Packing Tips with FoxNomad

In his own words, FoxNomad, aka Anil Polat is an IT hacker (the good kind), turned digital nomad, travelling the world indefinitely… This week, Anil is extolling the virtues of the ‘80% rule’. Basically the 80% rule means not packing your rucksack or luggage fully to capacity when travelling on a long or short trip. Stick with the 80% rule and you can’t go wrong.  Anil says the best things about this tactic is that…
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Barbara Weibel and the Art of Friendship in Nepal

Barbara Weibel’s Hole in the Donut blog chronicles her journey from an unfulfilling ’70-hour week’ corporate existence to a full-time backpacking blogger. This week, she’s sharing her experiences of central Nepal.  During a visit to Tashiling Tibetan refugee settlement in Pokhara, she encounters an artist called Tseten Tsering.  Obviously taken with the refugee painter’s plight, she dedicates an entire post to Tseten and his life in Nepal.  It emerges that Tseten first came to Nepal…
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In Pictures: Oaxaca

Oaxaca: Express Fact File Oaxaca is situated in southeast Mexico.  It is bordered to the north by Puebla and Veracruz, in the south by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the Chiapas and to the west by Guerrero. The state of Oaxaca  is one of Mexico’s most diverse tourist destinations. For over 93,000 square kilometres, visitors can enjoy beaches, mountains, forests and valleys, as well as ancient archaeological sites and a rich cultural heritage.…
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In Pictures: Mexico City’s Urban Decay

Mexico City: Express Fact File Before there was Banksy, there was Zorro…Mexico City’s graffiti tradition dates all the way back to the time of the real-life Zorro, aka Guillen Lombardo.  According to local legend, while incarcerated in Mexico during the Spanish Inquisition, Guillen managed to escape from jail. He used to sneak out of his hiding places at night and scrawl anti-Spanish graffiti on Mexico City walls. Many of the messages included the letter ‘Z’. …
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