In England, it was a given that you are miserable, that's just how it is. In L.A., the goal was to be happy and cheerful and nice to people.
Both sides of her family came from the same town in Italy -- but arrived in America under very different circumstances.
Spanish speakers were hard to come by when she arrived to Los Angeles fifty years ago.
We took the bus to Guatemala, where we got assaulted by our coyote. He took almost everything from us.
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.
I said 'Amsterdam is a close second, but I want to live in L.A.'...cut to five years later, I'm still not in L.A. yet.