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Fishing the Atchafalaya
Fishing the Atchafalaya

Photos by authorRoy, a fisherman in his early seventies, pulls a foot-long catfish up on one of the lines he’s lain throughout the swamp.He hauls it into the boat, pulls the hook from its lip with a practiced yank.The catfish emits a guttural gurgle that Roy doesn’t appear to notice. He plops the fish on the shiny silver boat bottom, now speckled with blood.

The End is Near
The End is Near

The time has come for Christine Garvin to move on.Christine and Carlo in NYCI wanted to let you all know that after over a year and a half of co-editing BNT, I will be leaving at the end of November.I’m sad to go, and will miss you guys dearly, but I’m in the process of taking on a few different projects that will take up a lot of my time.

India, Poverty, And The Fear Of Traveling To Poor Places
India, Poverty, And The Fear Of Traveling To Poor Places

The first time I flew to India, I remember peering out into the midnight blackness as we descended into the Delhi airport. All I could see were random groupings of flickering yellow lights on the ground far below, and I realized I had no idea what to expect. It was my “holy shit” moment. There was no turning back.

Expat life in Costa Rica: Ping-pong death match
Expat life in Costa Rica: Ping-pong death match

During the day, the landmark that best sums up life in Playas el Coco, Costa Rica, is probably the mammoth construction crane in the middle of a half-finished condo complex. Up on a razed hillside, it’s visible from almost everywhere in town. Locals tell me it hasn’t moved in over a year.At night though, the town’s emblem – at least for some expats – has got to be the mermaid outside of La Vida Loca bar.

15 things you can’t miss in Australia
15 things you can’t miss in Australia

15 spots that nobody visiting the land down under should miss.1. Trek Through the Daintree RainforestHome to one of the most diverse variety of plants and animals on earth, the Daintree Rainforest is an epic destination north of Cairns in Tropical Far North Queensland. There’s plenty to do in this world heritage listed rainforest, including bushwalks, early morning river cruises, 4WD tours and crocodile-spotting expeditions.

Notes from an Old Leftist in Fading Red Bengal
Notes from an Old Leftist in Fading Red Bengal

Robert Hirschfield reflects on his “low grade affection” for a political party in India and how political change is yet one more filter through which to look at place.A FEW MONTHS ago, waves of trucks from rural West Bengal flying red flags spotted with hammers and sickles converged on the Maidan in Calcutta.

Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia
Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia

Photo Saracino“We’ve got a 6-gauge shotgun, a bottle of vodka, a six pack of beer, 60GB of music and a new 4×4 with fat treads. At this point, we’re practically a force of nature.”New Caledonia is a cigar-shaped island in the South Pacific, a colony of France, with a population of about 250,000.Half the people are descended from white French colonialists; the other half are black Melanesians, called kanaks, descended from Papua New Guinea.

Working with Street Kids in Uruguay
Working with Street Kids in Uruguay

All photos by the author.El Abrojo, a non-governmental organization founded in 1988, has locations in 16 cities throughout Uruguay.In the small city of Las Piedras on the outskirts of Montevideo, El Abrojo focuses on helping children who work and live on the streets.The name of the NGO is often believed to be a shortened version of the Spanish phrase, “Abre Los Ojos,” meaning to open one’s eyes.

Singing Karaoke in Japan
Singing Karaoke in Japan

With just the right amount of Jack Daniels, anything is possible…Way back before Karaoke hit the Western world, where it somehow turned into Carry-O-Key, there weren’t 5 or 6 monitors mounted on the walls of the bars.There were no videos accompanying the music and no words streaming across the bottom of the screen.

Poems for Travelers: Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs
Poems for Travelers: Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs

Sometimes the most vital piece of gear is a book of poems that makes you feel less alone. Matador Senior Ed. David Miller’s pick? Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs.Four weeks ago I was doing a Google search for “literary writing + web 2.0.” I found the name Tao Lin. I started reading his stuff. I started reading his friends’ stuff.

How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World
How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World

Engaged travel teaches humility and mutual understanding, key ingredients for world peace.Australia, like most developed western countries, has had the world arrive at its doorstep.Even in small country towns, you can’t walk down the street without a spattering of Mandarin spilling out to the sidewalk from the local Chinese take-away; Con the fruiter hawking his produce; passing worshipers on their way to a mosque, temple or synagogue.

Wrapsol: Film wrap protection for your gadgets
Wrapsol: Film wrap protection for your gadgets

Playing kitchen racquetball with a $200 device, all in the name of scientific review.When I was asked to review a Wrapsol film wrap, I hesitated at the thought of testing it out on my iPhone. Testing means risking, and I’m one of those unfortunate people whose life depends entirely too much on staying connected.