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)”

The calls to my grandmother (and the certainty that she speaks my language)

I’ve been calling my grandma more often.  She’s always lived far away. But I never called.  Maybe because something in me always fed the hope that at the end of the year we’d see each other. And then I could give her the tightest hugs and lay my head on her lap while she strokedContinue reading “The calls to my grandmother (and the certainty that she speaks my language)”