391. Fri-Date: Your Word Is Your Currency

Oct 22, 2021 | Fridate, Podcast

As we settle into life in Florence, Italy, we’ve been struck by their cultural codes, built on trust, connection, and reputation. These pillars drive any personal or professional transaction in the city. Need a haircut? Have a coffee with a barber. Looking for an apartment? Lean on a friend for an introduction. Getting a package delivered? The shop next door will sign for it if you can’t. The emotional investment to get to know the person, beyond a contract or credit check, seems to reflect how the community is bound by something more significant than black and white legalities. Coming from California, you can see how this has led to some beautiful and bizarre moments, which we dive into in this episode.

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [03:42] – The cultural differences when it comes to trust in the U.S and Italy
  • [07:23] – Why contracts and credit checks do not matter here 
  • [16:34] – How blind trust inspires you to show up differently 
  • [25:08] – Your word as currency 



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Ciao! We’re Rob & Kim. Over the past two-decades we’ve lived by one motto, “Excuses are over. it’s time to live!”

In August of 2021, we put our motto to the test, sold everything and moved our family to Italy.