On October 4, 1944, as the Communists approached, my grandparents Alvina and Harijs Zibners – or Mimi and Pipi as we fondly called them – and their newborn son, my father, fled their hometown of Saldus, Latvia. They spent five years as refugees in a war-torn Germany and eventually relocated to the United States. Their story is one of exile and immigration. On October 4, 2006 I moved to Latvia in an attempt to reconnect with my deceased grandmother, Mimi. I too felt displaced in California, and was hoping to “go home” to Mimi's homeland. This work is an illustration of my attempt to root myself in a foreign place, and my Mimi’s desperation to return to a place in which she felt rooted. In this work are texts from Mimi's Diary from 1943 to 1971, and my photographs from 2006 to 2011.