Archive for the 'Culture and Ideas' Category

Culture and Ideas Gold Winner: Some Vague Stars to the South

Monday, December 25th, 2017

By Dave Zoby Syria, and the ancient lessons of friendship. Dust-covered aluminum satellite dishes rimmed the rooftops. During the heat of the day, electrical circuits popped audibly, faltering all afternoon. Mid-day, the bakers came out in their floured aprons to read the state paper in the shade of their doorways. There was the sweet-shop, the […]

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 […]

Culture and Ideas Gold Winner: Honey Colored Lies

Monday, April 4th, 2016

By Michael Sano Secrets surround a romance between a visitor and local in the mountains of Nicaragua. The music at the discoteca is so loud that I have to shout to be heard. I’m nodding my head, pretending to listen to one of my co-workers, while searching the green slices of light on the dance […]

Silver in Culture and Ideas : Ohio House Tour

Monday, January 19th, 2015

By V. Hansmann Some people say the most splendid thing about a road trip to Ohio is the road trip from Ohio. I might have agreed; benighted rustbelt, flyover, swing state that it is. But follow this simple itinerary and you may come away with affection for Ohio. Spring is a good time to travel. […]

Gold in Culture and Ideas : Notes into Lines

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

By Hannah Sheldon-Dean In the middle of the St. Charles Bridge on a warm day in Prague, we wait with our binders of music, wondering if anyone will bother to show up. There are five or six of us here now, out of perhaps twenty-five. We’ve been singing all week, and this is our day […]

Bronze Award in Culture and Ideas: Pricier than Prada

Friday, September 13th, 2013

By Peggy Jaffe At first I ignore the mail piled in the foyer, take my shoes off, and absorb the warmth of the terra cotta floor. Outside the living room window, a carpet of dandelions welcomes me like a light parade. How I love being in Tuscany in May—the lavender-laced air, hills stretching skyward, birds […]

Silver Award in Culture and Ideas: Cuba Libre

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

By Jessica Dur Taylor It’s not that we hadn’t fallen in love with Cuba, her slender crocodile figure and rhythmic hips, her bawdy street corners and crumbling veneer. We had. We’d been all the way to her furthest tip, braving a five-hour bus ride over the sumptuous mountain curves, to Baracoa, where Christopher Columbus first […]

Gold Award in Culture and Ideas: Decoding Lagom

Monday, August 26th, 2013

By Lola Akinmade Akerstrom Eight of us – six Swedes, one Finn, and me – are gathered in a modest city-center studio apartment in Stockholm’s eclectic Sodermalm district. Next to our dinner table is a small window with a gorgeous view of Stockholm’s history-rich old town, Gamla stan, with its narrow fingerlike red clay, melon, […]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: Walking the Roof of Africa

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Laura Lee Huttenbach An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime. “If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself,” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply. “But Mom,” I said, “it was […]

Culture and Ideas Bronze Winner: How I Missed the Punchline in Russia

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kevin McCaughey A traveler to Russian learns he is not allowed to understand Russian humor. “It’s impossible for you to understand.”  That’s what Galina told me.  She was head of the university English Department in a city on the Volga river. Maria, Galina’s sidekick and thesaurus, said: “Unattainable.  Russian humor is very specifical.” These […]

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