Tag - living abroad

Why I Left The USA for SA

Why Did I Leave The USA for SA? Let me start from the beginning. When I was around 13 y.o., back home, in Russia, I started watching the tv show called “Wild Angel”, and I, like plenty of girls, fell in love with the characters of the show. I didn’t know what I wanted to

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My First Month in South Africa

My First Month in South Africa I can’t believe I landed here already a month ago. From Russia, where I spent a month with my family, from a hot Northern summer straight to a chilly Southern winter. When I was leaving Russia, green forests and the gentle setting sun were waving me goodbye. It was

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An Immigrant’s Diaries, part 12

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Oh, Those Background Days

It started quite early again, I woke up at 5.30 for my 7:30 call time in Santa Clarita. Did my morning routine and drove to the location. Today’s sunset was indescribable, bright pink and soft blue were meeting in the middle. It made me think of my favorite colors. I love the color blue which must

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An Immigrant’s Diary, part 11

I waved goodbye to my heart and took a train back to the apartment. I’m so glad I wasn’t alone. My friend that stayed with us was there for me. She was so supportive! I was working an evening shift that day and was glad I had something to do. When I got there I

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An Immigrant’s Diary, part 10

September 14, 2005 Today was the day… The day for me to say goodbye to the love of my life. I woke up early and just looked at his face while he was sleeping. I can’t believe this fairy tale-like love story is going to end today. I live in Russia, you live in South

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New Year’s in Yosemite, day 2

December 31 Our first night in Yosemite. It was pretty cold, I heard some noises, the wind was hard, something was hitting against our tent and I thought it was a bear searching for food. It was quite a “fun” night I must say. The morning was beautiful. Bright blue sky, snowy tops of the

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Just another day as a Background Actor

Today started super early, I woke up at 4am, it was still pretty cold and I didn’t want to get out of bed. I did.  I prayed, took a hot shower, made my hair, did my makeup and left the apartment at 5am for the 6.18am call time all the way down in Manhattan Beach.

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New Year’s in Yosemite, day 1

December 30 Hope everyone had a great New Year’s celebration! Konrad and I went to Yosemite. To be honest I didn’t feel like doing it at first as I’m not a big fan of the cold. I really really dislike being cold but I knew it definitely would be something new and something interesting. I

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An Immigrant’s Diary, part 9

We woke up from people walking and riding bikes right above us. It definitely was a crazy experience I will never forget. We spent the whole day on the beach and had to return. Every day I felt like something squeezes my heart tighter and tighter. That day was getting closer and I could smell it,

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