I grew up in Yakima, WA, USA, a city of nearly 100,000 people that I consider to be a US - Latin American border town despite being 1000 miles away from Mexico. The valley's rich soils and labor recruiters brought Latino laborers to the valley during the Bracero Program (1942 - 1964) to make the Yakima Valley one of the world's leading apple producing regions. Today, these historical seeds of migration have created a diverse, albeit unequal and divided, racial geography in my hometown. The global character of the place I grew up in inspired me to study and live in many beautiful places, including Spain, Costa Rica, England and Guatemala. This past travel itinerary reflects studies at the University of Seville, the London School of Economics, and the University of California, Berkeley.