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Camaraderie On Wheels: Traveling with the Tucson Roller Derby

By Irene Jagla Not many Tucsonans willingly go to Phoenix, especially during the summer. The running joke is that Phoenix is nothing more than a giant parking lot in the desert. So when I found myself standing in a Phoenix parking lot on a sweltering July afternoon, enveloped in waves of heat emanating from the asphalt surface, I had to smile. I was watching the Copper Queens of Tucson Roller Derby do off-skate warm-ups before a bout with the Skate ...
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Algae Blooms in Nahant

By Madeline Gressman Nahant’s algae was rotting. The entire town reeked of sea decay, with countless fish and one seal washing ashore, dead. There wasn’t an escape from the odor; it seeped through our walls and weaved in with our clothes. Fans blasted at all hours, swirling the air in circles in a hope to dissipate the unholy smell. Today we were leaving the house for the first time since the algae bloomed. My mother, determined in her love of ...
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In Love with Cassis

By Marcia De Sanctis One of the great pleasures of writing a book about France is having the opportunity to give talks about some of my most beloved places. My audience is often a sea of erudite women assembled over petits-fours or roast lamb lunches. At the conclusion, the question always comes, inevitable as the sunrise: “But what is your very most, number one place in France?” My answer is always the same–the truth, but a non-committal one. “Any table ...
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A Stranger to Them (In Cambodia)

By Lana Orndorff New things are scary. Strangers can’t be trusted. Unknown places are dangerous. The echo of these ideas are my personal soundtrack as I search for plane tickets. I click the “confirm purchase” button anyway. The intense screaming of my wanderlust, which sounds similar to a small child that has dropped his pacifier, has managed to drown out the low hum of doubt. Fellow travelers know what I’m talking about. But, for those close to me who don’t ...
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Taking the Waters at the Greenbrier

Editor’s note: Marsha B. Wassel visited the Greenbrier in West Virginia in May. She gives a review and some background on the curative waters of the area. by Marsha B. Wassel History of the Springs There is a history of seeking wellness high in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, where mineral springs flow deep in the Earth, before breaking through the surface. The surrounding forests were home to Shawnee Indians who were the first to value the curative properties of the ...
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Should I Take My Kids to a Developing Country?

By Adria Carey Perez Planning a summer vacation and asking, “Should I take my kids to a developing country?” The short answer is: yes, but… Last summer, we decided to go to Colombia. Not to a resort or with a tour group, but on a two-week, meandering road trip covering cities, beaches, and jungles. With our three kids, ages 4, 6, 9. Was it difficult? Yes. There were times during the trip when my husband and I looked at each ...
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My Favorite Fishing Villages

By Adria Carey Perez Why visit a fishing village? A combination of history, character, and amazing seafood. Here are my Top Five Fishing Villages to Visit:   Rock, Cornwall, UK I don’t know how many of you are watching Poldark (and if you’re not, you should be), but the show has put Cornwall on the European tourist map. I was lucky to find it before its newest fame, but I venture to say that if the English couldn’t change Cornwall ...
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Adria, Editor-in-Chief

I was born with wanderlust in my soul, fostered by a nomadic childhood. I decided to move my own family to the UK in 2013, and my husband, three children, and I spent three years exploring as many corners of its four nations as possible, as well as crisscrossing Europe by boat, plane, train, and automobile. Now back on home soil, I travel, and write about travel, as much as possible to recapture the spirit of adventure I experienced as ...
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Odyssa Magazine accepts freelance submissions for every monthly issue. We are particularly looking for writers to submit short works of fiction and travel pieces (700-1000 words). Articles can be a guide to a place or an account of an experience in far away places, but we are also looking for pieces that reflect how our thoughts and our very being are affected by the “not so simple” act of travel. We ask for the first electronic and online rights, exclusive for ...