by Melinda Gallo

Living in Florence :: Another view of my piazza

I often walk through Piazza Mentana and always enjoy this view of the statue that stands in the middle of the piazza toward the Arno. In the almost three years weíve been in this apartment, Iíve noticed this view and have admired it. Today as I was walking by it, I felt drawn to take a foto (picture). Sometimes I donít have my macchina fotografica (camera) with me and other times I am carrying groceries home and canít be bothered to take a foto

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Each city has its own personality. Most places stir something in us: in some we may feel joy or serenity, while in others we may not be infused with such good feelings. I didnít understand what Florence was all about when I first arrived. I had many signs, but I wasnít able to interpret them. I not only had to have a good grasp of the language, but also I wanted to know a few Florentines very well.

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A few months ago, a professor from Asbury University in Kentucky emailed me to see if Iíd be open to talking with his journalist students if they were to come to Florence. I was of course flattered, but I wondered what I could talk to them about. David, the professor, told me that I could talk about my blog, my ďExpats in FlorenceĒ column in The Florentine and the expats that Iíve interviewed.

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After walking to San NiccolÚ to meet a friend for caffŤ, I stopped in the giardinetto (small garden) in Piazza Demidoff on my way back. Instead of rushing home, I sat down on one of the wooden benches along the sidewalk to take in the city. While the sun was behind me warming me up, the wind whisked by to cool me down.

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At 7:15am this morning I was outside, warming up for my run along the Arno. I hadnít been out running in months and have been waiting to go out for some time now. I put on my music and away I went. At this early morning hour, there were fewer cars and even fewer people walking about. I love looking around especially at the river and up to San Miniato once I am sure that the cobblestone sidewalk below my feet is stable.

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Living in Florence :: A visit to the Giardino dellíIris

I had a couple of hours before lunch today and decided to take a walk up to Piazzale Michelangiolo so I could visit the Giardino dellíIris. With dark clouds looming overhead, I packed an ombrello (umbrella) in my purse and flung my macchina fotografica (camera) around my neck before heading outside.

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This morning I wanted to go to pick up my new passport at the American Consulate and decided that no matter what, Iíd walk along the Arno the entire way. I sometimes head down the narrow and less frequented streets in order to get to my destination quicker, but today I wanted to be near the water.

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I was invited to speak at a friendís class of college students who have been here for a semester. At first, I was a little hesitant to go because the topic was globalizzazione (globalization). I wasnít sure I had anything to add, but my friend told me I did. She wanted me to talk with her students about my living and working in different countries, especially Florence, as well as what Iíve learned from other expats I know and have interviewed.

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This weekend I took a course that took place in a large hotel alongside the Arno. Each day, I walked along the Arno away from the centro (downtown area) toward Ponte San NiccolÚ. I didnít know how much Iíd miss seeing my beloved city until this morning when I was walking to my friendís apartment on via Ghibellina for a chat. I walked to Piazza della Signoria to pick up some brioche (croissants) for us and took a stroll down via Calzaiuoli.

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