Living abroad can be tough. Things may always look very magical on my Instagram feed, but in between pictures of afternoon glasses of wine and gorgeous antiquated Italian doors, sometimes what I'm really thinking is, "Where the hell can I get a taco?" or "Why is my family so far away?" or "How did we move here without knowing Italian?!" Things like going into a store can invite mild panic — or quickly googling phrases such as, "Where are the fresh herbs?" or "Do you have something to make my bed not so terribly uncomfortable?"
However, as of this March, we're six months into living in Italy! And things are so much better than when they began. It's much easier to enjoy the amazing food when you know where to find it, and taking a scenic drive is less intimidating when you're no longer surprised by the crazy antics of Italian drivers and precariously small side roads. I now know that it is possible to find craft supplies locally, and I've even found a few places where they sell ethnic spices. So, even if there aren't restaurants that can serve up my favorite Mexican and Thai dishes (no, it's not the same), I guess I can at least make my own! (though it's still not the same, either)