Talk About Town… Where do you call home?

Where do you call home?

In our first debate we asked: ‘Where do you call home?’ Many people from all over the world choose to live in another country for part or all of the year. What drives people to become expats? Are we seeking a lifestyle, a better way of living, are we returning to homelands? But the question is where do we call home?

Our panel of professional business people live and work here in Liguira, Italy, and constantly meet others choosing to live in this part of the world. We asked them to share what they know about the expat community.

Ourkey questions were: As expats should we become more integrated into the local scene? Is it easy to obtain the information that will make our life as an expat more manageable? What more do you think can be done as an expat and as a local to make life in our chosen country a great experience?

We also want to know what you miss from your own homelands? We think language is important but is it enough to be able to speak the native lingo?

We invited both local people, business owners and expats from all over the world to join in this lively debate.

The date: Friday 9th October starting with an Apero at 6.30 pm

The place: The Cristallo Cinema in Dolceacqua.

Our Panel

Melanie ElSabaawi
Melanie El-Sabaawi

Melanie lives in Ospedaletti. She is from Washington D.C. and pursued a career as a financial services professional. She has lived in many countries and is now a full-time resident of Italy, adding experience of life here on the Italian Riviera.

Karl Hansen
Karl Hansen

Born in Denmark, Karl has lived and worked in Italy for many years now. Together with his wife Yvonne he created the Cinque Valli website, full of local information within the region and what to do and see.

Peggy Peters
Peggy Peters

Peggy is a successful business woman and is often in Dolceacqua, which she has regarded as her “second home” since 1996. She is well known and respected by both locals and expats through her real estate company Terra Italia. Peggy has a wealth of experience as both a German and as a regular visitor to Italy.

Gunter Greff
Günter Greff

Günter was born in Germany and has also lived in Italy for many years. He owns Hotel La Riana in Perinaldo, created Perinaldo TV and is a noted author in the fields of e-learning and telemarketing.

Thanks also to…

Monica Buscaglia

Monica Buscaglia, tourism expert and resident of Apricale, for lending her services for the challenging job of live translation between English and Italian. If you also require help with documents and translations, do contact Monica on +39 348 650 3200 or email:

Lyn Greiter
Lyn Greiter

Lyn Greiter, formerly from Namibia and South Africa, provided a superb range of snacks.


Thank you to our sponsors:

TerraItalia LaRianaCinqueValli PerinaldoTV

BritaliaClub CinemaCristallo

See Photos from the event on Facebook HERE

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