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After the Attacks: What You Need to Know About Traveling in India
After the Attacks: What You Need to Know About Traveling in India

Traveling in India during these terror stricken times is something even Indian citizens are reconsidering.Tourists and foreign nationals are alarmed and they should be.The Taj Mahal Hotel, The Oberoi Trident Hotel and the Leopold Café are three of the locations that were bombarded by terrorists holding AK-47s and firing indiscriminately at anything and anyone that moved.

7 reasons to fall in love abroad
7 reasons to fall in love abroad

Photo by nattuIn my travels, I’ve often found the way to experience a culture most authentically is not by reading the best guide or seeing the major sites, but by finding yourself in the most gleeful place of all: in love.Here are seven reasons to fall in love abroad in 2009.1. You can serve as an ambassador for your country.

After the Quake: Images of a Catastrophe
After the Quake: Images of a Catastrophe

How quickly do we forget the feeling of instability? When do we learn to trust the earth again? Acclaimed Chilean novelist Sergio Missana considers the short- and long-term effects of the latest earthquake in his country.ONE COULD ARGUE that there is no experience more kinetic, more purely experienced with the body, than the earth suddenly becoming unsteady.

Anatomy of a smörgåsbord
Anatomy of a smörgåsbord

Ever wondered what a typical smörgåsbord includes? Matador Goods editor Lola Akinmade goes hunting for the usual suspects.You’ve probably heard the word thrown around to represent a large mix of various elements – a smörgåsbord of features, a smörgåsbord of activities, etc.Well, this Swedish word traditionally refers to a buffet-style spread of small dishes – mostly cold with a few hot plates.

TSA screener steals your laptop, sells it on eBay
TSA screener steals your laptop, sells it on eBay

THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED to hundreds of passengers whose bags was screened by Pythias Brown at Newark International. For a year +, he would swipe 2-3 valuable items per week from passenger luggage and sell them on eBay for cheap, making a total of $400,000.Brown was caught and jailed in 2009, but the problem is much bigger than him.

Why Getting Off The Beaten Path Is Sometimes A Bad Idea
Why Getting Off The Beaten Path Is Sometimes A Bad Idea

Some places off the tourist radar, such as those in outer Mongolia, exist in their obscurity for a reason.To explore beyond the well trodden path is the independent traveler’s ideal. It’s what separates the tourist from the traveler, the superficial happy snapper from the serious journey of discovery and all that.

Notes on How Not to Write a Book
Notes on How Not to Write a Book

The author. Not pictured–sticky notes above map.Tom Gates keeps meeting people in Santiago and procrastinating.My bags were greeted at the airport by two adorable drug dogs. They had taken to treating the carousel like a ride at Disneyworld, sitting on the conveyor belt for minutes at a time, pretending to sniff bags but really just slacking off.

What’s going on in… South Korea?
What’s going on in… South Korea?

Photo: diongillardHe who owns the medium controls the messageLiberal and conservative forces in South Korea are jockeying in parliament, on the streets, and inside newsrooms in an impassioned battle that could determine the future face of news in the nation. At stake are controlling positions in the boardrooms of influential broadcasters like MBC and KBS, and perhaps the political freedom of Korean journalism.

First Person Dispatch: Why I wake up early on Saturdays
First Person Dispatch: Why I wake up early on Saturdays

Photos courtesy of author.MatadorU student and contributor Linda Golden explains how the memory of a woman in Togo compels her to wake up early each Saturday.It’s 7:20 on a Saturday morning.Three couples huddle under the Louisville clinic’s awning, waiting for the doors to open. Across the property line, several protesters implore the clients to change their minds.

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?

Meet Robin Esrock: The Gonzo Traveler
Meet Robin Esrock: The Gonzo Traveler

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.

Notes on Longing at the Kali Temple
Notes on Longing at the Kali Temple

Robert Hirschfield finds: “In disordered Calcutta, I feel a vulnerability that could lead me anywhere. Every morning, it leads me to the Kali Temple.”SOMETIMES, in the day’s white heat, you see them lined up a block long outside the Kali Temple.They are faithful and meek before the Black Goddess, before the terrible Kali Ma of skulls.