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Interview with Jeff Zimbalist, Director of “The Two Escobars”
Interview with Jeff Zimbalist, Director of “The Two Escobars”

All photos courtesy of Jeff ZimbalistMitch Anderson talks with Jeff Zimbalist, director of the new documentary, “The Two Escobars,” about soccer, drugs, violence, and a complicated relationship.Mitch Anderson: I’m going to start with the legend of Pablo Escobar…. From the film you get the sense that he was a kind of evil saint, responsible for so much death and corruption, but at the same time seen as a… savior of the poor.

How to visit foreign markets and bazaars with respect
How to visit foreign markets and bazaars with respect

Don’t be afraid of checking out foreign markets. Great deals can be had, all while learning about the locals.Stall stands tell stories: what grows, what people eat, how they dress, talk and spend their money. Budget travelers need not shy away from the bustle simply because they’re not planning to buy.

Geocaching 101: Introduction to a 21st century sport
Geocaching 101: Introduction to a 21st century sport

Photo courtesy lollyknitGeocaching couldn’t exist without the cutting-edge, satellite-based positioning technology that is GPS. But at the same time, it’s centered on an activity as old as our species: exploratory walking.Late fall bites at my skin. I’m a mile from the nearest house, but the air is so crisp I can smell wood smoke drifting from the outskirts of town.

Eat, pray, love in Morocco
Eat, pray, love in Morocco

A country of four mountain ranges, two long coastlines, and desert, Morocco doesn’t need to try very hard to be diverse in its culinary arts, sacred spots, and romantic settings.Tasty CuisineRabat and Fez are the best places for serious culinary explorations. While Rabat is the most modern and comfortable Moroccan city, Fez is traditional and fascinating.

Freewheeling: Lynette Chiang’s two wheel journey from cubicles to cuba
Freewheeling: Lynette Chiang’s two wheel journey from cubicles to cuba

All photos courtesy of Lynette Chiang I “met” Lynette Chiang after snagging The Handsomest Man in Cubafrom a New York Public Library bookshelf.I approach narratives about travels in Cuba with one part interest, one part dread. So many of them sound alike– careful notations of the author’s observations about old cars, rum, music, and the famed congeniality of Cubans.

Notes on Ten Walks / Two Talks
Notes on Ten Walks / Two Talks

‘Ten Walks / Two Talks’ mixes travel notes and transcripts of conversations from Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch into a super original work of nonfiction, a meditation on place.PUBLISHER’S synopsis:“Ten Walks / Two Talks updates the meandering and meditative form of Bashō’s travel diaries.Mapping 21st century New York, Cotner and Fitch tap their predecessor’s collaborative tendencies in order to construct a descriptive / dialogic fugue.

Self-love: The alternative to self-help
Self-love: The alternative to self-help

World-traveler, filmmaker, and musician, Jamie Catto, talks about how important it is to stop beating ourselves up over the way we are, and to love ourselves. Editor’s note: This was originally posted at Jamie’s blog here. I wanted to share this here as I think it’s a very important message that might change the way you look at things.

Notes on a Western Sahara road trip
Notes on a Western Sahara road trip

Peace Corps volunteer Kellen Eilerts hits the road and leaves the blood in Western Sahara.“Where?”-Everyone I’ve talked to.ONE LAST RESORT FAMILY CONNECTION got me in Sayid’s Honda Jazz, which proved plenty capable of navigating the sandy tracks inside the minefield. We quickly reached the ‘border’ dividing Western Sahara’s two territories where the multiple plaques, flags, guards, and military very obviously spelled out that this was “Morocco“, although more telling was the lack of black people in this place only a few minutes north of an entire town of them.

Love in the time of Matador: When a visa stands between you
Love in the time of Matador: When a visa stands between you

Olivia Dwyer navigates the vagaries of immigration, visas, and the legal system, to find a way for her and the man she loves to be in the same country legally.An American girl walks up to a bar and says “Hi” to a British guy. He grabs her ass and buys two tequila shots.That was their beginning in Wanaka, New Zealand, where they were working at the same ski field for the 2008 season.

