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Tiny Italian town devastated by flood, seeks help

On October 25, 2011, Vernazza experienced probably the worst flood in its 1,000-year history.WHEN I WAS 16, my family went on a 3-week summer vacation in Europe. It was my first major trip abroad. I was a brat.I distinctly remember opting to sleep in and hang out in the hotel room rather than spend a day walking around Venice.

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Ghostbusting 101: 6 myths debunked by Loyd Auerbach Miscellaneous

Ghostbusting 101: 6 myths debunked by Loyd Auerbach

Before you set off on a ghost hunting expedition, you first need to learn a few lessons.Photo courtesy of Loyd AuerbachEVER WONDER WHAT it takes to become a serious ghostbuster? What sorts of skills are necessary in order to track down our fleshless friends?Well, paranormal neophytes, Matador is here to help debunk erroneous myths and impart ghost-hunting advice.

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How to write a letter Interesting

How to write a letter

Photo: gbakuTake a break from blogging, emails, and Twitter for a second and write a letter.TIME IS SHORT and so are our communications; emails are often non-grammatical bursts of information. Status updates are ephemeral and often trite. Blogs can help you express and communicate, but usually aren’t written for a specific person.

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5 no-tech ways to be creative while traveling Information

5 no-tech ways to be creative while traveling

Watercolor by Josh JohnsonHere are 5 old school ways to be creative without benefit of WIFI, wires, keyboards, or kilobytes.WatercolorWatercolors are cheap, portable and easy to use. A few bucks will get you a watercolor set and a few more will get you a decent brush. In the hands of a master, watercolor is a magical medium indeed.

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On a street-food mission in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown Collections

On a street-food mission in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown

Matador community expert Phillip Lombardino gets ninja training in the KL street-food scene.I COULD NEVER be a food critic. I like food — a lot — but I’m not picky. Luckily, I wasn’t in charge in Kuala Lumpur.My first morning in KL, an overconfident Singaporean from my hostel commandeered me for a series of street-food missions in Chinatown.

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Chilean glacier pillaged for 5000 kilos of ice Collections

Chilean glacier pillaged for 5000 kilos of ice

Stealing tons of ice can’t be easy. And when you get caught, it doesn’t pay.WHAT WOULD YOU DO with a couple of tons of ice?No, really. Ice. As in frozen water. That you pried off a glacier in the south of Chile.You could put it into whiskey-filled glasses for tourists on Kodiak trips around a glacial melt-filled lagoon in the south.

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