Sunday papers: Tango, stone soup and Chinese cinema

Posted on January 16th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet in News

I can’t promise I’ll do this every week, but most weeks when time permits, I’ll post links to my favourite recent newspaper travel stories. They’ll generally be stories where people get under the skin of a place, do something offbeat or go off the beaten track. You know: travel like locals. Here are my votes this week.

Culture Clubs: Volunteering in Creative Communities (The Guardian)

Find out how you can volunteer with a non-profit organization to offset all or part of the costs of studying batik art in Germany, meditating in New Zealand or learning the tango on an Argentine island.

Keep Life Simple, and Travel More (The Globe and Mail)

I enjoyed this essay by Bruce Kirkby on the benefits of planning less, staying longer, challenging yourself and generally shaking things up on vacation.

Beyond Burritos (Sydney Morning Herald)

There’s more to Mexican cuisine than tacos–like pumpkin-flower quesadillas and stone soup in Oaxaca.

Cultural Exchange: Jonathan Kos-Read is the “token white guy” in Chinese cinema (Los Angeles Times)

Technically, this isn’t a travel story. But if you really, really want to immerse yourself in another culture, you could try becoming fluent in Mandarin and then becoming a movie actor in China, as one Californian has.

Photo: Can Stock Photo.

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