Travel Essay Contest — Entry 19

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 3

Our boat is the big one with the pretty lips.Believe it or not, Alexander the Pool Shark and I get up at 7:30 and “train our bodies” until 9:10, at which time I go for my first and last massage on the AIDA Sol–because it turns out to be a lame massage. With all my […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 2

Oh, the first night is rough and rocky. I’m surprised they aren’t playing “Don’t Rock the Boat” at breakfast as we sail toward Madeira. I return to my bed after “breakfast,” which for me–despite the endless buffet–is no more than coffee and a bowl of yoghurt. I stay horizontal most of the day, praying for […]

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Madeira — Evergreen and Glossy

Since I returned from Madeira on Tuesday night, my mother has asked me where Madeira is several times. “Where were you again?” “Madeira.” “I’ve never heard of that. How do you spell that?” “I’ve told you five times, so I know you’ve heard of the island at least five times. M A D E I […]

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