Ithacan Immigrant: Pedro
This week’s Ithacan Immigrant features Pedro, a naturalized US citizen who was born and raised in Venezuela. He originally moved to the US to pursue an internship at TC3 where he met his future wife who was from Ithaca area. Pedro accessed our citizenship services in 2011 and came back this year to use our family-based immigration services so he could bring his son from Venezuela to the US.
ISP: Why did you come to US?
I was looking for a better life. This is a nice country to live in – I feel very comfortable living here. I like that it’s safe. The only issue I have is the winter.
ISP: Why did you decide to live in Ithaca?
I applied for an internship and got accepted. When they asked if I wanted to go to Ithaca I said, “why not?” So, I came here in 2000 to go to TC3 and I met my wife who was studying there.
ISP: What was your first impression of Ithaca?
I actually forgot about the first time I came to Ithaca. One day I was in the Johnson Museum at Cornell and I could see the lake. I realized I knew that lake, I had some memory about it so I asked my mother about it. I had forgotten I had come to New York in 1981 for a summer camp (in Roscoe, NY). We came to Cornell for a field trip. My memory was erased.
ISP: What is your favorite American food?
I love Subway – I like their roast beef sub. Cold. I’d like to put ketchup on it but they don’t serve ketchup there.
ISP: Where is your favorite place to shop or eat in Ithaca?
I like the Commons. I really like going to Simeon’s.
ISP: What is the biggest difference between Ithaca and your home town?
The weather is so different. Here everything is green – there it’s so hot. In Venezuela we always have weather that’s over 85 or 90 and for 5-6 months there’s no rain. It’s also dirty there. In Ithaca when it is spring I always say everything is a happy green and then as soon as Labor Day passes, it turns to a sad green.