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hello, I am a single mom living in the countryside with my nearly 12 year old ‘grumpy’ son Dodo (Edoardo) and our four birman cats. I am a cat breeder (the breed is Sacred Cat of Burma) so the number may vary if kittens are around. We have a garden and a little kitchen garden, by the river Adda. We live in Canonica d'Adda, 30km est Milan where I work in mktg and sales (biotechnology field). Canonica is a small village but all facilities are there: pharmacy, supermarket, library, gym, restaurant, pizzeria and so on. Milan and Bergamo are reachable by public transportation, and Treviglio train station too. We like to cook, also veggie menue, to do outside activity like walking and cycling, we organize parties at home and often visit friends. My family lives nearby. Dodo is quite independent, he speaks basic english and french and correct italian, he now understands spanish too thanks to the workaway experience. My cats are very gentle and my boyfriend, who lives nearby, also speaks fluent english. Feel free to ask any question! Roberta & Dodo
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
we can share our passion for italian food and culture, and teach you some italian of course, there are also italian classes for foreigners at walking distance october to may (last year the fee was just 10€). our house is filled with books (IT EN FR). we can teach cooking and cat ethology. we have been travelling quite a lot and we have a good knowledge of different cultures and approaches to daily life. please note that during summer time we normally do not spend much time at home, we may therefore not stay as many days together as in the different seasons of the year. school in italy is closed mid june to mid sept.
We need a little help with daily activities, meals for my son when I am not home, taking care of cats and the house like a family member. you may do gardening too in spring or summer if you like to relax outside.
It is very important for us that our guests can independently manage and respect the house, be eco-friendly (no useless waste of water, light, etc) and very careful with the cats as they are not allowed outside.
In order to avoid communication issues, please apply if you are fluent in English, French or Spanish.
private room and bathroom, kitchen and living room shared with us.
the house is on three floors plus garden (basement n two upper floors).
wifi and bicycle available, smart tv (we do not watch tv but it is there), ps4.
there are several activities ongoing in the villages on the Adda river or you can move to Milan, Bergamo or even farther towns you may reach by train.
the area is very interesting for historical and natural reasons (Crespi and Venetian walls of bergamo are Unesco site, Leonardo sites, early '900 power plants, ...). there are many paths for walking, running or cycling along the river nearby.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. Cats should be taken care of off duty too, if we are not at home.
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