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Vagabond Cheat Sheet: South Africa

South Africa

There is nothing like the World Cup to get you some attention. And as hosts of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa is certainly getting a lot of attention. There is certainly more to South Africa than the World Cup. Twenty years after the apartheid era, South Africa is still dealing with the consequences. In this month’s Vagabond Cheat Sheet, we peel back a layer and see what is underneath all the vuvuzelas.


Teva Life Agent Grant

Mount Washington


I almost sprayed a coat of hot coffee all over my monitor when the words came up “Your Dream. Our Money. Earn it.” emphasized by the fact that the number “10,000” never looked quite so good. The marketing think-tank at Teva (pronounced “teh-vah”), makers of sandals and shoes made popular by adventure seekers of all types, really had something going. Their new promotion, a contest coined “Teva Life Agents”, is promising $10,000 not one but various new “Life Agents” that are willing to share the stories of their corporately funded adventure through blog posts, photos and videos. (more…)

Interview with Big D and the Kids Table (Part 2)

You don’t need 90% of what you have. You buy these things to make your life a little bit more enjoyable.  I say, save money for a year and go to India, Thailand, Vietnam, or start with England.
David McWane

We pick up where we left off and continue last week’s interview with David McWane from Big D and the Kids Table.


Interview with Big D and the Kids Table (Part 1)

Big D and the Kids Table

Don’t just be an American or French, or an Aussie or this or that…see the world and become a part of everyone.
-David McWane

Big D and the Kids Table have been rocking out in Boston since the mid-nineties. A product of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, their sound has grown and evolved. Big D and the Kids table is not easy to describe, borrowing from various influences calling their music ska would be an understatement. Flavors of reggae, punk, and rocksteady can all be tasted in the mix of their albums.

Recently, I’ve had the spectacular opportunity to exchange some words with vocalist David McWane about music, travel and volunteering. Dave is a busy guy with various projects lined up including a humanitarian project, authoring books and even writing his own film. All of this, of course, on top of his band.

Check out the exclusive interview after the jump!


Vagabond Cheat Sheet: Timor-Leste

Flag of Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste (aka East Timor) is the youngest nation in the world since gaining it’s independence from Indonesia in 2002. Originally settled by Portugal, Timor-Leste first declared its independence from Portugal in 1975 only to be invaded and occupied by Indonesia nine days later.


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