Meet Dina Lee

Today I would like to introduce you to Dina Lee. She has one of the most calming energies I have ever been around. Something about her just makes the craziness of the world stand still. I hope you can feel that through this interview with her. Be sure to also check out her photography page and her Facebook page as well! She does some beautiful work helping women realize their inner, and outer, beauty!

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Betsy

Dina Lee

I am a Russian speaking Korean born and raised in Uzbekistan. I was born when the Soviet Union was still there and was raised in a multi-cultural environment. I consider Russian to be my mother tongue, Korean- it’s a different kind of knowledge- I can use it, but it’s not the same. Our Korean is different, we are Korean diaspora so the language changed a lot. And of course there was Uzbek, the local language, and at school- at university- I studied English and Italian. I came to Vienna in 2009 as a UN spouse. It’s been five and a half years and we’re still here. I am very happy here, very happy with my life. My son is Italian, but he was born here and he feels quite Austrian, he likes Austrian food better than our traditional food.

I used to have an academic background. I have two masters’ degrees from Italy. I was preparing myself for a secure office job, you know. Nine to five, well paid hopefully. But then here in Vienna, especially after my son was born, I kind of changed my whole perspective. Vienna helped me to risk my career path and help me to develop my artistic, creative career. I’m into photography now. I registered my small business. It’s going slowly, slowly, but it’s going.

It wasn’t a hobby for me. I was interested in photographs I guess- printed photographs. They have a kind of mesmerizing effect on me, but I never really planned on doing anything related to photography. Especially because I was preparing myself for an academic job. Here in Vienna, when my son was born, was when I really got into photography. I had started to shoot him and myself and realized it was fun. I really liked it and I also had time to learn different techniques and so on. Then I decided to do it professionally after taking a course.

I specialize in portrait photography for women. I call it beauty photography. It’s mainly portraits of women- glammed up style. The fun stuff. I really like it. I find that is very empowering to women to be photographed and to see themselves in the best light. We always invite a makeup artist who creates the perfect look. And I have a glamour wardrobe in the studio so it’s really like playtime. It’s fun. My studio is in the 7th district. And sometimes I shoot at home, in my home studio. It’s very flexible. That’s why I like it. It’s compatible with maternity.

At the moment I think I will continue with photography in the same genre. It’s really rewarding emotionally and creatively. I photograph different women from different walks of life, different nationalities, different backgrounds. At the beginning it was my friends. I was kind of practicing on them, poor them! They liked the photos though. Then I started participating in different expos. Most of my clients probably come from social media actually. Social media is very important.

Every shoot is fun because you really see the women how they truly are. They become so vulnerable in front of the camera. You really connect with the person. In fact, most of my clients are now my friends. We remain in contact. The one, though, which is particularly important to me was a women who had had cancer. She won a photoshoot give away we were doing at the time and when she came for the photo shoot she told me her story of how terrible the previous two years had been. But luckily she is now cancer free and full of life. It was just so nice to see her approach to life, which is completely different than mine. She feels on a completely different level. She feels life so deeply, and she shows that. This really was an eye-opening, mind-opening experience for me. The photos were really nice so she was happy too. She even wrote a book about her whole experience. In the book she mentioned the photoshoot actually and how important it was for her to see herself.

For me the transition was very small. I find Vienna to be very multi-cultural. And coming myself from a multi-cultural background, I feel very at home in Vienna. For example, before Vienna I lived with my husband as a UN spouse in Iran for almost five years. And there life was a bit different, quite different from what I was used to. It was still a Muslim country like Uzbekistan where I grew up, but it was quite different from the rest of my world. So the adaptation was hard. And here in Vienna was really, really smooth compared to other places. I like how uncomplicated bureaucracy is here compared to my country and to Italy. Compared to my countries it’s like speedy gonzolas to get things done. But everything is relative to your experience.

Iran was very interesting, so different, so unusual. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought in the beginning it would be. We had very lively social life. It was in the expat community, but still, it was quite lively. Much more lively than here in Vienna. In Iran your whole life was in some sort of closed environment. Here in Vienna you feel free to take a walk, go anywhere you want with people. There you had to be careful all the time. Although it was very safe, it was super safe. In Iran in five years I never experiences of theft or anything. Here in Vienna in the first months I lost my wallet twice- but it was my fault. I wasn’t being careful. Vienna is very safe. I feel very comfortable here.

