Tuesday, 20 March 2012

"Snug as a bug in a rug"

Students pick up stakes to come study at SAIS Bologna. All eventually find housing. Not all end up featured on television as they search for a roof over their heads.

Michael Anderson; his wife, Paige Crosland Anderson, and their toddler daughter, Ada, moved from Utah to Bologna in September to start a new life.

Their transition from suburban life in the United States to a medieval city in Italy was captured by House Hunters International, a travel program that shows home buyers around the world.

"It was really, really fun," Paige said of the experience of being filmed as she and Michael juggled different options before choosing their apartment. "It was an experience to remember for sure."

Paige & Kirsten
in front of their mural
HGTV found the young couple through Paige's blog. Michael, Paige and Ada were then filmed and recorded as they made the rounds of Bologna before the start of classes last autumn.

They ruled out one apartment with a lovely view and a second with two bathrooms and a dishwasher before settling on a smaller flat with a garden out back.

"I think the small space is doable," Paige says on the show. "And you know what? If we're on top of each other a little bit, so what? We came to Italy to grow closer as a family."

Michael had worked in a tech company in Utah before starting his studies at SAIS Bologna. Paige had finished her undergraduate studies before giving birth to Ada, who was seven months when they moved to Italy.

You may remember Paige as the artist who along with Kirsten Hansen painted the mural in the Bologna Admissions Office.

Here is a condensed version of the HGTV show:

For those reading this on email, here is the video.

Nelson Graves