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Author Beth Clark climbing an adult jungle gym in Seattle, WA.

Welcome to the Bethiverse

INSIDE THE BETHIVERSE Beth Clark + Dear Universe = Bethiverse – the stories of my what the firetruck life lived boldly through Italian rosé colored glasses. What started as a simple blog with no real plan has become a multipurpose website that I’m planning as I go. Sometimes what happens in the Bethiverse is funny,…
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A ready-to-submit Italian Permesso di Soggiorno application renewal packet with marca da bollo €16 stamp and all required documents.

Italy’s Permesso di Soggiorno Explained

Moving to Italy? Benvenuto! I wrote a separate article on the visa process that comes before the Permesso, so if you’re reading this because you’re researching moving to Italy, you might want to start there. (I also wrote one on making sure you really do want to move here.) The (In)Famous Permesso di Soggiorno If…
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A typical Italian refrigerator with things on top of it.

Living in Italy: Day One Things to Know

Benvenuti! Disclaimer: I talk more people out of moving to Italy than into it. It’s important to understand that sì, life is beautiful, but it isn’t a postcard…shit gets really real sometimes. If you come here expecting una passeggiata nel parco, you won’t be prepared to climb Everest, which is a more accurate analogy. I…
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Ponte Vecchio in Firenze, Italy against a blue sky.

Moving to Italy: the Visa Process

So, you think you want to move to Italy… I wrote an article on why you probably actually don’t that I encourage anyone considering it to read. Even if you know you belong here in the depths of your soul, it can help you prepare for the realities of immigration and your first year. Italy…
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Florence, Italy's Santa Maria del Fiore duomo and Battistero di San Giovanni with crowd of tourists in foreground.

So, you want to move to Italy

…actually, you probably don’t, and here’s why. I mean that sincerely, not in a “wink, wink” way. The reasons people want to move to Italy are infinite. It’s not that it’s not stunning (it is) or that la dolce vita is a lie (although it kinda is). It’s that Under the Tuscan Sun sentimentally omits a…
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Two glasses of Prosecco against blurred pink background.

Saluti to National Prosecco Day

Ciao a tutti, this is an updated version of a USA National Prosecco Day article published in 2018 on the official day, which is August 13th. Because I’ve been busy, today is the 15th and Ferragosto in Italy – a national holiday and the Festa dell’Assunzione di Maria (the Assumption of Mary), so let’s raise…
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Hedy Lamarr

How Hedy Lamarr Changed the World

Who was Hedy Lamarr? If you’ve never heard of Hedy Lamarr, it pains me that you’re not alone, so I’m making it my mission to change that. She’s best known for being an actress, but that’s not how she changed the world. Among other things, she was a brilliant inventor who shaped the future with her…
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Peeing in Italy

PEEING IN ITALY: THE BASICS The fact that an entire blog article devoted to peeing in Italy exists should be your first indicator of what an adventure it can be. Despite the cheeky (bahaha) tone, my goal is to prepare and educate you so that from the moment you step onto Italian soil, your risk…
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The Amalfi Coast of Italy

Amalfi Coast Travel Tips

The Amalfi Coast is all that and more…if you’re prepared. Pro tips vs. insider tips. Amalfi Coast travel tips from someone (like me) who knows it well can make visiting one of the most stunning places on the planet even more magical, and less stressful. I also believe strongly that non-native Italians who write about…
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The True MBTI Preferences as Defined by Myers-Briggs

(And Why You Should Take the Real MBTI Assessment Before Talking About Your “MBTI” Type) PREFACE: WHY I HEART THE MBTI® WORLD Before you delve into the (hopefully) clarifying and enlightening info below regarding the actual MBTI preferences, I gotta tell you why I heart the world of the MBTI® assessment. As the rarest Myers-Briggs®…
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The Medici Quartet Stradivarius tenor viola and cello at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

Why Stradivarius Violins Sing

Stradivarius violins are works of alchemical art, and with just 512 left in the world, only the true elite of the musical world (or the extremely rich) get to play them. Long before I moved to Italy and stood mesmerized by the beauty of the Medici Stradivarius quintet at the Galleria dell’Accademia (including a rare…
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