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

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5 Responses to “Going to Greece!”

  1. lynn morrow June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    You are right your family did not think you would ever be through with college! So as you said we won’t push it in case of the PHD. we are very grateful for all you have achieved and done during such a short time. You have been many places and seen many things young women your age would never have had the opportunity to enjoy. So, I am so proud of you! I love you very much , so continue on this journey and enjoy. Love Granny

  2. Louise Falls Montgomery June 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    I’ll be content if, from both Greece and South Africa, we get photos soon and words later. Is that a deal? asking you to miss such exciting things as a hydrofoil ride to Spetses, night-clubbing in Plaka , swimming in the Agean….and maybe a short flight to one of the “out” islands?

    Just have a wonderful time. You are being educated in the perfect way… being there and doing that.

  3. Louise Falls Montgomery June 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I like Vimeo….but i can’t figure out how to give you and Shannon “like” statistics.

    Loved the “I am Strong” video….

    • moveovermiami June 26, 2011 at 3:51 am #

      Thanks! We all did 3-4 of those short clips and then put them together for Special Olympics…The “I am strong” one was mine, with about 200 tea light candles!

  4. Shannon's Mama June 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Safe travels girls! Love you.

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