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Guide to California’s redwood groves and the tallest trees on Earth
Guide to California’s redwood groves and the tallest trees on Earth

Taller than a football field. There are only a handful of places on Earth where living things fit these descriptions.When people talk about the tallest trees on the planet, Sequoia sempervirens is what they’re referring to.Commonly called coast redwoods, these giants are known to reach 379 feet tall (115.

Caribbean & Mexico “12 Days of Travel” Holiday Giveaway
Caribbean & Mexico “12 Days of Travel” Holiday Giveaway

Got this press release via DiamondPR, who reps 9 Marriotts in the Caribbean and Mexico. They’ve teamed up with CheapOair to run a travel giveaway called “12 Days of Travel”; details are below:The “12 days of Travel” will begin at noon on Wednesday, December 1 (today) and will end at noon on Monday, December 13.

Fighting, killing, feasting beasts
Fighting, killing, feasting beasts

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Selectively compassionate and rarely altruistic
Selectively compassionate and rarely altruistic

Jed Purses ponders love and compassion toward others, then realizes he forgot one thing. Himself.WAKE UP, meditate, do yoga. Shower, dress, leave. Cravings arise for a parantha from the street vendor next to my favorite juice stall. The juice stall is suffering from a power outage. I feel disappointment.

Ugly produce makes European comeback
Ugly produce makes European comeback

Photo: gromgullAmidst news of electoral fraud and a coup, it’s nice to know that some governments are grappling with some, uh, serious issues.Among the stranger news items we’ve come across this week was this report, which announced that the European Union will be permitting “ugly” fruits and vegetables to return to store produce aisles today after a 20 year ban.

Notes from the Trans-Siberian Railroad
Notes from the Trans-Siberian Railroad

“This was the end of my thirty days in Russia: cows and tanks.” — MFBPhotojournalist Marcus Benigno (mfb) rides the Trans-Siberian Railroad 6000 km across Russia, documenting people’s stories and images, and the juxtapositions of local culture along the world’s longest railway.km 0 – MOSCOW // ON BOARD MOSCOW TO GORKY SIDESTEPPING through generations of Russians who stood with shopping bags of picnicware and bedclothes, we scrambled to the first platform at Yaroslavsky where the midnight train stood minutes before departure.

Cultural tensions rise over foreign language signs in NYC
Cultural tensions rise over foreign language signs in NYC

Foreign signs in NYC may soon be rewritten in English.The Washington Post recently published an article about proposed NYC legislation to add English to foreign signs. Councilmen Dan Halloran and Peter Koo take issue with foreign language signs in ethnic enclaves like Chinatown.They believe the signs are problematic for law enforcement and alienating for other ethnicities.

Uncovering your inspiration in the present moment
Uncovering your inspiration in the present moment

I’m traveling. I’m in the middle of nowhere, say the Indian countryside in the heat of the monsoon.I’m soaked, damp, wet, sticking with my own fluids and gritty under a haze-laden sun. Or say I’m in Nepal, trekking alone within the Himalayas. A snowstorm descends upon me and I’m instantly lost, wandering from the trail by blinding white winds.

How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely
How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely

Earlier this year, my husband and I took the plunge and left the UK to run our businesses on the move.We struck out to find our ‘ideal world’.What we’ve learned along the way is that we’re not ready to settle down yet. In fact, our ‘ideal world’ lies in moving from place to place, going wherever we fancy next and continue to earn a living as we go.

Some thoughts about violence on International Women’s Day
Some thoughts about violence on International Women’s Day

Editor’s Note: A couple days ago, Matador CEO Ross Borden forwarded me this article by Nicholas Kristof about a 10 year old Yemeni girl who was married to a man three times her age and subsequently sought a divorce. It was too much for me to write about–the many forms of violence against women sometimes just become too oppressive to meditate on.

Indifference Abroad: An Expat’s Battle To Keep Her Compassion
Indifference Abroad: An Expat’s Battle To Keep Her Compassion

A Cambodian expat faces the daily reality of poverty and suffering – and wonders how it has affected her ability to cultivate sympathy.This morning, I was making tea, and I read the name on the tea canister—the Thai company Phuc Long—and I didn’t even smirk, didn’t even think about making a joke about it.

What you can do to help Haiti [UPDATED]
What you can do to help Haiti [UPDATED]

Photo: ingro.comagenciadenoticias2.0Matador is mobilizing our travel community to help earthquake victims in Haiti.Please donate now to support relief efforts:– UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.org/haitiquake or call (800) 4UNICEF.– Red Cross. Go online to redcross.org, or call (800) REDCROSS.– Direct Relief International.