Archive for the 'Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Almost Blond in Nepal

Monday, May 6th, 2019

By Nancy Bartley Funny Travel Story Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I never asked to look like a female wrestler. You know the blondes in bikinis who toss each other around the ring or wallow wantonly through mud. But then again, maybe my problem simply was a matter of hair color – […]

Nuns on a Train

Monday, April 29th, 2019

By Ashley Seashore Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards Half of my money is in my right shoe. My passport is in my left. The other half of my money is in an envelope in my underwear, and my credit cards, family photos, and one traveler’s […]

Strangers in the Bush

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

By Susan Bloch Destination Story Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’m traveling into unknown territory with a man I just met. His name is Karl, my safari guide here in Namibia, and we’re driving along a coast shaped by death and diamonds. A coast where shifting sand dunes bury secrets, mysteries, and […]

That Other Hijab Story

Monday, April 15th, 2019

By Maryah Converse Culture and Ideas Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards When I tell people that I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan, the response is usually predictable: “Wow. How was that?” How am I supposed to answer that in few enough words that their eyes don’t glaze over? Overwhelming. Amazing. […]

This Never Happens

Monday, April 8th, 2019

By Anne Lowrey Bad Trip Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards “Nunca ha pasado aquí,” he repeated. I shrugged as if I didn’t hear him, though I understood every word. “This never happens.” Except it did. I sat silently in the back of the rusted car that was taking me slowly away from […]

The Place Where Norman Slept

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

By Teresa O’Kane Animal Encounters Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards Norman is a solitary old bull elephant who lives on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Years ago, he spent his days with his elephant friend George, until George had a battle with an electric fence. These days […]

The House on KVR Swamy Road

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Sivani Babu Grand Prize Bronze Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards We push through a sea of people and cows, the dust and smog swirling red and heavy, giving the scene around us the hazy air of a vintage photograph. A calf chews languidly on a banana as flies buzz around its head. […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The Citroën and the Pomegranate

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

By Matthew Félix Grand Prize Silver Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’ve traveled extensively.  But you’d never know it from the looks of my apartment.  Between an almost obsessive insistence on traveling light—never carrying more than one backpack, which fits into any overhead bin—and a general aversion to accumulating things, I hardly ever bring back […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Mystery of the Sahara

Friday, March 1st, 2019

By David Robinson Grand Prize Gold Winner of the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards In 1965, I was driven across the Sahara by a woman whose real name I never knew. I’ve been trying to find her ever since. I was working in Nigeria at the time. In West Africa, even if you never see the […]

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