BC: "This is the journalism that I set out to do. THis is what I want to keep doing as long as I can. This desire isn't fully articulated, in that I still love travelling, people, and photography, but I have yet to extend those passions beyond myself--what are they good for past my own satisfaction?"
FC: Chile 2007
1: photojournalism+ugly dogs+fried dough+great accents+new friends+cute puppies+amazing food+ines+dirty old men+the perfect storm+penguins+giant squid+being at the edge of the world=best spring break of my life
2: "Its already past midnight and I'm on a plane to Santiago..." | "I'm a little apprehensive, have been all day"
4: After sooo many hours of planes, we still had a 3 hour car ride to Capitan Pastene, the tiny village where our project was located. We loaded $20,000 of school equipment into the back of a truck piloted by none other than Pierre-Angelo, famous in south Chile for his lady wooing. On the drive, he got a Chilena's number who was driving next to us on the highway, called her, pulled over under an overpass, and they made out and had a conversation for 10 minutes while the bewildered Americans watched. The drive was beautiful though, once Pierre-Angelo had a date secured and we were on our way.
5: "The Chileans made us a bonfire on the mountain. I have never seen so many stars--I could see the whole milky way."
7: "I am seeing so many new things--extreme poverty first hand, so many stars, 3,000 hams hanging in a tavern..."
10: "Ines and I were assigned a story on a traditional fisherman. Ejidio does net fishing, and his wife Irma has turned out to be a huge part of the narrative we must tell. " "Ejidio told me that if I find a Chilean boy and kiss him with my tounge I will instantly learn Spanish. " "We asked Ejidio what they do in the winter when there are no fish. His answer? 'We make new babies.;"
12: "I am learning so much from this family. They are so content, and don't seem to complain so much. They work very hard and take life as it comes, not wishing for anything different. But the biggest, most wonderful thing I've learned by watching them, especially Irma, is how generous they are. Their hospitality astounds me. Everyone who walks across the threshold is welcome-no one is turned away."
14: Such a funny little man, but oh what respect we had for him at the end.
16: "Ines is intense. She is putting in some crazy hours for this pr oject, up all night editing her audio and getting up early to go fishing and get interviews. She is going to be an amazing journalist-focused and excellent at her trade. She's pushing me to be better too." | "My English has been considerably simplified since being here for the last week so that non-English speakers can understand me. I laugh reading back over what I wrote because it sounds so dumbed down. Being here has made me realize how important communication is. It is everything."
17: "It is impossible to maka the baybees!" | "Anywhere you go in the world, fried dough is amazing." | "Torque is the craziest thing I've ever seen." | "I don't feel like dancin no no sir no dancin today"
18: Chillaxin in Quidico in the 3 seconds of down time we had... we stayed at Giovanni's mom's guest house, which totally felt like the Real World, complete with ugly dog named Torque. So ugly he was cute?
19: "Just now we're all lounging in the house we're staying in while here in Quidico...It smells good and has big windows that overlook the ocean. Me, Ines, Andres, Aya, Melissa, and Pauli are very comfortable here. We're listening to DIspatch and Chilean rock and editing a little bit before Pat comes tomorrow to coach us."
20: Ines pretty much made the whole thing worthwhile, once again proving that life is never about what you are doing so much as its about who you're doing it with. GUAAA! "You are my idol. Congratulations." -iNES