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Hidden culture: Finding Korea in northern Virginia
Hidden culture: Finding Korea in northern Virginia

Feature photo: etrepum / All other photos by authorThere’s a reason my hometown of Annandale is nicknamed Koreatown.NOT UNTIL I started studying Korean in college did I learn that. East Asian culture permeates many areas of Northern Virginia and is easily accessible for Washingtonians eager to experience it.

Surprise encounter in Saranda, Albania
Surprise encounter in Saranda, Albania

Kristin Conard reflects on a brief connection with a local in Albania.Saranda, on the Albanian Riviera, is wildly popular with locals for honeymoons, but I wasn’t in a romantic mood. I was headed to the café with my book and my journal, and I was ready to indulge in an hour or so of self-pity and reflection.

Iranian women in post-election protests
Iranian women in post-election protests

Perhaps their actions won’t result in the kind of political change they desire. But Iranian women’s en masse presence in the post-election protests is both powerful and significant.Photo via: misterarasmusBy now, she’s a household name. Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed by a sniper over the weekend, became a media sensation overnight, thanks, in part, to the circulation of the video which documented her death as it was occurring.

What’s in your backpack, Russell Simmons?
What’s in your backpack, Russell Simmons?

American icon and entrepreneur extraordinaire behind Rush Communications, Russell Simmons is co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, creator of clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics, and the current Editor-in-chief behind Global Grind.Well, technically Russell doesn’t carry a backpack, but he is an ultralight traveler.

Joey Ramone and his mom on Geraldo “metal” episode [VID]
Joey Ramone and his mom on Geraldo “metal” episode [VID]

This is one episode of Geraldo that’s worth a look.I can’t figure out when it aired, but I can’t get over how cute Joey Ramone is with his mom.Mysteries endure – mysteries that go deeper than the location of Al Capone’s vault. For instance, what the hell is Joey Ramone doing on an episode of Geraldo, period, much less one about metal?

Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia
Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia

Photo Saracino“We’ve got a 6-gauge shotgun, a bottle of vodka, a six pack of beer, 60GB of music and a new 4×4 with fat treads. At this point, we’re practically a force of nature.”New Caledonia is a cigar-shaped island in the South Pacific, a colony of France, with a population of about 250,000.Half the people are descended from white French colonialists; the other half are black Melanesians, called kanaks, descended from Papua New Guinea.

Pueblo Inglés: Best volunteer experience in Spain?
Pueblo Inglés: Best volunteer experience in Spain?

Photo courtesy of Barbara HicksLisa Lubin explains how to enjoy a week of good wine and great conversation in the heart of Spain – for free.Habla Ingles??What if I told you that I just had a whole week’s vacation in a four-star villa in a small, beautiful village near Salamanca, Spain and it included three full meals a day with wine and it came with about forty new best friends …all for free?

Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship
Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship

All photos: authorTraveling on a shoestring gave this traveler a sharp sense of life in Indonesia.How on Earth did I get here?The cramped lifeboat, rigged twenty feet above the ship’s main deck, swayed in the afternoon storm.I had been sandwiched between two families outside when the downpour began. Now, having followed a band of Indonesians up a ladder into the covered lifeboat, I hunched over, trying to calm my stomach as they sang a local pop song led by a badly tuned guitar.

The Full Circle of Travel
The Full Circle of Travel

The Matador community always has travel on the mind, of course, but as we gear up for our big San Francisco bash on August 16, we’re thinking more than ever about how and why travel are important as all proceeds from the party will fund trips abroad for inner-city students.It seems appropriate, then, that I just received an alumni newsletter highlighting the work of sociology professor, Dr.

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela!
Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela!

Today South Africa celebrated Mandela Day as Nelson Mandela celebrated his 93rd birthday.Nelson Mandela was the President of South Africa (the first one democratically elected) from 1994-1999, and is well-known as the anti-apartheid activist who spent 27 years in prison. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, and after I dug up some of his best quotes, I realized why he is so respected.

Thoughts after the Egyptian uprising
Thoughts after the Egyptian uprising

With all the talk of military juntas, Nick Rowlands reckons people are starting to forget a crucial detail of the Egyptian uprising.On February 11th 2011, Hosni Mubarak stepped down as fourth President of Egypt, leaving the armed forces council in charge of the affairs of state.Hundreds of miles away in a cafe in Brixton, London, I burst into tears.

How much does it cost to live in China?
How much does it cost to live in China?

Feature photo by ernop. Photo above by madiko83.A closer look at costs of living for those interested in making a move to the most populous nation on Earth.Once termed the sleeping dragon, China has awoken from the sweet slumber of the depreciated yuan to find a world in financial despair. Though still labeled a third world country, China’s major cities– Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou– have surpassed the US in their creative architecture, enticing jobs, and innovative apartments.