a human bridge

Moving to Portland was a difficult adjustment. After the initial positive impression and slowly working my way into the tech scene, I felt a strange kind of culture shock — despite growing up in the US, my Latin@ heritage shaped my sensibilities. I had a kind of friction that finally dissipated when I chatted with Igal about my problems. When he told me he felt the same way I did before, I didn’t feel like such an outsider. He helped me attempt to connect to others.
Every time I’ve seen him, he always made me feel like I belonged wherever I was. His cheerful attitude towards me made my day ten times better. I wish I had spent more time with him.