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Guide to starting a band overseas
Guide to starting a band overseas

The plan is to make the move overseas to some exotic locale, not for a few rambling weeks or months, but for an extended commitment of a year or perhaps more of work or study.Along with a backpack full of your worldly possessions and a local phrasebook, you’ve also toted your guitar, your drumsticks, your oboe, or whichever instrument with which you can’t possibly bear to part.

Honduras after the coup
Honduras after the coup

From Flickr photographer Yamil Gonzales (translated from the Spanish): “Photos of protests in front of the Presidential Home, taken on June 29, 2009. I edited/modified these as little as possible so that they appear as close as possible to what occurred.”Graffiti reads: Get out, transnationals.Grafitti reads: Mel Zelaya’s nickname , the people are with you until the end.

Free the Hikers: Rally For Shane and Josh In New York City [PHOTOS]
Free the Hikers: Rally For Shane and Josh In New York City [PHOTOS]

On the eve of their trial in Iran, supporters of Shane and Josh gather to demand their freedom.Hey Friends, Family and Supporters,It was an incredible, peaceful, loving and heart-breaking rally today in NYC to mark two terrible years of injustice for Shane and Josh. There were probably over a hundred people there and a ton of media.

Notes on Hal’s Pants
Notes on Hal’s Pants

As part of our series on nonlinear travel writing, this story by Hal Amen reveals place through pants.All photos: AuthorMarch, 2010The pants hang over the chair back, butt up.Six inches below the right rear pocket, a rip runs vertically for two inches down the leg. The way the pants hang puckers the rip open.

Notes on the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Notes on the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Photo: wikipedia commonsFour years after the waters recede Megan Hill remembers Katrina and the moment she knew her life would never be the same.1. I woke up early the morning of August 29 in my friend Emily’s house, where I’d stayed for a few days while my college in coastal Alabama was evacuated. Sometime that morning, while I was trying to go back to sleep, a thirty-two foot wall of water slammed into the beach front communities of Waveland and Bay St.

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.

A beginner’s guide to cold-brewed iced coffee
A beginner’s guide to cold-brewed iced coffee

Being a coffee drinker in the summer can be a sweaty habit. About a month ago, I switched from my regular hot coffee ritual to cold-brewing iced coffee every day. It’s cold. It tastes great. It also takes 12 hours to make.Photo: mynameisharshaWhy Cold-Brew?Chilling hot coffee is a common way to make quick and easy iced coffee.

The other September 11
The other September 11

Photos courtesy of authorIn Santiago, Chile a city of seven million inhabitants, thousands of miles from what we have all been trained to refer to as “ground zero,” a major street that runs through the upper-middle class neighborhood and shopping district of Providencia is named September 11th.Properly, it is called “Once de Septiembre,” and it might seem to Americans that Chile is recognizing “our” September 11th.

Stretching on the Seas: The First Ever Arctic Yoga Safari
Stretching on the Seas: The First Ever Arctic Yoga Safari

All photos by authorWyndham Wallace heads north to broaden his horizons – and shoulders – via a unique excursion into healthy living.It’s 8.45am on Saturday morning, and I’m being guided to my yoga class by a reindeer.I’m sitting with four other would-be yoginis in the back of a car driven by a jovial Norwegian local to the village school in Skogvika when the huge antlered beast lumbers into view, its rear end swinging loosely.

Why Hindi-Urdu is one language and Arabic is several
Why Hindi-Urdu is one language and Arabic is several

Linguistic analysis is not always politically correct.Confusion over the linguistic heritage of Urdu is evident in the comment section of our recent article about the world’s most beautiful languages. While more than one person remarked that the Urdu language is poetic, nobody could agree on where it came from.

Win a pair of KEEN shoes and more
Win a pair of KEEN shoes and more

This contest is now closed.Here at Matador Goods, we love KEEN shoes.From the super sexy Newport H2 sandals to the super sturdy Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots, KEEN makes top notch gear that are also practical, efficient, and attractive.And now we’re teaming with KEEN to give away a pair of solid shoes for free!

Protests for peace in Northern Ireland
Protests for peace in Northern Ireland

The people of Northern Ireland have been hitting the streets this week to protest the recent murders of two soldiers and a police officer.The killings come after several years of progress towards stability and peace; the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA, both rebel splinters of the Irish Republican Army that reject the peace process, have claimed responsibility.