Caldwell Fellow Sets Out On 4,000-Mile Hike

June 1, 2010
By Cherry Crayton

Saul Flores, a Caldwell Fellow and a rising senior in graphic design and business management, is spending his summer walking and hitchhiking 4,000 miles from Ecuador to Charlotte, his hometown, and chronicling his journey through photos and a blog at refiningthelines.com. Why? He told NC State News Services that he hopes to raise awareness for the beauty of Latin America and “the walk of the immigrants” and to raise money (by selling prints of his photos) for children in Atencingo, Mexico—where he and several other Caldwell Fellows spent four days last spring completing service projects. He talks about his journey—which will take him through Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico—and why he’s doing it in the video produced by NC State News Services below:

He’s already begun his journey and has posted some beautiful photos of his time in Colombia and Ecuador. Here’s an excerpt from his May 24 entry:

The Colombian style of life has awakened my eyes to the role and realities of politics, culture, and design. Throughout my days I sometimes catch myself looking through scared sight, afraid of what my eyes will communicate to my mind. Through these reflections, I hope, I am broadening my perspective on social interactions and eliminating bias to my thought.

Be sure to follow him on his blog and check out his photos.

The Alumni Association founded the Caldwell Fellows and supports its scholarships, stipends and programming.

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