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A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay
A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay

On a trip to the Uruguayan capital, Matador Trips editor Hal Amen gets coated in airborne animal fat and sausage grease.My wife and I ride the seesaw between full-on veganism and a pack of hyenas. But when we heard about Mercado del Puerto, there was no question which side we’d end up on in Montevideo.

Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat
Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

Feature photo by Nikola Plejic / Above, photo of Femi Kuti and dancers by flykrGrowing up in Nigeria, I remember how parents deemed the Afrika Shrine off-limits. Shrouded in mystery, with rumors of being a hedonistic drug haven during the eighties, there was an air of mystique that hung around a 20 mile radius of the club.

How to visit foreign markets and bazaars with respect
How to visit foreign markets and bazaars with respect

Don’t be afraid of checking out foreign markets. Great deals can be had, all while learning about the locals.Stall stands tell stories: what grows, what people eat, how they dress, talk and spend their money. Budget travelers need not shy away from the bustle simply because they’re not planning to buy.

10 Reasons Why A Scarf Is A Must Pack
10 Reasons Why A Scarf Is A Must Pack

There are two things I never travel without. The other is a scarf.A scarf is a great multi-purpose item for when you’re trying to pack light. Here’s why.FashionNo doubt your clothing will not see a washing machine and iron very often on the road. A scarf can help spruce up a suffering wardrobe.Sleeping SheetLay a scarf on your bed to cover those questionable looking stains on guest house sheets.

Big Brother Mouse: A Book for Every Child in Laos
Big Brother Mouse: A Book for Every Child in Laos

Photos courtesy of the author.Imagine a place where there are no books; where most people have never seen a book, except perhaps a dry and dog-eared textbook shared by a classroom of students in the village school.Imagine children learning to ‘read’ by looking at letters and words written on a chalkboard – if they have the luxury of attending school at all.

Coke’s Campaign to Set the Travel World A-Twitter
Coke’s Campaign to Set the Travel World A-Twitter

Photo: Slumdog Thousandaire; Feature photo: Michael PickardThe Coca-Cola Company is sending a team made up of three young explorers on a year-long quest to find out what makes people happy. Which makes Tom Gates cranky.Somewhere, a marketing executive must have smoked a bowl and watched “The Amazing Race.

The Last Iceman of Chimborazo
The Last Iceman of Chimborazo

Baltazar Ushca, the hielero of Ecuador’s highest glacierTravel to the glaciers of Chimborazo with Baltazar Uscha, the last of his people to continue the centuries-old tradition of the hieleros.We’re heading towards the home of Baltazar Ushca, the last of the icemen of Chimborazo. The mountain is the highest peak in Ecuador at 6,310 meters, about 20,565 feet.

Is your computer killing the planet?
Is your computer killing the planet?

If the answer to that question is “Yes,” as the New Scientist suggests it is, then I’m in a whole heap of trouble.There are a lot of lifestyle changes I’ve made for the sake of the planet.Photo: “thoRI recycle. I got rid of my car a few years back and walk or use public transportation. I carry reusable bags so I don’t need plastic bags from the grocery store.

Pocket Cultures invites Matadorians to participate in writing contest
Pocket Cultures invites Matadorians to participate in writing contest

Tell a story about a children’s game for your chance to be published by Pocket Cultures.Our friends at Pocket Cultures are putting together a book and they want to give you a chance to be in it.Several MatadorU students and grads write for Pocket Cultures, a website whose mission is to ” increase connections, awareness and understanding between different cultures.

Gonzo Traveler: The Trouble With Tourist Money In Tribal Ethiopia
Gonzo Traveler: The Trouble With Tourist Money In Tribal Ethiopia

Paying locals for photographs has hideously backfired in Ethiopia, as Robin Esrock finds out on his latest adventure.It can get a little intense. / Photo Robin EsrockI wake up to the sound of a women screaming in sexual climax.Unfortunately, she’s not in my room, but rather, in the room next to mine, although with the cardboard walls she may as well be lying in my bed.

India will offer cars to citizens who sterilize themselves
India will offer cars to citizens who sterilize themselves

Until recently in India if you wanted to own the hip Tata Nano car, you had to shell out the $2500 to buy it. Not so anymore.This week BBC news announced that the state of Rajasthan is offering free cars to men and women who voluntarily sterilize themselves. It’s part of a newly launched health campaign to control India’s growing population, which is expected to exceed China’s population by the year 2030.

How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World
How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World

Engaged travel teaches humility and mutual understanding, key ingredients for world peace.Australia, like most developed western countries, has had the world arrive at its doorstep.Even in small country towns, you can’t walk down the street without a spattering of Mandarin spilling out to the sidewalk from the local Chinese take-away; Con the fruiter hawking his produce; passing worshipers on their way to a mosque, temple or synagogue.