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Ebb and flow: Moving through beginnings and endings
Ebb and flow: Moving through beginnings and endings

As Christine Garvin takes her leave, she wonders if we can ever not feel loss when something in our life comes to an end.MOVING ON is rarely an easy thing. For me at least.No matter how much I love to travel, no matter how much of a rush I get out of stepping off an airplane onto soil that hadn’t previously made its way in between the grooves of my soles, stepping back onto that airplane to go somewhere else always leaves me with a sense of loss.

Twelve Ways to Experience Rio de Janiero Like a Carioca
Twelve Ways to Experience Rio de Janiero Like a Carioca

How to get to know Rio like the native cariocasAs summer in the northern hemisphere is coming to a close, booking a ticket to Rio de Janeiro for a warm, boozy winter escape sounds like a perfect idea.Magazine articles, travel guides, and that friend of your parents have all told you what to see and do.

Working with Street Kids in Uruguay
Working with Street Kids in Uruguay

All photos by the author.El Abrojo, a non-governmental organization founded in 1988, has locations in 16 cities throughout Uruguay.In the small city of Las Piedras on the outskirts of Montevideo, El Abrojo focuses on helping children who work and live on the streets.The name of the NGO is often believed to be a shortened version of the Spanish phrase, “Abre Los Ojos,” meaning to open one’s eyes.

SPOIL: Say NO to an oil pipeline from Alberta to the westcoast of BC (VIDEO)
SPOIL: Say NO to an oil pipeline from Alberta to the westcoast of BC (VIDEO)

Take 44 mins one of these days and watch this. It won “Best Environmental Film” at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2011.Enbridge wants to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta oilsands (the dirtiest oil in the world) to the west coast of BC through the Great Bear Rainforest, so tankers can cart off the oil to other nations.

Is buying dollars for frequent flier miles unethical?
Is buying dollars for frequent flier miles unethical?

Buying things with your credit card to earn frequent flier miles is a common travel hack. Exploiting a loophole in US currency legislation to buy dollar coins, earn flyer rewards, and then deposit them to clear the debt on the card seems like genius. But when you start buying anywhere from $40,000 to $600,000, it starts to look like exploitation of the system.

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.

Nice day for a white wedding
Nice day for a white wedding

I’m arriving late to the ‘I threw up a little’ reception.FANCY HAVING a colonial-themed wedding? Why not hold it in Mpumalanga, South Africa? And for good measure, let’s include guests and servants whose composition, from appearances, might well resemble the heyday of Kenyan aristocracy. Y’know – before the natives got all uppity.

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.

Sweden celebrates International Women’s Day with baby strollers
Sweden celebrates International Women’s Day with baby strollers

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, hundreds of women (700+) with babies, strollers, dogs, and a few men in tow gathered in Norrmalmstorg, then headed down Hamngatan, past Kungsträdgården towards Sergels torg – the center of Stockholm in what is called Barnvagnsmarschen (Babystroller March) – organized by Unite For Women.

Member Spotlight: Not Your Average Summer Vacation
Member Spotlight: Not Your Average Summer Vacation

Ahh… June. Time for the annual family vacation! The average experience of spending quality time with the family is generally equal parts fun and frustration.But Matador member Nancy Sathre-Vogel is not planning an average family vacation. Nancy and her family will be hitting the road next week, traveling by the seat of their pants—literally.

Finding my spiritual home
Finding my spiritual home

Rebecca Ashton found home in a place she’d never visited before. How does that happen?NOTHING PREPARED ME for the overwhelming feeling I had when I stepped off the plane in Cairo. A sense of relief ran through my body. I was back where I belonged. I was safe again. I thought this strange, though, seeing as I had never stepped foot in Egypt before.

Discover Be-Dom: Portugal’s percussion-mad sextuplet
Discover Be-Dom: Portugal’s percussion-mad sextuplet

Be-Bom is one of the most innovative acts to come out of Portugal since that da Gama guy.With their first DVD only out this week, Be-Dom is making a fast name for themselves in Portugal. The six members of this Porto based group mix performance art with music composed entirely on instruments made of found materials.