When we lived in Italy. The best part was when they would come to school for PT
conferences or something like that and complain to my wife about their many woes. One I remember was a family telling her how difficult things were around their house the past few months as they were having to deal with the remodel of their London townhome going £1,000,000 over budget. My wife was just like, "Yes, that must be tough."
That said, most of them were really nice people and treated her very well, we just had a tough time putting ourselves in their shoes. And teacher appreciation gifts were really something. It was interesting.