Joined May 14 2012
36 years old
Hi, everyone. My name is Danielle and I was adopted from El Salvador in 1977. I grew up in New Jersey (near Philadelphia) and even was part of a big play group for children adopted from El Salvador. After college I lived in Japan for two years and fell in love with the country and the people. In 2004, I went to El Salavdor for the first time since my adoption to volunteer in an orphanage for 10 weeks; it was a very emotional experience for me. I loved being there but the whole time I found myself missing Japan!
I moved back to Japan in 2008 and met my (German) husband in 2009. We got married in 2010 and plan to live in Japan long-term. Japan seems to be a good fit for me because I passionately love the language and the people and it's a place so different from the US and Latin America. Sometimes I feel sad because I feel like I have such a disconnect from my birth culture and yet I have such a huge passion and love for Japan. I do speak Spanish (but I am nowhere near as comfortable in Spanish as in Japanese) and even though I have lots of friends from Latin America I do feel sad for the loss of language and culture and the disconnect with my birth culture. Anyway, there's a lot more I could say but that's a start.