Most of us are aware that there are people who are less fortunate than us in the society. We also understand that there is another side of the community which includes people like those who have been incarcerated before, prisoners of war and refugees who experience life from a very different perspective. The most that we do for these people is maybe dropping a few coins in the grocery store donation box and then move along without a care in the world. Well, one person decided that they needed to understand this part of the society more deeply, hence the start of the ‘Greyhound Diaries’ by Doug Levitt.
Getting to the point where he is right now was not easy. Doug has traveled more than 100,000 miles by road in the Greyhound buses in his quest to interact with people from the other face of the society and during the journey; he met quite a number of interesting people. He says that he has interacted with prisoners of war, refugees and people returning from many years behind the bars. These people gave him deep and moving stories about life behind bars and other hardships.
Doug Levitt is the son of Washington’s mayoral aspirant Carol Schwartz. He studied in the Washington public school systems before he joined Cornell University. During his second year at the University, his father committed suicide, a situation which left him with serious questions about the human condition. He won a Fulbright scholarship and traveled abroad to study international relations. Doug Levitt worked as a foreign correspondent for some of the international TV stations. He left the job to embark on his journey of self-discovery and what Doug knows.
The journey has been really beneficial to him because he feels that he has changed a lot in his world view. He also states that he has learned to appreciate the people and situations he did not understand before. Out of the experience, he has also gotten a beautiful album, which he gave the title, The Greyhound Diaries. He has also written many stories, which he plans to publish in future. His decade long journey is a true inspiration and Doug’s lacrosse camp.