13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia
13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia

Asia is home to dozens of UNESCO-recognized sites. Here are 13 of the most spectacular:1. Huang Shan (China)Huang Shan, or the “Yellow Mountain,” is one of China’s major tourist destinations. The area’s granite peaks rise out of the forests and clouds, creating a scene reminiscent of an ancient Chinese landscape painting.

15 things you can’t miss in Australia
15 things you can’t miss in Australia

15 spots that nobody visiting the land down under should miss.1. Trek Through the Daintree RainforestHome to one of the most diverse variety of plants and animals on earth, the Daintree Rainforest is an epic destination north of Cairns in Tropical Far North Queensland. There’s plenty to do in this world heritage listed rainforest, including bushwalks, early morning river cruises, 4WD tours and crocodile-spotting expeditions.

Where to do your best thinking?
Where to do your best thinking?

Do you have a favorite thinking spot? A place where, once you’re there, you take a deep breath and relax. A place where all the static that hums through your head begins to quiet down. Where time seems to slow a little, and you can sit quietly and just… think.Note: I wrote about this previously, but decided it was an interesting enough topic to warrant spending more time on it.

How to defy the definition of dangerous
How to defy the definition of dangerous

Is it possible to re-imagine our understanding of dangerous destinations? Natalie Grant explores how to make the shift, though our understanding of risk and reward.Preparing for my trip to South Africa was a blur of warnings, an avalanche of don’ts and watch-outs.Once there, however, my dear friend Jess (born and raised in South Africa) explained the real meaning of the oft used phrase “This is Africa” (TIA) over two cool glasses of Savannah Dry.

The downside of long-term travel
The downside of long-term travel

Reannon Muth experiences an intervention for her travel addiction.“Your lifestyle is sad and empty.”“You’re missing out on having close friends and real relationships.”I felt like I’d just sat down to an intervention. Only instead of sitting in my living room, surrounded by my family and close friends, I was sitting in a hammock at a beach-side hotel in Nicaragua, surrounded by a 29-year-old American acupuncturist and a former UN workerfrom Sweden.

Remind yourself of what you love with simple pleasures
Remind yourself of what you love with simple pleasures

Instead of comparing your life to others, make a list of what brings you joy.I found myself around two old friends in the past week who are living extremely hectic lives.One friend is in law school, and barely has a moment to breathe, much less sleep or eat properly.The other has a four-month-old baby to breastfeed, along with taking care of her 22-month-old, working a couple of night shifts as a nurse, finishing her Masters, and somehow cooking and cleaning.

10 Essential beauty supplies for female travelers
10 Essential beauty supplies for female travelers

There are two, shall we say, ‘secrets’ to packing a successful, compact toiletry/beauty case for traveling. The first is obvious: pack travel sized products.The second little secret is to pack products which serve more than one purpose. Use an oil that is suited to your face, hands and hair, or pack a cosmetic that can put a rose in both your cheeks and lips.

PrAna Monarch Convertible Pants for women
PrAna Monarch Convertible Pants for women

The author. Not. (Photo courtesy of prAna.)Michelle Schusterman tries out her new prAna pants at rock concerts and extreme happy hours.I do not buy clothes online, nor do I enjoy shopping in retail stores. In short; I don’t buy clothes very often. My reasons are mostly 1) a lack of fashion sense and 2) the fact that my waist size fluctuates depending on my mood, what I ate for lunch the previous Thursday and whether or not Jupiter is in the third house.

6 American ski mountains you’ve never heard of
6 American ski mountains you’ve never heard of

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.

PrAna Mandie Hoodie for women
PrAna Mandie Hoodie for women

Fashion-impaired editor Michelle Schusterman discovers that a hoodie can be both stylish and excellent for running from the law.I have no sense of fashion, something that has never really bothered me. I can appreciate when someone is well-dressed, I can admire an outfit that catches my eye, but when it comes my own clothes, comfort rules all.

Do you represent your country when you travel?
Do you represent your country when you travel?

In travel, the little things can have a lasting impact.I saw them before I set foot in the pharmacy. They had the bunched up foreheads and overly neat appearance of lost tourists in Mexico, and they were stopped in the middle of the street, staring vaguely off in opposite directions. I gave them a sidelong glance and stepped into the pharmacy to use the ATM.