“Every joke,” according to my wife, “has an element of joke in it.” The first time I heard it, I figured she’d confused the idea. Her take on English can be quite original sometimes. “You mean, an element of truth,” I said, correcting her gently.“No, an element of joke,” she replied, enduring me patiently.
While every trip has the potential to include a traveler’s moment, it isn’t something that can be forced or expected.Photo by Benjamin OrbachAs I waited for the monorail that would take me to my connecting gate at O’Hare Airport, the sun rose and painted red the lower edges of the Chicago sky.It was the color of the elderly Sikh’s turban in Jaipur, the man who had sold me a bottle of water between handing out change to the pilgrims who passed his shop.
Jakera (hello) to the shy, beautiful sisters who live with their parents near our small camp jungle camp / Photo Robin EsrockDeep in the jungle, Robin Esrock discovers religious influence, and has his own spiritual moment with dolphins.According to the overweight missionary with braces, Jesus was coming to save me tonight, deep in the heart of the Orinoco Delta.
Starting this week, BNT launches a new exclusive column “The Gonzo Traveler” from Robin Esrock.Gonzo Aint in Kansas – EthiopiaI am that guy. The one you see on TV and think: That must be the luckiest guy in the worldCan you imagine having his job?Three and a half years ago, a car ran me down at an intersection and broke my knee.
Mexico City, The Capital of the 21st Century.As more than one reviewer has already noted, the very idea of trying to squeeze an “intimate portrait” of Mexico City between the covers of a 336 page book is an ambitious task, one that almost borders on the absurd.First of all, Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities, with a population of almost 20 million people spread out across 600 square miles.
Photo by mark sebastianHere are the highlights from a conversation with Michelle Goodman that was probably more fun than we were allowed to have. There’s also a special bonus round for reader participation:How and when did you make your escape from the cubicle? Was it a long evaluative/meditative process or did you just take the plunge?
Upon graduating university the last thing I wanted to do was talk about career fairs, interviews and networking.I had no interest in leaping directly into the rat race world of 9 to 5 and even less interest in establishing a career. Instead, I planned to pack my backpack after that last exam and board a one-way flight to Australia.
Matador Pulse Editor Eva Holland reviews this popular niche travel book.I began reading Wanderlust and Lipstick for Women Traveling to India with both hope and apprehension.I’m generally skeptical of travel resources aimed specifically at us gals; all too often, they play to tired stereotypes (“How to Pack ALL Your Shoes!
Editor’s Note: Upon leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, David Danelo, a former infantry officer who also served as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer in Iraq, was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Institute as a freelance correspondent. Writing from the U.S. Gulf Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Vietnam, Danelo became increasingly interested in border issues affecting the United States and Mexico.
My family was a little puzzled when my cousin announced, in the lead-up to her nuptials, that instead of wedding gifts she’d prefer contributions to her honeymoon.That’s not traditional, aunts and uncles whispered. Why doesn’t she do a normal gift registry?Non-traditional they may be, but increasingly, honeymoon registries make a lot of sense – whether for people who are getting married a little later than our parents’ generations, and so don’t need the traditional household basics of good kitchenware and towels, or even for those who (gasp!
A lot of people ask me about my frequent travels and how I do it.Before I was 21 I hadn’t even left New Zealand; now I’ve been lucky enough to see (and live in) a lot of countries.Travel has changed so much in the past few decades and even since I started at the end of the last millennium.If I could pass on my top 10 travel lessons to newbies or people considering taking time out from the 9-5 slog to travel, this is what I’d say:1.
So, admit it. At some point, you’ve been sitting on the couch at night, watching the contestants on ‘The Amazing Race’ tearing around the world, and you’ve thought:Man, how cool would that be?Then one of the contestants has gotten stressed, or tired, and has broken down. Their face scrunches up; the tears start to fall — and the camera zooms in for the kill.
I continue to be astonished at the alacrity at which the visible underworld of forgery fastens itself parasite-like to the newest publication in the Colombian marketplace.Over the past few years of living here in Colombia, I have seen all of the Harry Potter novels presented to me at intersections and stop lights in major cities, but last week, remained surprised when the vendor approached our window with a copy of Fuera de Cautiverio (Out of Captivity) translated into Spanish just a week and a half after it was shipped here in English.
“I can’t watch TV longer than five minutes without praying for nuclear holocaust.” – Bill HicksNobody ever expected Leno to ask Obama tough questions (he’s been soft around the middle for years).Still, I’d give anything to hear what Bill Hicks would have said about the show. Hicks, always merciless, had a particular penchant for pointing out that the once-funny Leno had sold his soul to the devil years ago.
From the ugliest pieces of metal hurtling down the highway to some pretty freaky two-wheelers, we’ve scoured the world for some interesting man-made modes of transport.Jason Policastro introduces us to the 10 Ugliest Cars Being Made Right Now such as the futuristic, Jetsons-style Smart ForTwo and the Mini Clubman, a stretched-out version of the Mini Cooper.
Part I in a series exploring the role of the traveler in the 21st century. Read the introductory post here.This article originally appeared on Glimpse Abroad, an international news, culture and travel site that features stories written by students and volunteers living abroad. As I woke to the muezzin’s wails straining through a riot of church bells in my cramped hostel room in Old Jerusalem, excerpts of the previous night’s angry conversations were already working their way through my mounting hangover.
A journey to Nepal to walk among the world’s highest mountains is a dream for many travelers.And, upon arriving in Kathmandu, many realize that such a trip really is like a dream: Disorienting, chaotic, confusing, and dizzying. Sorting out itineraries, finding the best gear, acquiring the necessary permits, and hiring a trustworthy guide or porter are difficult tasks to complete on the busy streets of Thamel.
Photo: fiskfiskEditor’s note: in the first of a ‘soon-to-be-famous’ new series, Matador explains whatever we’re feeling to be ‘culturally relevant’ for us at the moment.TenIt’s difficult to believe that Pearl Jam’s Ten is almost twenty. This week’s re-issue will contain a re-mastered version of the original release, as well as new version re-mixed by Brendan O’Brien.
Why We Travel is a classic essay from the world’s greatest living travel writer, Pico Iyer.Worldhum.com recently republished one of my favorite essays – Why We Travel by Pico Iyer – as part of their 8th anniversary celebration.The essay is an absolute masterwork. Why We Travel elucidates the inner journey of travel in Iyer’s classic style of lyrical juxtaposition.
One of the best things about bouldering is that you don’t need a lot of gear to get started. Grab these six essentials and get going today.1. ShoesViper Rock Shoe – Unisex by La SportivaThe first thing you need to start bouldering is a good pair of climbing shoes. While cheap, stiff, climbing shoes, and even sneakers, are fine for the gym or easy top ropping, the technical requirements of bouldering require something more specialized.