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Alejandria Artiles'site


picture of my family

I was born in Venezuela on December 19, 1985. Venezuela is a tropical country located on South America. Its population is about 26 million people and it’s divided on 23 states and a capital district. I was born in Caracas, the capital, which is known as “The City of Eternal Spring.” I lived there for 17 years.

My culture is a combination of three traditions: European, indigenous and African. This mix of ethnicities makes us a fascinating and diverse country. Currently Venezuela holds the Guinness World Record as the country with the happiest population in the world. We make a celebration everywhere for everything. We just need music to dance, a “Polarcita” (our national beer) and our “panas” (friends).

Not all is perfect in my beautiful land. On 1999 Hugo Chavez won the elections and began to apply communist ideas as Fidel Castro. Since the beginning I knew he was a threat to our democracy. It was clear with his speeches of hate and intimidation to those who oppose him. After Chavez began to imply that all children less than 15 were property of the government, my parents decided it was time for us to go.

My little brother and I were shocked by the decision, but we knew it was for the benefit of both. Saying goodbye to all your friends, family and country is like saying goodbye to a part of you. It is hard to migrate and you never get rid of it.

I moved to Miami four years ago, I finished high school and then I began to study English. At the beginning it was hard because of the culture shock, but I never gave up reaching my goals. Once I got into regular classes in two years I got an Associate Degree on Journalism from Miami Dade College. This semester I transferred to the University of Florida, where I'm a junior.

Copyright 2008 Alejandria Artiles. Orchids image by Deviant Art.