The Azores

Rhode Island Monthly | May 2013

Upon moving to Boston, I was delighted to learn that the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago 1,000 miles off the coast of the mainland and a destination way up there on my vacation wishlist, was a five-hour direct flight away. I bought a ticket for October 2012 and got busy pitching. Rhode Island Monthly, where the piece landed, was a great fit for a couple of reasons: one, the ease and affordability of flights; and two, the affinity between the locales, given the large Azorean population in East Providence, Rhode Island, and nearby Fall River, Massachusetts. Plus, I could cover some fresh ground. While Azorean travel guides written for German and British hikers were available, none was geared for American tourists.

An article with a strikingly similar itinerary, including some points of interest I’d gleaned only after extensively chatting up locals, appeared after my story was published, in the November 2013 issue of AAA’s Horizons magazine. At the risk of tooting my own horn, that story didn’t have something mine did: authentic voices of native Azoreans who now call Rhode Island home. The chance to include those New Englanders’ immigration stories was a priceless local angle—and why I love taking the time to do my reporting legwork. Click the thumbnails below for larger views of the layout or read the story on the magazine’s website.

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