My First Trip Home

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My First Trip Home

I am originally from Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe. My country was a part of Romania and for a longer period a part of Soviet Union. Since I was seven years old I knew that I would live abroad, because all my three older brothers were living in Europe and I got information from them that Europe has many developed countries. Who does not want to live in a developed country? Everyone wants to live in a developed country, where people can achieve their dreams, and be successful. I choose to come and live in America, because is called “the land of opportunities”, and was one of my dreams too. So here I am, experiencing my American dream and looking for new opportunities that this country offers. I have been living in United Sates for two and a half years. The first time when I came to the United Sates I was shocked by the cultural difference between where I grew up and here. In the first year and half in United States I started to adapt to the American culture and started to live the American life. I always remembered how my life was at home, but as time went on my Moldavian lifestyle became a distant memory. Since I moved here I always wanted to go visit back home. I missed so much my family, my house where I grew up and everything about that country. After being here one and a half years I finally made that happen. I planned the trip to go visit home and I did. I bought the tickets for the dates of December 15, 2011 until January 15, 2012. That period of time made me realize so much about the differences between these two cultures. As I grow more as an adult, I understood more about these differences and what I love about these two cultures. Through my experience sometimes it is very hard to be a part of two cultures, it’s intense in a word, I feel like I am living two lives at the same time. Things are changing all the time and I was the one who experienced this process. I moved here in the United States not because I wanted to be far away from my family; it was because I wanted a better life and a greater future for my kids and my family. When I went to visit my country for the first time, I was for 4 days in a cultural shock, which did not have a clue that would happen to me. Especially, I went back to visit my country, I grew up there for 20 years, just one and half year I changed so much? I experienced a cultural shock, the definition of this is:” the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country or to a move between social environments also a simple travel to another type of life”. This could happen to any of us, but next time I will be more prepared and will not to have to experience the shock again. My body was feeling weak and everything was rotating around me. Questions without answers, after a breath I was trying to pull it together and understand that I am back to my undeveloped country. I went back to the “black hole “as many people from my country say about it. It is called like this, because it is really hard to get out from that country. We can’t fly with our passports in Europe, or Russia, or United States. Many people from Moldova it takes a lot of time to get out from that hole. Now, because Romania is UE, they help us a lot by giving to the Moldavian people the opportunity to get Romanian passports. Having a Romanian passport there we can fly in Europe and get a job. Like I said earlier my brothers were right about the EU and the USA has opportunities for a better life in comparison with other poor countries. For some people from Moldova is frustrating that they cannot meet an opportunity there. Those people have to find a way to work abroad, to be far away from their families, only for a better opportunity, for a job, a chance of a well paid job. I am proud of those people, who achieve their dreams, find a job in a developed country, and come back to their families. December 15, 2012 was...
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