It started with a random email worded like a banking offer from a Nigerian prince: “I have a business proposal you might be interested in.”It came from a grad school colleague, and it concerned an opportunity to do a job she could no longer do herself. Thanks to Facebook’s all-seeing eye, she knew I was living and working in Korea.
With all the talk of military juntas, Nick Rowlands reckons people are starting to forget a crucial detail of the Egyptian uprising.On February 11th 2011, Hosni Mubarak stepped down as fourth President of Egypt, leaving the armed forces council in charge of the affairs of state.Hundreds of miles away in a cafe in Brixton, London, I burst into tears.
Michelle Schusterman experiments with toilegami, five star style.Toilet paper origami (or toilegami, for those of you who don’t shudder at yet another portmanteau invading the English language), is a skill often displayed at fine hotels as yet another sign of luxury, in addition to handcrafted soaps and Oreo-topped pillows.
Throw on your long johns and dig out the car because once these secrets are out, you’re going to want to go on a road trip.1. Bridger Bowl, MontanaLocated near the college town of Bozeman, Bridger Bowl gets 350 inches of glorious powder each year, and it’s status as a nonprofit community ski area means above-average conditions for below-average prices.
What to do when Lil Wayne’s song gets pulled from the net? Cover it and assemble an incredibly talented, inspiring group of people to make a video that’s proven to be a one-take shot at fame. A burgeoning New York rapper with some serious style, Nyle is suddenly the talk of the town, with several upcoming shows sure to be filled with record label A&R types.
Allison Cross, journalist in Sierra Leone, faces the scrutiny of being agnostic in a traditionally religious culture.Photo: Allison CrossGod is everywhere in Sierra Leone.Sometimes he’s Jesus and sometimes he’s Allah, but words praising his existence are plastered all over NGOs, schools, hair salons, stores, restaurants and vehicles.
Expat life in one of the world’s most popular teaching destinations.MorningMost mornings, my alarm clock rouses me from sleep, but at least a couple days a week, I’m awakened early by the fruit propagandist. Today is one of those days.From dawn until noon, the fruit propagandist yells out the day’s deals on pears and persimmons, his rhythmic, authoritarian voice booming through the PA speakers strapped to the top of his fruit-laden truck.
What’s up with writers just sitting down and blasting out 50,000 words as fast they can? And is that ass-to-chair time ‘well spent’?EVERY NOVEMBER, a large group of people (there were more than 100,000 in 2007) who have signed up with NaNoWriMo begin writing with the goal of completing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Photo: BagaballI had already been to first, second and third base with travel by the time I reached Ghana.I’d had light dalliances with the West Coast of North America and some superficial, fleeting affairs with the usual places in Western Europe. I’d lived in Ireland for a while, then in London. I did a few backpacker loops through France and Spain and the tiny Benelux countries.
Welcome to our V-LOG!Happy Holidays videophiles, thank you for tuning in!This week I peppered the featured videos with vids featuring India, Nepal and Mt. Everest. The mountain has long held a mystique on my perception of adventure and the limits of human achievement. The videos captures different aspects of the region from very different storytellers.
Feature photo by Hazel Motes.Certain travel lessons can be gleaned from the philosophy of Tyler Durden.Most of us have seen the movie Fight Club. When it hit theaters in 1999 with an unbelievably carved Brad Pitt and ingeniously beleaguered Ed Norton, author Chuck Palahniuk found himself with a giant, rabid, new fan base dedicated to Tyler Durden and his philosophy.
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.