As some of you know, I live in northern Italy with my husband (and Teddy Roosevelt, our cat). There are many adventures in living abroad, and though we definitely enjoy the actual adventure-taking to new places and food touring, the actual living part took some adjusting to!
Italian homes are quite different from American homes. The biggest difference in our apartment is that there are no closets, and very little storage — basically, no where to hide all that extra crap we have. When we moved in, we had one kitchen cabinet, one medicine cabinet and three wardrobes that were supplied to us. We have tile floors (which I like!), concrete walls (which I hate), and also my favorite feature: a bidet! Seriously, that bidet is life-changing.
My husband's employer provided housing, so we didn't have much of a choice on where we wanted to live, or what it would look like. Plus, he signed the lease before I even arrived in Italy (and "forgot" to take pictures for me!) so when we moved in, everything was a surprise to me. Nothing like moving into your mystery home in a foreign country, I'll tell you that.