Don Himsel's 'Voices": Making a home, life in New Hampshire
Raul Hernandez’s journey started far from Nashua. His first stop in America was California. Born in El Salvador, he arrived in LA in the early 1980s – on foot. ... Subscribe or log in to read more
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Raul Hernandez’s journey started far from Nashua. His first stop in America was California. Born in El Salvador, he arrived in LA in the early 1980s – on foot.
“That was my first step into the United States,” he said.
Hernandez was 17.
Now living in Nashua, he talked briefly outside the Tacos Nyarit truck on Pine Street where he had just finished lunch. Civil war in El Salvador had tendrils that wrapped decades, but was constant news in the 1980s. Hernandez wanted “a good life,” so he left.
“When the revolution happened, that’s when I moved to California,” he said. “I left my family there. I had to find something for myself.”
Walking across the boarder was an option then. Now, not so much.
“Not anymore. Too hard,” he said, “Bad people at the border. If you do, you have to be careful. Take care of yourself.”
Before coming to Nashua he worked in Virginia. “Too many buildings,” he said. “Rent is too high there.”
These days he works in construction, putting up metal framing and drywall. He said business is OK.
Hernandez says Nashua is a good city.
“I like this place. The city is quieter. If you want a good life you have to take care of yourself. Make sure of what you’re doing. I never have trouble,” he said.
Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590 or dhimsel@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Don on Twitter @Telegraph_DonH.