Category Archives: W. Europe

Success Through Opportunities (Italy)

I was 18 years old when my cousins, a couple friends, and I boarded the ship en route to Canada. The four of us had heard of these job opportunities in Canada and how Canadians were looking for immigrants from Europe to come and work. We packed our bags and headed to the ship. When we arrived, the ship looked ... Read More »

Pauline Aus Deutschland (Germany)

I remember my father telling me about the long yet interesting stories of his travels to the US. One night my parents came in to talk to me, their expressions looked happy and excited. I was curious to hear what they had to say to me. My mother’s voice was soft as she was breaking the news that they were ... Read More »

Wrestling with Cultural Differences (The Netherlands)

“I just got offered a new job in Boston,” my husband said to me. “Well then when do we leave!?” I asked him as a smile ran across my face. America was an adventure that had been waiting to happen. Having lived in the Netherlands for most of my life, I knew America would be different from what I was ... Read More »

For Bluer Skies (France)

In the midst of the Caribbean Sea sits an island, its volcanic peaks surrounded by lush vegetation speckled with houses. A young girl made her way to the river, a basket full of laundry balanced carefully on her head. Waiting for her was her grandmother, who was already washing her share of clothes in the rushing water. Both the girl ... Read More »

The Reluctant Move (Sweden)

On a sunny, bright, beautiful day I was watching TV, my parents walked in and asked me to pause the show. They then told me that we would be moving to America the next summer. When they told me, my mouth hung open not knowing what to say. I struggled to find a response, and I just said that it ... Read More »

Diversity Valued

“Life was fine if you didn’t know about anything else” was my mother’s response when asked about life in her hometown. My mother, Monica Rosso Tabrizi, was an only child, born and raised in Italy by my grandmother and grandfather. She lived an average middle-class life in Italy: she went to school, graduated, and went on to college at Universita ... Read More »

Susanne’s Unplanned Future

It was the year 1995; I was 27, young and hungry for adventure. I had graduated from college the year prior, and was living with my best friend and his sister in the town of Braunschweig, Germany. I spent my days either working, or playing field hockey. I’d been playing field hockey since I was 12 years old, and I ... Read More »

From the Alps to Autonomous Systems (Switzerland)

The Swiss Alps, an incredible sight to see. A place great for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. A place where you can get some breathtaking photos of snow-capped mountain tops or lush green valleys. A place in the country of Switzerland, and the birthplace of a man named Jannik Zgraggen. Jannik is a Stanford student who ... Read More »

WWI Refugee Starts Over in California (Italy)

Prologue: Battle of Caporetto, Italian military disaster during World War I in which Italian troops retreated before an Austro-German offensive on the Isonzo front in northeastern Italy, where the Italian and Austrian forces had been stalemated for two and a half years. October 1917 saw the Italian army’s disastrous defeat at Caporetto and its eventual retreat into the distant Piave ... Read More »

A Postwar New Start (Germany)

Bombs falling from the sky, the walls and ceiling of the bunker shudder and rain dust onto the cowering citizens that line the floor. My grandmother is one of these people, bundled in a mass of shawls and elbows of her mother. For privacy reasons, my grandmother will be known as Jane for this retelling. Jane, my grandmother on my ... Read More »

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