Recently we asked you to send in any questions you might have for us and we were excited to receive many questions from our partners and friends. So, we will spend the next several blog posts replying to some of your questions. Here we go!
Q1: What are the top 2 things we love the most about The Italians & their culture?
- Life with Italians. The culture is laid back and the Italians are warm, helpful, and friendly.
- The fresh & simple food!
Q2: What are the top 2 things that have been the most difficult about our transition?
- The bureaucracy! “Life” takes longer in Italy.
- The language barrier
Q3: What is the healthcare like?
Well, thankfully we haven’t really had to use it yet outside of going to the Farmacia (Pharmacy). Italy has socialized medicine. The pharmacists are like doctors. You can go into a Pharmacy, describe your ailment to the pharmacist & they will give you the medicine you need to buy.
Thankfully the Italian pastor of our church is a doctor and he is very helpful! A week after we arrived in Italy Lila got a bad ear infection. We took her to our pastor/doctor’s home, he checked her out and then wrote her a prescription. We took the written prescription and had it filled at a Pharmacy…No insurance needed and it was not very expensive. However, we have a friend here that is still waiting to get xrays, bloodwork, etc. so that he can schedule surgery (and then wait some more) to have painful kidney stones removed. He cannot believe that America is looking to mimic a healthcare system such as the one here.
Q4: What is grocery shopping and meal planning like?
Naples has grocery stores (Supermercato), like the U.S. There are also many small markets, fruit stands (fruttivendolo), deli shops (salumeria) and bread shops (panificio). Typically, Italians don’t do large grocery shopping. They buy their perishables (fruit, vegetables, meat & bread) daily.
We shop at the large grocery stores AND the small. We like to visit our community bread store, fruit stand, coffee shop (bar) and ice cream store (gelateria). We are working on developing relationships with the owners & workers there and we have already had opportunities to share the gospel. We were even invited to one shop owner’s party for his daughter’s 7th birthday.
Meal planning has been difficult. Lauren does her best, but with an irregular schedule planning anything can be difficult.
Q5: Ikea has a grocery store?
First off, Clay thinks this question is…well….stupido :-). But, Yes! It features all Ikea food products from Sweden. Ikea is the only place we buy salmon because they usually have their smoked salmon on sale for 4-5 Euros!
If you have any questions feel free to include them in the comment section below. In the next post we will answer the following questions:
What is Lila Mae doing all day?
How is the language barrier? Are we picking up Italian?
What does an average day look like for our family?
Is the pizza/coffee really the best in the world?
Can you share any examples of witnessing encounters? YES WE CAN!! Stay tuned…..