In 2003, my father wanted my family to move out of Peru, so he bought a one-way ticket to a random island in the Caribbean. Four years later, after some ups and many downs, my 2 brothers, my mom and I got to move to Sint Maarten with him. The ups and downs my father faced in those 4 years is a story on its own, but I owe most of what I currently have to my dad. (Si no lo digo suficientemente, muchísimas gracias pa). When I first arrived, I was a little alien in a tiny island with only basic English. Over the years, I began to feel that this island was my new home. And now, it's the one home that I always look forward to returning to.
Throughout high school, I made friends, lost a couple, but kept genuine ones. At the moment, they're spread throughout the world, but not very much in the UK. Though to my peeps in the Netherlands, expect me soon 😃
Besides friendships and learning new languages, Sint Maarten gave me other meaningful opportunities. I am currently a 2nd year undergraduate student at Imperial College London, and I would not be here if I hadn't been able to take the IB Diploma Programme at my high school. Here, I also met very influential teachers that allowed me to develop and seek to develop my work ethic, but also have fun. So to my mentors, (Mr. D this is for you), thank you.
Two days ago (according to my current time zone) was Sint Maarten's Day. A day full of celebrations throughout the French and Dutch side of the island, full of music, dancing, food and generally fun times. And also the Around the Island Relay Race. Haha, I miss that. "You late boi! SXM day pass long time", and indeed it did, fellow St. Maartener. But I only felt called to shoot this photo this morning, and unfortunately it took me the whole day to edit it. "Why you ain't do it yesterday then?" This hurts to say, but honestly, I had lots of things in my mind that I hadn't thought of shooting something special. "Chuppss. Lemme catch you one mo' time"
To all my friends back at home, all the rest in other parts of the world, to my family and to anyone else who celebrates this lovely day, I hope that you had an amazing St. Maarten's Day this year. 😊