The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


When I was 14, I went to the Middle East. Within about 10 minutes of entering the city of Jerusalem, I felt paralyzed.

I was 12 years old when my parents gifted me a beginning trio of pearls to build a complete necklace. It was a complete surprise. My mother’s jewellery box was filled with gorgeous gems and pearls, different stones on glittering necklaces and I was finally being introduced to that world.

My name is Vinyet Miró. I’m a 20-year-old exchange student in Calgary from Barcelona, Catalonia.

As a young girl, driving out to the village of Standard, Alta. for the first time was like driving to outer space. I had rarely ever seen cows in fields or canola growing tall along the side of a double-lane highway. The car ride went on for what seemed like hours, as it usually did in the car when I was small. As I got older, I truly appreciated the drive to my grandparents' house and now that I’m driving there myself it seems shorter than ever.