Tomorrow, Iranians will go to the polls to vote for president. Though no woman is running, the outcome will reflect the extent to which women are redefining politics and public space in Iran and throughout the region.Photo: Amir Farshad EbrahimiThe future of incumbent candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at stake in tomorrow’s election.
Matador Pulse Editor Eva Holland reviews this popular niche travel book.I began reading Wanderlust and Lipstick for Women Traveling to India with both hope and apprehension.I’m generally skeptical of travel resources aimed specifically at us gals; all too often, they play to tired stereotypes (“How to Pack ALL Your Shoes!
Photo: The author at her NGO in Indonesia.Starting the NGO is the easy part. But the aftermath? Now, that’s the thing that keeps you up at night.I recently started an NGO, 4th World Love, that focuses on community development in distant lands and I’ve learned a few lessons on the front lines of grassroots NGO’dom.
You are sitting with a family that has invited you in for tea, one of countless offers of hospitality you have experienced since you arrived in the new land.As you share stories of family, friends, travel and life you marvel at how easily people can bridge the differences between them. For that moment, everything is perfect.
Photo by Laura BernheinHappy 2008 everyone! This top ten list of travel writer resolutions is dedicated to each of you who has been pouring your energy and dedication into the craft of travel writing. Let’s take it up another notch in 2008.10. Come up with an idea a day. This doesn’t mean you have to write everyday—though that would be nice, too— but it does mean that if you come up with a single idea every day in 2008, you’ll have a storehouse of 365 ideas that you can draw from when you’re low on inspiration.
What do you dream about when you’re far from home?After volunteering for two years in Togo, I was ready to come home. Yet as my departure approached, the anxieties set in – with whom would I practice my French? Where would I eat plantains with rice and peanut sauce? Who would express as much excitement about my daily front door exit as the Togolese children?
Photo: Shermee When I left for Chile, I thought I’d be gone for a short time. That short time has turned into five years, during which my niece has aged from a tot of three to a kid of eight, and a new nephew has joined the fray. I’ve developed some great ways to keep the kids in the loop, and to make me into less of a stranger than I might be when we get back together.
Photos: stuartpilbrowMatador U student and contributor Abbie Mood takes the No Impact Week Challenge.In November of 2006, New York City resident Colin Beavan, along with his wife and daughter, set out to live with no net environmental impact.Fast forward three years later, add the Huffington Post, and you have No Impact Week.
How do we remember place?IN THE CENTER of the plaza is a statue of General J. A Roca,¹ his face tagged with pink and green paint. Two pot-leaves are stenciled on his jacket, and the word “GENOCIDIA” is written in all caps across his horse (whose balls and eyes and nostrils are also pink). Spraypainted on the base of the statue, the side facing the wind, are the words “PUEBLO MAPUCHE.
When I got back from vacation last year, the community where I live was buzzing about FODfest and its high energy fundraising concert. I missed the performance but was able to catch up with Executive Director, Todd Mack, and learn more about this inspiring organization.Todd Mack and a band of American and American-Israeli artists had just held a FODfest concert at a school in Negev Desert in Israel.
Photo: authorIf a rocket hit, I decided I would run north half a block, up the hill.There was an alley where a fallen concrete slab made an ‘N’ with the walls. I couldn’t see the alley anymore but in my head blazed a red-hot letter ‘N.’Norte, habebe.A gibbous moon hung low over the four-lane artery soldiers called Route Rat, where a cluster of sidewalk stores ended a long stretch of rubble and crushed buildings.
A New Yorker who’s skeptical of guidebooks applies her critical eye to Amazon’s vast selection of NYC guides and chooses the 10 best on the market.10. AIA Guide to New York CitySome of the best guidebooks are those that focus exclusively on a specific aspect of a place, and that’s why I like this guide.