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Gadling Take FIVE Week of March - April 3

Gadling Take FIVE Week of March - April 3 Perhaps you noticed our annual April Fool's offerings. Although there are some odd TRUE stories here at Gadling every once in awhile--sometimes daily, nothing this past Wednesday was true. At least, I don't think China is planning to put an escalator up Mt. Everest. Here...

Afghanistan, an accordion, 'Elvis' and Johnny Cash

A friend of mine just sent me this video from the start-up Web site GlobalPost, and it's fantastic. Gregory Warner, a freelance foreign correspondent living in Afghanistan, is an avid accordion player, and he tries to use the instrument as a means to connect with the people...

Destination on the Edge: Kabul

Destination on the Edge: Kabul While the wealthy winter on St. Barth's and in St. Tropez, the adventurous need something a little different. Instead of settling for the mundane, invest in the time of your life. Go to Afghanistan. For those with an addiction to thrill, the definition of "luxury" is...

Cruise deal for US military folks: It's free

Cruise deal for US military folks: It's free To thank the US military personnel who are currently serving in the military in Iraq or Afghanistan--or have served in these two countries this past year, Discovery Cruise lines is offering a free one-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama. This is a repeat offer...

Great American Road Trip: Travel books for the road-3 of 4: So Many Enemies, so Little Time

Great American Road Trip: Travel books for the road-3 of 4: So Many Enemies, so Little Time #3. So Many Enemies, So Little Time: An American Woman in All the Wrong Places--Elinor Burkett When I chose this book as one of my road trip to Montana books, the title caught my attention. As an American woman, also hooked on travel, I wanted to delve into someone else's...

Hulk Hogan, Osama Bin Laden and a pair of Red Wings

Hulk Hogan, Osama Bin Laden and a pair of Red Wings I heard part of an interview with Morgan Spurlock, the creator of the documentary, "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" yesterday. The film, which opens today, sounds as if it might be more travelogue with a twist of the Middle East. Spurlock visits places as varied as...

Prince Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan, says "I don't like England much"

Prince Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan, says Though it's been kept a secret by the British media, Prince Harry has been on active duty in Afghanistan since December. The news finally leaked out yesterday on the Drudge Report, and British officials have decided that, due to security concerns, the 23-year-old prince will...

World's oldest oil paintings found in Afghanistan

World's oldest oil paintings found in Afghanistan Forget Europe, the world's oldest oil painting was just recently found in the caves of the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. The Bamiyan Valley was originally famous for its 1,500 year old Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, but a team of scientists from...

A thousand splendid "truths" about Afghanistan

A thousand splendid This weekend, I was talking to some friends about the increasing popularity of all those fiction bestsellers from other countries, namely Khaled Hosseini's "Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns". People like reading them in part because Hosseini is a good writer, but...

New, tasteful hit in China: Osama bin Laden-shaped candy

New, tasteful hit in China: Osama bin Laden-shaped candy The things people make money on in this world are quite amazing. I especially wonder about the Osama-inspired merchandise that people seem to keep producing for some reason. A friend sent me a link to Wired's defense blog. The author, Noah Shachtman, seems to know a thing...

Still no leads in case of kidnapped US aid worker, driver

Still no leads in case of kidnapped US aid worker, driver There are still no clues in the case of an American aid worker kidnapped Saturday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Cyd Mizell (seen at right), a 49-year-old English teacher at Kandahar University, had worked for an NGO, the Asian Rural Life Development Foundation. The woman's...

Keeping the 'Stans Straight, part 6: Afghanistan

Keeping the 'Stans Straight, part 6: Afghanistan Afghanistan Location: South Asia, east of Iran and north of Pakistan Capital: Kabul In a nutshell: Afghanistan's government and its strategic location have put it at the center of one international conflict after another. Still reeling from the 1979 Soviet invasion and...

Photo of the Day (12/27/07)

Photo of the Day (12/27/07) This photo encapsulates everything I love about travel, especially those odd moments where you get mixed in with the locals and have to endure an entire different way of life just to get from Point A to Point B. And just look at that desolate landscape. There's probably not...

Kite Runner movie opens this weekend

Kite Runner movie opens this weekend The much-anticipated movie "The Kite Runner" about an Afghan refugee and his childhood experiences in his war-torn homeland finally opened this weekend. It's the latest in a slew of Afghanistan movies, following on the heels of "Lions for Lambs" with Tom Cruise and preceding...

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day If you are a volunteer somewhere, give yourself a pat on the back. This is your day. Started as a UN resolution back in 1985, December 5 is a day to get people fired up for the other 364 days of the year. Even though the areas of economic and social development, are the...

One for the Road: Colour - Travels Through the Paintbox

One for the Road: Colour - Travels Through the Paintbox This book beckoned me from a front table at Artisan Books on Gertrude St. in Melbourne's Fitzroy neighborhood. The 2006 paperback version I bought has the bold cover shown here, although I've seen several other versions of this book that was originally released in 2002....

Indie travel guides - pipe dream or way of the future?

Indie travel guides - pipe dream or way of the future? With all due respect to my generous client Lonely Planet, without whom I'd still be an obscure, broke, moonshine junkie in a forlorn corner of Romania, guidebook authors wallowing below the Sushi Line are increasingly probing new "Screw the Man" applications for their...

Photos from Afghanistan

Photos from Afghanistan Earlier this week I wrote a brief article on dangerous places to travel and places that I wouldn't go, even if I had a free ticket. Afghanistan was on the top of my list of places that I'd like to see, although no time in the near future. While I'll concede that it is a...

Oh, the places you won't go.

Oh, the places you won't go. In a recent conversation with a traveler friend of mine, we got onto the topic of places we wouldn't go if we were given a free ticket. Both of us being fairly adventurous travelers, it was a pretty short list on either side. But it begs the question of what people are...

Golf Love: In Afghanistan and More

Golf Love: In Afghanistan and More Thai writer Pira Sudham wrote a short story once about a farmer who lost his rice farm to a golf course developer because he didn't understand the terms of the contract. I can't remember which book the story is in, but for anyone interested in understanding the lives of Thai...

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