Giota Tachtara was born in Greece, studied Political Science in Athens and Journalism in Los Angeles. She has been writing, editing and translating for the Greek editions of Marie Claire, Cosmo (Hearst-DOL Publications) and other women’s magazines since 2002. In the summer of 2010, on the verge of turning 31, she found herself at the American Embassy in Athens in line for immigration papers as she was planning to follow her American husband to the US where he would work on a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Now, with a green card in her wallet, the fear of Midwestern winters in her eyes, and the suspicion that there are more people like her, a new wave of Greek immigrants lining up for work or study visas as we speak, she’s blogging about her new life at the border between two languages, two cultures, two continents.
Transcribed and translated from Greek by her grandson, John Espinosa, U-M Law School graduate, 2009
2009 Platsis Student Award for the Greek Legacy