Don’t fence me in

If you live in a housing complex with dozens of units, take heart. An apartment building in St. Petersburg, Russia, (population five million) houses 18,000 people. We’re all for efficiency, but we have to wonder about the logistics of managing a place like this.  Parking?  Elevators? As some people have noted, how would the wifi not melt-down? “Hi, neighbour!” KLM…

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How now, brown cow?

If you visit our site, you will know how much we like and promote India.  It is a massive, crowded, bewildering, lovely and intoxicating place.  The people are uniformly kind and helpful and funny.  The sites are breathtaking.  The cities are a swirl of activity.   If you haven’t been, please do so.  And, know that cows are indeed sacred in…

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Hotels Combined

One of the more fun activities we have managing this site is being able to present travel (and other) news and offers to you, our readers.  We spend a lot of time looking for content that we hope you will enjoy. As you might expect, there are costs in operating a site such as this.  One way that we are able…

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Make an impact

With almost no exceptions, many of us are able to help others – and so many of us do.  And, there are so many ways to do it. One organisation that we here at Matouring like is Novica.  Ostensibly supported by The National Geographic, Novica started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world…

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Equitable cities

Environmental neuroscience is an emerging field devoted to studying the impact of social and physical environments on brain processes and behaviour. From the various opportunities for social interaction to noise levels and access to green spaces, the characteristics of the urban environment have important implications for neural mechanisms and brain functioning, thus influencing our physical state. Read more here courtesy…

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EXTREME GOLFING

Golfers are an intrepid bunch, prepared to play in all sorts of testing conditions.  It is sometimes to the story of legend, or the butt of endless jokes.  Here’s just one. “The average golfer walks about 150 km and drinks four litres of alcohol each year. Which means golfers get about 38 km to the litre.” —venkman62 on Reddit.com With that…

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India’s golden triangle

Surprise! We kind of tricked you here.  Yes, this article is about India, and one of India’s glorious contributions to the world are samosas, but this is about a Golden Triangle of a different kind. Here, we’re talking about a glorious tour through India’s Golden Triangle – with Ranthambore National Park via our affiliate friends, Titan Travel. This fantastic introduction…

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Fantastic new island property. Buy now! Won’t last!

Scientists have discovered a new island off the coast of Greenland, which they say is the world’s northernmost point of land and was revealed by shifting pack ice. “It was not our intention to discover a new island,” polar explorer and head of the Arctic station research facility in Greenland, Morten Rasch, said of the find last month. “We just went there to…

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Blurry faces

We all know Google, love them or hate them. (We rather like them.) They’re everywhere, constantly innovating, making money, but providing free services, as well. One of their shining stars is Google Maps.  We’re sure that the service doesn’t need introduction.  But, did you know how much they’ve played with Maps to make it even more useful, versatile . .…

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Capetown races sing their songs

Cape Town is South Africa’s crown jewel and the most European city you’ll find on the continent. Founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1652, it was South Africa’s first attempt at a modern metropolis, earning it the nickname “The Mother City.” Cape Town is worth visiting year-round. That said, it looks different each season. Late December through March…

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Bridge of Why?’s

Some countries – such as China and Russia – get stuff done.  Their enviable work ethic and constant desire to push are legendary.  As with any country who constantly strive, there may be some who get impacted or fall behind – sad stories. But in this case, here is the tale of Russia building an impressive bridge in an even…

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PersIran?

When Did Persia Become Iran and Why? The region that is now the country of Iran has been known by many different names, and has had varying boundaries and borders over the past 5000 years. The name Iran comes from the Avestan word airyānąm, appearing in the time of Cyrus the Great (4th century BC). But what is the difference…

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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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The centre of the earth

India is a wonderful place full of wonderful people and lots of surprises.  Here’s one. Jatayu Earth Center, also known as Jatayu Nature Park or Jatayu Rock, is a park and tourism centre at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district of Kerala. It stands at an altitude of 350m above the mean sea level. Jatayu Nature Park holds the distinction of having…

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To walk all night in Moscow

There are few cities that are as appealing (and to some, daunting) as Moscow.  It’s history and “reputation” precede the city itself.  But it would be a big mistake to miss it.  Moscow is bound to be a special one. From the multicolored spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral to the sturdy red walls of the Kremlin, there is much to…

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The Darbhanga gang

For us, we’re always happy to see countries, cities and even individuals find their place in the sun to shine.  And it happens more and more every day. We love India, and so we’re pleased to see that the city of Darbhanga is now officially hosting flights to Kolkata and Hyderabad. And the airline who are hosting these flights is…

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Georgia on my . . . mined

Europe is a well-known and well-traversed part of the world.  We love it and can’t get enough of it.  But, there are some places that are still bubbling under, just waiting for (or hiding from) the crowds.  One such place is Georgia –  in particular, Vardzia. Vardzia-Khertvisi, comprising a vast territory in the upper reaches of the river Mtkvari basin,…

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Think pink, don’t drink pink

It’s almost like a fairytale.  But don’t get tipsy and mistake it for a piña colada.  Lake Retba is a true natural phenomenon located only 30 miles from Dakar.  The highly saline Pink Lake lives up to its name.   It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. Lake…

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PAYG Airways

Now here’s a good idea . . . pay-as-you-go travel. The Indian aviation world is all set to be disrupted by Prince Air – the first subscription-based airline in the country which allows its subscribers limitless travel within its matrix. Travelers subscribing to this new model will be able to enjoy an advantaged experience, far different from the usual check-ins…

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