Nothing up my sleeve, presto!

Your flight tickets will be $550.  Your suitcase will be another $212. Give this man, Bruno, a medal. Overpacked and no room in my carry on, this is the outcome of that predicament – the travel coat: a couple meters of nylon from the Flea Market in two perfect tones of forest green, 29 carefully folded items of clothing, 6.8…

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From Alto Cedro I go to Marcané

If you’re a music fan, then you certainly must know of the Buena Vista Social Club, 1999 documentary film directed by Wim Wenders. The film follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians to record an album. But, even if you know the film, you may…

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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

The vast majority of Airbnb rentals go smoothly, but do you know what to do when they don’t? What happens if your host cancels your booking two days before you arrive, or the spacious bedroom shown in a listing turns out to be the size of a closet? Read more courtesy of SmarterTravel.com. As you might guess, we have other…

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We are the robots

As mother earth spins faster, and more and more of us spin with her, big changes happen.  New ideas, new materials, new studies, new pharmaceuticals . . all culminating into new “us”? Very soon, we will be presented  with all types of complicated information about the condition of our health, including our individual levels of risk for any number of…

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Notre Dame calm

It’s hard to believe that (as of this writing) it has been two years since Notre Dame cathedral in Paris burst into flames.  There were tears in our eyes as we watches – helplessly as the roof crumbled. It will still be a very long time for the restoration to be completed.  Watch the video below to understand why: the…

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H2Go!

Nature provides, if we respect her.  And respect is something that seems to be in short supply nowadays.  Automobiles still (mostly) run on 1900’s technology, we still pump fuel out of the ground, which has untold repercussions. The worst thing is that we know better and have the technologies, and yet, we as humans, are slow to adapt. Well, let…

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Take a “trip” to Hong Hong

No, this is not about drugs.  But it is about sensory experiences that you can enjoy no matter your mood. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is featuring a collection of four autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos that show off the acoustic ambience from the all parts of the city. Custom-made to arouse the viewer’s perceptions and arouse a…

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But, will we have enough extension cords?

Mother earth is heating up – dangerously – but so is the race to enable humans and animals to live in a world that will not burn to a crisp, like it seems now.  We have the brains and the technology, but our will needs a kick in the pants. Fortunately, more and more evidence of green thinking appears everyday. …

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Too little, too late?

Europeans – and we include the UK here – generally tend to be ahead of the curve when it comes to things like healthcare, social security, immigration  . . . and the environment. The UK has published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan.  The intent to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. Is that too late, given what we’re hearing…

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Tash Rabat. How about that?

Do you sometimes feel like you want to go away and stay away? Well, you’ll be glad to know that, as always, we here at Matouring have solutions for you.  Near or far, we have solutions at our fingertips and are eager to share them with you. May we present  the Tash Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan?  If you’re not fully…

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Lies and honest mistakes

The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was saying, I was nonetheless being truthful. I was mistaken, not mendacious. This distinction between truth…

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Cruising Colombia

Politically, Colombia has its ups and downs, let’s face it.  But, during the calm times, this country will make your jaw drop. Featuring geuninely kind people, stunning  mountains, overwhelming lush forests and unspoiled coasts, Colombia should be a must-see on your list. And now, Ama Waterways are making it easy for you with luxury cruises through the Colombian waters. Starting…

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See you in the blue yonder

As is often the case with Matouring.com, we tend to gravitate toward the more unusual aspects of our world.  Who wants “the same old same old“? And if you’re a regular here, you’ll know how much we love technology, especially planes, trains and hyperloops. So here is an article about people who have travelled to the great beyond, and are…

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Failures are finger posts …..

…… on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis Thomas Edison famously had 10,000 failed attempts before he created his light bulb. Coco Chanel said “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” All of this is meant to say “never say never.“ Watch the video below to discover some who tried and failed…

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A double-edged sword

War is always terrible –  we can agree on that.  But, some wars truly show the caliber of some countries and some individuals. As you may know, during the mid-1800’s the United States of America was torn apart by a divisive civil war.  There were a number of factors at play in that war, but a major rift was between…

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It all comes out in the washi

Every summer, giant warriors roam the Japanese city of Aomori. Lit from within by lanterns, these formidable paper floats are the centerpiece of the Nebuta Matsuri, a weeklong evening festival in August and one of Japan’s biggest seasonal events. Accompanied by taiko drummers and dancers, the floats depict scenes from kabuki and Japanese mythology. Each takes months to design and…

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How to train Americans

As you will likely know if you visit our site often, we love trains.  In these days of global environmental anxiety, exploding world populations, and transport options getting squeezed, trains are the obvious solution. Trains are used every day by millions of people across the globe.  But many of our friends in the USA are still unable (or unwilling) for…

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Amazon transit

Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund has committed to provide below-market financing to support the transit-oriented development of affordable housing in Seattle and Washington DC, with the aim of ensuring that moderate to low-income families can afford to live in areas with easy access to employment, schools, healthcare and education. ‘Housing and transit are the first and second largest expenses for most…

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It’s a numbers game

Those of us who learned arithmetic using pen and paper, working with the ten digits 0–9 and place value, may take for granted that this is the way it’s always been done, or at least the way it ought to be done. But if you think of the amount of time and energy spent in the early school years just…

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