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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 [...]

Travel and Shopping Bronze Winner: Waiting for Your Ship to Come in? Don’t Expect Dinner

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Tom Bentley
Getting meal fixings on a tiny Micronesian island is a creative exercise.
I held the forlorn bell pepper in my hand, regarding its sad aspect. It looked like it had been hit as a hot ground ball to a ham-handed shortstop, and then microwaved for an hour. Despite Alice’s pleadings, I put it back [...]

Travel and Shopping Silver Winner: Madam, You Are Not good

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Megan Lyles
Child vendors and retail therapy.
I arrived in Goa, India in the awkward pause between the monsoon season and the tourist season. It was like arriving at a party while the host is in his bathrobe pouring out bowls of chips. Hotels were vacant and restaurants empty. Mornings on the wide, [...]

Love Story Bronze Winner: On the Macal

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

By Mary Jo McConahay
Floating in a Beat-Up Canoe
Yellow-headed swallows dipped in and out of thick mist resting on the river. That fog probably followed the water’s curve for miles, I thought, maybe the whole length of Belize. I won’t see a thing from the boat.
Atop a high bank overlooking the Macal, I [...]

Destination Silver Winner: No Agenda

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely
A Girls’ Trip to Italy
Men have their golf weekends, their guided fly-fishing, and that ultimate male-bonding ritual, the heli-ski week, which costs practically as much as a child’s education.  But when it comes time for women to get away, we often sabotage ourselves with convenient excuses.  As a [...]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Travels With Emmy

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Elizabeth Creely
A hiking trip turns disastrous for two sisters in California’s Desolation Wilderness.
Last July I went to Desolation Wilderness with my sister Emily to celebrate her fortieth birthday. I woke up at 5 a.m., kissed my husband goodbye, and walked to the nearest BART station with my backpack strapped to me. [...]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Rosalie Justus
Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems.
I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s [...]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely
How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me.
Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male.  His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.   Charles, I’d [...]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: How Not to Almost Die Twice in an Elephant Rampage

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Wendy Inouye
When you are tramping around on foot in the middle of the African bush, you are offputtingly far from the protection of the police, your embassy, and even Robert Mugabe. Best, then, not to piss off the wildlife. And if you do, try not to do it twice in one day.
Adapted from 11.27.2009 [...]

Travel and Shopping Gold Winner: Walkway to Nowhere

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Lola Akinmade
“You this idiot man!” Seyi yells at Samson. “Why are you listening to Fashola?”
Samson is leaning in close to a parked car, listening to the governor’s latest decree about motorcycle taxis called okadas. The governor’s voice blasts from the radio through the driver’s open window, the driver himself fast asleep on his reclined [...]

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