Through the Looking-Glass and Into Italy

Some of the boat docks in La Maddalena, Sardinia, our new home on the Mediterranean Sea.

So… It is five weeks ago today that we landed in Sardinia, opening up not just a new chapter in our lives, but an entirely new volume. Somewhat surprisingly, it was almost Alice-through-the-looking-glass easy — you step onto an airplane leaving one dimension,  you step off that plane and you’re in a whole other dimension. Boom, just like that — your entire reality has changed, in what seems like just the blink of an eye.

But it was so easy and so smooth. I …

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The Big Move

Map of Italy
Credit: Google Maps

If you only read this blog and don’t follow my personal page on Facebook, then you tend to miss out on a lot of things in my life. Because, I admit it, I post on Facebook a lot more than I post here.

For one thing, it’s easier, almost Twitter-like. Just have a thought and post it. Posting on this blog, by contrast, I treat much more seriously — like I’m writing an article. It sometimes takes days just to get a single post just the way I like it. Which, pretty much by definition, means there …

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Ho Votato “No”

My ballot for the Italian Constitutional Referendum, before I marked it and sent it in.
My ballot for the Italian Constitutional Referendum, before I marked it and sent it in.

A week after I voted in the U.S. presidential election, I sent in my ballot for the Italian Constitutional Referendum, which is taking place on December 4th.

I voted “no.”

The referendum is a rather complex beast which I suspect a lot of Italians who live in Italy don’t altogether understand, let alone those of us Italians by blood who live elsewhere. It is billed by its proponents as a series of reforms intended to make the Italian government more stable and efficient. That’s an …

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I Can Now Vote in Italian Elections

Ballot for an Italian referendum held in April, 2016
Ballot for an Italian referendum held in April, 2016

An additional privilege of the recognition of my Italian citizenship is that I now have the right to vote in Italian national elections. I can vote for representatives to the Italian Parliament, and I can also vote in national referenda. This is sort of like absentee voting in the U.S., but with a major twist.

A U.S. citizen living out of the country can vote for federal-level officials — president, vice-president, U.S. senator, and U.S. congressperson. But that person votes in their U.S. voting district (that is, the last place the …

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E’ ufficiale: Sono cittadino d’Italia!

Earlier this afternoon, I received the following email:

From: Consolato Gen. d’Italia,
Houston – Cittadinanza

To: Ed Perrone
Subject: Italian Citizenship confirmation.
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:49:59 -0500

Dear Sir,

This is to inform you that your application for the Italian Citizenship has been accepted and processed.

Your documents have been sent to the Comune di Giusvalla (SV) for their official registration.

Please, be advised that any change in your status or address must be properly notified to this Consulate General.

Should you be interested, it is now possible to apply for your italian passport in scheduling an online
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Italian Citizenship: Success!

Today I had my appointment at the Italian consulate in Houston to present my documentation to claim my Italian citizenship.

It went far better than I could have expected.

The consulate is located on the 6th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower on Post Oak Boulevard in Houston. I arrived about a half-hour early for my 9:00 am appointment. Unfortunately, they do not actually open until 9:00 am, so I and seven other people also waiting for appointments had to stand around in the hallway for a half-hour or so, without even any chairs to sit on. (To be fair, …

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Italian Citizenship: A Giant Leap

Tutti i Giusvallini, Sept. 23, 1923. The group of Italian immigrants (including my paternal grandparents) who came to the U.S. in the early 1900s from Giusvalla in Italy and settled in northern Delaware. Photo courtesy: Frank Rosaio

Well, I have managed to book an appointment with the Italian Consulate in Houston to present my claim to Italian citizenship. If you follow the way the Italian government handles these things, getting this appointment is itself no small feat. In fact, “word on the street,” so to speak, was that Houston was not even booking citizenship appointments. So I am pretty thrilled …

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