INTERPALS, rozmowa z nastolatką z Nowego Orleanu.

Zapraszam do przeczytania krótkiej rozmowy z jedną z użytkowniczek InterPals. Jest to rozbudowany serwis zrzeszający internautów z całego globu chcących poznać obce kultury, tradycje, a nawet styl życia mieszkańców przeciwległych krańców Ziemi. 

 

- For the very beginning, write something about You!

- My name is Angelique and I’m 15, from the U.S. I grew up in Southern California, but I moved around the state every few years. I don’t want to give exact cities, but I grew up mostly in the San Diego and Riverside County areas. I now live in New Orleans, Louisiana, and I am to move again in just over a month. As for dreams? I guess I don’t really know what I want yet. I just know that 

I want to work with kids and young girls, and show them that they are capable of doing amazing things and being strong, empowered, confident young people. If that doesn’t work out, I have my heart set out on a medical career in pediatrics. I don’t have a lot of hobbies; I just do whatever feels good to pass the time—writing, photography, video editing, fashion, running, and just hanging out with my friends.

 

- New Orleans is commonly known as a cradle of jazz! Is it visible while walking the streets? Polish people love this music genre! Tell something about it!

- Jazz plays a huge part of New Orleans culture; if I’m honest, it’s probably the very heart and soul of the city. Saxophone players play on the streets in Jackson Square, live jazz bands play in restaurants and cafes, and there are live, free jazz performances every Wednesday in the park in the center of town.

 

- In 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the NO. What were the results of this disaster?

- Personally, I cannot really speak on behalf of Katrina survivors on how she affected the city since I didn’t grow up here. So, I decided to ask a few of my friends for their thoughts, but they were all too young to remember much about what happened, and I don’t want to touch on a sensitive subject that I haven’t personally experienced. However, I do know that Katrina landed millions in homelessness and poverty, took the lives of about 1, 833 people, and caused about 1.8 billion dollars in damage. Many New Orleans residents ended up evacuating to northern Louisiana, or moving east to Texas.

- Most of Europeans dream about visiting America! But also, American People have a fancy to explore Europe! What countries from the „old continent” you want to tour? Maybe you are willing to take up residence in one of these?

- I’d literally give anything to see Europe. I would love to get to Spain, Italy, Greece, England, Ireland, and Germany. I don’t think I would ever take to living there—it’s way too far from my family—but I would absolutely love to get to visit some day.

 

- And in the other hand – where do you recommend Europeans to settle? Additionaly, tell what are the advantages and disadvantages of living in USA - be honest :)

- Where you want to settle honestly depends on who you are and what your interests are. If you’re interested in generally warm weather all year, then move to the south or maybe certain parts of the West Coast. If you want to live somewhere with snow and all four seasons, move up North or to the East Coast. The advantages and disadvantages vary insanely between each region in such a way that it’s hard to really describe it. The best places to go are always the major cities, and to just settle in the surrounding towns. Places like San Diego, Houston, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Sacramento, San Francisco, Dallas, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, etc. are all great places to go. It’s a great idea to move into a town maybe 35 or so minutes outside of the city, because it is cheaper, more convenient, and you still have all the access to the excitement in the city because you aren’t far away.

 

- Registered partnerships were legalized in USA recently. People all over the world, found out this information after Facebook's social campaign. How tolerate are each cities/regions of the States?

- The most liberal places are generally located around big cities, as they have largest populations of young people and college/university age people. The West Coast—especially around California, Oregon, etc.—has some of the most liberal cities, in my opinion. The East Coast—states like Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, etc.—are also growing in liberation with the new young population. The more inner states and quite a few of the South are a bit more conservative, so LGBTQ+ rights and topics are a bit more touchy there, especially with a stronger church influence in the area. Now, I’m not saying that these states will come at you for being apart of that community—because as someone who’s lived in the south, I know plenty of people who support or accept you, even if they don’t personally agree with your lifestyle—but it isn’t as widely spoken about as it is in other places. Gay marriage was legalized for all 50 states this past June, and the transgender community is finally gaining some spotlight and people are slowly becoming more educated on things that have long been considered ‘controversial.’ I have to say, I am pretty excited—and a bit proud—to finally see this change happening in my country, and I can’t wait to see what changes it brings in terms of legitimate equal rights.

 

- And the last but not least… Have you ever heard about Poland?

- The only thing I’ve really learned about Poland is the role it played in the World Wars. I’ve just learned basic things in history class, but nothing much about the culture or the people.

 

Thank you so much for the interview, I enjoyed answering your questions! Hopefully they were good answers and you enjoyed them as well. If you’d like, you could always drop me a message (Snapchat: anqdestiny); I’m always open to talk about the U.S. or anything else! Thanks again!

 

 

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