I kind of let the German go here. Usually I am very controlled about the language. My background is actually in linguistics so, normally, when I study a language I want to study all aspects of it. I want to read, I want to write, I want to speak, I want to understand everything. I managed to do that in three languages; Russian, English and Italian. Then I have a little knowledge of French, German and a little Farsi. And there are my historic languages which are Korean and Uzbek. So I can use eight languages, more or less.

They say the more you know the easier it is to learn more, but it depends so much on your personality. I am also very controlled and before I speak up I really need to be sure I am speaking the right sentence. It’s a bit difficult to break that barrier. You know when you make a mistake and you feel stupid, but you consider yourself not to be stupid. That’s hard. People will judge you and how you speak. That’s the psycho-linguistics, social linguistics. It changes your position in relation to the other person. When you speak German with a German native speaker, they are in power. When you speak your language with a foreigner, you are. Ah, speaking German. It’s so funny. Languages.

I am happy that through photography I can use the universal language of images. With photography, you don’t have to sit there and try to find the perfect word, the best way to say something. It’s just there. There it is.

There are some cultural differences also in the image language, but they are so subtle. For example, in the Arab world they read from right to left but for us it’s the other way around. So in their world probably the direction of your gaze is different. The colors we use. For the Muslim world white is mourning and for us white is freshness, youth. For Koreans, their mournful colors are so different from black. It’s white or a combination of red and yellow. There’s lots of things to explore in photography. I personally like colors, very much. Especially in the face. I think it’s very important to show the color of your eyes, the tone of your skin, the color of your hair. Especially for a woman.

That was quite an issue for me in Iran actually. In public I had to wear the veil, hijab. Just in public, inside the house I didn’t need to. But still, it changed so much of how I perceived myself. All of the sudden I couldn’t feel the wind in my hair, it was so different. In the end you get used it. But I still remember missing the feeling of the wind blowing through my hair. In fact, if you notice the Iranian girls, they are makeup experts. They accentuate every feature of the face, the face is everything. You present yourself to the world with your face. For myself, I felt so bleached. Because there everything is accentuated. Strong eyes, strong lips, strong brows. And in the end I felt so out of place that towards the end of the experience I almost decided to do a brow tattoo. These body imagine kind of issues inspired me to photograph women. I started to feel a kind of solidarity with women I hadn’t felt before.

Meet Silja

Today’s interview is with Silja, a sweet Finnish girl I met in the very beginning of WoV. Sadly, Silja has returned to Finland already, but I was very happy to get to interview her before she left Vienna. We shared quite a few laughs and I loved getting to know her over the last few months. I hope you will enjoy this look into her life and appreciate her positive outlook as well.

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Betsy

Silja Kemppainen

I am from Finland, but I have been living here in Vienna for nine months. I came here as an Au Pair and it’s my third time doing that job already. My first time au pairing was in London, I was there for 12 months and then I went to Sweden for three months. After Sweden I wanted to start university, but I didn’t get in so I thought another year abroad would be good. I came to Vienna.

I absolutely loved London and England in general. The culture was not that different from Finnish culture and the people where quite similar. It was easy. The same thing in Sweden. Sweden was basically like Finland, except for the language. But here in Vienna I have had a bit different kind of feeling. I don’t speak German so it’s rather difficult to get in and get a grip on what is going on around you. Also the city feels different- I like it- but I haven’t really got any feeling of it. Like London, I want to go back there, maybe live there, but I don’t have the same feeling about Vienna. It’s hard to get to know this city, especially when I don’t know the language.

The family I work with is lovely. The parents are very laid-back, easy-going, down-to-earth. The mother is from South Africa, the father is from Austria, and they have two kids who are 12 and 9. The older kid has autism, so it has been a challenging year, I would say. I didn’t know what it would take to work with a child with special needs. I had to learn a lot when I first moved here and I would still say I can’t handle everything, but I have managed quite well. It also takes more, it’s mentally more difficult for me. When the child is in a bad mood he might say some horrible things about me and about everything, but I just have to not take that to heart. Sometimes that’s hard. Sometimes I’m also having a bad day and I take the things he’s saying personally, even though I know should not. He doesn’t mean it. Those days are hard and sometimes I even want to cry. But then again there are also very good days were we both laugh and have a very nice time together. Those days remind me why I’m doing this.

