Understanding the SOFA agreement between the U.S. and Italy will set realistic expectations for career opportunities during your time in Italy. Dependents are not allowed to work on the economy or have in-home businesses (Example: Mary Kay, Arbonne, Scentsy, etc.).
Before I even stepped foot in Germany, one of the first things my friends told me about are the flea markets (Flohmarkt). I had visions of Goodwill or Salvation Army stores in my head, so I really didn’t understand what the excitement was about.
Like many other overseas locations, it can be a challenging environment for spouses who are seeking employment. It is common for applicants to wait six months or longer to land a job that aligns with their education and/or experience.
My son’s first Valentine’s Day at school in Germany left me scrambling at the last minute. I’d made it to the base Exchange too late — the traditional boxes of themed sign-and-tear cards I remember giving away to my classmates when I was a little girl had long-since been sold out.
Anyone who has dabbled with handicraft can understand that the art of making things by hand, especially something beautiful and functional, is therapeutic, calming, and can evoke a powerful, even spiritual satisfaction.