"After I left Iceland at the age of 20, my first stop was London, where I went as a university student. My travels also took me to Jamaica and Indonesia before I came to Geneva, Switzerland. My first impressions were that Geneva was a very international and multi cultural city. Not too big, but not too small — with room for everyone. I've only been here for two months, so I'm still learning about the city and I'll see if or how my impressions change. What I can say is that language is definitely the biggest barrier to full integration, but with practice and patience I think I can overcome it.
Missing my family and friends is a harder barrier to overcome, but I try to balance this out by remembering that for me, being a migrant means being able to move freely around the world, to work, to meet people, to open my heart and my mind. My idea of home is evolving too; it is a place where I can make a life and a living, but home is also where my family and friends are. They aren't always in the same country or city, so I guess home can be many places."
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