I haven’t actually met that many Austrians, mainly international students or Aux Pairs. That seems to be kind of a thing with Aux Pairs, they’re always meeting only other Aux Pairs. Because I’ve been meeting international people, I haven’t been speaking or practicing German. Now I realize I’ve been here almost ten months now and I can’t speak German, not even a single sentence. Time has flown by so quickly. It really feels like I just came here and started working, but now it’s already summer. But on the other hand I can’t wait to go back to Finland and see my family. It’s been a while.

I want to start university, I have applied for tourism management in Helsinki and I am having high hopes that this year I will get in. It’s really hard to get into university in Finland. There’s a lot of applicants, for one place there can be like 6 applicants, so the competition can be tough. And every program has entrance exams that have to be passed. There’s also a lot of international students because studies are free in Finland. This is actually my third year of applying. But there’s this Finnish saying that the third time shows the truth. Hopefully that’s true.

I would like to run a hotel, but I need to take small steps first. I have actually never worked in a tourism job, but I am a very outgoing and empathetic person so I feel like I have a good chance to succeed in this field. It also felt like my thing when I as scrolling through the options of what to study. And this program is taught in English so it will give my English a boost.

I have quite a few visions of this. Sometimes I want to have a hotel in northern Finland in Lapland and focus on wildlife in Lapland. Some days I want to have it on the Finnish coast line on some lonely island. Other days I want to have it in somewhere warm. A warm place where there are palm trees and white sand. I don’t have the exact concept yet, but I know I want it to focus on families and take children’s needs into account too. I’ve been doing this childcare for years now so it’s kind of stuck with me. I have three siblings and my family has traveled quite a lot inside Finland and the places we have gone- over all the places have taken children’s need very seriously and I liked that.

Never say never. Maybe I will visit Austria in the future, but right now I feel like I would not want to live here again. But who knows. I think it’s maybe just not my place. I actually had a few Finnish friends here who were Aux Pairs as well, but they left a few months ago. I mainly speak English here. The chances I get to speak Finnish it’s a relief to be able to express myself in Finnish, in my mother tongue. But some things actually are so much more natural to say in English. And some words I have forgotten in Finnish- I know the word but when I need to remember it, it’s gone. I can’t find it.

I love how there are so many green areas surrounding Vienna. Because I am from Finland- from a small village in the middle of the woods- I am used that there are green areas around and I enjoy going into nature. Here in Vienna it is totally different than what I experienced in London. In London you need to travel a lot to get in touch with nature. But here it takes 20 or 30 minutes and I’m in the woods. I can just relax there. It’s something which I have been really enjoying here. And there are so many nice beautiful hiking routes which are so easy to reach via public transport. I did 30km just a few weeks ago. It had a lot of uphill and downhill too of course and it was really steep at times, but I really enjoyed it. It was beautiful. I had this phase when I thought I was too busy to hike. But now I have been getting back into it. I used to be a girl scout so its sort in me.

Meet Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn has been adding sparkle to Women of Vienna events and our discussion group since day one. I can’t imagine the group without her energy and silly comments. But, for as goofy and lighthearted as she can be, Kaitlyn is also a really driven, inspiring woman. She is absolutely a BossLady and gets things done and gets them done with class. I hope you enjoy her quirky sense of humor as much as I do!

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Betsy

Kaitlyn WonJung Chang

I was born in Seoul in South Korea, but I grew up here and there. My dad served in a few diplomatic roles in his career, so we moved around a lot. I spent most of my childhood in the States near the DC and New York area. It would be like three years in DC, three years back in Seoul, three years in New York, three years back in Seoul, so it was completely hectic. I finished my studies in Seoul and then started working there. After about 10 years, I applied to a management training program at my company that sent employees abroad. The country you got sent to was completely random, and for some reason they decided to send me to Austria. I was not expecting that at all. Whichever country you’re sent to, you are supposed to learn the language, learn the culture and be prepared to do business there. And you really get sent anywhere. You could have been sent to Nigeria, or the deepest part of Africa, (to Darkest Peru!), or to China. Anywhere. There were people who got sent to Ivory Coast or Congo and I thought that’s really cool, super Indiana-Jones! And Austria did sound a bit boring in the beginning. I must confess, I didn’t know where exactly Austria was on the map. I thought, “That sounds somehow European,” but I couldn’t pinpoint where it was. I didn’t even know they spoke German here! I know, ignorant me. But still, at the end I was quite excited because I had always lived only in the US and Korea, and as a result had this really cheesy fantasy about Europe. So that’s how I first ended up, quite by chance, here in Austria.

