My journey to the United States began in Portugal, where I grew up. In 1974 there was a left wing military coup in Portugal. I was at university, studying architecture, when this happened. The university closed for 3 years, as did most universities in the country. I decided to ride out the coup in the United States, where I had friends from when I was an exchange student. I never went back. I ended up finishing my university degree in Washington DC, got married, and had two daughters. A few years ago, I went to work in England, where I was born. My panel shows the three country flags that have had the most impact on my life, and depicts the turbulence that prompted my departure from Portugal.