I'm Canadian, but I have a green card to live here in the United States. Had one parent not been born in the US, I would have had a harder time getting approved to relocate. Going back to a place like Canada wouldn't be all that bad, so I can't speak to the feeling that some people have right now facing deportation back to countries that aren't safe for them or being separated from their family members. But as a human being, I feel for these people, no matter where they were born.
A few years ago I was blessed to travel to 8 countries in 8 weeks to shoot for a worldwide ad campaign for Microsoft. We met with 3 families or friends per day and basically recorded their lives for a few hours. These people were strangers to us, people we'd never met. You know what I remember most about that experience? I remember realizing that we're all very similar. We cherish family time, we support one another and we welcome strangers. In every city across the globe, we were welcomed in to people's lives and homes to share time with them, sometimes sharing a vodka and sometimes leaving with gifts.
I understand the reasoning behind Prez Trump's decision to try and not let in the bad guys, but I feel sad that his 'blanket' approach may be excluding some perfectly harmless people and hurting many along the way. I very much hope we can continue to value one another personally, in our day to day and when traveling, so we can show the world that we don't all agree with our president's decisions.
Thanks Igor for that homemade Vodka. Russia was unforgettable and I never order a Vodka tonic now without thinking of you and your hospitality.
*In honor of our friends and family in other countries I've set up a new travel portfolio here, to remember all the amazing sites I was able to see because I was allowed to.