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montreal immigrant

I remember my very first day in Montreal like it was yesterday. Our plane landed around 9pm sometime in June 2001. It was me, my mom and my dad united by a strong belief in a better future. By the time we passed customs, it was already very dark outside.

I can only imagine how nerve-wracking this experience must have been for my parents... but for the 12 year old me it was a fascinating adventure. I had butterflies in my stomach. Everything was new and exiting. I couldn't wait to wake up the next day.

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If you follow me on social media(@irina_tee), you probably know that I visited my birth country in the end of October. It was an emotional trip that filled my soul with memories and melancholy. I haven't been to my hometown in over ten years and it made me realize something. Did I feel at home? I felt comfortable, yes, but I didn't really feel at home.

Immigrants are stuck between two worldswe no longer belong in our birth countries, yet we're not considered fully "local" in Montreal either. Let me explain why you should let go of this mentality right now.

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