Times New Roman is a true account of lifelong dreams to live abroad, experience another culture, complete an education and alter two career paths. When Martha first met John she overheard him musing about quitting his job and living in a box on a beach in Mexico. She was immediately skeptical, but secretly intrigued. Fast forward two years and they are enjoying their honeymoon in Mexico. Before marrying, they had discussed the "box on the beach" idea endlessly. The "box" was upgraded to a more stable dwelling and European countries were included in their pool of choices. They had enough money saved to bum around for a while, but then what? John was 42 and Martha was 37, too old to throw caution to the wind, too young to retire. Martha wanted to live somewhere and not feel like a tourist in city after city. She wanted to know her neighbors and understand what their lives were like. They needed a plan that would allow them to experience another culture, but also prepare them for future earnings. In Times New Roman, you will learn what that plan entailed, how they decided where to go and how they funded it themselves. Using their experiences as a backdrop, Times New Roman focuses on modern life in the Eternal City. By adapting their lifestyle, they learned how to live, eat, shop, cook and dress as the Romans do. And either through osmosis or out of necessity, they picked up some Italian behaviors they never expected.
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents Prologue 1. The 21-Month Plan 2. Downsizing, in More Ways Than One 3. Rear Window, Italian Style 4. Fare la Spesa 5. A Home-Cooked Meal 6. Home Improvement 7. First Impressions: Meeting the Neighbors 8. Italian Lessons 9. 9/11 10. Recipe for Italian Dressing 11. The Aristocrats 12. Volunteering 13. First in Line 14. Finding My Inner Italian 15. Bringing in the New Year and the Euro 16. Italian Television 17. Cristina’s Dinner Party 18. Running in Rome’s Race for the Cure 19. Rooftop Lesson 20. Mass Chaos 21. Getting Published 22. Shopping Etiquette, Italian Style 23. When in Assisi, Don’t Assume Anything 24. The Bird’s the Thing 25. Drinking Olive Oil in Blue Glasses 26. Sunday Lunch with La Famiglia 27. Working: Be It Dollars, Lire or Euros, It All Goes Too Fast 28. A Custom-Made Italian Suit 29. Nothing Brings Neighbors Together Like Shared Sewer Lines 30. Arrivederci, a Presto! Epilogue Acknowledgments About the Author
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Grazie Mille, Martha - Times New Roman is an absolutely delightful read about the ups and downs, ins and outs, and realities and surprises of moving abroad! It was wonderful to see Italy through Martha’s adventures. She is a resourceful and resilient traveler throughout this all-too-short story where planned practicality collides with everyday living and curiosity. This real-life story has the makings of a fun, light comedy movie!