Archive | June, 2011

Hello from Athens!

26 Jun

Hey there all!

We’re here and loving Greece! It’s beautiful here and the food is great, the people are wonderful and our Special Olympics events are full of stress and sweat and joy. 🙂

Last night we shot the Opening Ceremonies, which was unbelievable. We were able to film the Athletes Parade, where all the teams march into the stadium. It takes about two hours for all the countries to walk in, so it was quite an event, but it was so much fun! Everyone was so excited and you could just feel the energy every time a new team came out. And we got to see our friends from Haiti, Ecuador and Korea! In fact, Shannon’s Korea subject, Dong Han, got to carry the torch on its journey around the stadium before the final torch, the Flame of Hope, was lit. And speaking of the stadium, the ceremony was held in Panathinaiko Stadium, which was built way back in 566 BC, and was the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. You can read more about it and see photos here, but basically, it’s a huge deal to have been able to even go there, much less to walk around with a camera inside the stadium!

So now that the games are kicking off, we’ll be crazy busy, filming events and medal ceremonies and everything in between. We’ll try to keep you updated, and maybe post some videos or something when we get them finished! We haven’t had time to walk around much and take photos, but here’s a few silly moments from our first few days…

Love,
Megan

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Going to Greece!

22 Jun

Longest time between updates ever, I know. Things kind of went haywire after Haiti, with finals and projects and scrambling, scrambling, scrambling. A lot happened between then and now, but basically the short version is we moved into a new place, which we love love love so much more, we worked on a lot of video projects, we passed all our classes in the spring and we just finished our last round of classes for the summer! Which means we are both officially done with college classes FOREVER! AAAAAHHHHH!!!

I feel like my family is reading that line and going “We never thought this day would come!” Whatever guys. Don’t push it, or I’ll go for a PhD!

Anyways, at some point I will get around to posting Haiti pics, because Shannon got some really great ones and we would love to share them with you. Eventually. But that’s not going to happen right now, because we are about to get on a plane to Greece!

We leave in a few hours headed to Athens to cover the Special Olympics World Games, and we are SO EXCITED. We get to see all our subjects from our previous stories and watch them compete and see people like Stevie Wonder! Then when the games are over, we are traveling to Africa to do stories on the United Nations Millenium Development Goals. The MDGs consist of 8 anti-poverty goals meant to be completed by 2015. They include:
Ending Poverty and Hunger
Universal Education
Gender Equality
Child Health
Maternal Health
Combat AIDS/HIV
Environmental Sustainability
Global partnership

The class above us already did some stories on these goals last year, which you can check out here: http://mdg.glocalstories.org/  (you have to click on the stories button in the top right corner)

We will be adding to that group of stories. We will be in South Africa most of the time, but will travel out in teams to surrounding countries to do the stories. Shannon and Brian will be working on a story about AIDS orphans in Lesotho, I will be working with Kathryn on a story about farming in the slums of Kenya and our friend Chris will be doing a followup story to the piece on the website I mentioned about the largest slum in Nigeria. It’s going to be really exciting!

I’d like to promise that we will update often and write amazing blog posts about everything going on and post lots of pictures and whatnot, but we will probably be really busy and whenever we do have spare time, I doubt we will want to spend it in front of a computer. But we’ll update as much as we can, even if it’s just a short post or a photo.

In the meantime, Shannon and I both posted some new videos on our Vimeo accounts, so you can go check them out! Mine can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/megangarner and Shannon’s can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/user5333417. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Love,
Megan