Saturday, May 21, 2011

My First Time in the Desert - Tucson, Arizona!

Two full, sunny, busy days in Tucson, Arizona! 

On Thursday, we were invited to speak at a Holocaust survivors group meeting.  There were about 8-10 members present who were either holocaust survivors or the children of holocaust survivors.  We described the Daughter Project to them and a little bit about our journey and the people we've met so far.  They also shared their stories about their mother, fathers, sisters, daughters, sons, and other family members, which was a fantastic experience.

We had two mother-daughter interviews on the first day - the group's organizer Tamara and her mom Tobie (whose mother was a holocaust survivor) met with us after the meeting, and we met with Renie and her mom Nancy later in the evening.

Between interviews, we explored downtown Tucson on foot, walking through the Presidio.

Day two mom hired Reisen Arizona, a tour company, to take us to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios, which were a bit of a drive outside of the city. Mike, our guide and owner of the business, gave an excellent, in-depth tour.  We ended up going to the San Xavier Mission on the Tohono O'odham reservation instead of the studio, where I met a Navajo silversmith.

And for a perfect ending to a great day, we met Linda, a family friend and journalism professor at the University of Arizona, for dinner!

More on the interviews soon!

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