Archive for the 'Travel Memoir' Category

Travel Memoir Bronze Winner: Pane & Pecorino

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Linda Lappin
Leading the Simple Life in Tuscany
The kitchen is the heart of this old farmhouse outside Siena where I have come to live for a while. My local history book tells me that in the Middle Ages “tutta la vita del castello si svolgein cucina,” the whole life of the castle was carried on [...]

Travel Memoir Silver Winner: Summer Heat (Upstate NY)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Kathleen Spivack
He was a child molester.
“He was a child molester,” she suddenly blurted to me, leaning forward. Even now her tone was hushed and horrified. “Imagine, after all these years.” Although it was only ten o’clock in the morning the heat was unbearable already.
“And you didn’t know it?” I [...]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Fear and Bitter Justice

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Carol Beddo
It took fear, anger and the satisfaction of revenge to pull a Peace Corps Volunteer completely into her village.
Everyone in the village is congregated at Bahar Dar’s dirt airstrip, each of us dripping sweat in the hot afternoon sun, with not even one of us thinking to search out a [...]

Travel and Healing Gold Winner: The Ghosts of Alamos

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Lavinia Spalding
A daughter finds peace in a Mexican ghost town
The sun is relentless, stalking me along the narrow, cobbled lanes of Alamos, Mexico, as I return to my hotel. I unlock the heavy double doors and walk into the lush, untamed courtyard, where weather-pocked stone cherubs guard a center fountain and [...]

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. [...]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Herat, Oh Herat

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Stephan Morrow
Prologue - some thoughts on traveling. looking back:
They say that Lawrence Tierney (who played the original ‘Dillinger’) had T-Rex in his genes but he was always surprising me with the things that he knew. Like quoting from yes, Emily Dickenson poems. Or like the fact that he knew about ‘The Saragossa Manuscript’ [...]

Travel Memoir Silver Winner: True Stories

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Kathleen Spivack
For many years I was alone and I found that-but I am already putting it in past tense, please note.  So-for many years I’ve been alone and I find-what  Find that it doesn’t get any easier   Find that I’m writing my way right into another cliché  Let’s try again. As follows: For many [...]

Travel Memoir Bronze Winner: Notes on an Andean Pilgrim

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Tom Miller
He came to my Quito residence for dinner that equatorial night in 1982 wearing blue jeans and a recently washed button-down work shirt. I had delayed meeting the amiable white-haired Moritz Thomsen until I’d finished reading Living Poor (1969) and The Farm on the River of Emeralds (1978) , two books that had [...]

Travel Memoir—Gold: The Quest for Duende

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Diane Caldwell
Mortification exploded over my friend’s face when I told her of my decision to visit what I thought was our mutual friend Iris in Andalucia. Eyes wide and ominous as flying saucers, mouth open in a soundless gaping hole of horrorshe looked like a reenactment of “The Scream.”
I was living in Istanbul [...]

Travel Memoir—Silver: If He Cries, They Kill Him

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Ken Lovering
It would be easy to blame my sweat on the mid-afternoon Tanzanian sun.
But there’s more to why my glands are working overtime: I am sitting in a tiny Maasai enkaji , a circular hut constructed of a mud-manure mix that these five beaded women, my hosts, likely slapped together with their bare hands. [...]

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