Archive for the 'Seventh Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Silver Award in Cruise Story: Seven

Monday, August 5th, 2013

By Pamela Mandel I slumped back into my chair, overwhelmed. My seat at the window faced the stern, we were sliding past giant blue glaciers, their cracked faces a wall above the blue black mirror of the Lemaire Channel. I felt oddly sad, all of a sudden, like I might cry, though sad isn’t the […]

Gold Award in Cruise Story: Flying Dutchman

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

By Catherine Watson I’m startled, now that I am writing this, at seeing the many links to the sea in my life. And to exile. When I was eight, my heart’s desire was to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. There was a lot wrong with this plan […]

Bronze Award in Bad Trip: Infectious Laughter

Monday, July 15th, 2013

By Bruce Berger During the early Nineties I became aware that a new word was circulating in La Paz, borrowed from the English. The word was privacy and so fresh was the loan that speakers weren’t sure how it went. Was it privacia or privacidad? There had always been the adjective privado, as in propriedad […]

Silver Award in Bad Trip: Brazzaville Blues

Monday, July 8th, 2013

By Marie Javins I awoke and peeked out of my room at Hotel Gabriella, which I’d crawled into late last night, after the 14.5 hour, 140-mile truck journey from the Congo-Gabon border to here in Dolisie. I vaguely remembered the night clerk being hopelessly inept. He’d taken a basket of keys, then counted the room […]

Gold Award in Bad Trip: Like Their Own

Monday, June 24th, 2013

by Saya Des Marais Dedicated to Humpeng and family of Sabai Sabai Massage & Restaurant in Nong Khiaw, Laos. May your compassionate laughter never change. I was in Nong Khiaw, a dry, quiet village in the north of Laos, and I hadn’t left my guesthouse in three days. Three days earlier, I was stumbling along […]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Trumpets of Warning

Monday, June 17th, 2013

by Lisa Alpine Waking early our first full day at Little Governors’ Camp in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, we were startled to see elephant, hippo, and warthog tracks circling close to the edges of our canvas tent. Was that also a lion’s paw print inches from the tent flap? The camp was unfenced […]

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Wind Horses of Mustang

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

By Molly Beer “Having a horse here is like having a motorbike in the city,” Bhupendra Sherchan explained the first day we rode out together on the flanks of snow-capped Nilgiri. The day was still pleasant and autumn-like, the light white, the winds as gentle as the sheep eddies in the town’s single unpaved street, […]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: Before the Rain

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By Bunny McBride . . . before the rain begins I always waken, listening to the world hold its breath. ~Lianne Spidel It was late, and I lay in my bed in a small round hut nestled against the Great Rift Wall in northern Tanzania. The stone abode was part of a rugged camp where […]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: On the Trail of a Man Called Snake

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

By Taylor Jennings Crossing ethnic lines to find a notorious guerrilla leader. It was early March 1999 when Ilir, my young interpreter, and I set out from Pristina in a battered Lada cast off by some other East bloc nation to find a man known only by his nom de guerre: Gjarperi, the Snake. I […]

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 […]

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