by Eva Holland | 02.07.12 | 3:57 PM ET
I’m on the road this week, doing some writing and social media work for the Yukon Quest.
For those unfamiliar with it, the Quest is a 1,000-mile sled dog race that runs from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon (my hometown). I’m following along, and on the trail with me is a traveling crowd of volunteers, veterinarians, race officials, “handlers” (assistants to the mushers), and friends and family. We drive from checkpoint to checkpoint, meeting up with the dog teams whenever they intersect with the sparse road system. I’m writing this from Central Corner, an outpost on the Steese Highway just south of the one-time Gold Rush town of Circle City.
Never seen a long-distance dog sled race? Here’s a video that gives you a real sense of the scene at the start line back in Fairbanks:
by Michael Yessis | 09.13.11 | 10:57 AM ET
What was originally a pickup game played at weddings and festivals has become a game of one-upmanship between rich big men getting richer and bigger every day. Who has the most horses? The most expensive horses, which can cost $50,000 in a country where the average annual wage is $370? The best stable of chapandazan? Players have always been sponsored—given good horses to ride for the glory of the horse’s owner and small profit for the rider—but now a few have made themselves the world’s first professional, full-time buzkashi players.
by Tom Swick | 09.13.10 | 10:54 AM ET
Parsing the hidden travel advice in two DirecTV commercials
by Michael Scott Moore | 09.08.10 | 12:37 PM ET
In an excerpt from his new book, "Sweetness and Blood," Michael Scott Moore tracks down the origins of surfing in Cuba
by Jim Benning | 09.08.10 | 12:32 PM ET
Jim Benning talks with the author of a new travel book about the spread of surfing around the globe
by Jim Benning | 07.28.10 | 12:41 PM ET
Or as the Spanish newspaper El País proclaimed in its headline, Cataluña prohíbe los toros.
The historic vote marks the first time a Spanish region has moved to ban the pastime. Reports the New York Times:
In many ways, however, the ban reflected less on the animal rights than on a political debate over Catalan identity and a push by local parties for greater independence from the rest of Spain.
That hasn’t stopped animal rights groups from claiming a victory.
by Jim Benning | 07.09.10 | 12:17 PM ET
Is bullfighting an important tradition that should be preserved? Is it so cruel it should be boycotted and banned? And why was Hemingway so taken with it?
She falls squarely in the reformist camp, and her history argues that the sport seduced artists, who glamorized and abstracted a cruel and ugly pursuit into something that bore little resemblance to bullfighting itself. On the matter of Hemingway she is not subtle. “Hemingway is an emblematic representative of the aficionados who were in love with death,” she writes.
by Robert Reid | 07.09.10 | 11:58 AM ET
The FIFA World Cup will be settled Sunday. We'll settle which country in the final is the best travel destination right now. Let's go to Robert Reid's chart.
by Abbie Kozolchyk | 07.08.10 | 4:28 PM ET
Abbie Kozolchyk finds herself on an unlikely quest to buy soccer jerseys from Bolivia to Bhutan
by Tom Swick | 06.18.10 | 8:45 AM ET
On a traveler's divided loyalties during the World Cup
by Eva Holland | 06.14.10 | 2:14 PM ET
The start of the World Cup has many of us thinking about great books on soccer. For that reason, we’ve dug up a feature we did a few years ago, Soccer: Three Great Books, which highlights a few of our favorites.
Beyond that, Flavorwire offers up a globally minded soccer reading list.
(Flavorwire list via The Book Bench)
by Frank Bures | 06.11.10 | 8:12 AM ET
Frank Bures speaks to the author of a new book about the World Cup and Africa
by Eva Holland | 06.08.10 | 12:21 PM ET
Base jumping meets free diving in Dean's Blue Hole
by Larry Habegger | 06.02.10 | 12:55 PM ET
Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news
by Michael Yessis | 05.24.10 | 2:22 PM ET
I love this idea from a sportswriter I usually can’t stand: The Kiss Cam as a two-minute glimpse into a city’s soul. In this case, Bill Plaschke’s talking about the Kiss Cam at Staples Center in Los Angeles during Lakers’ games.
Nowhere, it seems, are the couples as animated, or the crowd as involved, or the message about the heart of Los Angeles any more clear. In a night filled with supermen, it is a brief, heartwarming reminder that the Lakers have been built upon the hopes and ideals of those who are real.
In a town where everything is supposedly disposable, no Kiss Cam moment is cheered louder than a smooch between an elderly couple. In a town that supposedly doesn’t trumpet family values, the second-loudest cheers occur for the forehead pecks of a parent on a child.
The third-most popular Kiss Cam moment? Hugh Hefner sitting in a luxury suite kissing three or four bunnies. C’mon, this is still Hollywood.
by World Hum | 05.17.10 | 2:50 PM ET
A freestyle motocross rider jumps during a sunset training session near the Pyramids of Giza. The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour competition took place there this weekend.
by Chris Epting | 04.05.10 | 9:08 AM ET
Chris Epting takes a baseball-inspired road trip, celebrating America's national pastime
by Jim Benning | 03.25.10 | 10:39 AM ET
Behold the zonkey. This poor donkey and others like it, painted with stripes to resemble zebras, have been a kitschy mainstay on Tijuana’s Avenida Revolución for years. Before drug-related crime frightened most tourists away—visits from the U.S. have dropped off 80 percent since 2001—many would pay a few bucks to don sombreros and pose for photos with the animals. It’s a ridiculous tradition that somehow endures.
And now, a new Tijuana basketball team playing in a regional Mexican league has embraced the painted zebras, calling themselves the Tijuana Zonkeys. They have striped jerseys and, yes, even cheering “Zonkeys girls.”
The team’s president told the San Diego Union-Tribune: “It’s a crazy, cartoonish figure, and in a way, that’s what the city’s all about. It’s a crazy, cartoonish city where everything is possible.”
He’s right about that.
by Jim Benning | 03.24.10 | 5:16 PM ET
I love the occasional IMAX film for vicarious big-screen travel thrills, and I can’t wait to see this new one about surfing Tahiti’s famed Teahupoo. Here’s a taste:
by Jill K. Robinson | 03.10.10 | 11:50 AM ET
After Chile's earthquake, Jill K. Robinson paddled her kayak into California's Half Moon Bay and felt the energy from a hemisphere away
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