Archive for March 2nd, 2010

Funny Travel Silver Winner: Bored Japanese Housewives

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Phil Goldman “HELP WANTED: FOREIGN MEN NEEDED FOR STRIP CLUB.” I am just desperate enough to reply to this ad. I’m living in Tokyo and I’m broke; I can’t get a steady English teaching gig, or any other form of employment, to save my life. Unfortunately, the days when a native English speaker without […]

Family Travel Gold Winner: The Good Memory Page

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Christina Ammon Sometimes a simple walk down the block feels like the journey of a lifetime Nine months have now passed since my grandmother moved into Milder Manor Nursing Home. One morning last September she was getting dressed, took a fall, and in that instant was transformed from a commanding, bridge-playing, globe-trotting golden girl […]

Funny Travel Bronze Winner: Hot and Cold Cans of God

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Bonnie Morris Western visitors to Hong Kong, Korea and Japan expect to find teahouses, tea ceremonies, rituals steeped in steeping leaves of tea. But coffee is now a staple of East Asia; in fact, as described in Taylor Clark’s book Starbucked, the world’s largest Starbucks coffeehouse is located in South Korea. And a controversial […]

Family Travel Silver Winner: Cleared for Takeoff in St. Petersburg

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Nancy Middleton We arrived at the St. Petersburg airport a couple of hours before takeoff.  In plenty of timeor at least we thought.  My mother and I dragged our suitcases to the end of an ominously long line just inside the terminal and waited with the rest of our tour group. The bus that […]

Family Travel Bronze Winner: Lost and Found

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Shelley Seale Lurching along the dirt road, I gazed out the window at rural Orissa in northeastern India as the car bounced over potholes, sending plumes of red dust billowing behind it. The small villages we passed were as familiar to me as if I had been there only last week. The shacks that […]

Elder Travel Gold Winner: The Tiny Red Kettle

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Jan Burak Schwert “Sarajevo is ready for tourists,” read the article in the London Times.  Pictures of red roofs and snow-capped mountains leapt off the page.  Bosnia had emerged from the 1990’s war and rebuilt its infrastructure, but tourists had yet to discover the country.  It was time to visit. Flying from Italy to […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: Latin Carino

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Mohezin Tejani I am on an eighteen-month overland trip from California to Argentina. The year is 1977. The thoughts that run through my head are considerably different from those that I’ve had before the short jaunts I have taken during summer breaks and holidays. When the open road turns into a long-term lifestyle, the […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Silver Winner: Tibetan Bargain with a Twist

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by April Orcutt “Please!  Please!” the Tibetan woman pleaded, her young son trailing behind her.  She approached me in the ancient market of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, holding an orange beaded necklace that hung around her neck, smiling sweetly as she implored me to buy it. But I didn’t want orange beads.  I was […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Bronze Winner: The Collision

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Tim Leffel Out of the corner of my right eye I saw movement, something rushing toward me. A few milliseconds later there was a brutal thud as something ran headfirst into my car. Instinctively I hit the brakes and turned my head toward the point of impact. There was a smear on the window, […]

Destination Story Gold Winner: A Border Rat in the Twilight Zone

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Tom Miller I am a border rat. I’ve been one since the day I hopped back and forth between countries over a fallen, rusty barbed-wire fence in the woodland along the Arizona-Mexico line some 40 years ago. Since that act of joyful anarchy, I’ve traveled the entire length of the frontier numerous times, dined […]

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