"My secret plan to move to Venice was ready. It was time to see if my wife would buy into the idea of leaving our home to live for an entire year in a foreign country."
And the journey begins – Barry and Debbie Frangipane, a middle-class couple tired of the rat race leaves it all for the lure of Venice. But can they make it in a foreign land? Read about the hilarious twists and turns their lives take during their year in the city of water, as they show us a Venice we never knew existed. The Venice Experiment is about fulfilling dreams on a journey that any of us could make – but would we?
After reading A Year in Provence, and Under the Tuscan Sun, Debbie and I became intrigued by the idea of living in a foreign country. Sure, it looked easy in these two books, but careful reading unearthed the fact that these couples purchased old farmhouses for probably half a million dollars each, and then spent another half a million renovating them.
But could a middle-class couple like us up and leave, and have as much success as they did? Did it really take a lot of money? We set out to find out, in a one-year experiment moving to Venice.
Throughout the unpredictable year, I kept in touch with family and friends via email, documenting almost daily the twists and turns, triumphs and struggles of our experiment. One of our neighbors, Carolyn Rosser kept these emails. At the end of the year, she bound these in a notebook, together with a table of contents, and a cover entitled, "I Could Write a Book".
The Venice Experiment is a direct result of her notebook and the encouragement of my two daughters to finish the project in the form of a book. The co-author Ben Robbins ensured that I did not leave out the best stories, while helping to craft a consistent story line missing from the stack of emails.
It was a crazy experiment not to be missed. My sincere hope is that the book motivates you to try it yourself for a year. When the time is over, you will have learned far more about yourself then about Venice, and she will have changed you forever.