Archive for September, 2016

Bad Trip Silver Winner: The Wild, Wild West Bank

Monday, September 26th, 2016

By Erik R. Trinidad
A tale of Bedouins and bladders.
“He said that he’ll drop us off at the settlement and that it’s a far walk… And it’s unsafe… And that we shouldn’t be heroes for doing it,” my new friend Sarit explained to me, translating the bus driver’s warning in Hebrew at Jerusalem’s central bus station. [...]

Culture and Ideas Bronze Winner: Café Tables

Monday, September 19th, 2016

By Amy Marcott
A souvenir becomes a symbol of hope.
At the end of my first trip to Paris, I had come to the Place du Tertre to buy a painting. I could not afford this. I’d just finished an MFA in creative writing and financed my trip with my student loan. But intuition told me that [...]

Cruise Story Silver Winner: Ghost Ship

Monday, September 12th, 2016

By MJ Pramik
USS Hornet conducts spook maneuvers.
Darkness hangs opaque around me. I hover close to my crewmates assembled tonight on the USS Hornet, berthed in Alameda, California. We all breathe aloud as heaviness fills the air. I ask oceans of questions to keep any lingering spirits at bay. I’ve joined an evening “History, Mystery Tour” [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Silver Winner: Alsace’s Unique Character, Through the Eyes of a Local

Monday, September 5th, 2016

By James Ullrich
In a corner of eastern France, a unique, hybridized culture has evolved from two very different sources.
Jean-Claude Schroeder, the kind old man with the French first name and the German surname, looks out over the tree-carpeted Vosges Mountains. The Black Forrest is in the distance. He can see into Germany. Squinting in morning [...]

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