Monday, February 22, 2010

Expat Experiences: Italy - Carol and Tony Evans

Who are you?

We are Carol & Tony Evans, both British and come from Hull in northern England and we have been married for 28 years. We have two Chinese Chow Chows. Tony has a son to his first marriage that lives in France with his partner and two children. Before leaving England, Carol was a doctor’s receptionist and Tony worked for a City Leaning Centre as a receptionist/administrator and evening IT tutor.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Since the early 1980’s we had always wanted to move and live abroad. At that time, we chose northern France as a destination but due to a dramatic change in the interest rates, we decided to leave it for a year or so. However, it was 20 odd years before we finally made the move to leave England.

In 2004 my father, then aged 86, was given the chance to revisit where he was stationed during the Second World War via the National Lottery Heroes Return scheme. This was Pozzuoli in Italy. As my mother had died we got the chance to accompany him as his carers. This was our first trip to Italy. We had always asked ourselves the question “Could we live here?” when we went abroad on holiday, but for some reason we didn’t ask ourselves this question this time. It wasn’t until we returned home that we did so. Our answer was maybe, so we booked a two-week holiday for the next year in the same hotel. During that stay, we decided that this was the place. After waiting almost 7 months for our house to sell we finally moved in 2006 to Arco Felice...

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