Across the Big Blue Sea: Good Intentions and Hard Lessons in an Italian Refugee Home

"Riveting and funny... an important and illuminating book! Katja Meier brings a fresh and critical perspective to the complex issues surrounding the immigrant flows in and out of Italy. What unfolds in her quaint Tuscan village can teach us larger lessons about how to welcome new people into our communities." - Angela Ledgerwood, The Lit Up Show host and Esquire book editor More

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About Katja Meier

Born in Switzerland, Katja Meier earned a degree in performing arts in Zurich and worked for a few years as an actor in the German-speaking countries. In her late twenties, she traded Shakespeare and Goethe for a backpack and never looked back.

She settled in Tuscany in 1999 and worked as an olive picker, wine tour guide, wedding planner and life coach before taking on a small refugee home in an Italian hilltop town. She lives with her Italian partner and their two kids next to an olive grove with a view over a little-known valley in the praised Tuscan countryside.

Katja writes for Trust and Travel villas, her Map It Out blogs and The Telegraph.

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