Ten Years Ago I Moved to Rome, Italy

27 thoughts on “Ten Years Ago I Moved to Rome, Italy”

  1. Beautiful summary. I am so proud of you!

    Continued peace and blessings forever!


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  2. Arlene, kudos to you for taking the risk, following your gut and moving to Italia! I loved reading this post, the statement about not being a spectator in your life really resonated with me. I’ve wanted to move to Italy from the first time I visited in 2012 but haven’t had the opportunity to as of yet. I just wanted to reach out and congratulate you on 10 years in Rome.

  3. Very nice read old friend. You are living life and not letting life live you. I just love that about you! Congratulations and may God continue to bless and watch over you.

  4. I loved reading this 🙂 Such memories! …and that pic of the exact lunch!! Do you have other pics from that day?
    You’re a good reminder of staying true to your path! Xo

  5. Arlene,
    Your words are inspiring and I am happy for you. I think you are brave for making all the changes in your life. I will look back on your words when I make changes in mine. Thanks for your insights and enjoy!

    1. Thank you, Joellen! If someone in Verona had told me I would be living in Italy one day, I would’ve thought they were nuts. My sister begs to differ and says it was destiny given where and how we grew up.

  6. Beyond proud of all you’ve achieved Arlene. Hopefully Naketha and I will be able to plan a trip again soon to see you. Happy 10th Anniversary!

  7. This was a wonderful read. Soooo many people just go through the motions of “living” and do not really live. There is something about Italy that reaches out and grabs some of us. Different places for different people but those of us who are “welcomed home” by her are truly blessed.

    1. Thanks for reading Bonnie. It’s hard to into words why Italy had/has such a hold on me compared to the other countries I have visited. I think it’s because the values and culture are close to the Caribbean ones I grew up in.

  8. This is so inspiring Arlene! I’ve been following you for some time now and I love your connection to Italy and the way you embrace it (even with its problems!). I’ve been living here for almost 8 years now and as hard as it is at times, I don’t want to leave. It has done so much for me and changed me, I want to see what else it can do for me. Thanks for sharing your story!

  9. Wonderful Blog! and certainly adventurous of you! I can’t believe it has been 10 years since you moved! I recently drove by your home on Linden, and thought about you, our wonderful times in the band together and wish you all the best in years to come! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Lauren! The movie La La Land was on cable today and it reminded me of our years in band and being on the non-quiet bus. Call me crazy but I’m not surprised people in a band would want to listen to and/or play music during a long ride. 🙂 Xx

  10. I remember 6 months into my impulsive move to LA (I got a job offer nobody think I would take) I was walking around Santa Monica bemoaning the lack of “old”. I still miss being surrounded by history the way one is in Italy, at every corner, but I get your feeling of having remade your life, having it moulded more to who you are. I love Rome (where the traffic is not as atrocious as LA’s but it comes close!). I hope you get to stay. By the way, I will be there in Oct/Nov. Maybe we can meet in Campo de’ Fiori for a coffee?

    1. You’re right the traffic here is almost on the L.A. level! Moving from NYC to Los Angeles, I bemoaned the lack of history as well. I did love being close to the sea, hiking in the canyons, and the variety of architecture. I would love to meet, if you have time, while you’re in Rome. Email me once you know your schedule.

  11. Arlene you’re an amazing woman. I saw you on the tv show “Dream Of Italy” and was so very excited to see a Black woman who had followed that dream. I’m a creative Black woman planning my move to France (Poitou Charente) within the next two years. It feels overwhelming but wonderful at the same time. Once I’m there I hope to meet you in Italy! Peace and many blessings to you.

    1. Thank you Kia for watching and for the very kind words. I’ve met quite a few creative Black American women in Italy and I know that there are even more in France. We’re out here!

      Moving overseas can feel overwhelming. I found it helpful to break it down into smaller tasks and I did a lot of research before the move.

      Good luck with your move! How exciting.

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