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TITLE
Coca
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_LEAVINGHOME_003
PLACENAME
Dores
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Dores
DATE OF IMAGE
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ewen Weatherspoon
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11608
KEYWORDS
immigration
emigration
personal stories
autobiography
Coca

"When I married Ben who is from Scotland, we had the option to live in either Ecuador or Scotland. Living in Scotland sounded like an adventure to me.

One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning English and bringing my two children to a new country. Fortunately the people of Inverness were very friendly and patient. I love living in Inverness - the constant change of the weather is one of my favourite things although I do miss the spontaneity and sunshine of Ecuadorian culture.

Within a month of being in Scotland I set up the first Salsa dance classes in the Highlands - a hit with the locals.

I have since returned to my first love which is fashion design, and I have my own label Coca Couture. I use influences from both South America and Scotland and work extensively with Harris Tweed. My other passion is singing and song writing. I have been fortunate to work with Highland and Ecuadorian musicians and I am about to release my first Album. You can listen to my music on www.myspace.com/cocatenorio "

This photograph was taken of Coca at Dores beach wearing an outfit of her own design.

Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.

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Coca

INVERNESS: Dores

2000s

immigration; emigration; personal stories; autobiography

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

New Highlanders

"When I married Ben who is from Scotland, we had the option to live in either Ecuador or Scotland. Living in Scotland sounded like an adventure to me.<br /> <br /> One of the biggest challenges I faced was learning English and bringing my two children to a new country. Fortunately the people of Inverness were very friendly and patient. I love living in Inverness - the constant change of the weather is one of my favourite things although I do miss the spontaneity and sunshine of Ecuadorian culture.<br /> <br /> Within a month of being in Scotland I set up the first Salsa dance classes in the Highlands - a hit with the locals. <br /> <br /> I have since returned to my first love which is fashion design, and I have my own label Coca Couture. I use influences from both South America and Scotland and work extensively with Harris Tweed. My other passion is singing and song writing. I have been fortunate to work with Highland and Ecuadorian musicians and I am about to release my first Album. You can listen to my music on www.myspace.com/cocatenorio "<br /> <br /> This photograph was taken of Coca at Dores beach wearing an outfit of her own design.<br /> <br /> Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.