Carlos is a Salvadoran plastic surgeon who decided to migrate to Guadalajara, Mexico, with a huge amount of optimism. “When I arrived, I thought that this was a lovely city but I also felt a funny kind of fear, the kind you feel when something is new”.
“I was worried that people would look at me funny for being different. I told myself I’m here to start a new phase of my life. At the same moment, I wished I could get on the plane and back to El Salvador. But I also wanted to absorb the most amount of knowledge I could so I could go back home and apply it, so I stayed”.
“I only arrived with my clothes and my wishes to grow. At the beginning, I had help from some close family friends. They let me stay with them until I got used to the city”.
“I miss my family and the distances in El Salvador. Everything is so far away here, not like in El Salvador. I also miss my friends and going to the beach on Friday, having dinner there and returning at midnight under the stars”.
“Migrating here is a new phase in my life in which, I believe, all the effort I put into it will come back to me as gain tomorrow. My family is happy that I’m growing but sad that I’m not with them. They know that I want to have more professional experience and this journey also helps in knowing myself more while remaining optimistic”.