technology may or may not help depending on the situation and the liberal use of the word 'tolerance' (one of those words that takes on a different meaning depending on who says it) doesnt seem to making us progress as a whole. I dont doubt that making the necessary changes are difficult for our politicians and those of other countries (mostly because of special interests) but we all know something has to be done soon and it probably wont happen in our bi-partisan world.

But in the big scheme of things, I am truly glad I took this year to come here instead of when I retire or some other time. I dont think I will ever be able to recapture this moment in time--and for that, I am blessed.

Today, on my expats website, this article was posted....its a great summary of the issue here from the viewpoint of the immigrant. Its always good to see both sides of the story and to be thankful for your citizenship.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/21/news/italy.php

2 comments:

Tina said...

Do you think you'd consider staying longer than a year?

Yes the bureaucracy can be such a scream, but I like the way you're handling it :-)

Susan said...

Tina...it depends on what day you ask me! At the moment I am toying with the idea of just staying through the summer...its a tossup between humidity in Venice or 115 degrees in Phoenix!