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  • Hi Christine

    I happened to come across your Amalfi coast article on the Huffington Post and then foundyour blog.

    As it happens I recently published my first book, about our expat adventures when we moved to Italy in 2008 to start our bed and breakfast.
    Maybe you would like to have a look? There is some info below.

    Book summary:
    In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along,
    to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to
    be taken before the first guests could be accommodated. In 2014 Stef reported
    about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a
    tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national
    health service, importing their car and a range of other things that lead to a
    myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly
    Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes. As a
    reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic
    to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood,
    sometimes cliché, sometimes surprisingly original. But always worth
    encountering.

    Author bio
    Stef Smulders and his husband Nico are two adventurous Dutch men who
    decided to start a new life in Italy. In 2008 they made the big move with their
    dog Saar and set up Bed and Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the beautiful wine
    region of the Oltrepò Pavese to the south of Milan. In 2014 Stef published his
    first collection of amusing short stories (in Dutch) about daily life among the
    Italians, entitled “Italiaanse Toestanden – Leven en overleven in
    Italie”. It was so well received that he published a follow-up volume of
    humorous anecdotes in 2016. The third volume is under preparation, expected to
    be in press by spring 2017. “Living in Italy: the Real Deal” is the
    translation into English of the first volume.

    “The book is a comical, often downright hilarious account” –
    Reader’s Favorite Five Stars Review

    “Smulders storytelling artistry is wildly entertaining.” –
    Blogcritics and Readerviews five stars review

    Amazon link:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1507162960

    Goodreads page:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32572055-living-in-italy

    Have a look at my presentation page as well with fragments and a sneak
    preview if you like: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed388750a7b7c85672727aadcade8ef4869988c0b46da755f820c613290b9868.jpg
    http://italiaanse-toestanden.duepadroni.it/index-UK.html

    Cari saluti

    Stef Smulders e Nico Boots

    Villa I Due Padroni B&B

    Frazione Spagna 9

    27047 Montecalvo Versiggia

    Italia

    tel.: +39 0385 836048

    cell.: +39 3468572343 / 3485595064