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Inventory of Things Sold, Given Away, Lost, or Stolen due to Travel
Inventory of Things Sold, Given Away, Lost, or Stolen due to Travel

The “Autumn Special,” a 6’8″ squash-tail, later given away.David Miller takes “inventory” of various things lost / sold / given away in the process of being a traveler.ON THIS LAST MOVE to Patagonia we reduced our “worldly possessions” to 3 large suitcases, a duffel bag, a backpack, a snowboard bag, and carseat (for our daughter).

Mercer’s “Best Places to Live in 2009”
Mercer’s “Best Places to Live in 2009”

I give Mercer’s report on the Best Places to Live in 2009 a massive yawn.Photo: mbell1975Business Week features photos of ordered, neat, European urban-scapes: stoic cathedrals coupled with familiar brand names, skyscrapers, all the tidiness of money and “civilization.” Buildings are clean and quaintly historic, skies are blue, rivers are strategically running past postcard-friendly architecture.

Hunting the (other) loch monster in Morar, Scotland
Hunting the (other) loch monster in Morar, Scotland

Photo above: gregw66; All others: AuthorMatador Nights editor Tom Gates takes us on a hunt for Nessie’s much shier — but perhaps more compelling — cousin.MORAG IS A LOCH MONSTER with a terrible publicist. Although slightly famous in Scotland, tales of Morag have not spilled into coloring books or Hollywood films.

Five Expectations to Avoid Before Volunteering Abroad
Five Expectations to Avoid Before Volunteering Abroad

Photo: Courtesy of authorMany volunteers have harbored secret dreams of what the headlines will say when they return from their heroic adventures:“Volunteer saves rural village from mudslide.” “Philanthropist banishes malaria from Africa.” “Educated Westerner teaches hundreds of poor children to read.

Paying money to murder: Russian luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises
Paying money to murder: Russian luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

In one of the tourism industry’s stranger developments, Russia begins taking money from tourists eager to help control piracy.The yacht tour promises photogenic sunsets… and heavy artillery. Photo: wirralwaterLast month, I talked with an official of the U.S. Navy and asked him about the military’s role in preventing and responding to piracy.

Dayenu: Ceremony Notes from Passover / Easter Week
Dayenu: Ceremony Notes from Passover / Easter Week

Layla. Champion rock thrower. Photo Laura BernheinA few notes / musings on Passover songs, Easter fixie bike races and what it means to reinvent ceremonies.1. Over the weekend my bro Segundo left a message on my phone where he sang this passover song Dayenu.Segundo is not Jewish but half-Italian which is close.

World Cup team profile: United States
World Cup team profile: United States

A lot has changed for the US national team since the last World Cup. But could they be contenders in 2010?For the sixth time in a row, America is going to the World Cup. Since beating El Salvador on September 5, the US selection has been sitting in first place in their region, with two qualifiers left.

Don’t Pay Bribes: Strategies for Border Crossing
Don’t Pay Bribes: Strategies for Border Crossing

Photo by Andrew Miller It has long been known that land border crossings can be anxiety-provoking affairs. I first learned this sad fact of travel life as a backpacker in the mid-1970s.Although I had not anticipated this particular problem in advance, I found that I had stumbled on a solution when seeking a way to avoid shakedowns by Mexican police and other corrupt law enforcement personnel.

SPOIL: Say NO to an oil pipeline from Alberta to the westcoast of BC (VIDEO)
SPOIL: Say NO to an oil pipeline from Alberta to the westcoast of BC (VIDEO)

Take 44 mins one of these days and watch this. It won “Best Environmental Film” at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2011.Enbridge wants to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta oilsands (the dirtiest oil in the world) to the west coast of BC through the Great Bear Rainforest, so tankers can cart off the oil to other nations.

Hostel love: Why relationships on the road never last
Hostel love: Why relationships on the road never last

Traveling opens us; opens our eyes, our minds, our hearts and our souls. When on the road, we want every experience to jump inside us, and perhaps even change us. This is one of the most addicting aspects of travel.It becomes very easy to meet other people who are just as open and excited about the world as you are.

The shameful truth about sex tourism
The shameful truth about sex tourism

Is sex tourism about peace, love and happiness – or does it hide an uncomfortable truth?Every year, tourists flock to Southeast Asia, in hopes of netting the tropical ocean dream.Khaosan Road, Bangkok’s backpacker coconut cream pie, proves that not only can you sleep for three dollars a night, but you can also be anyone you want in Paradise.

Book Review: First Stop in the New World
Book Review: First Stop in the New World

Mexico City, The Capital of the 21st Century.As more than one reviewer has already noted, the very idea of trying to squeeze an “intimate portrait” of Mexico City between the covers of a 336 page book is an ambitious task, one that almost borders on the absurd.First of all, Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities, with a population of almost 20 million people spread out across 600 square miles.