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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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Ceylon, sailor, to Sri Lanka

See what we did there?  We are such pranksters.  We promise that the rest of this article is pun-free. For background, or as a refresher - Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is in Southern Asia. It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, south of India.  Sri Lanka has more than 2,550 years…

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As old as Moses’ toes . . .

And twice as corny . . . This must be a tough claim to back up:  being the oldest place on earth. And there must be a reason for wanting to make that claim, especially when your claim resides in one of the least populated locations on the planet. But in recent years, science has…

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Vanuatu much

Chances are good that you've not heard of Vanuatu.  A South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers, we discovered it purely out of chance and we're glad that we did.  Previously known as the New Hebrides Islands, it is an archipelago nation in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of…

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Romantic Ilulissat

We are pretty sure that most of our readers are of intrepid, open-minded,energetic and fun-loving.  All the world is your oyster.  A new day, a new adventure.  With that in mind, do we have a place for you! We're willing to bet that many of you haven't visited Greenland, yet.  The country probably doesn't leap to…

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$700,000,000 homes and ten car garages.

If you think you know Africa, think again.  The country - and its entrepreneurs are not getting left behind.  Brains and guts exist in every country, and Africa on that list. The Real Wakanda is where oil magnates, textile queenpins, and construction autocrats come home to gargantuan mansions. Africa is home to 1.2 billion inhabitants, and has…

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Get Hippodrome

As ever, the world is swirled and twirled by events, people and time itself.  Even the most powerful must take our last breaths. And where would this addage be more appropriate than in the lands where kings, queens, power, priviledge and treachery were business-as-usual. Of course, we're talking about ancient history (as we do,) and in this…

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Sending out an SOS

Most likely, you've had fantasies of a round-the-world trip, taking months at a time to do it.  All of your dream destinations, visited in sumptuous luxury.  But also likely, you've never actually done it. Well, here is an interesting variation on that theme that might either temp you, or have you fleeing in the opposite direction. Princess…

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Run away, run away . . . runway!

This article is not meant to be funny, but it is, in a way.  Monty Python would think so, anyway.  (And, to be sure, no-one was hurt.) ETF Airways, a startup charter airline from Croatia, is preparing a lawsuit against Bremen Airport (BRE) in Germany over the damages caused by a rabbit strike in August, as…

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We can Kurgan

As we often write here, as we humans get more clever, we often discover magical places and things that sometimes make us question our own "superiority," even with our intellectual and technical prowess. A good example is the Royal Kurgan of Kerch.  The Royal Kurgan, also called the Tsarskiy Kurgan, is one of the most…

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How now, Macau?

Macao is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, "Las Vegas of…

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You think you’re tired?

We would imagine that most of our lovely readers have traveled, and maybe traveled a lot.  And you're looking forward to your next trip, wherever that may be. But, now let's admire (and maybe have sympathy) for young Lexie Alford who, at the tender age of 19 "had this crazy daydream I had about completing a…

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Fun is universal

Politics aside, we're all human, right?  And, as humans, for the most part we all seem to innately know that we must get along just to survive.  We've seen the history to know what happens when we don't. Here, we feature a video from the National Geographic of a few young athletes who are invited…

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Don’t fence me in

If you live in a housing complex with dozens of units, take heart. An apartment building in St. Petersburg, Russia, (population five million) houses 18,000 people. We're all for efficiency, but we have to wonder about the logistics of managing a place like this.  Parking?  Elevators? As some people have noted, how would the wifi…

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How now, brown cow?

If you visit our site, you will know how much we like and promote India.  It is a massive, crowded, bewildering, lovely and intoxicating place.  The people are uniformly kind and helpful and funny.  The sites are breathtaking.  The cities are a swirl of activity.   If you haven't been, please do so.  And, know that…

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Make an impact

With almost no exceptions, many of us are able to help others - and so many of us do.  And, there are so many ways to do it. One organisation that we here at Matouring like is Novica.  Ostensibly supported by The National Geographic, Novica started with a dream to create a better world for…

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