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An Interview With Liz Chatburn of Pocket Cultures
An Interview With Liz Chatburn of Pocket Cultures

Liz Chatburn, managing editor of Pocket Cultures, shares her perspective on being part of a cross-cultural couple, how blogs could change travel in the future, and the qualities of a solid piece of travel writing.PocketCultures aims to “put the world in your pocket.” The site features blogs and articles from writers around the world and attempts to provide readers with a palpable, unique sense of local places and cultures.

Notes on the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Notes on the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Photo: wikipedia commonsFour years after the waters recede Megan Hill remembers Katrina and the moment she knew her life would never be the same.1. I woke up early the morning of August 29 in my friend Emily’s house, where I’d stayed for a few days while my college in coastal Alabama was evacuated. Sometime that morning, while I was trying to go back to sleep, a thirty-two foot wall of water slammed into the beach front communities of Waveland and Bay St.

Notes on teaching in Bahrain during the protests
Notes on teaching in Bahrain during the protests

Expat teacher Zeynep Bayraktaroglu utilizes literature and film to help her students open up about political developments in Bahrain.On the morning of February 17th, I noticed an unusual absence of hasty roaring engines and anxious tooting horns which normally would fill the streets during the rush hour.

5 Classic James Michener Novels
5 Classic James Michener Novels

Theodore Scott introduces you to an iconic American author.I love James Michener novels so much people make fun of me for it. His books are thick and they usually have one word titles.Michener takes what could be a dry subject and educates you while also entertaining you with drama in his narrative style.

Five you’ve never: Nathan Larson, A Camp
Five you’ve never: Nathan Larson, A Camp

Feature photo by Amir Chamdin. Photo above by superbomba.Matador launches “Five You’ve Never,” a challenge in which we ask random people to tell us the five coolest things we’ve never seen, heard or read.First up: Nathan Larson of the band A Camp.1. Best Acid-Inspired Movie With Burt Lancaster Set in Connecticut: The Swimmer (1968)Truly a bizarre piece of film making, this 1968 release is actually a dark hallucinatory horror picture dressed up like a sunny domestic drama.

Understanding the war in Kachin
Understanding the war in Kachin

After almost two decades of uneasy peace, war has returned to Kachin, a resource rich region in the far north of Burma.KACHIN BORDERS CHINA, and the current fighting broke out near controversial Chinese hydropower projects. The Burmese government approved these projects and promised to provide security around the dam sites, but the dams are opposed by most Kachin people, whose homelands will be impacted by the flooding and who will not see much of the money or power produced by the dams.

Play Responsibly with Eco-Friendly Toys
Play Responsibly with Eco-Friendly Toys

Know a certain little one with a birthday coming up? Check out Sprig Toys, which specializes in toys for tots that are battery-free, paint-free, eco-friendly, and most importantly, FUN!Feature Photo by Lola Akinmade. Photo Above – Sprig ToysWhat preschooler wouldn’t love the Discover Rig, one of Sprig’s Adventure Series toys?

Notes on Going off the Map
Notes on Going off the Map

How do you reconcile following your flow away from family and friends and into a totally different place where you have to relearn everything?AFTER 6 DAYS I feel like I know at least where the sun rises.This time of year it comes up over the northern flank of Cerro Piltriquitron, just north of the most jagged comb ridge.

Notes on the Other Side of Hawaii
Notes on the Other Side of Hawaii

In which David Page navigates the tweakscape, eats wild pig stew, meets an agent of the King, and witnesses creation (from a “safe” distance).Pu oo crater, Big Island. Photo: exfordyI’M ON THE BIG ISLAND doing a story. Or rather, I’ve done the story, as best I could, have blown my entire accommodations budget on one muffled night at the Hilton Waikoloa (the Mauna Kea being closed for renovation), and am now over in Puna, on the wet side, in a rental car, with 36 hours to see what Hawaii is really all about.

How I learned Mexican Spanish
How I learned Mexican Spanish

Photos: authorHow one American came to master Mexican Spanish.I first arrived in Juarez, Mexico in 2001 for an “interview” which I found out later was merely a formality. My company had already decided to transfer me from Michigan to the Mexican plant.I wanted the international assignment so I could learn to speak Spanish like a native.

Review: Sony PCM/M10 audio recorder
Review: Sony PCM/M10 audio recorder

I’ve dropped it a couple of times. Occasionally I put a furry hat on it and make it look like a troll doll. I once hung it from a tree in Uganda while people danced underneath. It’s my audio recorder and I do love it so.If all you are looking for is a simple, cheap device that will record interviews for the purpose of remembering what people said, or for personal notes, then you do not need this device.

Filming The North Face climbers in Chad’s Ennedi Desert (Video)
Filming The North Face climbers in Chad’s Ennedi Desert (Video)

Fourteen minutes of a side of rock-climbing that few get to see.WE ARE BIG FANS of photographer and climber Jimmy Chin as well as his production company, Camp 4 Collective. This past spring, while his first National Geographic cover feature was being released, Jimmy and fellow North Face-sponsored climbers, including Yosemite solo star Alex Honnold, UK trad climber James Pearson and New England mountaineer Mark Synnott, set off to scale the rocks of Chad’s Ennedi Desert.