Archive for the 'Bad Trip' Category

Bad Trip Gold Winner: In Vincent’s Footsteps

Monday, April 11th, 2016

By Erin Byrne
What else except pain and suffering can we expect if we are not well, you and I?
—Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to Theo van Gogh, February 1889
What if all you can do is all you can do? Curl up. Breathe. Exist. Breathe, exist. In. Out.
This was not what was meant to happen [...]

Bronze Award in Bad Trip: The C Word

Monday, June 9th, 2014

By Sarah Enelow
60-something Pete looked like he was on heavy sedatives, and to my unsettling surprise, he was also a professional pilot.
“So, you flew commercial airplanes for Air Canada, with passengers in them?” I asked.
“Yes indeed,” answered Pete with half-comatose eyes, the words pleasantly escaping from his upturned mouth.
“And you retired, but you still do [...]

Silver Award in Bad Trip: Remembering Jane

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

By Simone Gorrindo
I’d known Jane less than 24 hours when she told me a secret she’d been carrying around for months.
She was driving me to see her Swiss doctor to take care of a bladder infection I’d had since I came to Europe six weeks prior. I was backpacking with three 18-year-old guys, [...]

Gold Award in Bad Trip: Dura La Vida: The Other Side of Paradise

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

By Jillian Bright
There is a force stronger than the sea itself in that little fishing town. It is mysterious and unidentifiable, ever changing and unquestionably powerful. I can feel it pounding in the surf that reverberates up the cliff, penetrating my thoughts as I write this. For some, Montezuma is just [...]

Bronze Award in Bad Trip: Infectious Laughter

Monday, July 15th, 2013

By Bruce Berger
During the early Nineties I became aware that a new word was circulating in La Paz, borrowed from the English. The word was privacy and so fresh was the loan that speakers weren’t sure how it went. Was it privacia or privacidad? There had always been the adjective privado, as in propriedad privada [...]

Silver Award in Bad Trip: Brazzaville Blues

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By Marie Javins
I awoke and peeked out of my room at Hotel Gabriella, which I’d crawled into late last night, after the 14.5 hour, 140-mile truck journey from the Congo-Gabon border to here in Dolisie. I vaguely remembered the night clerk being hopelessly inept. He’d taken a basket of keys, then [...]

Gold Award in Bad Trip: Like Their Own

Monday, June 24th, 2013

by Saya Des Marais
Dedicated to Humpeng and family of Sabai Sabai Massage & Restaurant in Nong Khiaw, Laos. May your compassionate laughter never change.
I was in Nong Khiaw, a dry, quiet village in the north of Laos, and I hadn’t left my guesthouse in three days.
Three days earlier, I was stumbling along the [...]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Travels With Emmy

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Elizabeth Creely
A hiking trip turns disastrous for two sisters in California’s Desolation Wilderness.
Last July I went to Desolation Wilderness with my sister Emily to celebrate her fortieth birthday. I woke up at 5 a.m., kissed my husband goodbye, and walked to the nearest BART station with my backpack strapped to me. [...]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Rosalie Justus
Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems.
I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s [...]

Bad Trip Gold Winner: Sinyala Fault

Monday, July 11th, 2011

by Jeffe Aronson
I glance back uphill at the slowly disappearing shape of Alan, where I left him perched on an overhanging rock ledge, sketching the remote and incomprehensible landscape visible from the tip of Great Thumb Mesa. Part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It’s June, which is really a stupid time to be hiking in [...]

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