Archive for April, 2014

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Satan’s Very Own Island Retreat

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

By Greg Rodgers
“You’re staying here tonight? Seriously?”
My eyes drifted from the rough, wooden dock where we were standing, up a perfect pair of tanned legs, to a set of blue eyes that were examining me with a sense of admiration and adventure.
I explained to a not-so-unattractive Swiss girl that I had hired a [...]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: The Exquisite Loneliness of Nyai Loro’s Beach

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Melinda Misuraca

The Javanese don’t like to be alone. To them solitude is a sickness cured by surrounding themselves with people. In Java the only encouraged antisocial activities are bathing and using the toilet, and even then true privacy is not guaranteed. If you find yourself forced to conduct such personal [...]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: The Great Escape

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Biju Sukumaran
Saline solution pools on my palm, magnifying the dust and specks of camel hair in my contacts, and cleaning them is now an almost futile gesture. But this was the least of my worries as I sit in my ger in the middle of the Gobi Desert, where our [...]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: The Same River, Twice

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Pam Mandel
He was tall and good looking and had attended an expensive prep school where he learned to talk pretty. He liked dancing to pop music and drinking beer and traveling. His father wanted him to be a real estate agent; he was not interested in a desk job. He was [...]

Gold Award in Adventure Travel: Of Danger and Beauty

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Anna Elkins
The citywide siren filled every corner of the house—a house in Tel Aviv without a bomb shelter. During one of the siren’s low levels, I heard Tsach’s voice from the garden, “Anna, come and see.”
Barefoot, I ran down the aloe-lined brick walk and came to stand next to him. In [...]

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