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How to: Ride an overnight bus in Vietnam Miscellaneous

How to: Ride an overnight bus in Vietnam

Jessica Hoadley breaks down the choose-your-own-adventure that is the Vietnam backpacker bus scene.YOU’RE IN HANOI or Ho Chi Minh City and want to travel the coast. Like most backpackers, you’re not considering flights, and even the overnight trains cost too much. At the same time, you’re not ready to buy an ancient Russian scooter and compete with the locals for elbow space on the road.

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Photo Essay: Going Inside Brazil’s Prisons Miscellaneous

Photo Essay: Going Inside Brazil’s Prisons

Photographers Michelle Ferng and Danny Thiemann share photos from their project documenting life in Brazilian prisons.Michelle and Danny explain the impetus for their documentary project:Our job was to capture the stories and images related to prison life, the city streets, the courtrooms and the debates shaping the future of Brazil’s legal reform.

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21 weird statues from around the world Miscellaneous

21 weird statues from around the world

These sculptures range from fun to freaky and might just make you look twice. 1Eyeless HeadThis sculpture in Krakow& 39;s main square is hollow and people like to pose inside, peeping from the empty eye sockets.Photo: art makes me smile2Goslar NailheadGoslar, Germany, hosts a statue of a flat head with nails driven through from both sides.

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Someone is always watching on the NYC train Miscellaneous

Someone is always watching on the NYC train

Maggie Soladay finds connection with her fellow subway riders by documenting the daily crush of humanity on the trains that snake their way undergound in NYC. She dedicates this photography project to her brother Mike, who was killed by a drunk driver.When I moved to NYC in 2002, I wanted to document the thousands of diverse faces and people I see in transit every day, but it’s not easy to find an unthreatening way to take photos.

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Battling the “who am I to…” syndrome Miscellaneous

Battling the “who am I to…” syndrome

It’s easy to doubt the difference you can make.PLANNING FOR AN UPCOMING TRIP to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been a taxing emotional wrestle. The more I read about the place, and the more cynical travelers that I speak to, the harder it is some days to keep on believing that documentary work can achieve all that much.

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Book review: The Solo Traveler’s Handbook Miscellaneous

Book review: The Solo Traveler’s Handbook

Janice Waugh covers everything from digital detoxing to breaking the ice with a chili cheese omelet.I’VE TRAVELED SOLO, with a partner, and with a group, and to be honest, I think I’m fairly savvy as far as travel planning and safety go. But I picked up more than a few new tips and tidbits thanks to The Solo Traveler’s Handbook – and I also learned that Janice Waugh is a lot cooler than me.

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Sampling all the beers at Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel! Miscellaneous

Sampling all the beers at Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel!

Don’t worry, that exclamation mark actually belongs there.MONTREAL WAS MY first big city love. My first and only. A place with a subway system and skyscrapers and things that normally make me uncomfortable. But Montreal felt familiar, like I had been there before. The beer helped.I talked to a few Montreal enthusiasts before my trip, and one beer expert told me that I had to swing by the Dieu du Ciel!

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What an astronaut sees from outer space [VID] Miscellaneous

What an astronaut sees from outer space [VID]

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut? Here’s your chance.BUT THIS WAY you don’t have to go to space school.The above video was created by using thousands of photographs taken by astronauts from inside the International Space Station. While the footage is originally from NASA, The Atlantic has taken the liberty of editing together the best parts, including the Northern lights over the Poles and lightning crackling in the clouds.

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Cave paintings to the Internet: 50,000 years of IT Miscellaneous

Cave paintings to the Internet: 50,000 years of IT

We’ve always had the need to communicate, but now the medium as changed.THE DESIRE to communicate with one another has been a driving creative force throughout our time on earth. As the medium of expression evolved our message went mobile and traveled through worlds both physical and digital. 1Prehistoric Cave Art ~ 50,000 - 20,000 BCOne of the earliest methods of information technology that survives today is the paleolithic cave paintings left by our prehistoric ancestors.

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How NOT to internet date Miscellaneous

How NOT to internet date

Candice Walsh checks out the world of online dating, and comes back with advice on what NOT to do if you want it to be a success.I’ve tried Internet dating a few times. The experience is always amusing. I’m often ashamed to admit this; most people just don’t understand. Even I can’t help but judge myself.

