Viviana: a typical Colombian Christmas in Australia

“For me it is very important to be with people from Colombia. Because they understand my feelings, they understand what it is like not to have family around. Spending Christmas with people from other countries is not the same because they do not understand your food, typical dishes and what they mean. So for meContinue reading “Viviana: a typical Colombian Christmas in Australia”

Maysa, Gustavo and Oliver: celebrating a new life at Christmas

“I think for the first time in a long time Christmas is making more sense to me Especially after I lost my father, there was that feeling of emptiness and today, with Oliver, we have that sentiment that the family is complete wherever we are,” says Maysa as she holds her son Oliver in herContinue reading “Maysa, Gustavo and Oliver: celebrating a new life at Christmas”

Yliamne: the hope of Venezuelan mums for a family Christmas

“I have seen each of my children leaving me in every couple of years and I have realised, over time, that for me their journey in search of prosperity is a kind of transition. A process of transmuting hopelessness into faith and hope. I have lost the fear of distance. I belong to the populationContinue reading “Yliamne: the hope of Venezuelan mums for a family Christmas”

Nina: a re-encounter in Brazil after 10 Christmases in Australia

“For me, Christmas means family. Honestly, I don’t see Christmas as a super special date but it is a time to reunite with the family. I’m from a really small town, so all my brothers and sisters moved out to study and work and Christmas was real time of reunion. This is my recollection. MyContinue reading “Nina: a re-encounter in Brazil after 10 Christmases in Australia”

The calls I’ve stopped making to my mum

If before I wrote about the calls I’ve started making to my grandma since the beginning of the isolation, today I want to talk about the calls I’ve stopped making to my mum – because of the calls she has been giving to others.  Hold on, I’ll explain.  My mother is a doctor. Palliativist. SheContinue reading “The calls I’ve stopped making to my mum”

Daniella Reina: “When you decide to migrate for good, you have to close all your doors”

“I want to leave Australia. I think that before all this happened, I used to see Australia as a country of opportunity and I saw it as ‘yes, I can stay’. My partner is from the United States, so we always had the discussion of, when I graduated, would we stay here or go toContinue reading “Daniella Reina: “When you decide to migrate for good, you have to close all your doors””

Nico Betancur: From Medellin to Sydney

“I think we, as international students, are always up to something and then the coronavirus comes and says ‘no, you can’t do anything’. And the government won’t help you and you have to keep paying the bills and keep going on with life as usual, and that’s not easy,” says Nico Betancur, a Colombian studentContinue reading “Nico Betancur: From Medellin to Sydney”

Alicia Granci: “Sí, soy argentina” (Yes, I’m Argentinian)

“It’s crazy that right now we’re almost like prisoners. We’re not prisoners but we can’t go out the way we used to. It’s contradictory. As far as my family is concerned, being an international student, we are a sort of used to it because we know what it’s like to be away from our lovedContinue reading “Alicia Granci: “Sí, soy argentina” (Yes, I’m Argentinian)”

Gabriel Villalba: the certainty of a coup d’état in Bolivia

“What the world needs to know is that in Bolivia we don’t live in a democracy,” is one of the things Gabriel Villalba told me when we talked in a rooftop café in La Paz. From up there, there was a tranquillity that looked nothing like the streets we had just crossed to get toContinue reading “Gabriel Villalba: the certainty of a coup d’état in Bolivia”

Bolivia: reflections on democracy between protests and whispers

In October 2019, Bolivia made headlines around the world. After questioning the legitimacy of his third re-election, then-President Evo Morales was removed in a movement that the history books had taught me was a coup d’état. Army in the street, truculence, repression. Even so, I read editorials from international vehicles stating the opposite. And inContinue reading “Bolivia: reflections on democracy between protests and whispers”