Nantucket Portraits

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Ani Mulcahy

Rob Smith

Tell us about where you're from.

"I'm from Bulgaria. A small town called Vidin. Lots of nature, rivers and woods... I had a pretty out-doorsy childhood."

When did you first come to Nantucket? And why Nantucket?

"In Bulgaria it's very popular for students to sign up for a program called 'Work and Travel.' It's for students only, and you can go anywhere and work for the summer, as long as you're back to study for the winter. It was 2008, and I heard about that program, so I applied and they had a couple job offers for this island off the coast of Massachusetts. I had never heard of this place before. My sister and I applied together; we sent a few emails, we got the job and we came here. We worked at Something Natural, and came back for four summers after that. Neither of us spoke English when we got here... it was very adventurous. I'm not sure I would do the same thing now, but when I was 18 it seemed like a good idea. And I'm glad I did it!"

How did you come to be here full time?

"I graduated from college in Bulgaria in 2012, and I thought I was done with my trips to the US. But then my boss offered me a work visa for eight months. I didn't have any plans at the time, so I figured I could come back for eight months. So I came for the summer, and I met the man who is now my husband, Andrew, on my first day back. We started dating, and here I am three years later! I work at The Bean now, as an assistant manager."

How do you like to spend your free time?

"I like to go for walks, and to make art... I studied interior design in college, so I've always been interested in art in general. I like to paint, make jewelry... And I love Skyping with my family in Bulgaria. Oh, and I love to drink coffee."

Do you have a favorite quote?

"'It's about seeing the colors where others only see shades of grey... it's about optimism...' - Anonymous"

Any advice you'd like to give to the people reading this?


Subject: Ani Mulcahy
Location: Cisco Beach
Date: January 2nd, 2016

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Robert Smith is a local landscape and portrait photographer. He will soon begin building a website to feature his work, and will also shortly provide links to his Flickr and Instagram accounts. He can be reached at 508-221-6926