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By The Way
Detours with locals. Travel tips you can trust.

Deciding to move to Rome was easy. Then came the logistics.

Getting our visa and thinking about how to transport our dog to Italy was the hard part

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This is the second comic in a series on moving to Italy.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was our giant stack of paperwork for our visa applications. Planning a move abroad required patience and a tolerance for frustrating bureaucracy (luckily, our experience as foster parents had sharpened both of these skills). There were quite a few bumps along the way: To apply for a student visa, we first had to prove we were serious about the language, so we enrolled in an online course at our local community college. Yes, to apply for a student visa for a language course, we first had to take a language course. We were also required to provide proof of housing; because our school didn’t provide this, we had to apartment-hunt from an ocean away.

I dreamed of moving to Rome during the pandemic. Here’s how I made it a reality.

Meanwhile in Seattle, we were planning to rent out our home while we were abroad. There were a few tense months where we existed in purgatory. We had accepted tenants and signed a contract, but we still didn’t have our visas or a place to live in Rome. The worst-case scenarios played endlessly in my mind. When I finally stepped off the plane in Rome, the weight of all those possibilities lifted. We were here.