Archive for the 'Sixth Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Travel and Transformation Gold Winner: Beneath the Surface

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Lucy McCauley At a pond outside of Boston, everything changes in an instant. “Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden We drove to Walden Pond that day to escape an unseasonably humid Monday afternoon in June. I knew that Fareed and Samir […]

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: Showdown at Shinagawa

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Bill Zarchy Bowling for Budget in Tokyo On our first night in Japan, Randy dragged us up the hill behind our hotel to go bowling. Shinagawa Lanes was an electronic wonder attached to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, a large tower with tiny rooms, where Randy had stayed on his first visit to Japan years […]

Travel and Sports Silver Winner: Ghana Will Always Win

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Joshua Berman The author experiences World Cup fever on the Gold Coast It was a two-day journey to Tamale, where Mammah Tenii was waiting to connect us with Chief Kansuk, who everybody called “Chief.” It was the summer of 2006 and the national soccer team, the Ghana Black Stars, was playing in the World […]

Travel and Sports Gold Winner: Sidesaddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Tim Leffel In a hidden stadium at the end of a dirt road in central Mexico, impeccably dressed women ride in an intricate ballet of galloping horses. We had already been there at least an hour, watching a few rounds of contestants showing off their equestrian skills, before we noticed the most amazing thing […]

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 […]

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, deserted […]

Travel and Shopping Gold Winner: A French Market Essai

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Julie Farrar Who’s buying and who’s selling at this market? My obsession began at a Saturday street market in Metz, France.  The stalls materialized overnight in the main plaza as I slept.  Like one of those mystical carnivals that populate a Ray Bradbury story, the market seemed to sneak in under cover of darkness, […]

Travel Memoir Bronze Winner: Pane & Pecorino

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Linda Lappin Leading the Simple Life in Tuscany The kitchen is the heart of this old farmhouse outside Siena where I have come to live for a while. My local history book tells me that in the Middle Ages “tutta la vita del castello si svolgein cucina,” the whole life of the castle was […]

Travel Memoir Silver Winner: Summer Heat (Upstate NY)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Kathleen Spivack He was a child molester. “He was a child molester,” she suddenly blurted to me, leaning forward. Even now her tone was hushed and horrified. “Imagine, after all these years.” Although it was only ten o’clock in the morning the heat was unbearable already. “And you didn’t know it?” I asked. I […]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Fear and Bitter Justice

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Carol Beddo It took fear, anger and the satisfaction of revenge to pull a Peace Corps Volunteer completely into her village. Everyone in the village is congregated at Bahar Dar’s dirt airstrip, each of us dripping sweat in the hot afternoon sun, with not even one of us thinking to search out a bit […]

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