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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 […]

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 […]

Travel and Shopping Silver Winner: Tengenenge, Village of Stone Sculptures

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Barbara Cunliffe Singleton TENGENENGE, VILLAGE OF STONE SCULPTURES Zimbabwe A cassette of Zimbabwe’s top singer, Thomas Mapfumo, vibrates the dashboard and his rhythm muffles the bumps of the last five miles. Having delivered a load of stone sculptures in Harare, Tengenenge’s driver is giving me a lift to the village of sculptors, two hours […]

Travel and Shopping Bronze Winner: Traveling Companions

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Bonnie Smetts The specter of a transatlantic flight without a book drove me into the airport bookstoreand into the unfamiliar arms of a lusty romance. With the final boarding call for my flight blaring overhead, I grabbed a book and ran to the gate. For the next twelve hours, the steamy affairs of a […]

Travel and Shopping—Bronze: Market Hopping Around Lagos

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Lola Akinmade There were only four items on my to-do list – buy some Ankara, buy some groceries, find a tailor, and get some original artwork. “You can’t find them all at the same place”, Remi explains as we travel along Lagos Mainland Bridge towards our first stop, Balogun Market. It was a hot […]

Travel and Shopping—Gold: The Bourgeois Disease

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Jann Huizenga It’s raining, and the power is out. I strain in the dim light to take it all in: shattered spectacles; sour linens; jewelry black with age; wool stockings; fusty hope chests and sculpted cradles; mountains of rusty pistols for Albanian blood vengeance. The shops in Kruja’s old Ottoman bazaar have the bad […]

Travel and Shopping—Silver: Bellissima

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Bonnie Smetts I tiptoed up the gray-carpeted stairs of the Gucci store in Rome. A single sweater folded with precision lay on a counter and another three lay perfectly forbidden on a shelf below. The only other shoppers were a Japanese teenager with no apparent budget and a model who I’d seen leave her […]

Travel and Shopping–Bronze Winner: A San Francisco Treat

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Craig Wilkins Rick’s Café (Latin)American I am a night person. Always have been. I’ve never understood the need for anything to begin early in the day and phrases that purport to educate me in this area like “Early to bed, early to rise…blah, blah, blah” or “The early bird catches the worm” have only […]

Travel and Shopping–Silver Winner: Souveniraholic

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Anke Snow Hello, my name is Anke, and I’m a souveniraholic. I am not exactly sure how I came to realize this. Maybe it had something to do with a general dissatisfaction I felt about my vacations, as if I hadn’t gotten the most out of them. But why hadn’t I? On a six-week […]

Travel and Shopping–Gold Winner: The Barbershop Butcher of Delhi

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Jeff Vize I have a thing about haircuts – an addiction almost. I’ll do them anywhere, anytime. I get them once a week sometimes. Especially when I’m traveling. And especially when I’m in the middle of nowhere. I justify my pathological behavior in a couple of ways: First, I have a shaved head, and […]

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