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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.

Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship
Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship

All photos: authorTraveling on a shoestring gave this traveler a sharp sense of life in Indonesia.How on Earth did I get here?The cramped lifeboat, rigged twenty feet above the ship’s main deck, swayed in the afternoon storm.I had been sandwiched between two families outside when the downpour began. Now, having followed a band of Indonesians up a ladder into the covered lifeboat, I hunched over, trying to calm my stomach as they sang a local pop song led by a badly tuned guitar.

Three Yosemite hikers dead after being swept over waterfall
Three Yosemite hikers dead after being swept over waterfall

More US National Park fatalities demonstrate how wild the wilderness is, even in the summer.ON MY VISITS TO Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks this summer, park rangers laughed when my friend and I requested permits for multi-day backcountry passes, especially without having snow-proof gear.

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.

Twitter Contest Giveaway: iMainGo2 Portable Speakers
Twitter Contest Giveaway: iMainGo2 Portable Speakers

As part of the Matador Twitter contest, we will be spotlighting cool gear we’ll be giving away to lucky readers.One of the sleekest portable speakers out on the market, the iMainGo2 not only provides high quality “room-flooding” sound when hooked to your MP3 player, its hard casing helps protect it too.

A Day at Guantanamo Bay: One Guard’s Perspective
A Day at Guantanamo Bay: One Guard’s Perspective

I applied for a press pass to visit the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in February 2008.Seven months later, I was notified I’d been approved for a visit, one of the only journalists to visit the Joint Task Force portion of the base this year. JTF is the part of the base where detainees in the US’s War on Terror are being held.

The Top 10 South Shore Spots for Surfer Chicks
The Top 10 South Shore Spots for Surfer Chicks

Photo by Brenda YunFemale surfers do not have to look far to find the source of their inspiration. Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore appear to be paving a new path, reminding us that girls can be amazing surfers too.Nevertheless, it was only fifty years ago that women began to break into the surf scene with figures like Gidget and the “Queen of the Makaha,” Rell Sun.

Charge Your Body and Your Batteries
Charge Your Body and Your Batteries

This eco-friendly battery charger is also good for your mind, body, and spirit.The Roll Charger, created by product designer Jiang Qian, is a battery charger based on traditional Chinese rolling balls, also known as Baoding Balls. Rotating two Baoding Balls in one hand is believed to stimulate acupuncture points and finger nerves, as well as loosening bones and muscles.

Boost Your Happiness & Creativity By Acting Like A Child
Boost Your Happiness & Creativity By Acting Like A Child

Photos by Leigh ShulmanWe always say how it’s important to appreciate the small things in life, but do we really believe it?Mornings have been difficult in our house lately. My five-year-old Lila takes her proverbial sweet time getting dressed. Every little thing, shirt, shoes, socks, everything becomes a massive time consuming endeavor.

Notes on a Picture I took in Haiti
Notes on a Picture I took in Haiti

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.

The English language’s 10 worst Christmas songs
The English language’s 10 worst Christmas songs

From poverty porn to sappy love to easy listening, the music industry has all bases covered to tug the heartstrings of the uncritical listener.They get stuck in your head and follow you from store to store. From the ones you can’t shake to the ones you’ve never heard before, these are the worst songs of Christmas.

Social media intern needed at Confronting Love
Social media intern needed at Confronting Love

We’re looking for someone who shares our vision and wants to be a part of the movement.AROUND EIGHT MONTHS ago, former Brave New Traveler editor, Christine Garvin, and I started a blog called Confronting Love. In a relatively short amount of time we’ve managed to attract a solid following. We each had our own reasons for starting the site, but the grand, overall theme of promoting diversity in relationships and questioning the essence of the overused word “love” has emerged.