Harvard Crimson Publishes New Set of ‘Summer Postcards’ From Around the World

The latest installment of a quality geotagging report of sorts premiered last week: “Crimson Summer Postcards.”  Now in its fifth year, the summertime series in The Harvard Crimson features brief first-person reflections from Crimson staffers currently living, studying, and working away from home and Cambridge, Mass.

The opening set of digital postcards were penned by students ensconced in places as varied as Tanzania, Ghana, France, and Vicksburg, Miss.

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For example, a snippet from Crimson contributing writer Anneli Tostar’s take on Sweden: “I’ve made it to Sweden: land of IKEA, meatballs, and blond people. Everything you’ve heard is true. Along with their liberal mindsets and love of pop music, there’s a heavy emphasis on childhood here, with movies like Pippi Longstocking making sure that all of those little blond children have the same innocent upbringing as their parents did. . . . I get the feeling that Swedes know how to live. Sunshine, red cottages scattered everywhere in the archipelago, ice cream twice a day . . . Could be worse.”

I’m pro-“Postcards” for three reasons: 1) The series is a relaxed way to connect with readers, ever-so-slightly revealing the perspectives and experiences of normally faceless reporters and editors.  2) It provides the staff with a popular platform to share a bit about once-in-a-lifetime travails, which they probably would only otherwise get to do on Facebook, in a class or at a family dinner.  And 3) It fills a newsy niche, displaying at least a sampling of what Harvard undergrads do between spring and fall semesters– in their own words.

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