After traveling around Eastern Europe for six months, with a home base in Bulgaria, and hopes and dreams to stay there, I came back to Canada (what a bummer) with a desire to share stories from people who did everything they could to be here. I wanted to know why? I wanted to hear their first impressions. I wanted relive the experience through their eyes and see it for myself. While my emigration from Canada only got so far as filling out an application for my Irish citizenship, many of the Canadian immigrants I interviewed have long ago planted roots here, raised families, and established businesses. With hard work and determination their dreams came true. Here are a few of the stories I wrote for Canadian Immigrant Magazine circa 2011: