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The First Days Project shares
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"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
"It was just so sad because I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what to do... I still was just traumatized by what happened."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
"It was a date in mid-September, 1957, when the Pan Am round-the-world flight I had caught in Calcutta reached San Francisco."
READ C.M.'S STORY
"And then you come over and then suddenly it's a different environment and you don't have a single friend. I mean zero. Zilch."
READ ALI'S STORY
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Pattabi Neelakantan's First Day
Mumbai, India to Buffalo, NY (1986)
Isabella Waller's First Day
Caracas, Venezuela to Miami, FL (2014)
Ho Phi Le's First Day
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Seattle, WA (2015)
Claire Ellinger's First Day
Vienna, Austria to New York City, NY (1939)
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