I first touched down in Canada as a terrified and overtired little girl.

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.