Allison Swaim writes, “Next week, I board a cargo ship and set sail on a yearlong adventure. My plan? Circumnavigate the globe by ship. Spend time in port cities en route. Document global trade from the perspective of people who carry out the actual, physical process. You’re probably thinking “Whoah whoah whoah, you’re doing what?! How’d you come up with that crazy idea?”
Allison received one of our Donor Fund grants and she’s going to be blogging and posting audio and photos from her imminent epic voyage. She’ll tell about the experience itself, but also about the challenges of documenting it—what are the boundaries between her life and the story?
Come follow along. Her first postings describe her motivation:
and her shake-down cruise on a freighter in the Great Lakes: