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The 10 most endangered rivers in the US

The 10 most endangered rivers in the US

Whether you know it or not, if you live in, eat in, drink in, water your lawn in, or visit the United States, you are connected to the Colorado River.We need water. Fresh water is crucial to every living thing on this planet, especially humans. Brushing your teeth, making your morning coffee, eating the lettuce in your sandwich or salad, the strawberries on your cereal….

10 foreign words we just can’t translate

10 foreign words we just can’t translate

If we think of a language as a framework within which expression takes place, it becomes clear that no two frameworks express exactly the same set of ideas. There is a word for “water” in every language, but not all languages have a word for, say, “a vaguely melancholy nostalgia for something that is not yet gone.

What’s the most photogenic city in the world?

What’s the most photogenic city in the world?

Which cities do you like to photograph most? Learn how to be a travel journalist — check out the curricula at MatadorU today.AS A PHOTOGRAPHER there’s nothing quite like stalking around a city, camera in hand, attempting to capture something of its nuances, atmosphere and people as the newness assaults you from all sides.

A literary pilgrimage: In search of Janet Frame’s New Zealand, part 2

A literary pilgrimage: In search of Janet Frame’s New Zealand, part 2

The second installment in a week-long series here at Matador. Read part 1.I ARRIVED on the inaugural flight of Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Auckland, where we were greeted by two border agents spraying our cabin with aerosol cans of disinfectant and at the gate by a band of Maoris, whose bloodcurdling war cries gradually dissolved into a song of welcome.

You won’t believe the waves in Melanesia

You won’t believe the waves in Melanesia

You won& 39;t believe the waves in Melanesia - Our SiteTHIS IS NOT for those who are only after the tried and tested wave magnets — those consistent spots where you’ll find “guaranteed waves” aboard a luxury surf charter boat. Not that there’s anything wrong with booking your two weeks’ annual leave around a surf break known for waves six months of the year.

These sailboats are so fast you need helmets

These sailboats are so fast you need helmets

I GREW UP racing small (Lightning class) sailboats, and was a kid during the infamous 1988 America’s Cup when Dennis Connor, faced with limited funding and a New Zealand team with the fastest mono-hull sailboat ever built, broke out in a radical new direction by racing (and winning) in a catamaran.One of the news stories I remember from that time was how skipper Dennis Connor and crew had to actually train for the event not just in terms of sailing but of fitness, as sailing this new type of craft was so physical.

How to avoid sounding ridiculous when using quotes

How to avoid sounding ridiculous when using quotes

Learn the skills you need to be a travel journalist — check out the curricula at MatadorU today.EARLIER THIS WEEK, I was reading an article about an imported goods shop in New York City.The author seemed to want to give the reader the sensory experience of being in the shop—a tiny space with lots of character, stacked from floor to rafters with barrels of olives, tins of tuna, and ropes of locally cured chorizo.

Notes from a red-light district, Calcutta

Notes from a red-light district, Calcutta

Sangita Dey was driven from her village home by profound poverty. Or rather, profound poverty made her vulnerable. Given away by her mother who couldn’t feed her, she was married off as a young teenager. Sangita then became her mother-in-law’s slave, loaded with housework and starved. Sangita’s husband allowed his brother to molest her, and he abused her himself.

Scared shitless: A Peruvian evacuation

Scared shitless: A Peruvian evacuation

As the bartender hammered boards across the windows, I locked myself in the bathroom and cursed myself for such bad timing. My hiking group had run out of the bar and left me to my own demise, except for my friend Sandra, who is one of those unflappable travel partners who can handle just about anything.

Adventure film beyond adventure porn

Adventure film beyond adventure porn

5POINT FILM FESTIVAL just released their 2013 teaser (above). While there are some familiar frames of the genre we’re calling “adventure porn,” for me the human expressions quickly overshadow the gnar.And yet, those expressions of pain and victory are tied to it. This selection of moments reminds me that the mindset that pushes us to climb a mountain is the same that challenges us to do anything in life — anything except stand still.

