I am most definitely Italian. Yet I have lived in London for over 12 years and Los Angeles before then. Italy is where I am from, but it is starting to become a bit of a strange place for me. I used to go back and see family and friends, but now the friends left are just a handful of really good ones and the family is more and more spread out with us cousins growing older and having families of our own.
Italy to me is still the most beautiful country on earth, yet one that is forever stuck in the past. It is the country where young people struggle to get permanent jobs because the system is on its knees. There are always talks of improvement but I don't believe any of it. Somehow somewhat the country keeps voting for a joker like Berlusconi, who would have been in jail a long time ago if he had lived anywhere but Italy and who is simply a source of embarrassment and ridicule.
I received my voting paper yesterday. They were sent at my old address and forwarded on by a kind neighbour, despite the fact that I went in person to the Italian Consulate in London to fill my change of address form over 6 months ago! 6 months and nothing has been updated yet. I chased them five times, I even had the Consul of Italy in London emailing me directly, yet the address remains wrong. This is an example of how long it takes for anything to get done, isn't it? Over 6 months to change an address. Oh, poor Italy!
I now have till 4pm tomorrow to make sure that my voting papers are received at the Italian Consulate. I have therefore to decide who I should vote for. Unfortunately I can't shake the feeling that tells me that whomever I will vote for is going to be just as corrupt as the next. Having said that, surely nobody can be as bad as Berlusconi, right?