I live in Florence, so why not blog about it?

written by Tiana Kai
Where to travel in Tuscany - Chianti

Salve. My name is Tiana Kai M. I was born in Hawai’i and raised in Miami. In 2002, I studied abroad in Florence and now I’m back living here. There’s a whole backstory to my return, which I will share in upcoming posts. Plus, I’ll share my new plans moving forward in a world filled with carbs, wine and romance.

Reasons this blog was created

  • embrace my adventures while living abroad as a married expat
  • share stories and lessons learned with other expats, family and friends
  • influence expats and travelers who find themselves in Florence
  • dig deep into my new surroundings
  • connect with other expats

My posts will divulge trials and tribulations via an American looking glass in order to uncover influences and idiosyncrasies that lay within this historic country I now call home. A culture filled with distinctive ideals, values, outlooks and style. I hope to explore and share as much as possible, plus post a few pictures, reviews and recipes along the way.

It’s good to be back!

Post comments or questions. I would love to answer and discuss.

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Niccolò Brogi August 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Looks good!

Ef Rodriguez August 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm


tianakai August 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

thanks fellow expat!

Adriana Deben August 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I can’t wait to read it!!!!

tianakai August 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

ha, thanks!! i can’t wait to share more!

Debbie Castillo August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Sounds awesome Tiana. Can’t wait to hear more…your living the dream!!! Love it.

tianakai August 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

thanks…it has been quite a ride so far!

Susan Trevisa August 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love all of those towns on the signs in back of you!!! I was in all of them last summer. Good for you Tiana!!!!!!!! Congrats!

tianakai August 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Awe, we missed each other by a few months! that area is so special. i can’t wait to explore more and share all the little hidden gems. what was your favorite?

Tania K September 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Hey Tiana! ma che figo sto tuo blog! ti dispiace se uso la tua idea? vorrei anchio scrivere un po’ di cose della mia vita in italia…

Tiana Kai September 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Tania, per forza! Condividilo con me quando l’hai fatto. 🙂 Possiamo scrivere entrambe nei nostri blog, un tipo scambio…

Tania K September 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

YES! 🙂 con piacere! )

Tania K September 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

voilà già iniziato a scrivere 🙂
tra un po’ pubblicherò il mio baby-blog 🙂
non so che lingua scegliere – russo / inglese / italiano 🙂
scriverò in tutte le tre hahaha

Tiana Kai September 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm

ah, brava Tania! scrivimi a tkbrogi@gmail.com quando e’ pronto.

Annie Ojile August 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

So fun to read your first post, girl! Well done. Well done.

Tiana Kai August 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Haha, thank you for the love!

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