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What’s with that lone Irish guy at your hostel?

What’s with that lone Irish guy at your hostel?

We all get hit by wild stereotypes. Carpet-bombed generalisations throughout our lives that smack of reckless, blinkered ignorance. But at no point does it get flagged and flared up more than when we travel (except maybe in war zones).The hostel is the drinking hole in the traveling wilderness, the gathering place for mammals of all nationalities.

Don’t call it “world” music

Don’t call it “world” music

Reasons why I dislike the “world music” genre:1. ALL music is technically world music. But since the world music category was created to describe non-Western music, this makes me ask…why? What makes the West (read: the USA, Canada, and Great Britain) exempt from being categorized as “world” music?2. Using the term to describe non-Western music is othering.

Three Students Awarded Scholarships for MatadorU Travel Writing Course

Three Students Awarded Scholarships for MatadorU Travel Writing Course

Photo: infodadWhat better way to celebrate the new year than helping aspiring writers achieve their goals?When the Matador team began accepting applications for its MatadorU scholarship program, the plan was to award one scholarship to a deserving and ambitious student who dreamed of becoming a travel writer.

On the set of a music video in Bali

On the set of a music video in Bali

No animals. That’s Rule 1 when it comes to indie film projects.So here we are, on the set of our rock-n-roll video shoot, with three roosters, two turtles, two birds, several fish, a stray dog, and a cat. We’re in Bali, Indonesia, drenched in sweat and running power cables through sketchy outlets on the fourth floor of a rickety old building.

Should you buy a DSLR for your travel photography? Take this quiz

Should you buy a DSLR for your travel photography? Take this quiz

Take online courses in travel journalism and join a growing community of travel photographers at MatadorU.DIGITAL SLRs are popular items these days, especially among traveler photographers. This article will explore the fundamental differences between a DSLR and a compact digicam, plus the facts on what a DSLR can and can’t do.

In Herzliya with the survivor of a suicide bombing

In Herzliya with the survivor of a suicide bombing

I kept pestering him. When you say Indian-Israeli Jews are mostly “right of center,” what do you mean? When you say you are “left of center,” what does that mean? Israel, I reminded him, is a turbulent soup of political parties, some palatable, some indigestible. Hit me with something meaningful.Yitzhak Ashkenazy, an Israeli businessman from Calcutta, set aside his tuna fish salad and looked at me as if I had just landed at his table.