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Heather Carreiro wins IFWTWA Award
Heather Carreiro wins IFWTWA Award

Heather Carreiro, in Pakistan. Photo by Duarte CarreiroHeather Carreiro is the second MatadorU grad to win IFWTWA Award.Heather Carreiro graduated from MatadorU in February 2010 and subsequently joined the Matador team as a regular writer and editorial intern. We didn’t even have the chance to announce that she’s also been promoted to the editor of Matador Abroad (former editor, Sarah Menkedick, has transitioned into the full-time editor-in-chief position with Matador’s Glimpse Correspondents Program and the Glimpse site) before we received some more good news: Heather just won the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association’s scholarship, awarded annually to an emerging writer in these genres.

Traveling in slow motion, part 2
Traveling in slow motion, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of our interview with Lara Lockwood and Tom Fewins, who are traveling the world in slow motion, without stepping onto airplanes. Read part 1 of the interview here, and find out more about their journey on their blog. BNT: What differences-other than the length of time traveling-do you see between this trip and other trips you have taken?

13 Additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List (and One Deletion)
13 Additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List (and One Deletion)

World Heritage Site chasers rejoice: you now have 13 more destinations to add to your list. And one to remove.Fresh off the World Heritage Committee’s press, 13 new places around the world have been granted the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. There was also one subtraction from the list, and a few were shifted over to the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Osho: God is not a solution but a problem
Osho: God is not a solution but a problem

“I know for sure that God does not exist – and thank God he does not exist.”I first happened upon philosopher and guru Osho when visiting LA, perusing through the Bodhi Tree bookstore. There I saw his book, Intuition: Knowing Beyond Logic, and as I had been currently struggling with my own, I picked it up.

Nights welcomes new co-editor: Kristin Conard
Nights welcomes new co-editor: Kristin Conard

Me in Butrint, AlbaniaNew co-editor joins the Nights team.Hi Matador Nights readers! I’m Kristin Conard, and I’m excited to be joining Matador Nights as a co-editor.Why I’m HereI wrote my first “book” around the age of five about a cat and a dog and a mouse (that was the title, genius I know) and my mother illustrated it for me.

Review: Create a Simple Flash Slideshow with Slideroll.com
Review: Create a Simple Flash Slideshow with Slideroll.com

What is it?Slideroll.com allows you to create simple, elegant flash slideshows online and publish them to any website.Who Makes It?A guy named Geoffrey P. GaudreaultWhy should you use it? I’ve been on a mission to find the best free Flash slideshow generator, and I think my search may have finally reached its end.

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.

India will offer cars to citizens who sterilize themselves
India will offer cars to citizens who sterilize themselves

Until recently in India if you wanted to own the hip Tata Nano car, you had to shell out the $2500 to buy it. Not so anymore.This week BBC news announced that the state of Rajasthan is offering free cars to men and women who voluntarily sterilize themselves. It’s part of a newly launched health campaign to control India’s growing population, which is expected to exceed China’s population by the year 2030.

The geography of gender-based violence in Brazil
The geography of gender-based violence in Brazil

If each country explored the topography of its cruelty, what would the maps look like?A new study about Brazil released last Sunday focuses on the country’s deep-rooted violence against women. According to CNN, Brazil’s study, coined “Map of Violence 2010,” shows that between 1997 and 2007, 41,532 women were murdered.

How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely
How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely

Earlier this year, my husband and I took the plunge and left the UK to run our businesses on the move.We struck out to find our ‘ideal world’.What we’ve learned along the way is that we’re not ready to settle down yet. In fact, our ‘ideal world’ lies in moving from place to place, going wherever we fancy next and continue to earn a living as we go.

Musings On Mortality
Musings On Mortality

The following is from my previous personal blog, written just after the London tube bombings in summer 2005. I’m republishing it here because I felt it extended a previous post on irrational fears while traveling.I wonder about mortality.My friend confessed she has panic attacks while sitting on the tube in London.

Three Yosemite hikers dead after being swept over waterfall
Three Yosemite hikers dead after being swept over waterfall

More US National Park fatalities demonstrate how wild the wilderness is, even in the summer.ON MY VISITS TO Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks this summer, park rangers laughed when my friend and I requested permits for multi-day backcountry passes, especially without having snow-proof gear.