Archive for the 'Travel and Transformation' Category

Travel and Transformation—Silver: The American Engine

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Tom Bentley Long ago, when I was still in high school, I took a road trip from Southern California with three of my best friends to Las Vegas. Naturally, we were too callow to gamble, drink or cavort like the stylish rogues that we fancied ourselves to be, but that was less the point […]

Travel and Transformation—Bronze: The Calm that Follows Whitewater

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Catherine Watson In the physical and mental calm that follows whitewater, a friend and I, still dripping from the icy river, were relaxing on the front tubes of the raft, letting Nepal’s hot sunshine dry us off as the noise of the day’s first rapids faded behind. ”I never thought I would hear that […]

Travel and Transformation—Gold: Gods Who Smell Like Goats

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

By Mary Patrice Erdmans Ulrich, a robust 52-year-old pilgrim dressed in a red flannel shirt, told me, “I want to walk through the world without leaving footprints. It’s hard work to be silent.” Sitting alone inside the walls of the convent of Santa Clara in Carrion de los Condes, Spain, I stretch out my legs […]

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 and Transformation–Bronze Winner: Becoming Coco

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Ginny Horton I have been Maria Von Trapp on many a mountainside. Isak Denisen eating on fine china in Kenya by day. Ernest Hemingway smoking cigars and drinking warm scotch around the campfire by night. I have yet to be diagnosed as schizophrenic but have undergone distinct personality changes while traveling. It begins with […]

Travel and Transformation–Silver Winner: Out of India

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Elizabeth Galewski My alarm went off and I shot out of the hard bed in my dingy Delhi hotel room, every cell in my body charged and eager. I was going to fly to London that day. I was going to pack up my bags, go to the airport, and fly to London. I […]

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, […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Red Lights and a Rose

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

by Joel Carillet I was thinking about paradise, a word so often flippantly tossed around in churches and mosques, at Club Med resorts and on Norwegian cruise liners. The word could be powerful, but we’ve made it soft. It was 1:00 a.m., an hour before closing. A bottle of Heineken hung from my left hand […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: Philomen and Baucis

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

by Pamela Cordell Avis A modern tale of metamorphosis. I was at one of life’s crossroads, you know, the kind that either can or cannot divert you to a journey down an untraveled road. To move from L.A. to a tiny farming village in France was not an option, it was not even an idea. […]

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