Archive for the 'Eighth Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

Silver Award in Cruise Story: Celebrity Cruising

Monday, July 21st, 2014

By Leena Tailor
It’s 4 a.m. on the Carnival Imagination, midway between Miami and the Bahamas, and two Backstreet Boys are giving an impromptu but heartfelt lecture on love, marriage, sharks and Twitter to a handful of fans who stumbled upon the duo while ending their drunken night at the pizzeria.
One is dressed [...]

Gold Award in Cruise Story: Siren Song of the Capybara

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

By Robin Cerwonka
Why did I go to Antarctica? A good question, considering the warm-weather joys of the world—the thousands of tropical beaches I’d love to lie on and coral reefs I’ve never scuba dived. The list goes on; I have never:
-Seen any of the seven wonders of the world
-Faced a [...]

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 [...]

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 Animal Encounter: Sleepless in Southern Africa

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

By Dave Fox
It’s 4:23 a.m., and all is quiet in the Okavango Delta.
Wait, no. That’s not right. Let’s start over.
It’s 4:23 a.m. in the Okavango Delta, and I can’t sleep because the birds are antagonizing me. I don’t know what their problem is. Sure, I’ve come to Botswana to check out the wildlife, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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