For the program you are supposed to come to the country completely alone, by yourself. Even if you have family you are not supposed to bring them with you. And you are supposed to spend a whole year by yourself, really adapting to the new country. It’s really intense. But it was great, it was really great. For one, you don’t have to go to the office every day, and your job is really to learn the language and to learn to get around. You have to figure out completely from scratch, things like how to get a meldezettel and a visa and everything else. So that’s how I spent my first year in Austria, learning German, travelling all over Austria even to the smallest towns, being an organizer for TEDxVienna, taking photography and art history classes, volunteering in galleries, writing for the Vienna Review, meeting awesome new people. By the end of the year I’d completely fallen in love with Austria; all its subtleties, contradictions and complexities rolled into one.

After that year I went back to Korea for a little bit less than a year. Then I came back, I was lucky and things worked out in my company for a job position in Austria. This is now my fourth year in Vienna and close to three whole years living here, but I wouldn’t call myself a Vienna veteran at all. But I also wouldn’t call myself a novice. I’m somewhere in the middle. Which is exactly the same as my German level, which by the way has been the same forever. German!

Vienna. I like that it’s a city, but it’s still not too big. Where I grew up, it was always too big, too many people, too crowded. On one side I miss all that excitement, all that hustle and bustle and, for instance, in Seoul, 24/7 you find something, everything is open. Then you come here and all the shops close at six. Like, what the fuck? That took a bit of time to get adjusted to.

I like how the Viennese really know how to find a good balance between work and life, city and culture and everything in between. It’s definitely not like that in Korea. I am the only Korean expat in my office and my coworkers are always joking like, “God, do all the Koreans work like this? This is why you have the highest suicide rate in the world!” You just push yourself; you can always do one more thing. I’m learning a lot in order to have a better work life balance. I’m definitely not there yet, but I’m trying. It’s coming.

Especially because I am working and I am in the position to lead a company, I find it quite hard to be a foreigner, and on top of that being a woman, and to do business. I think that’s the hardest part. Especially since Vienna is a close-knit society; so much is done on a personal relationship basis and deals are done outside of the office. Oftentimes things happen because you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, and I started out knowing no one. And no one wanted to know me anyway. On top of that I didn’t speak German fluently so it was really hard. Trying to find my way in was quite a bit of a struggle- it still is. But it’s getting slowly better and better. I think that’s really the Austrian-ness of it. It doesn’t become better all of a sudden, it gets slightly, slightly, slightly one step better and I’m learning to appreciate that now. In the beginning I would go to these industry events and I would know no one and no one would talk to me. Now at least I know some people.

I think for me it was double trouble. On top of me being a foreigner, I think a lot of Austrian relationship based business still happens in a quite male-centric way. That’s why it is even harder to break into that circle. But what I found at the end of the day is if you just keep thinking “Oh, they are the Austrians and I am a non- Austrian, and I’m also a woman,” then you will never get anywhere. You just have to open up. Then you get to know people and it becomes a bit easier, even if it takes time.

What I actually do is I am the managing director of our agency here in Austria. What we do as an agency is advertising in general, with a focus on digital. The main client we work for is Samsung, but we of course work with other Austrian companies too. A normal day in the life of me would be filled with meetings; I would say an average day is six to seven meetings in a day. On worse days I have over ten. It is really, physically, quite strenuous. At the end of the day I need to be the one making the final decisions, so I’m always trying to find some time to work at my desk and have some time to think, but the majority of the day is completely taken over by small and big meetings and calls and business trips.

Some are stressful, like new business pitches, and some are really interesting, like recruiting new people who you get to know for the first time. Some others would be internal meetings, which is actually the best fun because it’s just our whole group full of weird crazy creative people. I myself didn’t major art or anything, but I have always been somehow ‘circling around’ art, because I love creativity in general – I love raising questions and trying to think a bit different, thinking a bit weird, a bit unexpected, challenging with a bit of crazy, and discussing that with a bunch of interesting people who come from completely different backgrounds. So those are the meetings I like the most and I enjoy them a lot.

