Exactly five years ago, Masha left everything she knew to move halfway around the world with two strangers that smiled all the time (a sure sign of diminished intelligence…) In honor of her anniversary, I have asked her to give us a little glimpse of what this was like for her…
What was it like to leave Ukraine?
It wasn’t that hard to leave i was actually very excited and yes i was kinda scared to leave my home and go to a different country but it was mostly a great experience. It was like half of me was happy and the other was scared. The happy side was happy that its going to go with my family, and the other was scared to leave because of weird happy Americans. haha Thats what i thought of Americans.
What was the hardest thing about coming to America?
The hardest things about coming to america was learning english and meeting new people. Learning a new language was very hard to do, but i think i did pretty good at learning it. It was hard for me to to talk to people at school and make new friends when i couldn’t really communicate or understand well enough, so i didn’t have many friends.
When you remember your life in Ukraine, do you remember in English or in Russian?
I remember it in English, i used to remember it in Russian but by about 5th month being here or so i started to think in English.
Do you ever think about going back?
I thought about it a lot in the beginning cause i missed it, now not so much because I’m so used to being here and calling this my home. I might visit later in life, but not anytime soon. Not that i don’t want to or miss it i just don’t think its the right time, there’s nothing to go back to.
What do you miss about Ukraine?
I definitely miss their food, ohh my, their food is amazing, i would choose their food over American in a heart beat. I also miss the people, people there are kinda of rude and unhappy, i know you would think why would you want to go back to that or why you miss that. I miss it because I’m sometimes like them, and being in the same environment it not seem like i am mean because its our culture.
What do you like best about America?
I like their food variety. I love food as you can tell by now. I love how they have different cultures, i just love that. There is a lot of things i like about America, people are a lot nicer. Also what i love about America is Cedar Point, i love that place if i could i would live there, and ride every ride everyday.
What do you want to ask Masha?? Leave a question in the comments…