Hi there, this is Sasha! Welcome to my blog, where I write about my expat life in the beautiful country of Italy.
I was born in Shenyang, a city locates in the northern-east China. For the past 8 years, I lived in Hong Kong, one of the most interesting cities in the world, where different cultures meet and get along so well with each other. After experienced such a city of modern art, I decided to have something classic. And that’s why I am where I am now: Florence!
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” It is truly the practice in Italy. Here the Italian cultures are so dominant that others can hardly take in. As a newbie, I can’t wait to discover and see how my new life will be. Join me and let’s see what kind of sparkles will be made when the Asian meet the Roman attitude, would you?
Why name it Stai Al Borgo
The idea of starting a blog traces back to the 2012 New Year’s Eve, when for the first time I stayed over the night in my cozy apartment Borgo San Frediano 83 in Florence. At that time, I had not moved to Florence yet, I was visiting as a tourist. However the experiences of wandering around the city in the middle of the night, attending public concert in Piazza della Signoria, counting down for the new year among the crowds, etc. made me feel like a local resident. And at that moment I had the dream of moving to Florence and living here!
Now my dream has come true! And I put my apartment Borgo San Frediano 83 for renting. I hope the apartment would offer the same feeling and experience to my guests, as it did to me before. And through this blog, I’d like to share my real life as an expat in Florence, sweet and bitter, ups and downs, etc. to any of you, who is searching for a nice stay in Florence, as well as new adventures in life!
Stai is the Italian word for Stay; Borgo refers to Borgo San Frediano, where the idea of this blog started.
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