As soon as NPCA found out that the Peace Corps Community would be participating in the parade, we filed for press credentials. We wanted to take advantage of the anticipated hours of waiting and have someone take photos of our colorful group and do some interviews. Audrey (Estonia 98-00) offered us Dan's servicies. The two of them have been traveling around the world for the past two years, supporting themselves with their freelance writing and photography.
Alas, when the press pass arrived it was for a spot on the parade route (appreciated, but I was fairly certain that somehow we would get shots of us marching) and not the staging area. Audrey and Dan stopped by the offices on the preceding Friday, I handed over the pass and what instructions I had. I had no idea what the day would hold.
A few days after the Inauguration I got this message from Audrey:
And what an adventure it was! You can read all about it on their blog, Uncornered Market. But here's an excerpt:
“So who are you shooting for,” one of the guys asked as we all shuffled our feet to stave off hypothermia.
“I’m a freelancer, but I’m taking photos for the Peace Corps. My wife is marching with them in the parade.”
“Oh, that’s great!”
Then a pause. “What’s Peace Corps?”
And so it went. Be sure to read the full account of his day.