Being an Expat

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Every now and again the debate about whether expats are immigrants comes up. While I am not fond of labels, I do recognize their usefulness at times and am also aware however that they can be quite limiting. The difference between an immigrant and an expatriate is that the former lives permanently overseas while the latter does not. In my mind, expats are immigrants with options: they have the option not only to decide where they live and how long they stay, but also if they want to return…

Every now and again the debate about whether expats are immigrants comes up. While I am not fond of labels, I do recognize their usefulness at times and am also aware however that they can be quite limiting. The difference between an immigrant and an expatriate is that the former lives permanently overseas while the latter does not. In my mind, expats are immigrants with options: they have the option not only to decide where they live and how long they stay, but also if they want to return…

Me, My Heart, and I :: Embracing diversity

Me, My Heart, and I :: Embracing diversity

By Melinda Gallo When I first arrived in Florence for a three-month stay, my meaning of home shifted. One day I was walking around the city to get myself situated and ducked inside the Orsanmichele…

By Melinda Gallo When I first arrived in Florence for a three-month stay, my meaning of home shifted. One day I was walking around the city to get myself situated and ducked inside the Orsanmichele…

I don’t think about Florence when I am in Paris and I don’t think about Paris when I’m in Florence. I try to always be as present as possible wherever I am. I feel more alive when I use my senses to embrace and enjoy my surroundings as well as the local culture and language. When I am having coffee with a friend, I like to be connected to her for the time we share together. I don’t want to be thinking about someone else or about what I’ll be doing afterwards. I want to be fully present with…

I don’t think about Florence when I am in Paris and I don’t think about Paris when I’m in Florence. I try to always be as present as possible wherever I am. I feel more alive when I use my senses to embrace and enjoy my surroundings as well as the local culture and language. When I am having coffee with a friend, I like to be connected to her for the time we share together. I don’t want to be thinking about someone else or about what I’ll be doing afterwards. I want to be fully present with…

Me, My Heart, and I :: What I learned as an expat benefits my writing life

Me, My Heart, and I :: What I learned as an expat benefits my writing life

My Heart in Two Places :: An expat is both a foreigner and a local

My Heart in Two Places :: An expat is both a foreigner and a local

Places affect and shape us

Places affect and shape us

EXPATS IN FLORENCE :: Jennifer Schwartz A food lover who shares Florence's riches

EXPATS IN FLORENCE :: Jennifer Schwartz A food lover who shares Florence's riches

EXPATS IN FLORENCE :: Lisa McGarry An artist continually inspired by Florence

EXPATS IN FLORENCE :: Lisa McGarry An artist continually inspired by Florence

EXPATS IN FLORENCE :: Rebecca Milner Bringing color, patterns, and laughter to Florence

EXPATS IN FLORENCE :: Rebecca Milner Bringing color, patterns, and laughter to Florence

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