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The First Days Project shares
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"It was a date in mid-September, 1957, when the Pan Am round-the-world flight I had caught in Calcutta reached San Francisco."
READ C.M.'S STORY
"It was just so sad because I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what to do... I still was just traumatized by what happened."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
"And then you come over and then suddenly it's a different environment and you don't have a single friend. I mean zero. Zilch."
READ ALI'S STORY
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Rajan Radhakrishnan's First Day
Chennai, India to New York, NY (1993)
Champak Panchal's First Day
Toronto, Canada to Houston, TX (1996)
Kenneth Rowe's First Day
Pyongyang, North Korea to San Francisco, CA (1954)
Abe Hadjal's First Day
Béjaïa formerly Bougie, Algeria to Los Angeles, CA (1987)
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