The moving truck pulls in, and we start unpacking Friday in a wonderfully remodeled home built in 1923 in Lincoln, Neb., as I prepare to start as dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Day 1 of the drive from Miami with two boxer dogs and a sleeping (drugged) cat took us to the Atlanta area and a relaxing visit with relatives who like to cook. Works for me! I always get my own gravy boat, so I’m in heaven.
Day 2 of the drive brought us to the St. Louis area, for a visit with a childhood friend. Tomorrow we hang out on the dock at her pond.
Day 3 will be on to Lincoln. The drive has been delightfully uneventful. The grass, fields, farms and woods are wonderfully lush. Now I know what the word verdant means.
I can’t wait to get started in my new gig. I feel that it’s a great way to continue the work I have been doing the past four years at Knight Foundation, particularly with the Knight News Challenge.
I leave in an hour to go to Taipei airport to fly to Los Angeles, and then catch the red-eye to Miami. So, I thought I should at least try to catch up with posting pics from Russia. Those from Taiwan will have to wait a bit.
Grand staircase at journalism building at Moscow State University
Photos of Moscow State University journalism building and prepping for talk there
Main campus of Moscow State
Meeting Alex's friends around town
Meeting Alex’s friends and walking around Moscow
A park celebrating the various former republics of the Soviet Union
And a park with sculpture of former Soviet heros
Reaching for food - probably someone else's
My hotel next to Red Square and across from the Bolshoi
Peter and Paul Cathedral Tomb of Peter I Great concert
St. Isaac’s Cathedral At Hermitage Throne Room
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Incredible Day of visiting the tsars’ tombs at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, then climbing to the top of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the center of Saint Petersburg for a great view of the city (pix to be inserted later) then checking out the Italian Renaissance and Impressionist collections at The Hermitage. Stunning.
Heard a great Gregorian Chant concert at Peter and Paul Cathedral.
Found out it’s easy to get past the bouncers at private clubs by showing an American passport. They think you’ll spend a lot of money.
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Walking around in St. Petersburg
Church of the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was assassinated
Day 1 photos while walking around Nevsky Prospect
Photos from Moscow, Day 1
After a lot of walking around, some wine, a sauna and 3 hours of sleep, I’ve boarded a plane to St. Petersburg. For the next three days, I’ll be sightseeing, then back to Moscow for a World Press Freedom Day Conference at Moscow State University. We checked out the university yesterday.
Alex, my friend and guide, is a Fulbrighter, Ph.D. student and Knight News Challenge grantee. So we went to his favorite coffee shops and restaurants. Most of our Moscow sightseeing will be next week.
My hotel, the Metropol, is a short walk to the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Departing now for St. Petersburg.
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South Africa was great. I’m sorry to be leaving. The people are friendly, the country is beautiful and the opportunities are plentiful.
Being both a first-world and a third-world country, it has huge opportunities, offers the right encouragement and generally has the infrastructure for entrepreneurs to do their thing.
Yet, it’s still a country where the spirit of community and togetherness is very strong. It’s a country where I think technology really can be used to support and strengthen the community spirit.
This is what the Knight News Challenge is all about. We’re looking forward to reading the applications from Africa.