About the Author: Andrea Strano is the Assistant Information Officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO.
I should have recorded the miles. Imagine working for two days at an international expo site that spans four buildings and is the width and length of an entire city block. Then picture having to navigate that expanse back and forth, back and forth, as you perform tasks for the event. Now imagine having to work in that huge site with mobility issues, such as those often caused by multiple sclerosis. Now go do your job.
For the 2010 summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), held November 19-20 in Lisbon, Portugal, my colleagues and I worked with more than 50 American journalists who traveled to Lisbon to cover President Obama's meetings and remarks at the NATO Summit, as well as hundreds of press from international newswires and single-country news organizations.
In all, more than 1,800 media representatives from 67 countries attended the two-day event, including journalists, photographers, and videographers -- all whom had their own opinions about how the NATO Summit was important to their countries.
While the press was busy covering dignitaries from some 50 countries, I covered the movements of the press. With the help of my colleagues in administrative services at U.S. Embassy-Lisbon and the U.S. Mission to NATO, as well as the support of the State Department's Employee Relations office, I had the use of a scooter to cover the distances. As you will see in the attached video, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the press as I moved in my scooter to all places in the vast expo site where I needed to go.