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PHILIPPINES | Tue, 8 Nov 2011 | By vanescer | Views [509]

“You’re not a photographer; you just have an overpriced camera.” – One of the most dreaded criticism I fear. Looking back two years ago, I marched down the aisle of the commencement exercise observing people down the hall, feeling like a total ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By kune | Views [1096] | Scholarship Entry

In a world where pen, papers, desktop, or laptop are your only companions; and to have a career where your source of strength and inspiration is your heart and your collateral is your conscience; writing is a wonderful job and a great adventure. To share ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

AUSTRIA | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By monikita | Views [1115] | Comments [5] | Scholarship Entry

A lone redhead from Europe in a train carriage full of Chinese people: That's me, and I am having what I have been looking forward to for quite a while – my first solo travel experience in a country very different from my own. I have scored one of the ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By lizakate | Views [636] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

You never know what to expect when the sign reads "Free, Primitive Campsite," but after a week long drive (the last part of which was at the objection of a man named "Red," who happened to be mostly dressed in yellow) you really don’t care. I'd arrived ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By lisamorrison | Views [744] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Clamping my lips together, I squint into the swirling russet dust. Rivulets of sweat run down my face and back. My palms grip the handlebars tightly, as my wrists and elbows are constantly jarred by jagged chunks of gravel that form this rough track. ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By nicolellen | Views [493] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

"The Journey of Taste while Living Abroad on the Euro" The best thing about living in Italy was taking the four months to indulge in pasta and gelato and not regretting a single bite. Bolognese, arrabiata, and pomodoro— all these Italian words thrown ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By yoursvicariously | Views [921] | Comments [2] | Scholarship Entry

‘Hiss’ as one leg is placed over the boat and gently onto the mat surface. ‘Groan’ as I transfer my weight onto my right foot while swinging the other leg around. I attempt to stand up but find myself swaying a little. I could be on a trampoline except ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By lothelo | Views [496] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Fahretin “What are these flags, Fahretin?”. The bus was making its way through the busy streets of Istanbul. Every suburb was festooned with different flags and political posters, slogans and music were blaring from sound systems mounted on trucks, ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By ghobbs | Views [1302] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

We were tricked off the train some 300 kilometres short of our destination. Of course, no one is tricked willingly and it was only later that we realised, in one of those forehead slapping moments in which everything makes sense except how gullible you ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By putnica | Views [541] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

City of Flowers, City of Death Every great city of the world has been fought over but in Belgrade the evidence of conflict is ubiquitous. It seems to be manifested in her terrain, course and hilly and in her buildings ranging from the occasional small ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By scottcharlesford | Views [532] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Some big adventures grow from little errors. Ours was paying up front. We’d haggled hard and fast – we had a bus to catch that afternoon. Two little ladies snaffled our yuan and led us to the boat. They waved from the rocky shore; our skipper revved ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By raeynn | Views [745] | Comments [2] | Scholarship Entry

I find the child walking alone through the rubble. Her dress of red flowers ragged and torn above her bare feet as she steps clumsily around a broken window frame. As I approach her she looks at me numbly. Her right hand clutches a stuffed bear, sodden ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By jcarey | Views [745] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Ants. Everywhere, ants. Swarming over our shoes, up our legs, from every branch we brushed in our headlong flight. Our headlamps illuminated dense thickets that clutched at us as we ran through the dark. At every stop, the ants were upon us, tenacious, ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By keaganjoelbrewer | Views [644] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

He stepped up to me with his mink hat and his yellow teeth and said: "Hi, my name is Elvis". He bent his knees, began to gyrate, and launched with a boisterous voice into a rendition of 'You ain't nothin' but a hound dog'. Last I had checked, I was ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By koberth | Views [414] | Scholarship Entry

Hyderabad’s flashing kaleidoscope was bloating my cortex: vendors crooning from glittering stalls, rainbow fruit spilling from every market, the constant buzz of yellow jacket rickshaws, and the dense, wafting iron timbre crescendoing from the mosques ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By thatssosemawang | Views [425] | Scholarship Entry

After backpacking my way around the West for a few months, I was ready for a different taste of Europe, one that was not teeming with tour groups and overpriced attractions. My initial plan was to see the seascape of the Dalmatian Coast but poor weather ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By dannyg041 | Views [449] | Scholarship Entry

My stomach turns. Somersaulting and wheeling like a towel wringing itself of fluid anxiety. I smile as I realize the feeling isn’t trepidation or anxiety at all, it’s excitement. This flight marks the beginning my journey that I have ridiculously ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - My Big Adventure

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By sands | Views [792] | Comments [2] | Scholarship Entry

Ruins of a Spanish Enchantment By Sandie-Leigh Edwards Take a step back a hundred years and imagine you’re a young Spanish immigrant cutting sugar cane in the tropical rainforests of North Queensland. It’s hot and humid but when you come across acres ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By eliguerra | Views [549] | Scholarship Entry

Leathery, work-worn hands unceremoniously plonked down on our table three glass mugs of a viscous, white liquid. My travel companions, Juan, a punk from Veracruz, and Rafa, a brilliant guitarist from Merida, looked at me expectantly. Juan had lured us ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Mon, 28 Mar 2011 | By stephaniesstory | Views [545] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Suddenly, tangerine flames engulf a metal demon. The charring creature juxtaposes a series of heavenly balls of blue fire that lick at the night sky. My mask and black veil frame the fiery spectacle of serpents, dragons, marionettes, and knights. ... Read more >

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