Friday Linky Love (oh and, becoming a dual-Italian citizen)

2010 October 8
by Grace Boyle

This week has been surreal. Right now, I’m curled up in my hotel room in downtown Chicago, sipping 2 Buck Chuck out of a paper hotel cup, watching reality television and processing what just happened to me today.

After four, long, hard years of applications, paperwork, flights, consulates and government red tape – my family and I are now officially, dual citizens of Italy! We all traveled to Chicago to receive the final step in this process – our Italian passports. Jason Bourne, whatup. My mother has been instrumental in making all of this happen, even when they essentially told us no she persisted and knew how important this was for her, for us, for our family. She did it all. I couldn’t be more grateful and can’t believe what this means for us.

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  • David

    This is a little off topic but…

    After finishing up my run last night, the car parked beside me had a bumper sticker that read “Grace Happens.” And I’m all “hey that reminds me of Gracie” and “she should have one of those.” And then I’m all “Twitpic or it didn’t happen” but maybe I can just tell her it happened and she will believe me?

    And why am I talking like a 12-year-old valley girl? Anyway, it looked exactly like this

    Wow, that was a long pointless comment to leave on your blog. But I already congratulated you on your dual citizenship. So I don’t want to say it again and risk inflating your head to the point where it’s greatly disproportioned to your tiny hands!

    Alright. Carry on. And happy Friday! :)

  • Doniree

    Thanks for the shout-out Gracie, and congrats again on your dual citizenship! I'm so excited for you (and a tid bit jealous)! Have fun in Chicago :)

  • Harriet May

    Congratulations! That is so cool. Italy is my favorite country (that I've traveled to thus far), and being a citizen of an EU country basically opens up most of Europe to you. I'm actually a British citizen, and I cannot wait to get my dual citizenship so my life in the US will be easier, and I can vote etc! I've run into trouble doing it, since I went to college in the UK and so spent too much time abroad in the last five years. It will happen, it's just a case of when (I don't even sound English anymore, and my brothers and parents are all dual citizens).

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  • andreavlewis

    Congratulations to you and your family! I'm so happy for you guys!

  • Grace Boyle

    Haha David, WELL, it's pretty ironic but for the last three years I have been rocking the “Grace Happens” bumper sticker on my car. I have seen the above style but mine is different looking font. Either way, thanks for sharing and thinking of meeee :)

  • Grace Boyle

    XOXO Thanks dear, loved your post.

  • Grace Boyle

    @Harriet Aw, thank you :) It is my favorite country too.

    Good luck with your citizenship – I know it can be frustrating but of course, it's so worth it when you've obtained it.

  • Grace Boyle

    Thank you :) xo

  • Grace Boyle

    Thank you ! Such an exciting time.

  • How To Lose Weight- Michael

    Hi Grace!

    For some reason I remembered your blog url today and saw that you got your passaporto 😉 Congratulations!

    I received mine this past June and it was a very cool feeling, so I can relate with your exuberance. That means we can live anywhere in the EU that we so desire without deportation fears. haha. Saaweeeet.

    First stop Venezia, next stop Greek Isles….

    all the best,


  • Grace Boyle

    For some reason you remembered my blog? Haha, how could you forget Small Hands, Big Ideas – it isn’t as though it has been years and years 😉


    Thank you for the congratulations and congratulations to you. It is an amazing feeling and I almost can’t believe it.

    Good luck and enjoy xo