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Street food world tour: NYC
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Street food world tour: NYC

All photos: AuthorI’m eating a ketchup-drenched tube of pressed meat-parts at an organic farmers market. Gnawing doughy pretzels beside the Jewish bagel shop. Lapping generic-brand ice cream outside a restaurant devoted entirely to custom milkshakes. And it occurs to me this street food adventure in New York might not be the best idea.

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Aw, piss. Public urination at its finest: A men’s guide

If Gavin McInnes is getting off on public urination, it’s not sexual. His public pissing is executed without a hitch. As with any magic trick, whipping it out and unleashing a hot stream into a cup without detection is all about directing people’s attention elsewhere. Brazen mid-sidewalk scenes of bladder emptying await you in this video.
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It’s official: Skateboard week in Vancouver

Skateboarding has done a complete 540 since the days I rolled down the street on my Powell-Peralta Caballero deck, Tracker trucks and OJ’s.Growing up in Vancouver we didn’t have a big range of options for terrain. The cul-de-sac out front of my house was littered with blast ramps and quarter-pipes that I built (with stolen wood, but that’s another story).
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A Mexican road trip: Reading sugar cane landscapes

Travel is a way of seeing, and the lessons it teaches are often written on the landscapes right in front of our eyes.IT SMELLED LIKE burning fungus. As if a whole village had collectively opened the forgotten containers of leftovers in the fridge, dumped out the contents, and set them on fire.Outside the car sugar cane stretched for miles and miles, under a gray sky into which drifted columns of smoke.
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5 steps to save money like Buddha

What can the Buddha teach you about saving for your dream trip? Follow these steps to reach financial nirvana.EVERYDAY WE SEE more and more people who dare to leave it all for a few years of backpacking throughout the earth’s vast terrain.We hear about the adventures, the misfortunes, the soul-searching, the friends found, the friends lost, the breathtaking sights, the new sensations.
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6 bad excuses not to study abroad

Laziness, paperwork, fear…there are plenty of reasons why people opt not to study abroad. But none of them really justifies missing out on a potentially life-changing experience.THE DECISION TO STUDY abroad didn’t always seem like an obvious choice. In fact, there are several reasons it didn’t make any sense.
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Why every travel writer should embrace their ego

Getting your travel writing published is a game of numbers. If you submit enough work, you will find someone to publish it, eventually.IT’S FRUSTRATING because the fate of your writing career is in the hands of a seemingly fickle editor who has his or her own tastes when it comes to the written word.
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Technology bytes: Guide to powering your gadgets inflight

Tired of your laptop battery quitting mid-flight? Follow these tips to keep your movies going all the way to your final destination.class>WHEN I’M FACED with a flight that’s eight hours or longer, I pretty much accept my fate and use my laptop until the little battery symbol shows the tiniest of red lines.
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Wheels on reels: the best of the Bicycle Film Festival

Feature photo courtesy of elsie esqIf it has two wheels and rolls, it’s probably been on-screen at the Bicycle Film Festival.NOW IN ITS NINTH YEAR, the festival is an homage to bikes and bikers of all shapes and sizes, from alleycat racers and mountain freeriders to kids still on training wheels.Each of these highlighted filmmakers draws something different from bicycles, whether it’s the joy of movement, a way to better society, or even a bit of their own souls.
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The Dude abides: The meaning of ‘The Big Lebowski’ 10 years later

Ten years ago, the latest Coen Brothers flick tanked at the box office.THEN, IN THE YEARS that followed, something funny happened: that same movie became, in the words of Rolling Stone, “the most worshipped comedy of its generation.”That flick was called ‘The Big Lebowski’ – and on its tenth anniversary, I’m pleased to announce that I finally know why I, and many other theater-goers, just didn’t quite get it when the Dude first walked onto our screens.
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5 ways to protect your essential travel documents

Losing your passport or bank cards on the road sucks. Not having the numbers accessible sucks even more.FOR MOST OF US our day to day life takes place in our homes, apartments and offices.Each of these locations contain pretty much everything we own, need to survive and identify who we are. Somehow though, when we travel we are able to condense all these “essentials” into one or two small bags, carry them on our shoulders and hoist them onto trains.
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Ghostbusting 101: 6 myths debunked by Loyd Auerbach

Before you set off on a ghost hunting expedition, you first need to learn a few lessons.Photo courtesy of Loyd AuerbachEVER WONDER WHAT it takes to become a serious ghostbuster? What sorts of skills are necessary in order to track down our fleshless friends?Well, paranormal neophytes, Matador is here to help debunk erroneous myths and impart ghost-hunting advice.
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What NOT to do in Tibet

Matador’s destination expert on Tibet lays out the country’s avoidable attractions (and mindsets)…and what you should do instead.1. Don’t… assume Tibet is only Lhasa and the TARThe Tibet on maps doesn’t match up with ethnic Tibet. The Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) is highly controlled and expensive, and much of the money you spend goes back into enforcing Chinese rule over Tibetans.
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What’s in your backpack, Craig Martin, Travel Podcaster

What do you really need to make superb travel podcasts while on the road?Matador Goods caught up with podcaster extraordinaire Craig Martin to find out.Apple Powerbook G4Back in 2005, I bought my first computer ever. Everything before then had been cobbled together from friends’ cast-offs.I had very tech-savvy friends so their cast-offs weren’t too bad!
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The 5 sports you should be watching

Forget baseball. Forget football. These are the five sports you should be watching.1. Competitive air guitarLycra pants, manic hip thrusts, and competitors with names like “Pelvis Fenderbender” and “Hot Lixx Hulahan.” How can you go wrong?Yes, unloved air guitarists everywhere finally have a place to unite.
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The shame of the one night stand [VID]

One Night Stand from Jack Tew on Vimeo.On the mortification meter, this is at least a nine.Do you know the acute shame of waking up in a bright room you’ve only seen in subdued lighting in the company of a boozy stranger who, just hours before, had your undivided attention? When you went home with him, it didn’t matter that his walls were plastered with posters of naked and semi-naked chicks or that he’s so proud of seeing Slipknot that he’s taped the ticket stub to their show to the wall above his bed.
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Notes on a sanctuary in New York City

Robert Hirschfield reflects on Poets House, his sanctuary in New York City.I WALK THERE every day, south through Soho, and west to the river. I walk fast, knowing I will soon be wrapped in slowness. I am going to Poets House. No apostrophe. The space between the t and the s is worth a story. Maybe even a national debate on what can and can’t be owned.
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