Me, My Heart, and I

by Melinda Gallo


I have been an expat since 1990. I initially moved to Paris, France right after graduating college with a degree in 18th-century French literature. After five years, I moved to a small town outside of London where I stayed for two years. I came to Florence in 1997 to study Italian for three months and to find my inspiration to write. On my third day, I just knew that Florence was the home I had been searching for and ended up staying for two years. I would've stayed longer; however, for family reasons I returned to the US for a five-year hiatus. In 2004, I moved back to Florence.

In 2012, I split my life between Paris and Florence until I decided to return to live in Florence permenantly at the beginning of 2016.

After I wrote on Facebook that I was in the process of revamping the My Heart in Two Places blog, I had no idea what to name it. The next morning, the title came to me: "Me, My Heart, and I."

We all know the expression, but I changed "self" to "heart," it seemed to be perfect for what my new blog is about. The "me" represents the creative (and child-like) side of me, besides being the first two letters of my first name. The "heart" is probably how I would define how I navigate the world by listening to and following my heart and embracing my feelings. The "I" is who I am to the outside world, the part of me that interacts with others by sharing what I enjoy.

It is truly exciting for me to embark on this journey and I hope you'll enjoy reading about it.


If you're intersted in finding out about my expat life in Florence, check out my Living in Florence blog.

If you'd like to read my articles about expat life as well as my interviews of expats in Florence, take a look at my personal website.


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