NTA – TAXI – Stanislav

“We lived a normal life in Moldova but I always felt that something was missing. My wife and I had jobs, were able to buy a house and we had our first daughter. But for some reason, I could not see a future for her or for us there. I didn’t see enough opportunities and I felt it was not the right place for her to grow up. I had a friend who lived in Dublin and he helped us with the move, which was no small decision back then. We didn’t have any English, so I had to take any job that was available. I didn’t really know much about Ireland and arriving here was a huge culture shock. This was back in ’99! It’s actually interesting to look back and see just how much Ireland and I have changed during those years. I am a very different person today than I was back then. In a way, I developed together with Ireland. It’s not only that you start living in a new country, learn the language, get a job and that’s it. There was so much of the culture and my views that I had to leave behind. Instead, I took up a lot of the Irish culture and new views here. Driving a taxi and meeting people all the time Dublin was becoming multicultural right in front of my eyes. My views of the world and about different people have changed. Just as it changed for Ireland. I feel like I got to ride that cultural revolution by coming here. My mind opened up through meeting new people and through my daughter’s eyes growing up here. I love Ireland and we did this together.”

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