Hi! My name's Ishan Thakore and I'm a 2016-2017 Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow from East Brunswick, New Jersey. For the next 9 months, I'll be cataloging my "Taming Rivers" project, a visual journey along the Orange and Vaal Rivers in South Africa and potentially other countries. My film project centers on how large-scale infrastructure projects promise broad economic benefits but have much more nuanced effects at the community level. I'm interested in exploring and retelling the individual narratives of people who have been affected by some of these projects. I spent most of the past year working as a fact-checker for "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," a late-night satirical news show. You may be wondering how my skills fact-checking Donald Trump jokes will translate to this project, but I assure you they will. Essentially, in this blog, I hope to mix a degree of levity with a strong attention to detail to give readers a taste of the places I'll be. I've also recently decided to become a millennial and post more on Twitter and Instagram, so follow me to get a behind-the-scenes look at the journey!