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Southwest Airlines: Still cool after all these years
Southwest Airlines: Still cool after all these years

Since its beginning almost 40 years ago, Southwest has been known as the airline that’s a little kooky, a little unconventional.Rather than conservative, pressed, navy-colored uniforms, flight attendants used to wear hot pants. Today, they’re dressed in khaki shorts.Instead of boring, predictable safety announcements, the crew tends to make the delivery of even the most rote information an opportunity for entertainment.

5 things living abroad has taught me about being Canadian
5 things living abroad has taught me about being Canadian

I’ve often puzzled over what it means to be Canadian; how to define a culture that draws from so many others.It wasn’t until I started traveling and building a comparative perspective that the definition of Canadian-ness became a bit clearer. It’s an ongoing question on my mind, but I’ve drawn a few conclusions so far.

What’s In Your Backpack, Tom Gates, Matador Editor?
What’s In Your Backpack, Tom Gates, Matador Editor?

Matador Life Editor Tom Gates liesamidst the innards of his backpack.Matador Goods is starting a “What’s In Your Backpack?” series and I’ve been asked to take it for a road-test, since I’m about to do a lap around the world.The innards of my bag are currently spilled out on the floor and I’m about to make decisions about what stays and what goes.

New Zealand: Your Safest Bet
New Zealand: Your Safest Bet

Some recent events have lowered Iceland’s peaceful ranking. New Zealand is there to slip into top spot.It’s nice to know that amongst the crime, corruption, and political dissent in today’s world we can rely on some places to go where we can feel relatively safe. The Global Peace Index 2009 has found New Zealand to be the most peaceful nation on the planet, usurping Iceland for top spot.

Wish list: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket
Wish list: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket

Waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Enough said.Some people have a “to-do” list, while others have “books-to-read” lists. Well, I have added a new jacket to my continually growing list of winter shells: Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket.For me, there’s nothing more exciting than waking up in the morning and taking a look outside the window to find a blanket of fresh snow, blue skies, and the endless possibilities of first tracks.

Tech crackdown no way to commemorate Tiananmen
Tech crackdown no way to commemorate Tiananmen

Tomorrow, the world remembers the Tiananmen Square Massacre in spite of the fact that the Chinese government seems determined to forget.Photos: Ed-meisterThursday, June 4 is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.During the early summer of 1989, university students gathered in Tiananmen Square to protest and voice their demands for a more democratic government.

Confessions of an ESL teacher
Confessions of an ESL teacher

English teacher Anne Hoffman brings us into her world.YOU ARE: hair askew, cigarette hanging from mouth, sandals on tanned feet. Working out this whole English thing. Writing in your notebook, the cityscape behind you. Coffee to your left.You’re like a poster of a 60s Latin American radical, a café terrorist.

A day in the life of an expat in Sydney, Australia
A day in the life of an expat in Sydney, Australia

Live sports over breakfast, coffee shop communities and green spaces – all part of a day in the life in Sydney.I currently come from the Land Down Under, and sure enough I often feel like my daily schedule is rather upside down. Each morning I go out to our balcony to take in the sun and pinch myself; it really is 70-odd degrees and sunny nearly every day here, even in the winter.

Paul Theroux on ‘Ghost Train to the Eastern Star’
Paul Theroux on ‘Ghost Train to the Eastern Star’

Would it be too dramatic if I said that ‘Ghost Train to the Eastern Star‘ is the most anticipated travel book of the year?Maybe. But for me at least, dramatic or not, it’s certainly true.It’s been nearly 35 years since Theroux’s travel classic, ‘The Great Railway Bazaar‘, was first released – and in those years, I can’t be the only reader to have been electrified by those famous opening lines:“…I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it…”In the intervening years, Paul Theroux has covered plenty of other ground, in well-loved books like ‘The Old Patagonian Express‘ and ‘Dark Star Safari‘.

Notes Going Overland from Iraq through Iran into Afghanistan
Notes Going Overland from Iraq through Iran into Afghanistan

The one and only Sandra Romain (2001 cream-colored MZ 251 Kanuni) as she leaned, gutted by bandits, against the wall of the Afghan National Police compound in Charikar, Afghanistan about 50 Kilometers from her final resting place in Bagram. Photo by author.Editor’s note: The following three vignettes are taken from Daniel C.

All top newspapers’ circulation down but one
All top newspapers’ circulation down but one

Every major newspaper except WSJ is reporting losses, in some cases, severe. Where is this going?These numbers came out yesterday from Editor and Publisher. The only gain made by any top 25 newspaper was a less than 1 circulation increase by The Wall Street Journal.Check out some of the losses. SF Chronicle down by more than 25 percent.

A day in the life of an expat in Surabaya, Indonesia
A day in the life of an expat in Surabaya, Indonesia

Photos: authorAn English teacher in Surabaya, Indonesia shares an average day, from the prayer call to the nasi goreng.For most Surabayans the day begins at 4:30 a.m. with the call to prayer beckoning them from their beds to the mosque. Indonesia is the largest Islamic country in the world, with 86 percent of the 243 million people calling themselves Muslims.