Musings of a double expat
Greetings and welcome to my blog!
My name is Alessandra Scotti. I was born and raised in Civitavecchia (often referred to as the Port of Rome, hence the title of this blog) and moved to the United States at the age of 19. I spent 25 great years there, where I went to college and graduated with degrees in Math and Computer Science, had a nice career and started and maintained a great family of 3 to include my son Julian and my ex-husband Vic (who is now my absolute best friend).
In 2008 I had to move back to Civitavecchia for family reasons. And this is why I feel as a double expatriate or an expatriate of 2 countries. Just when I finally had got around to feel more like an American than an Italian in America, I come back to Italy and feel like an Italian that has transformed into an American, living in Italy!! I am not really American, but I now know that I am not really Italian either… I feel like a native and an expatriate of both countries in equal measure!
I am what we call in Italy “un pesce fuor d’acqua” (a fish out of water). Sometimes it gets confusing, but it sure gives me a prospective that has its advantages. It’s strange and different being me. But I love it. And this is what I want to talk about here in this Blog. I would like to share what I have learned from both worlds and give out information that may be useful to Americans coming to stay or visit Italy, especially those coming through the Port of Rome.