Travel

When A Florida Gator Meets Louisiana Bayou

After two and half months of living at home with my parents while job hunting and freelancing for The Gainesville Sun, I finally got some good news. A Gannett paper in Monroe, Louisiana was interested in hiring me as a reporter to cover their city beat. I didn't really know what to expect. I'd never… Continue reading When A Florida Gator Meets Louisiana Bayou

Travel

A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality

Just below the Tian Tan Buddha sits the Po Lin Monastery, originally established by three monks in 1924. Po Lin refers to "precious lotus." The lotus is significant in both Hinduism and Buddhism, as it represents "spontaneous generation" such as in divine birth or spiritual development, according to the Buddha Dharma Education Association. My tour… Continue reading A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality

Travel

City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong 

My Splendid Tour guide for the afternoon was a bubbly young woman named Ivy. Speaking to a group of blank faces as the bus wormed through Kowloon to the main island, she chattered on about the island's history and some of the modern construction projects being undertaken today to connect Hong Kong by higher-speed rail… Continue reading City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong 

Forging your future

Black and white and read all over

Flickr photo by Matt Callow So everyone's naturally been asking what's different about journalism in India than here in America. Well, for the most part it's the same. There are only some differences I noticed: As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a clear difference in the way photojournalism is approached. In fact,… Continue reading Black and white and read all over

Reflections

Worth a thousand words?

I've picked up a lot of new terms here in India: biodata, visiting card, "good name" (meaning first name), etc.....but if there's one term that I still can't get over it's "felicitation," which in my mind has come to mean "the arbitrary exchange of mementos and shawls at a highly structured ceremony on stage." At… Continue reading Worth a thousand words?