Two Months Down and Confidence Rising

Today marks Hobo and Lefty’s two month anniversary. Our website has been revamped to be more user-friendly. We also have a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and an Instagram page that we use to send out frequent alerts every time a new post is made. There’s also a “Follow” button for readers who wish to receive an e-mail every time we put up a new post. The sidebar on the right features many of the images we’ve used in our posts and many photos that never made the cut. We have a photo essay that appears in Red Wedge Magazine which is part of a larger series of political and revolutionary graffiti around Europe.

As we’ve moved through the last four countries we’ve not only learned how to survive on the international roads and railways, we’ve also been learning how to better network, submit drafts to editors, and write convincing stories, articles, and essays. A good story is all about how the world is seen, and we’re starting to figure out how to readjust our lenses to view the larger picture. Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Malta have been good practice for us in terms of learning from our mistakes, figuring out where we go from here, and how we will sustain our continued exploration and documentation. We see this as the beginning of something bigger.

Our next phase will begin in Istanbul which we leave for in two days time. Turkey will act as a sort of launch pad where we’ll find jobs, an apartment, and watch Greece in anticipation of Europe’s future. With the economic crisis giving way to a potential withdraw from the Eurozone, Greece might be the first domino in a precarious line of other suffering countries. In Portugal, Spain, and Italy we’ve seen a frustrated generation looking out across the distant Adriatic Sea as their Greek brothers and sisters will set precedence for the rest of an economically depressed Europe.

Whatever history is about to unfold, we want to be in the middle, taking photos from the rooftops, writing in the epicenter, and sharing the stories with our readers as we continue to define Vagabond Journalism. Our experience travelling through the Schengen Area has shown that being too frugal has often times caused us to miss out on important events, sometimes just by a single day because we weren’t willing to spend another precious thirty euro on a hostel. If you like what we’re doing and want to give us a better vantage point, more mobility, and some of the tools we’ll need along the way, consider donating to our GoFundMe page. A little bit goes a long way and a lot of bit goes even further.

We would like to give a special thank you to Charlie, Allegra, Steven & Anna, Annaliese, Caitlin and an anonymous benefactor for donating to our GoFundMe page. Your donations are currently earmarked as train tickets from Istanbul to Athens, a camera battery (because the only one we have doesn’t keep a charge for more than 30 minutes), and possible bail money.

– Nathan and Jason

Coming up next: Malta



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