This is an open thread for participants in the Monday Mail articles to share their experiences, and hopefully let us know if they found what they were looking for (or went bankrupt trying). I've sent out emails requesting feedback from everyone who took part between September and December of 2011, so check back over the next few days to see what we can find out (or, check out this post about the subjects from May through August). We'll check on the early 2012 participants in a few months.
Here are links to the articles for each participant:
Note: image "Letter box in a house-wall of San Giorgio in the community Resia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy" by Johann Jaritz, via Wikimedia.