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Review Series: Rosetta Stone TOTALe – Part 1
Review Series: Rosetta Stone TOTALe – Part 1

I must confess. My previous relationship with Rosetta Stone was a quick stop at an airport kiosk to check out their offerings, followed by a quick dash to my departure gate.My sister who has been using their Italian program for the last couple of years swears by them, and a colleague who’s currently learning Russian once took me through a walk-through of the Rosetta Stone interface.

Gonzo Traveler: In The Footsteps Of Indiana Jones
Gonzo Traveler: In The Footsteps Of Indiana Jones

Robin Esrock channels his inner Indiana Jones on the trail of the legendary Ark of the Covenant.Dark tunnels and crumbling passageways, allcarved out of solid volcanic rock.It must have come as a surprise to European missionaries arriving on the Dark Continent, eager and ready to convert heathen savages, only to discover that Ethiopia was the second country to adopt Christianity as a state religion, as early as the 4th century.

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.

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.

El Salvador leans to the left
El Salvador leans to the left

For those who worry about Latin America’s swing to the political left, there was one more country to start fretting about this weekend: El Salvador.Photo: Revolution or deathNACLA–North American Congress on Latin America–reported the following about the outcome of the country’s presidential election:“The FMLN’s Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front Party Mauricio Funes declared victory at 9:30 Sunday night .

Top 10 Travel Writer Resolutions for 2008
Top 10 Travel Writer Resolutions for 2008

Photo by Laura BernheinHappy 2008 everyone! This top ten list of travel writer resolutions is dedicated to each of you who has been pouring your energy and dedication into the craft of travel writing. Let’s take it up another notch in 2008.10. Come up with an idea a day. This doesn’t mean you have to write everyday—though that would be nice, too— but it does mean that if you come up with a single idea every day in 2008, you’ll have a storehouse of 365 ideas that you can draw from when you’re low on inspiration.

My First Dalai Lama Experience… Meh.
My First Dalai Lama Experience… Meh.

I saw the Dalai Lama speak at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York on Sunday (just hours before the LOST finale that was weighing on my mind), and I have to say the experience was a little underwhelming.Let me start by saying that I’m not an expert in Buddhism, or a devotee of Dalai Lama (let’s just abbreviate it to D.

New York Philharmonic to perform in Cuba?
New York Philharmonic to perform in Cuba?

“Music,” said William Congreve, “hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” Might it also be an effective form of citizen diplomacy?Photo: lemonjennyLast year, the New York Philharmonic made a historic visit to North Korea.Under the baton of conductor Lorin Maazel, the Philharmonic was received with tears by concert-goers and praise by critics, who called Maazel’s direction and the Philharmonic’s performance “sophisticated and sensitive.

Notes on Losing My Travel Virginity
Notes on Losing My Travel Virginity

Jerusalem, The Western Wall. Photo: Minamie’s PhotoTravel long enough and you eventually find yourself seeing the world differently, something you might call losing your “travel virginity.” But can you pinpoint exactly when and how this happens? What implications does this have for how you saw things before travel?

‘Against All Prejudices’ Photo: Just Your Average Stereotypes?
‘Against All Prejudices’ Photo: Just Your Average Stereotypes?

The picture above is a popular photo that made its way around the internet this week. It was titled, Against All Prejudices.Cute and happy photo, for sure. But what does the title imply, exactly? That those with mohawks are usually racist? That small children are usually homophobic?Enjoying the photo for their winning smiles, excitement, and human connection is one thing.

How To Stay Connected In 150+ Countries
How To Stay Connected In 150+ Countries

Please Note: This is a Sponsored Post.Let me make one thing clear from the start: I don’t like mobiles, or ‘cell phones’ as we call them in the States.When I first checked out the website of Mobal, an international cell phone company that sells inexpensive GSM World Phones, I was deeply skeptical.

Six gift ideas that give back this holiday season
Six gift ideas that give back this holiday season

Looking for something to give your friends and family this year instead of the traditional gifts that, let’s be honest, could potentially be thrown out or re-gifted anyway? The five companies listed below will either allow you to give a gift that (truly) keeps on giving or is something that is truly environmentally friendly/socially conscious.