My name is Marina Gagliardi.
INTERVIEWED BY Gabriella Neal

"It’s just a different feeling to be a tourist and knowing that you are going for a few days or a few weeks and then versus actually moving to the country with the expectation of being there for a couple of years at least."


DEPARTED FROM
Bari, Italy

ARRIVED IN
Seattle, Washington

YEAR
2008

NOW LIVES IN
Seattle, Washington

COLLECTED BY
MARINA GAGLIARDI'S FIRST DAY

TRANSCRIPT

My name is Marina. I lived in Bari. I do not remember the exact date, but I believe it was sometime in September of 2008.

While I was on the plane I was just… thinking about what to expect and I wasn’t really sure what was in the cards for me at that point. I only knew that I was coming for a TA-ship and that I was gonna be a student for two years and then after that I had no idea.

I was just focused on trying to find my way around the airport and going through immigration. I also remember it was probably in the evening….it was the first glimpse that I had of the city
It’s just a different feeling to be a tourist and knowing that you are going for a few days or a few weeks and then versus actually moving to the country with the expectation of being there for a couple of years at least.

But uh… [laughs] just in case I had a Plan B [laughs]. I don’t know if I’m enjoying it much more than Italy, but I’m happy here and… Seattle in particular is a special place for me because I met my husband here… and I have a full-time job now… and everything seems to be where it’s supposed to be at this point. So, I’m happy.


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