In the Solas Awards sponsored by Travelers' Tales Publishing, Darrin Duford took home a basket of prizes, including a Gold for his PT story Dark Meat, Bright City: Feasting on Seal in Montreal, plus a Bronze for The First Astrotourists of Panama. I got a Silver for my piece on touring Portugal by bike, which also won a Silver from the North American Travel Journalists Association. On that front, No One's Too Sexy for Miami got a Silver too and blogger Kristin Mock got a Bronze for her story on elephant mahouts in Thailand. We also got a Silver overall for "Best Online Travel Magazine." Frequent contributor James Dorsey scored two prizes from the Solas Awards (including an overall excellence Bronze) as did other PT writers Jeff Greenwald, Michael Shapiro, and our blogger Brian Spencer. Whew!
We're not going to coast on past glory though. This month we have another batch of offbeat stories you won't read the likes of anywhere else. Judith Fein goes to visits a pen pal of two decades in the Ukraine and discovers where all her mother's cooking came from. Brad Olsen is back to put the spotlight on some place we can't explain; this time it's Nan Madol on a Pacific island. We welcome Volker Poelzl for the first time, a guy who thinks riding a canoe into a remote, mostly unpopulated section of the Amazon River sounds like a good vacation..
William Caverlee is back with a batch of interesting new travel books, including the 90th anniversary edition of a well-loved guidebook. Graham Reid reviews new world music albums including the latest from the Gipsy Kings and the Arabic Cafe collection.
WIN SOME GEAR!
We hand out cool travel gear each month to our loyal readers. This past month Aussie reader Hannah scored a new pair of Vasque Grand Traverse all-terrain shoes..
This month we're giving away something almost any traveler can use: a new daypack from Granite Gear. This Kahiltna 29 pack retails for $129. It's rugged enough for hiking glaciers, with a padded waist strap, but weighs in at just one kilo.
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