It is exciting to change countries and languages as I’m doing now: two weeks home in Florence and two weeks in Paris. But at times it can be exhausting too. After an entire year of going back and forth, I have become used to my life straddled between two countries. I am also discovering great benefits with each trip; great gifts that come with not being completely settled in any one place. One of the greatest gifts is that I’m able to appreciate the changes occuring all around me, mostly in regards to the weather and the environment.