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Go big or go home

We love architecture here at Matouring. We love the creativity, the mind-bending use of (often indigenous) materials, imagining what it must have been like to have been in the lofty boardrooms as the decision to approve (or trash) the design was made. We applaud the designers and builders for following their dreams and…

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It’s time! Let’s go!

https://kachingblog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Look-at-all-of-the-people-4-8.mp4We're paying attention.  We're doing the correct things.  We're thinking.  And, now we're ready for our reward.  Travel is on everyone's lips now.  We know what to do.  And we here at Matouring can make your dreams come alive. If you know what you want, click here for DIY self-service travel options. If you'd like…

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Wherefore art now?

This may sound trite, but art is art, isn't it?  Artists follow their muse to amaze / amuse / surprise us with what the human mind can conjure up.  We may not always "get it" but there never seems to be a shortage of those who create something compelling. Interestingly, there are also those who…

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The fifteen minute city

The world is certainly not getting any smaller, that's for sure.  And its capacity to hold us all is starting to become a strain on the planet.  But, as ever, there are clever humans who have ideas. The 15-minute city urban theory received the 2021 Obel Prize in recognition of the concept's value for creating sustainable…

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It’s a dog’s life

If humans were to disappear from the face of the Earth, what might dogs become? And would they be better off without us? If you share your home with a dog, you may have found yourself rolling your eyes or clicking your tongue at your furry friend in response to some outrageously un-wild behaviour. Your dog might…

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Here’s looking at Loo, kid

Loo =  toilet (UK) Public works are often joyless, utilitarian, just-get-it-done affairs.  Whether it's a road, or a bridge or even public restrooms, it makes you wonder why a little je ne sais quoi can't be in the building specifications. Happily, though, that's not always the case.  And here are some fine examples of where good taste…

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Dome sweet dome

As we travel the world, not only do we become familiar with the unfamiliar, but we also, over time, see past the obvious and start to focus on the unremarkable or the unusual.  Sometimes it's a reflex action, other times it just drifts into our conciousness. One of those times is when you start to…

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Never too small

There's a wonderful series on YouTube called Never Too Small.  It's short videos created by clever (usually young) people who, by choice or by necessity have taken an often tiny space and turned it into a comfortable and sensible dwelling. What we like about this channel is that, although the individuals have likely been forced…

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Go forth to the north

To most of us, North Korea is a mystery.  We sometimes get directives from governments about visiting or even understanding the country, but can we actually even trust our own administrations? So what is it all about? In this article, Hong Kong native Ted Lau’s new book tries to understand everyday life in the ‘dystopian utopia’ of…

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Two floors of party action!

So, British Airways are introducing a flight to Las Vegas on the newly-loved-again Airbus A380.  The Airbus A380 is a huge aircraft. 469 seats. That means two floors of non-stop party action.  To Las Vegas.  With alcohol.   What could possible go wrong?  🤣  Read more here courtesy of SimpleFlying.com You've got to give BA some credit…

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Art depot

If the name "art depot" strikes you as one of those fly-by-night operations that appear in dying shopping malls, or in sketchy weekend flea markets, you'd likely be right. But, in this instance, you'd be wrong.  Did you know that most museums only showcase around seven percent of their collections at any given time? …

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Sleepless in Seattle

The Pacific Northwest in the United States is rather beautiful, especially if you don't have a problem with rain.  It rains a lot here.  Spring, summer and parts of autumn are lovely, as well, but rain is a defining term for this part of the world. And, as we know, rain fills the land and…

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Vaccine screen

As of this post, the Covid-19 situation appears to be brightening, albeit in a hesitant manner.  Just when it seems like cases are dropping and humans are paying attention, massive spikes in cases happen and the resultant outcomes are often not good at all. Needless to say, there are still piles of questions that need…

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So, who says “don’t wait until the lastminute”?

We're really happy to welcome Lastminute.com to our family of travel providers. One of the earliest travel "warehouses,"  Lastminute.com established the template for how self-serve holiday shopping can be.  And they still have a broad offering, with accompanying great prices. Lastminute are a publicly traded multinational Group and operate a portfolio of well-known brands such…

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You can be sure, it’s Kuala Lumpur

Literally meaning "muddy river confluence" in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of 7 million (city-proper population- 1.8 million) in just 150 years. A cultural melting pot with some of the world's cheapest 5-star hotels, great shopping, even better food and some of nature's wonders…

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Go back, in time

When you think about it - especially if you travel often - it feels like the process of boarding an airplane is rarely seamless and rarely enjoyable.  To be fair, it is a complex process when you consider the logistics that the airlines need to factor in.  And, of course, there is always the "performance…

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