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Rosario

Argentina
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So I decided to come here for a change and to begin a new phase of my life.

Before arriving in Spain, I was living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was studying Jewellery design and also selling some jewelry to friends and friends of friends. I also sold natural products for a brand and I was being paid for my job at a restaurant that had to close. I was also going to drama and dance classes. I lived with my boyfriend and we broke up when I decided to move to Spain.

in the last two years I spent in Argentina before coming here, I felt paralyzed, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, what work to do, I was bored and annoyed, or sad because I wasn’t motivated.

My childhood was very happy. I lived in La Plata with my family. My mum, my dad, who are both lawyers, my sister who’s 2 years older than me, and my brother 10 years older than me. When I was 6 years old my parents got divorced. And then my life changed quite a lot. We spent weekends staying at my Dad’s and the family dynamic changed because we spent the weekdays with my Mum and weekends with my Dad. It was difficult to adapt because at that time it wasn’t normal for parents to be divorced. But our parents were very present and they gave us lots of material things because they didn’t know how else to respond. But yes, it was a childhood with lots of holidays and toys, we had everything. Our family was always one of the ones that traveled the most, we had a big house and cars, it was an abundant childhood.

My dad loved taking photos and filming and I loved dancing and acting and my dad would film. My friends would come to my house for sleepovers and we used to put on shows.

I have some really strong memories. One is when I went to San Francisco, it was my first trip alone and I went on an exchange to learn English. I went for 3 months, and it was the happiest time in my life, a journey by myself, I got to know myself and lots of people and felt completely free. That was a beautiful time, and another memory is one year I went to Rio de Janeiro. I fell in love with a carioca, a Brazilian, and it was a whole adventure. It was a super intense summer love story, we lived in a favela, it was the other happiest time of my life.

I always had the idea in my head of leaving Argentina and basically, in the last two years I spent in Argentina before coming here, I felt paralyzed, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, what work to do, I was bored and annoyed, or sad because I wasn’t motivated. So I decided to come here for a change and to begin a new phase of my life.

In my situation, it wasn’t that complicated to move here because I have Spanish citizenship, from my mum. In that sense, I was lucky because I could get papers. What was difficult was leaving my boyfriend, my friends, my family, and my home, the place where I grew up. But it wasn’t very hard, my dad bought my plane ticket, I sold a car I had there and brought that money with me. It was harder to leave my loved ones behind.

Now I live in Gotico with two friends, I moved there recently. We rent a flat, it’s the first time I’ve got a proper shared flat since I got here. I’m working at Adidas and studying jewellery design and getting some orders for my jewellery, so I’m doing that. And I do yoga, and I have a Catalan boyfriend I met here.

My plans for the future change all the time, but for now I want to continue learning to be a jeweler, so I can start my own business to grow and have an online shop, that’s the goal for now. And I would like to start acting again, I would love to be able to carry on making jewellery and incorporate theatre into my life as well.

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Mariia Iefimova