"With so little greenery and so much grey, I was prone to daydreaming, to wanting for something better. It was called America."
"My family tried living near Griffith Park, just north of Los Feliz, but we didn't like it. It was haunted, among other things."
For the life-long educator, "the City of Angels definitely embraced me, nurtured me, taught me and I am proud that they made an angel out of me!"
Spanish speakers were hard to come by when she arrived to Los Angeles fifty years ago.
Born right after the Soviet invasion of her family's home country, she grew up in two worlds: the '80s and '90s La Cañada and the world of Afghanistan
From Paris, San Francisco, and London to the "shambolic Third-World-ness" of L.A.