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Where to do your best thinking?
Where to do your best thinking?

Do you have a favorite thinking spot? A place where, once you’re there, you take a deep breath and relax. A place where all the static that hums through your head begins to quiet down. Where time seems to slow a little, and you can sit quietly and just… think.Note: I wrote about this previously, but decided it was an interesting enough topic to warrant spending more time on it.

Escape From Iraq: A Muslim Family Finds Solace In Ramadan
Escape From Iraq: A Muslim Family Finds Solace In Ramadan

Young kite flyer in Aden / Photo authorOn a visit to Yemen, Sarah Shourd is invited to an enlightening dinner with an Iraqi family.It’s a few minutes before 6 and the light in the port-city of Aden in South Yemen is beginning to fade.As the sun sinks behind jagged cliffs the city takes a deep, full-bodied breath.

Wifi in the friendly skies
Wifi in the friendly skies

Depending on your point of view, this news will either revolutionize your flight experience or make it even more revolting:WiFi is now available in the friendly skies. Late last month, airlines began rolling out on-board wireless internet service for passengers who just can’t bear to be disconnected while in flight.

Five you’ve never: Nathan Larson, A Camp
Five you’ve never: Nathan Larson, A Camp

Feature photo by Amir Chamdin. Photo above by superbomba.Matador launches “Five You’ve Never,” a challenge in which we ask random people to tell us the five coolest things we’ve never seen, heard or read.First up: Nathan Larson of the band A Camp.1. Best Acid-Inspired Movie With Burt Lancaster Set in Connecticut: The Swimmer (1968)Truly a bizarre piece of film making, this 1968 release is actually a dark hallucinatory horror picture dressed up like a sunny domestic drama.

10 common gestures easily misunderstood abroad
10 common gestures easily misunderstood abroad

Frequent travelers must be great at charades. When you need to communicate and you don’t have the luxury of a shared language, body language is invaluable. A skilled traveler can negotiate a taxi, buy food in a market, and get directions from a stranger through hand motions alone.Things can get lost in translation, though, when a typical gesture from your country means something completely different in other parts of the world.

10 Sets of Sheets to Get Between on Valentine’s Day
10 Sets of Sheets to Get Between on Valentine’s Day

Who says romance is dead? Check out these modern day tales of love.Are we, as our own love doyenne Carrie Bradshaw once posited, living in the “Age of Un-Innocence”? Did romance die somewhere between the 20th and 21st Century?Romeo and Juliet have long since jumped ship. Jane and Rochester are distant memories.

Do You Need a Writing Degree to Be a Professional Writer?
Do You Need a Writing Degree to Be a Professional Writer?

Photo: WonderlaneIt’s a big decision: to spend a year or more and a big chunk of money on a degree in a notoriously unprofitable field.With the proliferation of MFA and other writing programs since the 1970s, it seems that more and more would-be writers of all kinds are heading back to school. Should you?

Picnicking in Paris is the way to go to save in style
Picnicking in Paris is the way to go to save in style

Night picnic at the Eiffel Tower (also used as feature photo): ryanfbParis is expensive, but there are ways to eat cheaply and well while people watching and sightseeing. You can save your money for the museums and nightclubs, enjoying April, June or August in Paris.BreadStop by an artisan boulanger.

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.

Learning to travel light
Learning to travel light

Photo by ny156uk (Creative Commons)I have to admit, I’m not all that great at traveling light.I’m far from the worst out there – you won’t see me carting around a hair dryer and straightener or multiple pairs of heels – but on my earliest backpacking trips, I routinely filled my pack to the point where I couldn’t lift it into an overhead rack without help.

DIY: Kate’s tin travel candle
DIY: Kate’s tin travel candle

Now you can pack some romantic ambiance along on your travels with this ingenious idea by artist Kate Pruitt posted on the design blog, Design*Sponge, which is dedicated to all things design as well as fun D-I-Y (Do It Yourself) projects.Using simple altoid cans, you can create handy travel size candle kits.

What people are listening to in… Brazil
What people are listening to in… Brazil

Feature photo by Érre Ortega. Photo above by Prefeitura de Olinda.I thought my collection of Brazilian music was pretty impressive… until I went to Brazil.“Do you like our music?” someone asked me. “Love it!” I said, ticking off the names of Brazilian icons: Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto, and Astrud Gilberto.