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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: Around the world in a matter of minutes
By Shari Armstrong
09/12/05


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As I wander through our sleepy little town, my mind wanders even farther. It takes me to places Iíd only read about. Smelling the wonderful aromas from the pizza shop, Iím suddenly in Italy, taking in the sights. Off to the right I spy the Colosseum. Oh wait, thatís just the high school football stadium with all the kids screaming. Itís the Lions versus the Warriors, not the Christians. As I continue on my way, the sounds fade behind me to a dull roar.

Turning the corner, I find myself at a sandy beach along the ocean. Spray from the waves crashing to the shore hits my face. A ball bouncing off my head brings me back home. Children splashing water through the fence are trying to share the cool water with passers by. Returning the ball, I continue on my world tour.

Ahead of me, the bell tower of the church hovers over the treetops. As I get closer, I see the department of tourism. The two proud lions flanking me sit silently, guarding the treasures inside. Iím reluctant to end my voyages to Italy and Hawaii, but my books are needed by some other eager traveler.

Leaving the library, Iím once again on my journey. Bird song floats down from over my head. I find myself in the prayer garden outside the church and settle on the bench. Taking out my prayer journal and pen, I tell God how thankful I am for his wonderful creation that I can enjoy during my time here. But I also thank him for the best journey that is still ahead, when I can see the sites Iíve only read about in His word.


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Daniel Owino Ogweno09/13/05
Yes, I am also looking forward to that destination where Bon Voyage will be irrelevant, the journey sjhall have ended.
B Brenton09/13/05
Nice. Like a journal entry. Reads well. Could be expanded though.
Debra Brand09/14/05
I liked this story.
Anita Neuman09/14/05
I'd like to see a longer version, too. What a peaceful read. Thanks!
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/14/05
I liked it! Wonderful way to travel. I was a little confused by the mention of traveling through books, though, because I thought the MC was traveling by walking through the town. I enjoyed this, though!
Val Clark09/14/05
Wonderful how sights and sounds can trigger the imagination.
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/15/05
I read this again and see now how the books and the walking journey tied together. :-) Enjoyed it!
Shannon Redmon09/17/05
Well written and creative take on the daily sights around us!