Iíve been an expat for over 20 years. The word ďexpatĒ is not a word I use to describe myself; itís a word I use to succinctly explain my life in Florence and Paris. Being an expat for some people means living overseas and returning ďhomeĒ every year. For me, being an expat means being a foreigner and a local all at once in a place that is your ďhome.Ē Living overseas is a big part of my life and is at the heart of who I am. It explains so much about me: not just how I live my life, but also how I interact with others and how I see the world around me.