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Please Pass the Yoga Mat (and Antacids): Holiday Survival Techniques
Please Pass the Yoga Mat (and Antacids): Holiday Survival Techniques

Don’t leave that pocket yoga guide – or more importantly, your breath – at home.So you survived, and possibly even thrived, Thanksgiving with your family or friends.Nobody got hit in the face with a ham/turkey/tofurkey/turduken, got raging drunk and spoke of Uncle Harold’s penchant for wearing women’s pantyhose, or swallowed a bottle-cap and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery in the middle of the night.

Bangkok binge eating 101
Bangkok binge eating 101

One man’s quest to eat as much shopping center food as possible (in one day).Siam Paragon:The food court here was massive, spotless and buzzing with life. I grabbed a lemon iced tea, a bbq chicken stick and a spicy chicken noodle curry (which I immediately spilled on my lap). The stalls ran the Asian gamut, from steamed buns to bird knuckle.

Passover Seder traditions
Passover Seder traditions

Seder is a Jewish feast taking place at the beginning of Passover. From matzah ball soup to symbolic wine cups, here’s a look at Seder traditions.WHILE MOST JEWISH ceremonies take place in a synagogue, Seder is traditionally a family gathering at home. A Seder follows a service outlined in a Jewish text called the Haggadah, which recounts the Exodus from Egypt, with vibrant scenes of plagues, enslavement, and Moses parting the Red Sea.

The 10-pound folding kayak
The 10-pound folding kayak

Chuck Corwin, a retired engineer from Idaho, spent ten years creating the world’s most portable kayak.Corwin created a 12-foot, foldable kayak light enough to be packed into a backpack with room to spare for paddles, accesories, and lunch.Weighing in at only 10 pounds, the Alice Boat assembles in less than 30 minutes for boating in any flat-water lake.

Twitter Giveaway Contest: Westin Travel Blanket
Twitter Giveaway Contest: Westin Travel Blanket

As part of the Matador Twitter contest, we will be spotlighting cool gear we’ll be giving away to lucky readers.This cozy machine washable blanket from Westin (yes, the hotel chain) is great for those who need those creature comforts while traveling. It opens up into a full sized blanket and folds up nicely, converting into a pillow.

No Impact Week, Day 5: Energy
No Impact Week, Day 5: Energy

Photos: stuartpilbrowMatador U student and contributor Abbie Mood takes the No Impact Week Challenge.In November of 2006, New York City resident Colin Beavan, along with his wife and daughter, set out to live with no net environmental impact.Fast forward three years later, add the Huffington Post, and you have No Impact Week.

Book Review: South Carolina (On the Road Histories)
Book Review: South Carolina (On the Road Histories)

Being a history geek, I usually buy at least two books when traveling somewhere new.I need a travel book for getting around and a history book to help me understand what I see. Your average backpacker book provides some historical and cultural explanation.However, the balance of hostel details compared to location background information never sits right with me.

Coming Home to Oaxaca By the Numbers
Coming Home to Oaxaca By the Numbers

Notebook editor Teresa Ponikvar breaks down her commitment to expat life by the numbersMinutes it took to decide to move to Oaxaca after husband lost his job in Hidalgo: 3All Photos: Ibis AlonsoProperties viewed: 12Properties with complete houses viewed: 1Properties with houses with the roof caved in viewed: 1Properties with unfinished houses viewed: 1Properties with unfinished houses purchased: 1Windows installed: 5Doors installed: 3Floors tiles installed: lotsSolar panels installed: 5Times I reminded myself to never, ever, think about “The Ring” while looking down the well: 27Trips to buy materials stalled by teacher protests in Oaxaca: 3Trips to buy materials stalled by burro-pulled carts making alfalfa deliveries in Tlacochahuaya: 8Building code inspections: 0Locally-owned businesses supported: 10Friends and family members who donated their expertise and labor: 8Round trips from Hidalgo to Oaxaca: 5Households slept in while waiting for house to be finished: 3Lots for sale nearby: 15Family members and friends who have expressed interest in buying one of these lots: 6Number of times I insisted to the neighbor that I didn’t want a puppy: 3Number of puppies given to me anyway: 1Sad, mangy dogs evicted from property after the arrival of said puppy: 3Money left in our bank account in US dollars: $53.

Notes on Personal Space: A Canadian Expat in Turkey
Notes on Personal Space: A Canadian Expat in Turkey

Sometimes we don’t realize how much we value our notion of personal space until we live abroad.Before travel, I never realized how little I like to be touched. Sure, hugs are fine. I don’t even mind a cramped car ride or overstuffed elevator. I thought that in terms of physical contact, my comfort zone was average.

Review: Create a Simple Flash Slideshow with Slideroll.com
Review: Create a Simple Flash Slideshow with Slideroll.com

What is it?Slideroll.com allows you to create simple, elegant flash slideshows online and publish them to any website.Who Makes It?A guy named Geoffrey P. GaudreaultWhy should you use it? I’ve been on a mission to find the best free Flash slideshow generator, and I think my search may have finally reached its end.

Shinugu Matsuri: The Festival That Could Change the World
Shinugu Matsuri: The Festival That Could Change the World

Matador’s Ryukyu Mike travels into the far northern reaches of the Ryukyu Archipelago for this story and returns with a whole new perspective on the world situation.Imagine, if you can, a festival with no cotton candy, fireworks, rock ‘n’ roll bands, food tents, or people hawking overpriced trinkets.

Haiti volunteer project: evening update 1/14/10
Haiti volunteer project: evening update 1/14/10

UN forces performing rescue operations in Haiti. Photo: UN Development Programme.After spending a day at the Haitian Consulate in New York City, we have a clearer picture about the best way to channel our energy and assistance.Please donate now to support relief efforts:– UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.