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‘The Lost Girls’ find their way
‘The Lost Girls’ find their way

The Lost GirlsThree NYC gals decide to quit their stressful careers in journalism to take a trip around the world for a year. Only then do they realize what they’re really made of.I’m betting the Lost Girls got a lot of “you’re so lucky!”s when they first broke the news to friends about plans for an around-the-world trip.

From The Editor: Digging Deep in 2011
From The Editor: Digging Deep in 2011

6 AM Myspace shot in BishopAs 2010 draws to a close, we look back at the previous 12 months at Matador Sports.I wrote Matador Sports 2009 end-of-year message at a small wooden desk in my bedroom in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires. I had joined Matador as Sports’ first editor that June; in six months, I had gone from frantically cobbling together content by myself to working with a talented group of interns, associate editors, and contributors.

Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger
Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger

What is it? Fototagger: An image annotation tool that let’s you place tags directly on your photos.Who makes it? CogitumWhy should you use it? Being able to place information tags directly on your travel photos is pretty cool, since it really allows other people to understand a photo better and at a deeper level.

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.

A memsahib in Pakistan
A memsahib in Pakistan

Photo: author Feature Photo: ZainubAn American expat in Pakistan finds herself confronting the color of her skin everywhere she turns.“Sardar ji, Memsahib has arrived.”I suppress a cringe at being identified as the “white foreign woman.” Memsahib is my least favorite Urdu label. I’ve gotten somewhat used to the staring, the whispering of “Dekho!

How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World
How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World

Engaged travel teaches humility and mutual understanding, key ingredients for world peace.Australia, like most developed western countries, has had the world arrive at its doorstep.Even in small country towns, you can’t walk down the street without a spattering of Mandarin spilling out to the sidewalk from the local Chinese take-away; Con the fruiter hawking his produce; passing worshipers on their way to a mosque, temple or synagogue.

Singing Karaoke in Japan
Singing Karaoke in Japan

With just the right amount of Jack Daniels, anything is possible…Way back before Karaoke hit the Western world, where it somehow turned into Carry-O-Key, there weren’t 5 or 6 monitors mounted on the walls of the bars.There were no videos accompanying the music and no words streaming across the bottom of the screen.

11 tips for winter desert camping
11 tips for winter desert camping

Photo above by ChadicaWinter is upon us, and snowbirds are alighting on the American Southwest for moderate temperatures and world-class hiking. And why not? The searing heat has dissipated, the monsoons and dust storms are over, and the scorpions and rattlesnakes have retreated underground, inviting travel and exploration throughout the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, Great Basin, and Mojave deserts.

Ethical confessions of a photographer
Ethical confessions of a photographer

Paul Sullivan looks at some of the ethical conflicts facing travel photographers.“Nooooo!” screamed the sheep. A terrible ovine shriek that combined raw fear with retaliatory death threats to friends and immediate family. Now what kind of behaviour, I wondered as my heart attempted to pound its way out of my mouth, is de rigeur when confronted with a shrieking ovine?

Becoming a successful career woman in Saudi Arabia
Becoming a successful career woman in Saudi Arabia

Photos: authorMichele La Morte-Shbat decides to leave a comfortable life in Washington D.C to move to Saudi Arabia.“I never wanted you here,” he said. “When they asked me I told them that you were all wrong for the job.”My heart skipped a beat. I stared dumbstruck at the bits of frayed, brown mesh office carpet, the afternoon sunlight filtering in through the windows of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Making gallo pinto with a crazy Costa Rican
Making gallo pinto with a crazy Costa Rican

There’s no better way to start the day than with cup of strong, excellent coffee and a plate of gallo pinto, rice and beans made the Costa Rican way. This is the recipe I learned from my fabulous friend Randal when I surfed his couch in San Ramon.We’re all relaxing around the kitchen, chatting and drinking coffee at Ran’s place in San Ramon, a suburb just outside of San Jose.

Some thoughts about violence on International Women’s Day
Some thoughts about violence on International Women’s Day

Editor’s Note: A couple days ago, Matador CEO Ross Borden forwarded me this article by Nicholas Kristof about a 10 year old Yemeni girl who was married to a man three times her age and subsequently sought a divorce. It was too much for me to write about–the many forms of violence against women sometimes just become too oppressive to meditate on.