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The world’s largest religious statues Miscellaneous

The world’s largest religious statues

Monuments to the world’s religious figures are built big. 1Cristo de la Concordia, Cochabamba, BoliviaTallest statue of Christ in the world (when bases aren& 39;t counted) at 34.2 meters / Photo: ozziebackpacker2Cristo Re - Dili, East TimorReminds us how culturally distinct East Timor is from surrounding IndonesiaPhoto: yeowatzup3Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilStanding watch on Corcovado Mountain, likely has the best view of any statue / Photo: tharso4Cristo del Otero, Palencia, SpainTallest Christ statue in Europe, designed in post-cubist style / Photo: alfonso benayas5Cristo Rei, Almada, PortugalBuilt in 1959 with a base almost three times taller than the statue itself / Photo: Isa Costa6Christ of the Abyss, off Key Largo, USAOne of several underwater bronze Christ statues in the world / Photo: Serge Melki7Cristo Rey del Cubilete, Silao, MexicoStands in the geographical center of the country / Photo: RussBowling8Leshan Buddha, Leshan, ChinaThough not a freestanding structure, still one of the largest statues anywhere in the world / Photo: drs2biz9Virgen de la Paz, Trujillo, VenezuelaTallest statue in Latin America at over 46 meters / Photo: Photocapy10Shiva, Rishikesh, IndiaSits right on the bank of the Ganges / Photo: jarmotuisk11Lord Murugan, Gombak, MalaysiaGuards the entrance to the enshrined Batu Caves outside of Kuala Lumpur / Photo:~MVI~12Maitreya Buddha, Emei Lake, TaiwanA 72-meter statue constructed next to a Buddhist temple / Photo: Wm Jas13Virgin Mary, Haskovo, BulgariaWorld& 39;s largest depicting Mary holding Jesus / Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis14Guan Yin, Penang, MalaysiaPart of the Kek Lok Si Temple complex on Penang Island / Photo: jerine

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A real-deal flying car that you can actually buy Miscellaneous

A real-deal flying car that you can actually buy

DaVinci…The Wright Brothers…Terrafugia?No one can say for sure whether Boston-Based Terrafugia’s “roadable aircraft,” dubbed the “Transition” will become the Model T of flying automobiles, but today’s news that the FAA has approved the vehicle for a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds and a maximum speed of 115 mph is a significant sign of progress for Jetson wannabe’s everywhere.

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How to know when you’re NOT ready to pack up & go? Miscellaneous

How to know when you’re NOT ready to pack up & go?

It’s easy. Ask yourself these two simple questions.I’m supposed to be writing an article about the different ways in which we measure ourselves, but I can’t concentrate because somewhere in the yard behind me I can hear Lila screaming at the dog.Sometimes she laughs, which makes me smile, but it inevitably rises into a whiny crescendo.

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Delightfully delicious campfire desserts Miscellaneous

Delightfully delicious campfire desserts

Sweet recipes to cosy up with under the stars.Summer is almost here and what comes immediately to mind is one of life’s most simple pleasures: camping. Sleeping underneath the stars, cooking with an open fire, and of course delicious campfire treats. Here are some delectable delights that will warm your tummy and satisfy that sweet tooth we always get when bonding with the great outdoors.

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DIY plumbing: Green ways to clean a drain Miscellaneous

DIY plumbing: Green ways to clean a drain

Susanna Donato shares eco-friendly ways to unclog your drains and get on with your life.It’s been getting slower. You’ve been ignoring it. Or you have indoor plumbing … barely. Or you’re rushing to an interview, brush your teeth and find you’ll be leaving your housemate a not-so-verdant pool in the bathroom sink.

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The Uganda you don’t see in the news Miscellaneous

The Uganda you don’t see in the news

After years of photographing all aspects of life in Uganda, Will Boase shares a look rarely seen in the mainstream media.1Medical SchoolA doctor gestures to his students during a demonstration of a sonogram technique used to determine causes of infertility. Shot in Arua Hospital, in the Senke Ward--named after the brand of motorbike that causes the bulk of the injuries seen inside.

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Love in the time of Matador: When the boyfriend stays home Miscellaneous

Love in the time of Matador: When the boyfriend stays home

Photo by authorMatador Life is kicking off its newest relationship series, Love in the Time of Matador, with insights from traveler Kelsey Freeman.As a frequent traveler, one of the most important criteria I look for in significant others is a love of the world and a well-traveled past. So you can imagine my joy when I found a guy who was raised in the foreign service and grew up in places like Yugoslavia and Botswana.

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We need to remember how to play again [VID] Miscellaneous

We need to remember how to play again [VID]

When did life get so dang serious?IF YOU’RE LIKE ME and have watched the TED Talk video above, you probably have tears in your eyes from laughing so hard. Actually, they’re not just tears of laughter, they’re tears of love too because this kind of thing brings pure joy to my heart. Life can feel heavy.

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A survival guide for future prisoners Miscellaneous

A survival guide for future prisoners

Carl Cattermole spent three years in a British prison, and wants you to know what he knows–just in case.Prison.What a strange place: society’s cupboard full of crooks, a whole world of mystery, misery, and myths. What’s even more strange is that I feel as though I still dont understand it despite having spent nearly a year there.

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On the front porch with a gun, waiting for the black people to come Miscellaneous

On the front porch with a gun, waiting for the black people to come

It was August 10 2003, the day an enormous blackout darkened the entire eastern United States and parts of Canada. People worried that another terrorist attack was upon us. People worried there would be riots and looting. One person I know sat on his front porch, deep in Long Island, sat there all night long with his shot gun.

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