We’ve been housesitting for about a week and half now for my husband’s parents. They’ll be back on Saturday, thankfully. They are at the moment in Rimini at the seaside. EVERY year we have the “honor” of taking care of the in-law’s place and thankfully they live only a couple of miles from our place so if we ever need anything from our apartment it is not a problem. This year is a bit different compared to years gone by. First my in-law’s are only gone two weeks instead of the usual three. Second, their beloved family dog passed away in January, so no dog to take care of.
I haven’t posted anything recently due to doing not a whole heck of a lot while housesitting plus having a lousy internet connection. Today is the first time the internet connection has been somewhat decent. Then again, consider at the moment I’m using a laptop in my in-law’s 2nd floor apartment and the wifi connection is down in my husband’s basement office. I’m just thankful to have an internet connection.
For those of you who are searching for “Bellinzona Italy”, hate to burst your bubble but Bellinzona is in SWITZERLAND not Italy. Bellinzona is in the Italian part of Switzerland in the Canton of Ticino. Nice little town, we’ve been there a few times and probably more in the future to watch the local football/soccer team, AC Bellinzona, play.
August is over half way finished already, where as the time gone? For many Italians this is their last week of vacation and back to work next week. I’ve had the last week and a half off due to all of my students being on vacation. Tomorrow I start back to teaching. This week a whole three lessons, then next week more. As usual, I have lost a couple of students along the way, which is pretty normal with private students. Plus I have also decided to up my rates for new students from 15 euros to 20 euros an hour. This is the first time I’ve increased my rate since I started teaching English five years ago. Prices have gone up on everything, including paper, ink for my printer/photocopier. I have to earn a living somehow. If you are IN Italy or another country teaching English and looking for advice, you are more than welcome to ask advice. If you are looking to MOVE here to teach English, especially if you are coming from outside the European Union, it is not so easy.