Life? Who knows about life? I have to think about it. As of now I think I am quite happy with my role and I don’t think I am good enough at the moment. I think there is still so much to learn. In every aspect, especially being a female entrepreneur in a foreign country, I am learning a lot. So in the future I hope I become better at what I am doing now.

In the very far future, like in 20 years maybe – I have always wanted to do something more directly related to art. I have played the piano since I was four – and as every stereotypical Asian girl, I was quite good. I have always loved painting, studied art history after university and am a licensed curator. I don’t work as a curator now because I found out I am actually not super good at it, there’s so many awesome supergood curators out there. But doing something with art has always been a dream for me in the far future. I don’t know. Maybe in 20 years I’ll have my own gallery of my own stuff. Or, completely random and probably much more realistic, I always thought when I become a grandma, I’m going to be that grandma who goes to kindergartens and reads storybooks to kids. Like Roald Dahl books. When I was a kid I used to think Roald Dahl must be God. I think I could be one hell of an awesome grandma because I’d be acting out every single part and making stupid fart noises all the time.

I’m quite open, but at the moment I am more or less planning on staying in Austria. Let’s see what the future brings. I don’t know. All my life I have been in and out of this city and that country, and every single Korean fortune teller I’ve met used to tell me that it’s somehow written in my fate, to be moving around all the time. Maybe in a few years I will feel like, oh you know, I want to go to another country. Who knows? For people like me, I think we’re somehow like a “third nationality”. I see myself neither as purely Korean nor Korean-American, and on top of that now, my Austrian boyfriend has completely added to the cultural identity complications! But I think in people like us, globe-trotters or expats or however you want to call it, there is always this double-sided longing, to experience something more different, more exotic – and also of course the other, completely opposite longing to settle down somewhere and have roots, because you never really have that. You’re a floater. And hell, I’m starting to realize – if that’s the case then you might as well just roll with it.

Meet Andrejka

Let me introduce you to Andrejka, a lovely lady with a passion for travel and a fair amount of spunk! Her faith that things will work out and her desire to make the world a better place is inspiring to me. You can practically feel her optimism in the air around you, encouraging you to also think only positive thoughts. She is quick to smile and will instantly put you at easy with her welcoming presence. I hope you feel her lovely disposition through this interview!

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Betsy

Andrejka Lipska

I am from Budapest, but I didn’t come here in a straight way. It is only 300 kilometers away, but it was actually four years and three countries before I came here. The thing that also really surprises people is that I am 31 years old. When I take off my glasses and put on proper make up I look a lot younger. I’m actually proud of my age, I feel good about it. I also feel good about being single, it’s ok. But sometimes some people are really hard about this, they are like, “Oh you are so old and you don’t have your own home, a real career behind you.” In Hungary it’s still these traditional things like owning a house, and having a family and having children which matter. It is not acceptable for many people that you are a vagabond and you don’t really need a fix home.

In Hungary I had a very bad job- marketing, sales kind of job. Which for some people is ok, but I found out that with my personality it is not really ok. It wasn’t really working out and in the end I was really heartbroken. I thought, “I need to get out of here”. I really believe it was fate pushing me out because I always felt like I didn’t really belong there. But I was afraid and it was just comfortable to stay there, to sit around. It was an ok job; you have your family and your responsibilities and all that. Then I had this push and I went to my European voluntary service, which is a one year volunteer time financed by the EU. I went to Germany, to Leipzig, which is somewhere I really knew nothing about.

It was one really hard year though, to find myself personally. That year I saw and read Eat, Pray, Love and I had a real feeling that something similar was happening inside me. In the end it was a really long journey, inside myself. I stayed two more years because my boss really liked me. She said, “You can stay but we don’t really have the finances for you, but if you are a student we can offer you a student job.” I believe in fate, the kind of fate, that if you are supposed to do something, you get help. I got accepted to university. I didn’t have any idea how many people applied, but later I found out it was over a hundred applicants for the eleven places they offered. For me it seemed really easy to get in and one of my other friends helped me to get a scholarship. Between that and my small salary I was actually living better than in Hungary with 40 hours of a proper job.

I spent two years working and studying which I am really proud of because it was not my native language. I finished university, did a thesis, did exams. I was also working and actually had a busy social life. I think it was my best two years. There were sometimes big meltdowns and sometimes big hops. But I was really, really lucky to have met the people I met and to have to job I had and the boss I had, who is still one of my really good friends. I still have contact with her and I am really grateful for everything she did for me.

