Archive for the 'Sixth Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

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 […]

Travel and healing Bronze Winner: Letting Go on the Ganges

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

by Kristin Zibell A newly divorced women transitions from one life to another in Varanasi, India. Our boat dropped anchor in the middle of the Ganges, and a slight breeze brought relief from the October heat. Two men interrupted the live, languid sitar music by scurrying like beetles around our wide-hulled rowboat, setting out 40 […]

Youing Traveler Bronze Winner: If I Hear One More ‘Ciao Bella,’ I’m Going to Scream

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Tracy O’Neil “If I Hear One More ‘Ciao Bella’ I’m going to Scream” is a humorous story about my month abroad in Florence, Italy. I write about my encounters with the Italian men, and how they were nothing like I had thought they would be. Walking down the Ponte Vecchio at night in Florenceone […]

Young Traveler Silver Winner: Crashing Weddings and Beehives in Turkey’s Wild Northeast

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Catherine Jaffee We open the hive and at least 100 bees hit my face like bullets. Around me, I hear sounds like hail pounding a rooftop. But it’s just the noise of bees attacking my suit. I look at Mehmet Bey, he is unfazed but knows that we need to end our work here […]

Young Traveler Goild Winner: Batumi: A first glimpse of the New Georgia

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Stephen Robert Morse In late January, I arrived in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia’s major city on the Black Sea. Georgia’s pro-Western President, Mikheil Saakashvili, who was thrust into power in 2004 following the nation’s “Rose Revolution,” has made Batumi his pet project. He’s vowed to transform this 125,000-person resort town from a tourism-based […]

Women’s Travel Bronze Winner: Lost and Liberated

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Kimberly Lovato Preconceived notions and stereotypes melt like a summer ice cream cone. “I’m lost. I’m late. I’m sorry,” I blurted into the phone, in French. Silence. “So, Monsieur Manouvrier, if it’s ok I would still like to meet you today.” “You are an hour late. Do you think I have nothing better to […]

Women’s Travel Silver Winner: My Ethiopian Tent

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Carol Beddo A Young woman encounters the courage of her convictions Being called in to headquarters was not good, but I refused to be afraid. Back then, 1965, people said I had a lot of confidence. In what? I wonder. Myself? My choices? I had been called in, but no one had told me […]

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: Down a Stream in Iran and Up a Creek in Spain

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Beebe Bahrami Getting lost and finding oneself anywhere in the world As a child born and raised in the Rocky Mountains in the USA, I recall my Iranian grandfather’s advice to me. “If you get lost, go downhill, and follow the stream.” I felt safe with these few words. All would be well, I […]

Travel and Transformation Bronze Winner: The Troubles

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Suzanne LaFetra A woman ponders irreconcilable differences on the emerald isle. “A hole is more honorable than a patch”. -Irish proverb Tooling through the bucolic countryside of Northern Ireland, it’s tough for an outsider to imagine “The Troubles” that have shaken this part of the Emerald Isle until recently. Copper beech trees splay their […]

Travel and Transformation Silver Winner: Walking to Nemiña

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Beebe Bahrami She travels at the pace of her spirit in Spain, Iran, the Amazon, and France The beautiful woman who ran the bar whisked past our table, plunking down just made croquetas, something like a tater, only of white fish, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to that perfect mouth-feel of crispy […]

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