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5 Sony PSP Games to Pack on Your Trip
5 Sony PSP Games to Pack on Your Trip

The Sony PSP is very versatile with an array of impressive games available for the system.Here are five of some of the best games to bring along on your next trip.1. God of War: Chains of OlympusThe God of War series was a massive hit on the Playstation 2, and now PSP owners can bring it with them on the road.

Kung Fu Fighting Gives Nepalese Nuns a Voice
Kung Fu Fighting Gives Nepalese Nuns a Voice

A sect of Nepalese nuns is taking concentration to a whole new level.Most of the people I know who have learned any martial art became entranced with the practice. Building concentration and powering up in a functional way seems to make people strong not only in body, but mind.Which is why it’s pretty damn cool that some Nepalese nuns are practicing kung fu for up to two hours a day.

The best, strangest, and most dangerous roads
The best, strangest, and most dangerous roads

At Matador, we’ve never shied away from the road. In fact, we live for the road.From Jack Kerouac cruising in a convertible down America’s highways to Ewan McGregor on a motorbike kicking up dust in the Mongolian plains, the road is an open call for the adventurous traveler. Even Clark Griswold had his moments on the road: Christie Brinkley in a red Ferrari; a dead grandma in the backseat.

Bariloche Juxtaposition
Bariloche Juxtaposition

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.

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.

Homeward Bound: How Travel Brings You Home Again
Homeward Bound: How Travel Brings You Home Again

Sometimes, going home is all you need to see how far you’ve come.Ninth grade partying / Photo: Ashley SebrellI spent this past weekend surrounded by old high school friends. One was getting married (the one sitting in the chair in the photo to the right), and his wedding brought quite a few of our old “group” together.

Hidden culture: Finding Korea in northern Virginia
Hidden culture: Finding Korea in northern Virginia

Feature photo: etrepum / All other photos by authorThere’s a reason my hometown of Annandale is nicknamed Koreatown.NOT UNTIL I started studying Korean in college did I learn that. East Asian culture permeates many areas of Northern Virginia and is easily accessible for Washingtonians eager to experience it.

Waiting For Life To Begin In A Burmese Refugee Camp
Waiting For Life To Begin In A Burmese Refugee Camp

Part III in a series exploring the experience and responsibility of the traveler in the 21st century. Read the introductory post here then read Part I and Part II.I wake up realizing the familiar acquaintance of feeling lost accompanies me and I see a long day of passing time ahead.I think of home, my purpose, where I should be right now, what I should be doing.

TSA screener steals your laptop, sells it on eBay
TSA screener steals your laptop, sells it on eBay

THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED to hundreds of passengers whose bags was screened by Pythias Brown at Newark International. For a year +, he would swipe 2-3 valuable items per week from passenger luggage and sell them on eBay for cheap, making a total of $400,000.Brown was caught and jailed in 2009, but the problem is much bigger than him.

10 Key Points For Understanding The Protests In Thailand
10 Key Points For Understanding The Protests In Thailand

Photo by adaptorplug – Feature photo Craig MartellPolitical passions are raging in Bangkok and the future of the Thai government is uncertain. Here’s what you need to know.Last week, thousands of anti-government demonstrators besieged the offices of Thailand’s prime minister, demanding his resignation.

One frenzied weekend in Fes
One frenzied weekend in Fes

Photos: authorA sudden water scare in Fes reminds an expat of his inherent vulnerability.Saturday was the first day all week I didn’t need to wear my rain jacket to walk out the door. It was also the day the whispers began all throughout the medina, and grew to a frenzy.After almost a whole week of driving rains, culminating in an all-day deluge on Friday, a friend and I spent the morning exploring the Old City and returned to the local salon de thé for lunch in the garden.

Mad as Hell Doctors take their tour on the road
Mad as Hell Doctors take their tour on the road

The Mad as Hell Docs’ RV, Photo courtesy of the author. Feature photo: Progress Ohio“Why are you mad as hell?”The question was posed to a panel of doctors in a high school auditorium in Sequim, Washington.Answers varied, but all had the common thread that the current health care system is broken, inefficient, and corrupt and that the best solution is universal single-payer health care.