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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Travel Memoir—Bronze: She Loved to Rumba(le)

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Miroslava Turk When in Cuba, do not attempt to calibrate your expectations. If you make that mistake, you may fail to notice the presence of irony all around you. If you expect only certain results, you will never see what actually does occur. Irony often leads us to mystery and the beyond. Away from […]

Travel Memoir—Gold Winner: Crazy Diamond

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

by Adrian Cole I couldn’t really ever tell you why I left home. I’d come up with some superficial reasons, of course, but just so that we could avoid an awkward and unhelpful silence. The deeper truth probably lies somewhere in the inherited murkiness of the human psyche, a monkey’s inclination to wander, always, one […]

Travel Memoir—Bronze Winner: A Bottle of Calvados

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Tom Cheche *** Shade kept us from seeing the sign. The narrow country lane, devoid of traffic, meandered through farmland of the Cotinten bathed in glorious autumn sun, highlighting roadside fields of squat, manicured apple trees but intensifying darkness in the occasional stretch through a palisade of looming shade trees. It was a rough […]

Travel Memoir—Silver Winner: Easter Island: Where the Roads Diverged

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Catherine Watson I was in Ecuador, on my way to a folklore performance, sharing a ride with two other tourists – a middle-aged Canadian woman and a young computer guy from California. They started comparing notes on their Latin American travels. I didn’t join in. I’d seen the continent edge to edge over the […]

Funny Travel—Gold Winner: Vampires from Venus

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Zack Kushner Lost in the swirling dust, the sun scalding our scalps and our pursuers gaining, we go for broke. In order to escape Ethiopia, we resort to madness. High above the Ethiopian city of Gondar, 17th century castles square their shoulders and face the sun. It is as if one of the exuberant […]

Bad Trip—Silver Winner: Beijing Hostage

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

By Michael Shapiro What’s the worst that could happen, I asked myself, when an attractive young woman I’d met in Tiananmen Square invited me to dinner. Three hours later I was being held against my will in a dimly lit ground-floor room many miles from the heart of Beijing. I didn’t know where I was, […]

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