Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

The House on KVR Swamy Road

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Sivani Babu Grand Prize Bronze Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards We push through a sea of people and cows, the dust and smog swirling red and heavy, giving the scene around us the hazy air of a vintage photograph. A calf chews languidly on a banana as flies buzz around its head. […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The Citroën and the Pomegranate

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

By Matthew Félix Grand Prize Silver Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’ve traveled extensively.  But you’d never know it from the looks of my apartment.  Between an almost obsessive insistence on traveling light—never carrying more than one backpack, which fits into any overhead bin—and a general aversion to accumulating things, I hardly ever bring back […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Mystery of the Sahara

Friday, March 1st, 2019

By David Robinson Grand Prize Gold Winner of the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards In 1965, I was driven across the Sahara by a woman whose real name I never knew. I’ve been trying to find her ever since. I was working in Nigeria at the time. In West Africa, even if you never see the […]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Mideast Uprising

Monday, July 30th, 2018

By Sharon Kreider Before the internet, Google, or cellphones, the journey overland from Europe to Asia took time, ingenuity, and more than a little courage. Travel through Turkey, Iran, and Syria can be difficult today but was especially challenging for a young, white twenty-year-old woman touring these regions alone in the 1970s. In February 1977, […]

Most Unforgettable Character Silver Winner: Hung, the Boat Woman of Hue

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

By Maxine Rose Schur I raised the expectation, You shook your head sadly. Like fish in water and fowl in the air It’s not easy to meet… I saw you off on your way And felt hundreds of jumbled feelings. —Nguyen Binh (1918-1966) For years I had loved the words “Perfume River.” I imagined sailing […]

Elder Travel Bronze Winner: Finding the House My Father Built

Monday, June 25th, 2018

By May Gee A few thin, gray hairs skimmed the top of the elderly man’s pointed head, just like my father’s hair used to on his. Faint crinkles touched the skin around the old man’s eyes and deep creases ran from the edge of his nostrils to the outsides of his lips. All that was […]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: Welcome Back Again

Monday, June 18th, 2018

By Matthew Félix Nine hours after leaving Fez, my French friend Sophie and I arrived in Tangier. Although we had walked to the train station the morning of our departure, this time we were arriving late at night. We opted to get a cab, a ride that shouldn’t have cost more than five or six […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: The Five Wise Men of the Voodoo Trail

Monday, June 11th, 2018

By Kevin Dimetres The feeling was unfamiliar. Alone, I sat on the splintered wooden bench while the passersby sized me up with skeptical curiosity. Their skin glistened with sweat, accentuating the slash marks lacing both sides of their faces. The slash marks had been deliberately crafted into their visage, haunting me with wonder. Images of […]

Love Story Bronze Winner: Under the Cedars of Parc Perdrix

Monday, June 4th, 2018

By Becky Band Jain It was at the end of the year I spent in the South of France, fully in the grips of my Francophilia, when a friend invited me to a barbecue. A week after Bastille Day, the summer heat was at its peak. The rosy tan stucco on the houses matched the […]

Family Travel Gold Winner: Time Travelers

Monday, May 28th, 2018

By T Stores On a rainy fall weekend, leaves brilliant with failing light, I hear Mr. Spock from my living room in rural Vermont: “Live long and prosper.” I smile, glad that James and Izzy have discovered Star Trek, good viewing for twelve-year-olds, especially those who are about to embark on a year-long adventure, “exploring […]

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