When faith shakes out on the side of social justice

When faith shakes out on the side of social justice

It is my Sunday refuge, the old-fashioned Quaker meeting hall with its long benches and its empty tiers of balcony benches, a reminder of the day when silence was more in vogue in New York. Founded in the mid-1600s by the contemplative Englishman George Fox, who rejected the pomp of Anglicanism for the simplicity of inwardly waiting for the spirit of God to make itself felt, his new brand of Christianity was brought to these shores, by missionaries, in 1657.

Win a trip ‘Around the World’

Win a trip ‘Around the World’

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? What if you could go everywhere?Around the World in 80 Days is an Off-Broadway play by Mark Brown, directed and designed by Rachel Klein. Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel, it’s “a dazzling fast-paced play with 39 characters comedically portrayed by 5 unparalleled actors.

50 stunning ice formations from around the world [pics]

50 stunning ice formations from around the world [pics]

Last month, we proclaimed: You’ve never seen water like this. You could probably say the same about the ice formations featured below.1Mendenhall Glacier cave, Juneau, AlaskaBeneath southeastern Alaska& 39;s Mendenhall Glacier runs this nicely rounded tunnel which, according to the photographer, connects to a larger cavern further in.

Ming Rothaus and the cafe jazz scene in Shuhe, China

Ming Rothaus and the cafe jazz scene in Shuhe, China

Flemming Rothaus Lauritsen started playing drums at age 7, inspired by his father’s jazz band; he had his first performance with his dad when he was 9. With a foundation in swing, jazz, and big-band, he moved to New York City in 1993 to redefine his style and sound. Since then, he’s experimented with world jazz, hip hop, blues, roots, and reggae, and is a tough musician to pigeonhole.

The Galápagos is no place for a fear of the ocean

The Galápagos is no place for a fear of the ocean

It was a shadowless day in the Galápagos — overcast skies rendered the water grey and opaque, even in the shallow inlet where our boat rested. The ocean current carried us east at a walking pace towards open water. Beyond that, there was the Pacific, and at its dark threshold was the spot we were given to snorkel.

The family wagon, Balinese style

The family wagon, Balinese style

We used to laugh and point. Now this is how we roll.I post the photo thinking I’m being cute and funny. My friends and family back in “more civilized” parts of the world are mortified (and mildly amused). I understand this reaction. I had it once myself.The photo in question shows me on my motorbike.

How travel has ruined me

How travel has ruined me

One of the things I love about traveling is acclimating to the cultural norms of a place. I like being aware, and a part of, situations that are considered socially acceptable abroad versus what you can (or can’t) get away with at home.I’ve traveled so much that I feel spoiled when it comes to certain liberties, to the point that life becomes somewhat discouraging when I come back to my base and realize, “Damn, I’m not in country X anymore, I gots to follow rules yo.

How UAVs are revolutionizing adventure filmmaking

How UAVs are revolutionizing adventure filmmaking

Matador Ambassador Shon Bollock explains (beginning at 5:13) how he uses a GoPro mounted to a UAV to incorporate groundbreaking aerial shots into his filmmaking.The aerial shot is perhaps the most sought-after angle in the world of film and video production today. Thousands upon thousands of dollars are spent hiring helicopters and planes to get the unique perspective only being in the air can give.

The persistence of humans: A talk with author Amit Majmudar

The persistence of humans: A talk with author Amit Majmudar

Speaking with author Amit Majmudar, I realize how new the world has become. The writer/radiologist from Columbus, Ohio, sounds as young as the guys in the bars in the East Village where I live. (He is 33.) But I emphasize new, not young. The world becomes new when defined in new ways instead of by old interpretations.

You can’t go home again

You can’t go home again

“You can’t go home again,” wrote Thomas Wolfe. He was referring to the spiritual experience of returning to that place that nursed you, that place that molded you before sending you out into the world. He wasn’t referring to the physical, those things you can touch and feel through hands that have aged and wrinkled.