We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, for which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Annika is shy and won’t let me take her picture. Annika and Paulina are sisters, so their background is the same. Annika was a freshman in high school this year, acclimating to a foreign country at the beginning of her high school career (she felt that this was a great advantage and that her sister Paulina had a much tougher transition to get through, although interestingly, when speaking with Paulina, she didn’t feel that it was difficult). Annika is passionate about photography. She explains that when she was living in Mexico, she loved taking pictures of the town where she lived, Ajijic. It’s a busy town, with lots of people walking the streets. That became Annika’s focus, she would photograph all the people. There is also a lake in Ajijic, and Annika began to get experience in landscape photography. Her father would let Annika borrow his expensive camera to practice. They would go to the lake together, and walk around town together and take many pictures. These are now fond memories for Annika when she misses her father who is still in Mexico. Spann International bought Annika a camera so that she could continue with her photography here in the United states. Annika volunteers at the middle school across the street from the high school and has become the sport photographer, taking many great pictures for the Booster Club this year. She hopes to be the middle school sport photographer every season while she is in high school…
Annika and Paulina’s mother sent me a message last week announcing that their Green Cards were approved and they are now US citizens, that’s eight months. They were so happy, she described it as a miracle, after so many challenges and hardships. They have all passed through a new door to a new beginning; they love Charlotte and can’t wait to do everything there is to do. They are a very adventurous family and love taking day trips up to Asheville and down the Charleston and wherever else they can think of… Annika is documenting the journey with her camera!
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