My image of Derby

Karine Tchiaze

Angolan/Portuguese

'Welcome to East Midlands' was the first thing I heard when I arrived in the East Midlands Airport. I was very excited, but at the same time I was nervous, because I didn’t know what to expect and how the new experience would change my life. I remember that I got a bus to move to Derby and my first impression was that everything would be different from Angola, so I was very anxious to know more about the city and the people that I would have to live with.

The sounds around me caught my attention because the streets are so calm and there weren’t many drivers and people shouting everywhere. Derby was so different from what I expected it to be, the silence, the respect that people have for each other, everybody being so polite made me feel at home and safe. I liked everything that was around me, the buildings, the streets, the people, everything was different but at the same time it was comfortable.

On my first day in Derby, I felt anguished and sad, because I did not know what my new journey in life would be like, and how things would change. However Derby made me feel at home again, even though the people are not of the same culture as in Angola and the culture is completely different.

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