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7 things I learned from the best travel film ever made

7 things I learned from the best travel film ever made

When I first saw “The Road from Karakol” at 5Point Film Festival, my brain had already been numbed by dozens of killer films about people radder than I could ever dream of being. A film about a superstar mountaineer who rides his bike through Kyrgyzstan to make first ascents? Sure, I’ll sit through that.

How better note taking can improve your travel writing

How better note taking can improve your travel writing

In this new series, writing coach Noah Pelletier lifts the curtain on his process and work with students in the MatadorU Travel Writing course.I have this recurring dream. It goes like this: I’m walking through a flat, green park when out of the woods comes a pack of seedy-looking youths. As they approach me, it’s obvious they’re up to no good.

14 signs you were born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL

14 signs you were born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL

1. You’ve eaten a Cuban sandwich from Havana’s walk-up window at 3am.Havana’s famed Cuban sandwiches, tostones, and papas rellenas were a welcome sight after a night out in downtown Lake Worth. You probably weren’t sober either, which made the food taste much, much better.2. You’ve been on a field trip to Kennedy Space Center.

Revolutionary days in Siglo Veinte with Filemón Escobar

Revolutionary days in Siglo Veinte with Filemón Escobar

One day recently, bored and impulsive, I decided to Google Filemón Escobar, a Trotskyist tin miner I lived with over 40 years ago in the town of Siglo Veinte, Bolivia. I discovered he was now Senator Filemón Escobar, a leading figure in the socialist government of Evo Morales. The last time I saw him, he was prisoner Filemón Escobar in a La Paz jail, so comfortable in his prisoner’s skin I could barely bring myself to feel sorry for him.

How to skinny dip in the South China Sea

How to skinny dip in the South China Sea

Step 1: Choose your beach.I was roughly 200 meters offshore, stark naked in the moonlight, when I realized we’d made a mistake.The water had stayed a constant 1.5 feet deep the entire walk out, just enough to put a high-kneed stutter in my step, and in the darkness I was terrified of tripping on the jagged rock and coral.

What’s up with New Yorkers and winter?

What’s up with New Yorkers and winter?

New Yorkers can’t wait to put on their winter wools. That’s the first thing I noticed as I shuffled along 7th with the legions of bundled zombies, pulling their scarfs tighter around their necks as they popped out of subways and the towering facades that lined the street. I didn’t get it. The temperature would soar past 70 within the hour, and it wasn’t even 8am yet.