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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

U. S. Embassy Rome, Italy Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections January 19, 2018 Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadlin... »

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information

Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

U.S. Embassy Rome Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information January 4, 2017 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide o... »

Issue No. 4 – A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris, British Embassy

Issue No. 4 – A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris, British Embassy

A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris British Embassy Rome From Issue No. 4, Monday 22 December, 2017 newsletter to British nationals in Italy. Following the adoption of the Joint Progress Report on the first phase of the negotiations and the December European Council, I would like to update you on the latest Brexit developments. Developments in the negotiations As the Prime Minister said in her m... »

Message from Elizabeth Lee Martinez, U.S. Consul General in Milan

Message from Elizabeth Lee Martinez, U.S. Consul General in Milan

Over the past two decades, the Consulate General of the United States in Milan and Easy Milano have cooperated on many events, with the common goal of strengthening the ties between the city and the American community. The Consulate and the Easy Milano team have worked side-by-side on the organization of election night galas, Fourth of July celebrations and many other events that highlighted the s... »

Editor’s Letter from final edition of Easy Milano

Editor’s Letter from final edition of Easy Milano

I address you for the last time from the pages of Easy Milano in our final edition. The journey has been long and at times quite challenging — especially at the beginning. I recall 2002 was a particularly difficult year for Aaron and I. We had finished the enthusiasm that comes with the novelty and we were living in the shadow of 9/11. Afraid to stand out, Americans and Brits kept a low prof... »

Goodbye to 2017 and Goodbye to Easy Milano – from Tim Flear, HM Consul General in Milan

Goodbye to 2017 and Goodbye to Easy Milano – from Tim Flear, HM Consul General in Milan

In his play “Romeo and Juliet”, set in Italy of course, Shakespeare famously wrote: “Parting is such sweet sorrow”. That idea combines both a feeling of sadness and yet a sense of pleasure, if not hope. This is the last issue of Easy Milano. Like that “sweet sorrow”, the closure of the publication certainly comes as a loss in the backdrop of English-speaking community life in Milan. Over the three... »

Issue No. 3 – A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris, British Embassy

Issue No. 3 – A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris, British Embassy

A Message from Ambassador Jill Morris British Embassy Rome From Issue No. 3, Monday 20 November, 2017 newsletter to British nationals in Italy. Welcome to the latest edition of my newsletter for British nationals living in Italy. Ahead of the December Europe Council, I would like to update you on recent developments in the negotiations for the UK’s departure from the European Union. The UK a... »

Completion of a Challenge, Beginning of New Endeavors – Letter from the Editor

Completion of a Challenge, Beginning of New Endeavors – Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, In 1999 my partner Aaron and I moved to Milan after spending several years in Paris. As an expat, I expected to find an English language publication to help me ease into life in Italy. Similarly my partner, returning to his hometown after close to a decade spent abroad, felt the need to stay connected to like-minded people with international experiences. What we discovered was surpri... »

Thanksgiving Message from U.S. Consul General Elizabeth Lee Martinez

Thanksgiving Message from U.S. Consul General Elizabeth Lee Martinez

I am grateful for the opportunity to write this year’s Thanksgiving message to Easy Milano readers. As a recent arrival to Milan, this is a wonderful way for me to be able to reach out to new people, particularly around the holidays. We are looking forward to our first Italian Thanksgiving. I know from my years in the Foreign Service that although Thanksgiving is the most quintessential of America... »

Emotional Hurdles of Studying Abroad

Emotional Hurdles of Studying Abroad

For many university students, a highlight of the college years is the chance to live abroad for a semester – or even a year – and experience life and school in a completely new culture, and often, a new language. Some students carefully plan their studies around being able to manage a semester abroad, knowing that it’s something they’ve always wanted to do. Others may have less conviction, but the... »