Archive for the 'Seventh Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Bronze Award in Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers: A Saharan Love Story

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Ted Beatie
It was midnight in a nearly deserted bus station on the outskirts of Marrakesh, and my fiancee and I had one-way tickets to the edge of nowhere. We knew we wanted to see the great Sahara–after all, that was why we had come to Morocco–but plans? Provisions? We hoped the [...]

Silver Award in Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers: A Shared Indian Cake Is Never Forgotten

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

By Margaret Wagner
On the morning of my sixth birthday, before I stepped off the airplane in Mumbai, India, then known as Bombay, my mother gave me a present, a Tammy doll. Tammy, more wholesome and sweet than a Barbie doll, had blonde hair, a comb and several outfits. Even more exciting was the carrying case [...]

Gold Award in Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers: Misha and the Young Belarussians

Monday, January 6th, 2014

By Michelle McAlister
NINE-YEAR OLD Misha thinks no one is watching. His unusually large, round blue eyes scan the kitchen. His papery, quasi-translucent hand reaches out to steal fruit from atop a plastic table. The muscles of his tiny hand tremble as he jerks a banana from its bunch.
He sticks it down his [...]

Bronze Award in Travel and Shopping: Adaptor Plug Not So

Monday, December 9th, 2013

By Sarah Enelow
Kermit, my devoted partner and laptop, was sick. His screen was cracked, he wouldn’t charge, and he’d cannibalized most of his battery life. We were in Beijing for a month and actually I hadn’t been so healthy myself. My first week was marked by a nasty cold, a migraine, and constipation—who knows, maybe [...]

Bronze Award in Destination: Islands in Time

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

By Catherine Watson
From the mountaintop road above Kvivik, green slopes fell steeply away to the sea, and the sea swept my eyes outward, over the village, to the soft shapes of other islands drifting in the pale blue distance. More than a thousand years of Faroe Islands history lay in that view. [...]

Gold Award in Love Story: The Remover of Obstacles

Friday, November 15th, 2013

By Amanda Mander
“Stay away from my son,” his father said as we stood alone on the balcony. Tears were threatening to burst through my barely-calm exterior when I noticed Kirin, my fiance, listening from inside the Bombay apartment. His warm, brown eyes pleaded with me to hold strong against the force [...]

Silver Award in Destination: Gore Vidal’s Old House

Friday, November 1st, 2013

By Mary Jo McConahay

In later years…President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Longworth, congratulated me every time we saw each other: “You got out. So wise.”
—“Reflections on Glory Reflected,” in United States: Essays 1952-1992
The day Gore Vidal died rain fell hard on the roof of his old house alongside the ruins of Our [...]

Gold Award in Destination: In Search of The Scream in Norway

Monday, October 7th, 2013

By Chris Epting
In my mind, travelers are hunters. What do you hunt for when you travel? Experiences, people, souvenirs? We all hunt for something.
I hunt for places.
We were in Oslo, Norway, my teenaged son and I, spending a few days before hopping a ship with Quark Expeditions to explore around the Arctic [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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