In February 2017, I received a text from my older brother. “How would you like to live in Italy for the summer for the price of a plane ticket?” All it took were some emails, an interview, and no second thoughts. Within a few weeks, my ticket was booked. What?? How?? A friend of a family friend (that sounds so distant) needed an Au Pair for her two girls for the summer. No cooking, no cleaning, just hanging out and speaking English. At 24, I left my job as a morning news producer and made my way to Rome.