We all know what a Greyhound bus, however what we don’t know is that there are thousands of untold stories of people who use the means as transport. Most of us would rather walk than use the bus due to the perception that we have developed towards the bus. Nonetheless, Doug Levitt has made the Greyhound bus and his experiences a platform for people to understand what it entails.
The Greyhound Diaries is a project began in 2004 by Doug levitt. With only his guitar in hand and a few personal effects, Doug set off on a journey with the aim of trying to understand the travelers and learn their stories. Sometimes, the bus goes for so many hours and sometimes, even the most uptight people find themselves sharing their stories. Most of these stories are of personal nature, which he uses together with their pictures to make up the Greyhound Diaries.
Doug Levitt is a trained journalist from Cornell University. He worked in Rwanda and Afghanistan, following the stories and state of the countries as a foreign correspondence. He was their voice. However, Doug wanted to do something else, something different. The Greyhound Diaries was therefore conceived, to shed a light on the travelers.
On the bus, Doug admits that he has met different people some of whom have impacted his life greatly. Most of the people using the Greyhound Bus have a criminal record or are addicted to something. Some of them are scary at first, but with the long tiring journey, they tend to open up and share their stories and learn more about Doug.
One common thing about the experiences is that most of them are not melancholy and frustrated. Most of them have no jobs, families and hardly have the basic needs. Their movements from one place to another is in search of the basic needs, which is hard to come by due to their personal problems. Being an artist and songwriter, Doug uses the conversations and pictures to compose songs and a web series that is aired to create awareness on the state of melancholy these individuals face as they struggle with their addiction and state of poverty and more information click here.