Category: Travel

  • Packing Up the SUSI Program at VOA and the Newseum

    Group photo at VOA

    We are packing up our six-week program with these final days in Washington DC, our last days in the US as well. And today, we are packing up our journalism journey with Voice of America and the Newseum. VOA is proud of being the largest US international broadcaster now, from its modest beginning in 1942 […]

  • A Tale of Untold Stories

    SUSI Group photo with Barnett Wright

    Journalism is the “first rough draft of history.” Phillip L. Graham This is the beginning of our last week of our SUSI program. Our last Monday together in the US. By now, we should have mastered the art of being under the American sun (although we have not!), trained first by the feverish desert blaze […]

  • You Fight, to Breathe Again

    National Memorial for Peace and Justice

    This is not a simple story. This is an eternal story of life, and of freedom. The story of Rosa Parks, and the story of thousands of fighters. When you witness these stories, you’re not going to be able to breathe. And then, you breathe again, because you realize how precious life is and how […]

  • “One hand against oppression and one hand as a sign of forgiveness”

    The stained-glass window that stands in the rear center of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham is distinct from all the others in that venue. Deep shades of blue encircle a stylized figure of a black crucified Christ, which appears to be delicately balanced against the frame. The right hand holds one top corner and […]

  • Happy Birthday, America!

    Watching fireworks in Birmingham

    As I woke up early on the morning of July 4th in Birmingham, I got a Twitter notification that “the Independence Day celebration had been carried out.” I was surprised for a moment, but immediately realized that Nepal time is hours ahead. This time, I will be observing this day in Birmingham, Alabama.  The celebration […]

  • Of Aliens, Sun Devils and Sun-Affected SUSI scholars

    LA Times building

    After four weeks in Phoenix, the SUSI scholars hit Los Angeles on Saturday, with the Arizona weather still the “hot” topic of discussion. The emblem of Arizona is the Sun Devil, for good reason: the heat is simply hideous. We were informed that we were fortunate since it’s usually hotter at this time of the […]

  • Field Trip

    It was 5:38 am, in a WhatsApp group. “Good morning, see you in 50 minutes behind the school 6:30 am” read the text from Alma Telibecirevic , Administrative Director for the SUSI program.  Many arrived earlier, gathered inside at Taylor Place, while others were sitting outside on the street where the bus was supposed to stop. […]

  • Grand Canyon, the Place Where Desktop Images Are Made

    Grand Canyon (South Rim)

    The trip to the Grand Canyon was a deep visual experience: from the views on the sides of the highway to the layered depths of the canyon.  I see before me the variegated color chart of this visual journey: it started under the golden sunshine of ASU; it continued with cactus green, desert sage green, and  ponderosa pine […]