Writing Champion of Choice

Writing Champion of Choice

While researching Champion of Choice, I circled the planet to interview Nafis Sadik's family, friends, colleagues and the women and girls she'd fought for during her 60-year career. On this journey I caught up with some of my own globe-trotting friends. Here's a record of some of the moment's along the way...

Sign Spotting in Greece

Sign Spotting in Greece

With my pal Maureen Wheeler, we're admiring the sign for a local nightclub on the isle of Spetses.

Tour de France

Tour de France

In Paris, I watched the finish of the Tour de France and all the Parisians boo as Lance Armstrong rode down the Champs Elysees.

Nobel Peace Center

Nobel Peace Center

A museum devoted to the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

McDonald's Billboard

McDonald's Billboard

Yes, even in Karachi! Love the leering guy in the ghutra.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan

Driving through Rajasthan, I spotted one of my first sacred cows.

Doosra Dashak

Doosra Dashak

I interviewed the girls at this residential school in Bhawargarh, India.

The Eternal City

The Eternal City

Posing with my friend Jill Jewell, who was living in Beijing at the time. After month four on the road I was very happy to spend time with someone from home.

Midwives on Motorbikes

Midwives on Motorbikes

On Fahi-Ten Mountain in East Timor, I researched a UN project—midwives on motorbikes—an initiative to provide safe deliveries to mothers in remote regions.

The Giraffe Preserve

The Giraffe Preserve

Outside Nairobi I visited the magical Giraffe Preserve--on the border of Isak Dinesen's home.

A Masai Warrior

A Masai Warrior

I interviewed Agnes Pareyio, a woman warrior who is changing the rituals for girls in Kenya to do away with female genital mutilation.

Blue Nile Gorge

Blue Nile Gorge

A scenic paradise in Ethiopia.

Fistula Hospital

Fistula Hospital

I interviewed the patients from the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. The free surgery they receive here is truly life changing.

HIV Educators

HIV Educators

In Manhea, Ghana I talked to a group of peer educators who inform the members of their community about the dangers of HIV.

The Beach in Accra

The Beach in Accra

After interviewing folks all day—frequently about their deeply disturbing personal experiences—it was great to find distractions like these guys who taught me to play drums on the beach in Ghana.

Beware Savages in Buenos Aires

Beware Savages in Buenos Aires

In the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires I joined a costume party to celebrate the anniversary of the local flea market…any excuse for a party.