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Social media intern needed at Confronting Love
Social media intern needed at Confronting Love

We’re looking for someone who shares our vision and wants to be a part of the movement.AROUND EIGHT MONTHS ago, former Brave New Traveler editor, Christine Garvin, and I started a blog called Confronting Love. In a relatively short amount of time we’ve managed to attract a solid following. We each had our own reasons for starting the site, but the grand, overall theme of promoting diversity in relationships and questioning the essence of the overused word “love” has emerged.

Making gallo pinto with a crazy Costa Rican
Making gallo pinto with a crazy Costa Rican

There’s no better way to start the day than with cup of strong, excellent coffee and a plate of gallo pinto, rice and beans made the Costa Rican way. This is the recipe I learned from my fabulous friend Randal when I surfed his couch in San Ramon.We’re all relaxing around the kitchen, chatting and drinking coffee at Ran’s place in San Ramon, a suburb just outside of San Jose.

In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2
In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2

Driving hypnotic drums. Deep guttural chants.I wasn’t sure what I was listening to, but I was loving every sound and rhythm emanating from my sister’s CD player as we drove to our destination.When the chorus came on, I strained to make out the words.“Bullet?…Bullet The Blue Sky? What is this?!“.Knowing I was a viral U2 fan, she’d purposely popped in this CD.

Green recipes: How to make your own cheese
Green recipes: How to make your own cheese

In the first installment in our Green Recipes series, Sara Clarke shows you how to make your own cheese.You really only need three things to make a simple fresh cheese: milk, heat, and acid. There are some rules to follow, and some kitchen supplies that will make things easier, but in the end it comes down to those three things.

How being apart can strengthen a relationship
How being apart can strengthen a relationship

Want to test a relationship? Try traveling apart.Two weeks into my four month trip to Australia, I was sitting in Mission Beach with some guys at my hostel talking and playing drinking games.In between rounds were the usual questions about countries of origin and travel plans, where we were from and where we hoped to go.

When traveling, what comes first: Place or self?
When traveling, what comes first: Place or self?

To what extent are introspection and engagement compatible when you travel?IF YOU ARE A WOMAN, and are looking for a mentor for your next African journalistic masterpiece, Michaela Wrong is taking applications. I have massive respect for the author of In the footsteps of Mr Kurtz and Our turn to eat.

Hunting the (other) loch monster in Morar, Scotland
Hunting the (other) loch monster in Morar, Scotland

Photo above: gregw66; All others: AuthorMatador Nights editor Tom Gates takes us on a hunt for Nessie’s much shier — but perhaps more compelling — cousin.MORAG IS A LOCH MONSTER with a terrible publicist. Although slightly famous in Scotland, tales of Morag have not spilled into coloring books or Hollywood films.

Squeegee Your Third Eye with Bill Hicks
Squeegee Your Third Eye with Bill Hicks

Comedian Bill Hicks had a way with words. His acerbic style made you either love him or hate, but one thing that was unique about his act was his spiritual bent.Hicks grew up in a Southern Baptist family in the Houston suburbs and started doing stand-up at the age of 15. Since dying of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32, Hicks has been lauded as one of the country’s best comics.

Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat
Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

Feature photo by Nikola Plejic / Above, photo of Femi Kuti and dancers by flykrGrowing up in Nigeria, I remember how parents deemed the Afrika Shrine off-limits. Shrouded in mystery, with rumors of being a hedonistic drug haven during the eighties, there was an air of mystique that hung around a 20 mile radius of the club.

Notes on My Polish Informant
Notes on My Polish Informant

Now fully in love with Poland, Matador Goods Editor Lola Akinmade remembers her very first date with the country.September 2003. We cross the border into Poland from Slovakia. Our party bus is pulled aside and a control officer hops on. He glides down the aisle, sucking air and grabbing passports. He must love his job.

5 Reasons To Visit Alaska… 1 Reason Not To?
5 Reasons To Visit Alaska… 1 Reason Not To?

Alaska’s been on my lifelong must-see list since long before the state took center stage in the current Presidential election.Here are just a few reasons why:5. Jaw-dropping, snow-capped scenery.Photo by Unhindered by Talent (Creative Commons)4. Haunting coastline.Photo by Steve Deger (Creative Commons)3.

Sweden celebrates International Women’s Day with baby strollers
Sweden celebrates International Women’s Day with baby strollers

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, hundreds of women (700+) with babies, strollers, dogs, and a few men in tow gathered in Norrmalmstorg, then headed down Hamngatan, past Kungsträdgården towards Sergels torg – the center of Stockholm in what is called Barnvagnsmarschen (Babystroller March) – organized by Unite For Women.