New Life Paper
Life was so hard under the rule of communist Russia. I had basically no rights. I could not practice thereligion I wished and I couldn’t support the political party I wanted. No rights. Things have gotten better now with the destruction of the Berlin Wall. I hopethat things will just continue to get better for me. I now have the choice to do what I like, when I like. Something I would really like to do is get married. Iam 30 years old now and have not ever thought of marriage. But with the new opportunities, it feels like the possibilities are endless. But I am half waythrough my life now and I don’t think that I could support a family with my low income and my dreams of moving out of Europe. I live in Budapest, Hungry, it isa horrible place to live and I wish to get out of here as soon as possible. I work in the same coal mine that I have since I was 15. If I had only stayed inhigh school and gotten my diploma there would be numerous more opportunities for jobs for me. I would like to go back to school so that I could graduate andreceive a diploma, but then I would have to work a bad part time job, and the pay wouldn’t be what it is now or at any other coal mill in Europe. If going backto school doesn’t work out, then I want to move out of Europe altogether, but the U.S., Canada, or the U.K. won’t let me into their countries for the next tenyears. But my plan now is that I move gradually west from coal mill to coal mill over the next ten years and possibly move to more civilized Western Europe.