ALL THE NEGATIVITY THAT we’ve been hearing about the past 364 days has come from realizing things we’ve known all along, but have somehow ignored or shrugged aside. From miserably depressing scandals in athletics to uprisings across the Arab World to protests in Russia and the biggest wave of social demonstration in the United States since the 1960s, the world has begun its dreary awakening.
As well, within the Matador Network itself, we saw a year of unprecedented change and achievement:
- For the second year in a row, we won a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Online Travel Journalism.
- We produced our very own video series, Breaking Free, a collection of stories about American citizens living abroad to pursue their dreams, to debut next year.
- We launched our new-and-improved Matador Community, which has become arguably the greatest place on the Internet for travelers, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and straight-up life-seekers to connect and share their work.
- We produced our very first print publication: No Foreign Lands: 100 of the Most Inspirational Travel Quotes of All Time, which combines powerful photography from contributors amongst the Matador community with meditative thoughts from some of history’s most profound thinkers.
Below you’ll find a few of our favorite moments here at Matador for 2011. Some you may remember, some you might have missed. We’d love for you to share your thoughts on what you loved, hated, laughed at, cried with, or raised your eyebrow to. We’ll see you on the other side of the calendar.