Water: we once thought it was an endless natural resource. Now we know better.Photo: mattman231. Over 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water.Photo: ePi.Longo2. Almost 4 million people die each year from water related diseases.12. The average toilet uses 8 litres of clean water in a single flush.
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.
Since its beginning almost 40 years ago, Southwest has been known as the airline that’s a little kooky, a little unconventional.Rather than conservative, pressed, navy-colored uniforms, flight attendants used to wear hot pants. Today, they’re dressed in khaki shorts.Instead of boring, predictable safety announcements, the crew tends to make the delivery of even the most rote information an opportunity for entertainment.
There are few things in the world that are universal. How many variations could there be?The answer – more than you can imagine. Consider the various elements involved: plumbing, setting, temperature, interior design…fauna.I had my first taste of unique plumbing in Ireland. In the hostels where I was staying, the shower heads had no cold or hot taps, just one big knob.
As the markets today plummet amid the country’s hesitation to bail out the bankers, institutions, and leaders that have utterly failed us, we think you should take a deep breath and read our 10 reasons why accepting the bill would be disastrous for our country.Taxpayers would take the fall for a problem Wall St created.
Jared Krauss recently returned from several weeks volunteering in Haiti. When his friend and family asked “what was it like?” he found the best answer was this photo.THIS PICTURE epitomizes Haiti for me. This boy had just ran nearly a mile to keep up with our van in the stop-and-go traffic clogging the exits of Port Au Prince.
Leif Pettersen hanging in a hammock in Ko Chang, ThailandLeif Pettersen (pronounced “Life”) is a road-worn wordsmith who has worked in the travel writing racket for nearly a decade.Known for his hilariously irreverent style, Leif’s candid travelogues are enjoyed by thousands each month on his blog Killing Batteries.
Free in-country calls and dirt cheap internationals, video conferencing and text features – Google Voice is stepping in on Skype territory.After reading through Wired’s review of the new Gmail calling feature, I headed straight to Google Voice to check it out myself. I’m a fan of Skype for sure, but I’ve only used it for video calls on my laptop (that iPhone app has just never worked for me).
On buses in the West Bank, Robert Hirschfield learns how a Jew can fear other Jews.I WAS WARNED. Then, I was treated to fits of Jewish hand wringing in the classical style. But mainly I was warned.The fuss was caused whenever Israelis heard I was traveling to the West Bank on Palestinian buses to interview Palestinians.
I’ve often puzzled over what it means to be Canadian; how to define a culture that draws from so many others.It wasn’t until I started traveling and building a comparative perspective that the definition of Canadian-ness became a bit clearer. It’s an ongoing question on my mind, but I’ve drawn a few conclusions so far.
Now fully in love with Poland, Matador Goods Editor Lola Akinmade remembers her very first date with the country.September 2003. We cross the border into Poland from Slovakia. Our party bus is pulled aside and a control officer hops on. He glides down the aisle, sucking air and grabbing passports. He must love his job.
Returning home after an awesome trip is tough; when you’re a couple, it can be even harder.Don’t let your relationship fall into a post-travel rut.After weeks or months of all day face-time in exotic destinations-along with the intimacy (good and bad) that it creates-going back to the drudgery of cubicle life can put a serious damper on even the strongest relationships.