I was actually able, because she was so flexible, to go abroad for one semester to Poland. I tried to learn Polish, but it wasn’t working out. I also tried with Russian, but it also wasn’t working out. Now my new plan is French. I would like to work maybe one day for the United Nations or something similar where you can save the world. And there you always need French besides English. I was resistant until now, but I have to give in and learn French.

My current job is finding internship placements for Erasmus students with Erasmus plus funding from the European Union. They are between the ages of 16 and 20, usually, depending on the country. They are in secondary school and are learning a job so they will become a waiter or an electrician or something. If I am lucky they speak at least English or at least German. Some of the two languages. If I am unlucky they speak a little bit of one. And if I am really unlucky, which happens often because they are socially not in a really good place, they don’t speak any languages other than their mother tongue. And sometimes they don’t even speak that correctly, but it’s a really big chance for them to get out. Most of them are abroad for the very first time in their life. With sixteen, seventeen, I cannot imagine that.

I was always traveling with my parents. They took me everywhere with them. I was used to traveling around even though we were in the Soviet bloc so you could only travel to a few countries, for example Bulgaria. So for me, being sixteen or seventeen and not having been outside your village, it’s unimaginable. It’s hard for them too because they think that everything is the same here as it is at home- that they are the stars. That they are known, that they have their status- but everything gets turned upside down, because that’s not how it is. I think it’s a really good experience for them because you get to figure out at a young age if you like being abroad or not.

It’s interesting. There are so many different people and so many different personalities. It’s amazing. These kids are sometimes coming from really bad economic situations. One time my coworker told me, “You have to watch out because this girl is half gypsy”. I didn’t ever really have to deal with gyspies. You see them on the streets and in Hungary they have a really bad reputation unfortunately. I was like, “what do you mean? How should I behave toward her?” Because I was planning on behaving normal with her, if she was a bad kid I would deal with her like she was a bad kid, I don’t care about her skin color. I hope I don’t care about her skin color. I just hope I can handle it well. There is always a first time.

I’m in Favoriten. Everyone tells me, “Yeah, it’s not so nice”, but I like the flat and my flat mates. I am actually between two parks. It’s really great. And it’s on the border of the 5th district and is five minutes by bike from my work. It’s very green and most of the houses are nice. The flat is really nice. It’s like finally feeling like, “ok I’m staying”, and I can start to really think about what I want to do.

The two most important things for me are having a bike and having a library card. I finally got them. When I have these things I have my secure points and I can start to build up my social life. Like going to Facebook group events or Couchsurfing events and language exchange meetings. If I had the time of course, but I am working crazy hours and that makes me tired. I sometimes even bore myself because I think I talk about work too much, but that’s ok. It’s what I do. If I had a child I would talk about my child. My child is my work.

I would like to go back. I think it will happen if and when I find a partner, for long time. I feel bad, but I would like to have a family, I would like to have children. I don’t want to have children just to have children. I imagine there is a point in a relationship where you trust the other person so much that you want to have something with together with them. It would also depend on him and also very much on my job. I love to travel, that is really essential for me. And I actually like to feel a little bit special. Like being abroad. When you are a foreigner living in a different place you are special- a little bit outstanding. And I like that. But maybe not Hungarians in Vienna, there are really so many.

I like that it’s a big city, but it’s still really, really comfortable. And not slow, but really calm. It’s really ok. If you take a stroll on a Sunday in the city center, it’s really nice and beautiful. I also really like that it’s full of green. There are so many small green places that you discover and are like, “Ah-ha!” And I really like the summer here. I always find that people get friendlier here in the summer. You can sit out and enjoy the sun; I think Vienna is perfect for that.

I also like that it is a really multi-national, multi-lingual city. It is still a little- not racist- but you can feel the disapproval. Especially when you are pronouncing things in German. You must speak ordentliches Deustch. It’s sometimes hard to be someone from abroad because you will never speak the language perfectly; you will always have an accent.

I think that the best way to describe these past years for me is that I left little pieces of my heart around Europe and its really great because I can go almost anywhere and find friends and feel at home. It also really sucks because they are never there at the same place in the same time, but I think I would do things exactly the same.