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How to: Make Toilet Paper Origami
How to: Make Toilet Paper Origami

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.

When traveling, what comes first: Place or self?
When traveling, what comes first: Place or self?

To what extent are introspection and engagement compatible when you travel?IF YOU ARE A WOMAN, and are looking for a mentor for your next African journalistic masterpiece, Michaela Wrong is taking applications. I have massive respect for the author of In the footsteps of Mr Kurtz and Our turn to eat.

God Abroad: Defending Your Spirituality To The Locals
God Abroad: Defending Your Spirituality To The Locals

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.

Yogis at play: Spend 10 minutes doing something fun
Yogis at play: Spend 10 minutes doing something fun

If they can do it, why can’t you?EVEN IF YOU love the work you do, are traveling around the world in search of adventure, or are working your little heart out toward spiritual enlightenment, sometimes the daily grind just takes over.We forget about one of life’s most important qualities: play.From the photographer who shot the above scene:In Rishikesh (upper India) which is a spiritual abode of yogis from across the world, I saw a bunch of yogis in a rare playful mood.

Poems for Travelers: Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs
Poems for Travelers: Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs

Sometimes the most vital piece of gear is a book of poems that makes you feel less alone. Matador Senior Ed. David Miller’s pick? Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs.Four weeks ago I was doing a Google search for “literary writing + web 2.0.” I found the name Tao Lin. I started reading his stuff. I started reading his friends’ stuff.

43 skateboard magazine campaigns for funds
43 skateboard magazine campaigns for funds

I know very little to nothing about skateboarding. But I fully embrace anyone who challenges the status quo.Started by Allen Ying, a skateboard photographer in New York City, 43 will be a magazine featuring high quality skateboard photographs. 43, or the front-side non-comply trick, the skater puts one foot down and turns the board around, while continually moving forward.

15 signs you might have been in Oman too long
15 signs you might have been in Oman too long

Photos: authorBaxter Jackson weighs in on too many years in Oman.1.You get resentful when you actually have to work.2.You use your hazard lights more than your indicators.3.You don’t consider the table fully set until there’s a box of Kleenex on it.4.You think that double and triple parking is ok when you can’t find a spot right next to the door.

Notes on White Levis
Notes on White Levis

In the basin-range of Nevada, Mary Sojourner finds discarded clothes, a rusted-out car, threads of stories that lead her to reflect on gambling, loss, and meaning.IT’S SEVEN A.M., LATE OCTOBER. Nevada basin-range stretches pale olive in all directions. Last night I lost everything I played, slept in the back of the truck, woke long before dawn to see Orion moving across the black sky, silent, reliable, his prey crouched in eternal safety at his feet.

The 10-pound folding kayak
The 10-pound folding kayak

Chuck Corwin, a retired engineer from Idaho, spent ten years creating the world’s most portable kayak.Corwin created a 12-foot, foldable kayak light enough to be packed into a backpack with room to spare for paddles, accesories, and lunch.Weighing in at only 10 pounds, the Alice Boat assembles in less than 30 minutes for boating in any flat-water lake.

Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat
Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

Feature photo by Nikola Plejic / Above, photo of Femi Kuti and dancers by flykrGrowing up in Nigeria, I remember how parents deemed the Afrika Shrine off-limits. Shrouded in mystery, with rumors of being a hedonistic drug haven during the eighties, there was an air of mystique that hung around a 20 mile radius of the club.

Working with the Deaf in Vietnam
Working with the Deaf in Vietnam

Photos courtesy of the author“Find a cause that matters to you, take a volunteer trip, and you will likely return a better person for the experience,” reflects Paige Stringer on her experience teaching hearing-impaired schoolchildren in Vietnam.I met Thien on the second day of my volunteer assignment at the Thuan An boarding school for the hearing impaired in Vietnam.

Writing and Driving: Notes from 1000 RPMs
Writing and Driving: Notes from 1000 RPMs

Considering the desert (and other things) at under two miles per hour.THE NEEDLE ON THE TEMP GAUGE pushed into the red. And then it kept going, like the needle on an old record player when the song ends. We were at the foot of the wash, just out of cell range, still 3500 vertical feet and ten long miles from the crest of the Inyos.