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After Copenhagen: Can travel spur a new green philosophy?
After Copenhagen: Can travel spur a new green philosophy?

If we want to have the choice to continue traveling, we must forge a new path.Following the whole Copenhagen meeting was quite depressing (though not at all surprising).Touted as the consensus-building answer to our Earth’s woes (uh, us), it merely exemplified that almost every country will put their ability to make money above the future of the planet.

A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay
A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay

On a trip to the Uruguayan capital, Matador Trips editor Hal Amen gets coated in airborne animal fat and sausage grease.My wife and I ride the seesaw between full-on veganism and a pack of hyenas. But when we heard about Mercado del Puerto, there was no question which side we’d end up on in Montevideo.

Highlights from the Barranquilla Carnaval, Colombia
Highlights from the Barranquilla Carnaval, Colombia

Most people have heard of the annual Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but did you also know that Colombia has a massive bash ? Matador writer Ian MacKenzie is on the scene to capture the action in photographs.Jose paints a papier-mache animal mask in preparation for the Carnaval.Each mask is created with an arcilla (clay) mould, and glued together with paste from the cassava plant.

Tripping to a mercenary ghost town
Tripping to a mercenary ghost town

Pointing a car at a the possibility of a piece of buried South African history.“WHAT THE HELL is a Pomfret?” I ask my brother, John.“It’s not a what. It’s a where.”It’s a tiny spec of a town in the north of South Africa, near the border with Botswana, he tells me. I hop onto Google Maps and it looks like any other rusty, dusty half spec of a South African dustbowl town.

Adding the SixthSense: A natural (or unnatural) progression
Adding the SixthSense: A natural (or unnatural) progression

From MIT Media Labs comes a device that all but erases the line between virtual and reality.A few weeks ago, I would have sci-fi geeked out over this demo in a major way. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry showed off the SixthSense at TED; a device constructed from $350 worth of off-the-shelf items, including a camera, a portable projector, a mirror, a cell phone and colored marker caps.

Magic, poetry, and adventure in your local farmer’s market
Magic, poetry, and adventure in your local farmer’s market

Winter days bring thoughts of long, dreary boredom for many. Find out how professional cook Claiborne Milde finds inspiration to warm her winter nights from her local farmers market.Every year, I resist autumn. For one thing, I don’t do winter well. I hate the cold, despise being stuck indoors, and dread the daily struggle to don jackets, scarves, hats and gloves.

Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?
Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?

Kim Greene reveals why holding too tightly to rigid travel plans may hurt your journey.Travel is one of the rare circumstances in life that reveals something new about the traveler with each journey.Often, we begin with a preconceived notion of how we want to approach new experiences; how we want to encounter new places; how we expect to see the unexpected.

Big Brother Mouse: A Book for Every Child in Laos
Big Brother Mouse: A Book for Every Child in Laos

Photos courtesy of the author.Imagine a place where there are no books; where most people have never seen a book, except perhaps a dry and dog-eared textbook shared by a classroom of students in the village school.Imagine children learning to ‘read’ by looking at letters and words written on a chalkboard – if they have the luxury of attending school at all.

Fighting, killing, feasting beasts
Fighting, killing, feasting beasts

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Guide to stargazing in the southern hemisphere
Guide to stargazing in the southern hemisphere

There are a billion and one reasons to visit the other half of the world. Mary Pfaffko teaches us how to enjoy the night sky down under.The different constellationsThe moon, planets, and most constellations — like those of the zodiac — are visible all over the world. However, constellations that appear closer to the North and South Poles are only visible to the corresponding hemisphere.

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.

La Dorada – The Big Red of Argentina
La Dorada – The Big Red of Argentina

I love weird soft drinks. In every China Town and Korea Town I am always on the look out for cans that promise chunks of foreign fruit matter – drinks that eat like a meal. Odd favor, texture, unexpected ingedient or a cool can? I’m there.The other night I was out for an otherwise lovely dinner in a Peruvian restaurant in the Once neighborhood here in Buenos Aires.