What it’s like to travel with type 1 diabetes - Matador Network
SOMETIMES PEOPLE TRAVEL to get away from things they’ve grown tired of: the daily routine, a bad relationship, control-freak parents, the weather back home. But a long-term medical condition is not something you can simply leave behind, unpacked, purposely forgotten in the wardrobe, second drawer to the left.
How to piss off someone from Austin during SXSW - Matador Network
Trash our house just because we’re charging you $900/night.
Any Austinite who 1) owns a home within a 20-mile radius of the convention center, and 2) has the patience to navigate the city’s short-term rental permitting process, takes this annual opportunity to earn in a week what will cover their mortgage for the next couple months. Thanks, Airbnb.
When a standard double room at any of the hotels downtown is going for $900/night, you (or, more likely, your company) will probably be happy to shell out that $900 for a house where you can cram in six of your friends/coworkers with you.
Just remember — this is not a downtown hotel. This is our home. Don’t use the economics of supply and demand to justify throwing a rager and putting holes in our drywall / flooding the kitchen floor with keg foam / forever trashing our relationship with our neighbors / etc.
#MatadorN reader @bojonvelvet took this photo of chortens in western Sichuan. Beautiful view! Thanks for tagging #travelstoke!
In the shadow of volcanoes: 18 images of Guatemala - Matador Network
What does Google autocomplete think of your country? - Matador Network
A COOL TREND started a little while back where people would type “why is [place] so…” or “[place] is…” into Google and wait to see what Google’s autocomplete function would supply.
5 fun ways to get arrested in Zimbabwe - Matador Network
1. Get a large piece of cardboard and a Magic Marker.
Write a combination of the following words in some kind of order: “Freedom”
Once you’ve done this, see if you can last more than six minutes in the centre of town before you get joined by baton-bearing police. Explain to them this is a “peaceful demonstration” (two words they may find difficult to stomach and react to with a swift fist to the gut). The Zimbabwean armed forces lost their humour when it comes to peaceful demonstrations some time ago. Protest is so 1998.
Every border is a crime against humanity - Matador Network
NATIONALITY IS a strange thing. To think that one’s identity would be so thoroughly set by geography rather than self-determination may be a disquieting thought for some, but even the most rebellious would admit that love it or hate it, your country is a big part of who you are.
We’re not all the same, of course. There’s enough variety among the citizens of even the smallest of countries to keep things interesting. But there’s very little that cultural heritage doesn’t impact, with everything from accents to politics getting shaped by geography.
Which is why it’s so weird to think about how accidental it all is.
9 signs you’re not in Kansas anymore
4. The speed limit seems low, the driving age seems high.
Any posted speed limit under 75 will seem like child’s play. When you find yourself cheering at the sight of a sign sporting a 60 and it feels like you may be breaking the sound barrier, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore.
But then again, we Kansans have been driving since the age of 14. Maybe those extra couple years behind the wheel justify our amped speed limits on our perfectly paved, wide open roads.