I am constantly amused (or perhaps I mean dismayed) by how costly it is to start the whole process of working in Italy.
There are, of course, the costs associated with getting both yourself and your stuff to Italy. Note: the dog was the most expensive thing to ship.
And then there are the costs of getting the necessary permits and visas all lined up. Not only did we have to pay for a work visa before I left from Canada, but now that I am in Italy, I had to pay for a completely different work visa. Then we had to pay to get our marriage certificate translated so that André could come with me. Since I am still in the middle of the process of getting everything completed in order to be a legal alien in Trento, I expect that there will be other costs that will come up.
And then there are the apartments. Did you know that, in Italy, they typically ask for three months security deposit? At about 500-700 a month for typical apartments here, that’s a lot of Euros. We haven’t found a good apartment yet and are still looking.
But the main problem is that they only pay once a month here. So whenever my contract finally begins (hopefully next week), it will be a month before I actually see any money from the university. In the meantime, we have to take care of daily needs. So it will have been about a month and a half since our arrival before we see a single Euro.