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The Underdog

by Pamela Bardhi

It was a cold winter night in Massachusetts when we touched down at Logan Airport. I was 5 years old and my little brother was a baby. It was my first time being on a flight for so long. My brother would not stop crying and I was angry that I could not understand what anyone was saying to me because I did not understand English. I kept asking “Baba, why are we here?” My parents kept telling us that we were going to a new place that will provide opportunities that we would never have in Italy or Albania. I kicked and screamed that this place was too far away, and I did not like it. 

We finally landed after 11 hours of flight time. We were picked up by a family friend that we had never met before. We were taken to their 3-bedroom apartment in Roslindale with 8 of us living there at the same time. Here we were as a family of 4: my parents, myself and my screaming little brother. Nonetheless, they welcomed us in with open arms and helped us get on our feet. They helped my parents find an apartment and jobs. Within a few months, we were able to move out and venture out on our own.

We pulled up to this red brick apartment building with the ugliest maroon awning in existence that had “70 Lafayette” printed on it in white lettering. We met the property manager who walked us into our apartment. The hallways were dark, smelled of strange foods and the neighbors did not seem friendly. Walking through those hallways, I said to my Dad, “Hey Baba, this place feels like prison. I want to go back to Italy where people are friendly.” He looked at me and said in Albanian, “It’s the best we can do right now Baba, it is only temporary.” The property manager opened our apartment door, Apartment #20 at 70 Lafayette Avenue in Chelsea. So, the journey began.

About Pamela Bardhi

Pamela Bardhi immigrated to the U.S when she was 5 Years old from Albania with her family. She started in small business at her family pizza shop in Boston when she was 10 years old. Pamela started two restaurants by the time she was 21 and shortly thereafter bought her first single family home to flip. She fell in love with real estate since then.

She’s been featured in Time Magazine, Forbes, and among other major media outlets highlighting her 9-figure real estate career and achievements. Her educational background includes Stonehill College, Babson College & Harvard Business School.

Pamela is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of the Mosché Group, a real estate company comprising development, construction and brokerage based in Boston, MA. She has recently released a podcast called “Underdog” which hit Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy within 30 days of launching catapulting her show into the top 1% of podcasts. Pamela interviews guests from all walks of life to share their Underdog Story. Pamela is deeply passionate about helping empower others to follow their dreams and breaking through their Underdog Challenge.