Sunk Boat and Unsung Hero

by Alejandro Rodríguez Muñoz My host father, David Duny, works as a part-time harbormaster for the city of Annapolis. Like many Americans, his life changed when the coronavirus arrived. He’s now working for the city’s Office of Emergency Management [], which coordinates disaster response and recovery at a local level. “They handle floods, fires, mass Read more about Sunk Boat and Unsung Hero[…]

Stranded in Annapolis, Thinking of Spain

by Alejandro Rodriguez Muñoz “Most people here already wear masks. I don’t have one yet since there aren’t any in the pharmacies.” My heart sinks. My grandma, in Granada, Spain, keeps talking. “To go to the grocery store, I put latex gloves on,” she says. And when she gets there, she waits in a line Read more about Stranded in Annapolis, Thinking of Spain[…]

The Neighborhood Celebrates Easter: Journal | April 12

By Alejandro Rodriguez Muñoz April 12th was a wonderful sunny day in Annapolis. We could not go boating if we weren’t fishing, because of the stay-at-home order. So we took the fishing lines and followed the wind in the Chesapeake Bay. It was Easter, and we went home earlier than we really wanted because there was Read more about The Neighborhood Celebrates Easter: Journal | April 12[…]

Notes on White Mike: Journal | Spring 2020

By Alejandro Rodriguez Muñoz 03-15-2020, Sunday I first meet Mike when I arrived at my host family’s home in mid-March, after my university closed because of the coronavirus. Mike, who lives nearby, was hired to paint the front door of the townhouse. He has a brush in his right hand, a beer in his left. He Read more about Notes on White Mike: Journal | Spring 2020[…]

Annapolis by the Numbers

Name of Community: Anne Arundel County, MD Established (date): 1650 Land area: 588 square miles Population: 579.234 Population over 65: 14.7% Population per sq. mile: 1,295.9 Racial Makeup: 74.2% white, 17.9% black, 8.1% Latino Persons per household: 2.65 Per Capita Income: $44,979 Bachelor Degree or above: 40.9% Life expectancy: 79.5 Hospital Beds: 634 Number of Read more about Annapolis by the Numbers[…]

Podcast #2: An Ocean Apart With Alex Rodriguez + Gen-Z Takes Action

By Noah Goldberg My first guest from our Slow Journalism course, Alex Rodríguez Muñoz, joins to discuss his experience living with a host family in Maryland while his own family remains in Spain. We tackle what the adjustments have been like to the UR Home Stories project and creating his first dispatch. Make sure to Read more about Podcast #2: An Ocean Apart With Alex Rodriguez + Gen-Z Takes Action[…]