Category: Childhood

My Country’s Weather

My story is about the weather in Liberia, the country where I was born and raised. There are two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. There are six months of rain from May through October, and the dry season is the six months from November through April. During the rainy season, when I was little, it sometimes rained for many days and nights, and the rivers would flood.

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Haiti, January 12, 2010

I was only 11 years old. None of us knew that our lives would be changed drastically in a matter of hours. I started the day by getting ready for school; as on a typical Tuesday, I had a piano lesson after class from 4:30 until 5:00 p.m. The day went by as usual for my friends and me; we were dismissed at 2:00 p.m., as usual. I called my mom to tell her that I was not feeling well, and that I didn’t want to stay for my piano lesson. She understood and came to pick me up.

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I was 10 years old, and my grandparents and I were coming back from Sochi by train, after spending three weeks near the sea. There, we swam and sunbathed, and I tried to ride a motorcycle boat for the first time. That was my first long trip. To travel by train from Sochi to Omsk takes three days.

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