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Self-love: The alternative to self-help

World-traveler, filmmaker, and musician, Jamie Catto, talks about how important it is to stop beating ourselves up over the way we are, and to love ourselves. Editor’s note: This was originally posted at Jamie’s blog here. I wanted to share this here as I think it’s a very important message that might change the way you look at things.
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The Artifacts of Genocide

A film montage I shot during my visit to the Cambodian Killing Fields in early 2006. The song is called “Dusk” by Canadian artist Matthew Good.Just one hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and shares much in commom with other major urban centres of Southeast Asia.It’s loud, swarming with motorbikes, tuk-tuk drivers, and piles of plastic wrappers piled behind rusted tin dwellings, all nestled amongst countless hotels, neon signs, and a melee of citizens.
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Notes on a Naked Man in Calcutta

Robert Hirschfield finds that “our existential ground zero is always closer than we think.”NEAR A BUSY traffic circle in Calcutta, a man was sitting naked on the hot ground. His hair was matted, and his eyes were not where he was.What to make of this man? I am beyond the point where a naked man on a city street in India gets badly translated in my brain as a holy man.
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Notes on Ten Walks / Two Talks

‘Ten Walks / Two Talks’ mixes travel notes and transcripts of conversations from Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch into a super original work of nonfiction, a meditation on place.PUBLISHER’S synopsis:“Ten Walks / Two Talks updates the meandering and meditative form of Bashō’s travel diaries.Mapping 21st century New York, Cotner and Fitch tap their predecessor’s collaborative tendencies in order to construct a descriptive / dialogic fugue.
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MatadorTV vlog 2

Welcome to our V-LOG!Happy Holidays videophiles, thank you for tuning in!This week I peppered the featured videos with vids featuring India, Nepal and Mt. Everest. The mountain has long held a mystique on my perception of adventure and the limits of human achievement. The videos captures different aspects of the region from very different storytellers.
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The tie that binds: Do we need alcohol to connect on the road?

Sure, a couple of beers make it easier to walk up to that cute Brazilian. But can we really not make deep connections without the bottle involved?Drinking alcohol tends to be a large part of many traveler’s itineraries.Ok, maybe not ‘itineraries,’ per se, but checking out a local pub or expat bar usually plays into the travel experience.
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