Archive for the 'Women’s Travel' Category

Women’s Travel Bronze Winner: Design a Vagina

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Johanna Gohmann One cozy night at home, while enjoying a pizza dinner, I flipped on the television just in time to see a close-up shot of a woman’s labia being “trimmed” by a surgeon. “Look!” I shrieked at my fiancé, involuntarily crossing my legs. “How can they show that on regular TV?!” David glanced […]

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: At Home in Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Diane LeBow “That’s the Hindu Kush Mountains, the killer of Hindus.” An Afghan man sitting next to me on the Ariana Afghan Airlines flight from Dubai to Kabul leaned over and explained. Outside the window, the flat desert lands of Iran and southern Afghanistan suddenly gave way to barren blue and gray ridgebacks, like […]

Women’s Travel—Silver: Meeting the Dalai Lama in Tibet

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Jacqueline St. Joan Don’t take photos of the Dalai Lama into Tibet, my friends advised me. As did the U.S. State Department, the Free Tibet website and my travel guidebook. Before the Chinese Cultural Revolution, photos of the Dalai Lama were as common on the streets of Lhasa as soldiers, then in 1994 a […]

Women’s Travel—Bronze: Greyhound Bound

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Megan Lyles This past summer I decided to take Greyhound again. A nice long trip, all the way from San Francisco, where I’d attended my ten-year high school reunion, to New York, where I was born and where I live now. I missed riding the bus. I missed wondering whether the driver would be […]

Women’s Travel—Gold: Meeting the Marabout

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Gwen Hopkins The man in orange wasn’t the marabout. I’d been staring at him, barely breathing, as he sat calmly and majestically with his legs folded underneath his boubou. My professor explained who he really was, some assistant, and I took a big breath. The cool air shocked my lungs and I tried to […]

Women’s Travel—Gold Winner: The Secret of the World Sleeps in a Calabash

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

by Kelley Calvert In a taxi speeding wildly into tar-black night, the car’s headlights met the blindness of dust stirred and scattered. The famous wind known as the Harmattan was blowing angrily over the Sahel of Niger, carrying its fury south and leaving a veil of dust over the desert’s ever-expanding domain. Earlier, as I […]

Women’s Travel–Bronze Winner: Alive in Lisbon

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Marianne Rogoff The lights have come on, the night is falling, life changes its face. One way or another I have to keep on living. My soul burns like a hand, physically. I’m on the road of all men and they bump against me. ~ Fernando Pessoa *** My hotel is as I pictured […]

Women’s Travel–Silver Winner: Courting Maximon in Guatemala

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Juliette de Campos In a final act of desperation I went to the Guatemalan countryside to consult a witchdoctor. It’s my habit during times of turmoil to go straight to the source. Forget the psychotherapist offering opportunities to find the answers within. I prefer to skip over trial and error and get my empiricism […]

Women’s Travel Category—Silver Winner: Shoes Like Gondolas

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

by Jann Huizenga The best thing about my short-term rental in Ragusa, Sicily is that it comes with a cleaning woman. Lucia arrives every Monday morning sporting a strand of pearls, heels, and a pencil skirt. She doesn’t shed any of them, neither while mopping the stone floors nor while scouring the bidet. I work […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Flamenco Form

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

by Nancy Penrose I am a traveler in search of flamenco. In a nightclub in a cave in Granada, I sip Cruzcampo beer and watch and wait for the music to begin. Stools scrape, tables shift, and that narrow room grows crowded. Fellow tourists. British accents. A small stage; a backdrop of wrinkled cloth. In […]

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