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The Last Notes

15 Immortal Opening Lines
15 Immortal Opening Lines

Photo WonderlaneOpening lines have to be good, but sometimes they almost seem immortal.It was a pleasure to burn.-Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.-Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of SolitudeIt was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Protect Your Eyes: Oakley Polarized A-Frames
Protect Your Eyes: Oakley Polarized A-Frames

The three C’s to goggle selection: Clarity, Clean, and Comfortable.There is nothing more important than wearing the correct goggles when you’re on the slope. The Oakley Polarized A Frames is the standard in goggles: Clean, unsurpassed clarity, and lusciously comfortable.Snow glare is harsh.Especially when the sun is reflecting the light directly unto your eyes.

Maps and Travel : How Would You Map Your Travels?
Maps and Travel : How Would You Map Your Travels?

How would you map your travels?Perhaps, being a traveler (or someone at least vaguely interested in travel), you are as obsessed with maps as I am.I find old maps nostalgic and achingly beautiful. They seem to bring up a swirl of memories, subterranean memories about exploration, fear, fascination, curiosity.

Submissions Call: Micro Notes ~ Waking up Abroad
Submissions Call: Micro Notes ~ Waking up Abroad

We want more of your ultra condensed travel writing, or “micro-notes,” which are mini flashes of narrative that can stand alone in three sentences or less.Micro-Notes, travel stories of extreme brevity. Much like flash fiction, micro-notes tell a complete story in just a few sentences.This round of submissions we would like notes on Waking up Far from Home.

The Importance of ‘Quiet Time’ During Travel
The Importance of ‘Quiet Time’ During Travel

Don’t underestimate the power of quiet and solitude.Pondering your next travel destination usually incites visions of bustling new cities, taking in as much gorgeous country landscape as possible, and becoming wrapped up in a culture other than your own.But as writer Jill K. Robinson recently discussed over at Vagabonding, there is an often-overlooked aspect to traveling that really is necessary to staying sane: quiet time.

Patagonia Wetsuits: Warmer, More Environmentally Conscious
Patagonia Wetsuits: Warmer, More Environmentally Conscious

The warmest and most ecologically conscious wetsuit you can surf in.Put this on your dream gear list. It’s on mine. The next time you’re investing in a wetsuit, you might want to visit your local Patagonia store.Their wetsuits are unbelievable. I don’t own one, but I had the opportunity to try one myself during a cold fall session in Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

Review Series: Rosetta Stone TOTALe – Part 1
Review Series: Rosetta Stone TOTALe – Part 1

I must confess. My previous relationship with Rosetta Stone was a quick stop at an airport kiosk to check out their offerings, followed by a quick dash to my departure gate.My sister who has been using their Italian program for the last couple of years swears by them, and a colleague who’s currently learning Russian once took me through a walk-through of the Rosetta Stone interface.

Waiting For Life To Begin In A Burmese Refugee Camp
Waiting For Life To Begin In A Burmese Refugee Camp

Part III in a series exploring the experience and responsibility of the traveler in the 21st century. Read the introductory post here then read Part I and Part II.I wake up realizing the familiar acquaintance of feeling lost accompanies me and I see a long day of passing time ahead.I think of home, my purpose, where I should be right now, what I should be doing.

The Artifacts of Genocide
The Artifacts of Genocide

A film montage I shot during my visit to the Cambodian Killing Fields in early 2006. The song is called “Dusk” by Canadian artist Matthew Good.Just one hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and shares much in commom with other major urban centres of Southeast Asia.It’s loud, swarming with motorbikes, tuk-tuk drivers, and piles of plastic wrappers piled behind rusted tin dwellings, all nestled amongst countless hotels, neon signs, and a melee of citizens.

The 2007 Travel Blog Awards
The 2007 Travel Blog Awards

It was bound to happen eventually.In fact, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Mark Ashley over at Upgrade: Travel Better has finally decided to step up and start the very first travel blog awards: The Travvies.Why you ask? Mark provides the answer:There’s a misconception that travel blogs are all travel diaries.

Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger
Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger

What is it? Fototagger: An image annotation tool that let’s you place tags directly on your photos.Who makes it? CogitumWhy should you use it? Being able to place information tags directly on your travel photos is pretty cool, since it really allows other people to understand a photo better and at a deeper level.

The Budget Traveler’s Guide to Sleeping In Airports
The Budget Traveler’s Guide to Sleeping In Airports

Grab a couch and learn how to sleep in an airport…the budget wayAs most backpackers and travelers know, airports can serve as temporary homes while waiting for delayed or cancelled flights. They can be the nicest buildings in a city, or they can look like they haven’t been renovated since the late sixties.

Matt Harding’s Moral Dilemma
Matt Harding’s Moral Dilemma

In the vast desert ruins of Morroco, Matt ponders the mirage of his own motivations.By now everyone knows Matt and his dancing videos. But I’m willing to wager not everyone has read through Matt’s compelling dispatches as he travels the world searching for the perfect spot to shoot the next dance scene.

Review: Kill Boring Travel Periods With The Nintendo DS
Review: Kill Boring Travel Periods With The Nintendo DS

Picture yourself sitting in a train station, airport, ferry dock, or somewhere similar, with hordes of people going about their business. They’re boarding, disembarking, buzzing, or like you, they’re waiting. Endlessly waiting.One of the travel realities that’s rarely revealed is the amount of waiting that accompanies every type of journey.

Notes on Turning 30
Notes on Turning 30

C. Noah Pelletier spends his 30th birthday trying (but failing) to write, checking his hometown friends’ lives on Facebook, and going easy on the wine.HONESTLY, I don’t expect to finish transcribing the band interview today. There’s too much excitement, too many distractions.A birthday present sits on the Chinese table here in the living room.

Zombies: A Guide to Culture Shock
Zombies: A Guide to Culture Shock

What do the undead and the unfamiliar have in common? Why befriending a walking cadaver can make the world a nicer place.Spring had come early to the valley, the dewy sweetness of fresh grass on the air and a gentle sun above. My wife and I rested against the trunk of a brawny oak, and I traced her cheek with a dandelion.

New Poll Suggests Muslims Worldwide Support Stricter ‘Islamic’ Laws
New Poll Suggests Muslims Worldwide Support Stricter ‘Islamic’ Laws

First of all, let me say that the results of this poll seem quite disconnected from reality.As written in the LA Times:According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion.

Electrolux and 5 Gyres Seek Crew Member to Join Sea Expedition
Electrolux and 5 Gyres Seek Crew Member to Join Sea Expedition

If you don’t get seasick easily, can swim 200m, lift 1/3 of your body weight, and can work odd hours, this might be the expedition for you. you will be joining a team of researchers from 5 gyres who’ve partnered with electrolux (yes, the vacuum cleaner company) on an environmentally-responsible cause: gathering harmful plastic from the south atlantic ocean.

Photographer and Matadorian Jeff Bartlett Launches 52 Week Project
Photographer and Matadorian Jeff Bartlett Launches 52 Week Project

Adventure photographer and MatadorU alum Jeff Bartlett is launching a new travel and outdoor photography project and we wanted to find out more about it.Tell us a little bit about yourself and your photography.My photography is really just an extension of my passion: outdoor adventure. I love spending time in the mountains.

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.