Travel and Andros Island

"I wish the world was flat like the old days, and I could travel just by folding a map."

- Death Cab for Cutie

Traveling has never been a major part of my life, although I do hope to spend time traveling after graduation this year. However, In the past year, I have been to the Bahamas three times. A week of that year was spent in Andros Island as part of the Florida FlyIns International Journalism program.

The Island

Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas and is the least densely populated. In addition, it is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world. Known as a local gem, it is composed of three smaller islands: North Andros, Mangrove Cay and South Andros.

Today, Andros is not a large outlet for tourism. It is "the bonefish capital of the world," and bonefish captains take charter boats of out South Andros to sportfish. North Andros is known for its artisans, where wood carving is prevalent. In addition, the island is known for its proximity to the tongue of the ocean and its naturally occuring blue holes, or water filled cave systems.

Florida FlyIns

The Florida FlyIns is a course in special practice journalism at the University of Florida. Known throughout the department as "Advanced Journalism Practicum: Latin America in Words and Pictures," the program was in it's eighth year when Professor John Kaplan brought his students to Andros Island. Together, writers, photographers and multimedia journalists researched and prepared for a week abroad where they intensely followed story ledes.

Thirteen stories came out of the journey, along with extensive experience in journalism abroad and thirteen new friendships.

The Florida FlyIns Web site