(Aki, who features prominently in the story is on the right)
It is fantastic to be able to welcome another newcomer to our 2017 Travel Story Competition. Many thanks to Kathleen Doler for entering this thrilling travel story: Born to Run - Arctic Circle Dogsledding. Please follow the highlighted link to share in her enthralling experience.
Kathleen Doler is an author, journalist and adventure sports addict. In March, she released her first novel, the critically acclaimed THE HOOK: Surfing to Survive a Shattered Family, Drugs, Gangs and the FBI. She lives in Northern California and writes for national newspapers and magazines on everything from business and finance to helicopter skiing, sea kayaking and scuba diving. She also travels extensively, often while pursuing sports that have the potential to maim her.
Kathleen with her lead dogs
(Aki, who features prominently in the story is on the right)
It is a real privilege to be able to welcome another newcomer to the 2017 Travel Story Competition - Yvonne Kilat.
Her story is entitled LOVERS' BRIDGE. Yvonne modestly describes it as 'a simple story told in a simple way' but I am sure, once you have read it, you will agree that it is much more than that. Follow the highlighted link above to enjoy her entry.
An avid reader since childhood, she began entertaining the idea of becoming a writer in her teens. However, vocation and motherhood took precedence although she never stopped writing in her journals. Her life changed when she picked up a stray in 2012. Since then she has travelled to ten countries and rekindled her passion for writing after joining a fabulous group on social media, namely We Love Memoirs.
Yvonne with Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world
It is great to be able to feature another newcomer to the 2017 Travel Story Competition.
I am sure that you will enjoy Olivia-Petra Coman's fascinating recollections in her travel story Rafting in Bosnia and Herzegovina as much as I have.
It is a great pleasure to welcome back Susan Mellsopp with her third entry in this year's Travel Story Competition. I really admire Susan for everything she achieves as a solo traveller, being that she is legally blind.
Follow the links to catch up with her first two stories In Flanders Fields and Trip in Venice, before enjoying her latest entry Out of the Flames.
Susan Mellsopp is a recently retired Archivist and accessible transport researcher. She has written all her life but is now able to indulge in her passion full time.
She lives in New Zealand with her retired guide dog Chocolat and working dog Jay. Susan also loves to travel, reads voraciously, enjoys cooking and classical music.
An avid reader, she regards this travel experience as one of the highlights of her first visit to Scotland.
It is great to be able to welcome another newcomer to the 2017 Travel Story Competition.
Gundy Baty had recently read the Travel Stories and Highlights book and was motivated by that to submit her entry MIRACLES EXIST, a story that she has waited nearly 40 years to write. I found it inspiring and I hope you do too.
I was born in Bavaria in 1950, and became a teacher. I worked for a year in Switzerland and then signed up for a teacher exchange between Germany and France where I met my first husband. In 1979, when Robert was a year old, we bought a milk farm in Quebec, Canada, where we lived for six years. In 1980, we adopted another boy, only 10 days old, in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1985, we returned to France for three years for family reasons and then back to Canada, this time to Toronto.
There I worked as a store manager in a high-end jewelry, gem and fossil store for 9 years. My marriage ended in 1994. I went back to school in 1997, and became a travel agent, but decided what I really wanted was to own a B&B. In 2001, I found one in the mountains of British Columbia. Two years later, I married the owner of another B&B in the same town. In 2007, we retired to South America where we still live.
Gundy November 2016
Hot on the heels of his April winning entry, RED SHOES, it is a real pleasure to be able to feature another great story from Syd Blackwell. This one is titled EL TREN A LAS NUBES (the train to the clouds). Please follow the highlighted link and I hope you enjoy Syd's latest entry as much as I have.
I lived in British Columbia, Canada´s western province, for most of my life. I was a teacher, and a college employee (various roles - instruction, recruitment, promotion, counselling, research), before re-inventing myself as an innkeeper. I designed and had built my B&B inn in Revelstoke, which I operated for nine years. At age 60, my wife and I retired to Uruguay, where we have lived for more than a decade. Innside Stories is my first published book. I have extensive writing experience in Canada, and in Uruguay, I wrote 75 articles for a now defunct online magazine called Ola Uruguay. We live in Villa Argentina, a suburb of Atlántida, on the coast of Uruguay. We have five dogs.
A huge thank you to the eight authors and writers who submitted their wonderful 500-1000 word entries during the second month of our third annual Travel Story Competition.
If you haven’t read the March or April stories yet then please check them out here.
It has been another difficult choice this month, but I am really pleased to announce that the April winner is ……
Syd Blackwell with his memorable story RED SHOES.
Do you have a travel story to share? There are three months left in this year’s competition, so you still have three opportunities to join in. We’d love to read your story or stories. Don’t forget that as well as being in with a chance of winning cash prizes, you could also be included in the 2018 Edition of Travel Stories and Highlights.
For further details go to the Competition page. If you know of anyone else who might be interested, please pass on this link:
Thanks for your continued support.
A warm welcome to Paul Spadoni, a newcomer to our travel writing competitions, with his evocative entry Ubiquitous evening passeggiata a vivid reflection of Italian lifestyle. You can read his story here.
From the author: Where you come from is part of who you are, and I’m currently embracing my roots. I’m Italian-American, and I divide my time between Italy and America and sometimes work as an author and free lance journalist. My first travel memoir, An American Family in Italy: Living La Dolce Vita without Permission, is scheduled for publication in June of 2017. I also write a blog: Living (with) abroad in Tuscany.
It is great to be able to feature this latest competition entry from a long-time friend of mine, Phil Canning. I am sure you will really enjoy his intriguing travel story Stoertebeker's Ghost, which you can read here.
Hi I'm Phil Canning and at present I'm residing in Manchester in the sunny North West. I grew up in Dublin before moving to Germany where I lived for more than 8 years and what wonderful times they were too. Then for one reason or another....and to this day I'm still not sure why....I moved to Manchester to get a proper job!!!!.....Redundancy arrived and set me free again so I moved to Spain where I bought a 160 year old ramshackle Casa del Pueblo in a small village in Extremadura which is very quiet and way off the map!!.... Unfortunately the economic crisis arrived just after me and eventually it was back to Manchester and yet another proper job....So for now the house is a bolt hole for when tranquillity is required.... but one day it will be for good.
It is a great pleasure to welcome back Jill Stoking, who came third overall in last year's Travel Story competition, with her entry THE PACKAGE HOLIDAY VIRGIN. If you missed it then please catch up with it here. Then you can sit back and enjoy Jill's latest entry THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF SCREAMING here.
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