Blogging from the Boot Blog Carnival: Call for Submissions

Expats in Italy are among the most charming, informative and entertaining bloggers on the net-and no, I am not biased.

Each day they share their love and enthusiasm for their adopted country, offer newcomers and wanna-be expats tips and advice and lend a listening ear to other expats who need their virtual shoulders.

Over the last 12 months, expats in Italy have written extensively about their new culture and about the food, trips and relationships that make Italy one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.

Expats in Italy Photography: Calabria

I guess you could say, their energy is contagious.

It is in keeping with that spirit and enthusiasm that Tina Ferrari of Tina Tangos and I, along with, bring you …

Blogging from the Boot: The Best of 2009

Here’s the scoop.

The Blogging from the Boot awards were created as a Blog Carnival to highlight the best expat in Italy writing from 2009.

The following categories are open for submissions:

– Mangia! Food and Recipe Posts
In this category, expats in Italy will share their experiences with Italy’s other national pass time-eating!

– That’s Amore: Romance and Love
The Bel Paese is all about love and romance and any post that discusses an expat’s love affair with Italy-or her inhabitants-should be submitted to this category.

– Italianissimo: “Only in Italy” Tales from the Bel Paese
All expats have at least one “Only in Italy” story … whether funny, poignant or educational-submit those posts here.

– Mamma Mia: Parenting Stories
Rearing children in Italy is a topic near and dear to the heart of every expat parent. Posts that focus on this theme should be submitted here.

– Buon Viaggio: Living and Traveling Around the Boot
Many Italy-based expats enjoy sharing stories of their adopted hometowns, destination highlights or tips and tricks from their favorite Italian vacation spots. Any and all travel-based posts should be submitted to this category.

– Paparazzi! Expat Photography
Given the unmatched beauty of the boot, it is no surprise expats in Italy fill the Blogosphere with photos of the Bel Paese. Photo entries should be submitted here.

– Eccomi: Arrivals in 2009
New expats often have a different perspective from those who are settled into their adopted lives. This category is dedicated to expats who moved to Italy in 2009.

Rules and Deadlines:

1. To be eligible, the author must have lived in Italy at some point during 2009.

2. Submitted entries must have been published in 2009.

3. Entries must be received by 5:00 PM-Italy time on Friday, January 29, 2010.

4. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit in any category.

Click here to submit material.

Judging will take place on January 30-31 and finalists will be announced on on February 1.

Winners in each category will receive local Perugian chocolate-straight from the source-and a fancy new banner to showcase on their blogs, courtesy of

For more information, email

On a personal note, I can’t wait to read all of the funny, heartwarming and telling tales from the multi-talented expats in Italy. So, ya’ll get busy submitting, here … ya hear?

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