Archive for the 'Most Unforgettable Character' Category

Most Unforgettable Character—Bronze: Mme. Kraemer

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Gail Trotin There she goes again. She stood only 5 foot tall, but she had a way about her that implied a certain strength in that small frame. This intrigued me. Her face, enshrouded by the hood of her black cloak, was deeply carved by a life full of soucis (worries) and yet the […]

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 […]

Most Unforgettable Character–Bronze Winner: Politics on the Rails

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Jeff Vize Trains were built for China. China was built for trains. Either way you frame the statement, the Middle Kingdom is undeniably a country for trains. It’s not just because the rail network in this country includes some 50,000 kilometers of track, or because its trains are comfortable and cheap. And it’s not […]

Most Unforgettable Character—Silver Winner: The Coffee King of Irapuato

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Pickett Porterfield Luis doesn’t like Mexicans. He says they’re stupid and lazy. The funny thing is that Luis is Mexican. He owns a coffee shop in downtown Irapuato. Every morning I sit at a table on the balcony sipping his potent secret blend of coffee. I like to watch the city come to life […]

Most Unforgettable Character—Gold Winner: The Streets of Paris

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Adrian Cole The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is already strong, but he is perfect to whom the entire world is as a foreign land. (Victor Hugo) When I finally left the United States it was late summer. […]

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 […]

Most Unforgettable Character Category—Bronze Winner: Stalking Asparagus

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Jann Huizenga “Ne ho travato uno!” crows Signor Battaglia. “I found one!” Six pairs of female eyes turn his way. Signor Battaglia, a Sicilian from Central Casting, stands rooted like the ancient carob behind him, his wooden cane planted firmly on a carpet of capers. His left fist hoists a trophy of wild asparagus. […]

Most Unforgettable Character Category—Silver Winner: Pilgrimages to the Edge

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Eileen M. Cunniffe If I hadn’t been spooked by a newspaper headline, I wouldn’t have found myself in an ambulance on Achill Island, off the coast of Ireland. Of course I wouldn’t have met Pat either, and that would be my great misfortune. The bold headline, glimpsed over the shoulder of a fellow passenger […]

Most Unforgettable Character Category—Gold Winner: Why Tuk-Tuks Make the Big Bucks

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

by Kristin Barendsen It looks easy, like driving a car, except that the gas is a flick of the wrist. But when I take a deep breath and turn the key, I understand why tuk-tuks make the big bucks. “Right hand, fuel!” Pon shouts from the back seat. The engine sputters and roars to life. […]

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