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News from Charlotte

Well, I haven’t been all that active at the blog, so far, BUT I have been writing my, let`s say, head off for my newspaper. I share with you my first post, about the increasingly important role of the latino communityin this election and its pervasive presence...

Dance for eternity

As we, me alongside my host parents Tom and Lou, approach the Sioux Trail at Prior Lake, I’m getting more and more excited. This tiny hill is the location of the 2012 Wacipi, also called as ‘Pow wow’, the annual meeting of the Shakopee Mdewakanton...

Boys will be boys, girls will be girls

Just look at him. You see that fire in his eyes? You see that posture? He is indeed a very powerful man. And we are only looking at a photograph. When you meet him face to face, he is even more convincing. He is reverend Jerry McAfee and he is against gay...

From the Twin Cities to the Queen City

I had got accustomed to life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The warm hospitality, the nice summer weather, an occasional ice cream cone at Izzy’s, pizza at Davani’s, shopping at Super America or the nearest Target, hanging out with my host families,...

So this is about the first unofficial day at DNC

I tried to combine various elements to capture a little bit of the mood in the country, starting with the preparations of the DNC that seems like a huge playground for journalists and volunteers then frustrated democrats to what would be the expectations of Michelle...

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Tom Sawyer

“Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindnesses to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and remorse were being indulged: and best...

Halls of madness

 I was kind of stupid.When I was thinking about what to see in Minneapolis, I kept overlooking Mall of America. I thought it’s just a big shop. All the other fellows were going there, everyone was talking about it, our WPI intern said it’s super but I...

Minnesota nice

This is my first visit to the US. Everything I knew about this country was what I saw on television or what I read in books. But thanks to the World Press Institute fellowship, I have the opportunity to see it first-hand. Before I came here, I stereotyped Americans as...

Mississippi reflections

One of the joys of being in Minneapolis and St Paul is walking next to the Mississippi River.  I didn’t know before I came here that the river flowed through this part of the world. (In my mind the river only existed in the south somewhere, courtesy of Mark...

ELY

Photo by Wilson VegaSunrise in Ely ElyAn Eden in the heart of MinnesotaA serenity of forest and waterA beckon of visitors far and wideTo canoe on its fresh water tide ElyBeneath its canopy lies peaceA place to cuddle and kissEnjoying the golden sunsetSinking...