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Expats in Italy
"Let's start the hour with a look at the other side of the coin has a couple of americans explain how they reinvented themselves when they moved to italy. Have you ever liked what you saw in italy so much that you dreamed of actually moving there. I have to admit i've been tempted myself. We're joined now on travel. With rick steves by two people who gave into that temptation and now they're living their dreams and rod left her job and twenty fourteen and moved to cnn and long so for him. To medallion settled down within near sorrento above the coffee. Coast anna an and join us now to tell us their story. Thanks for joining us. Thanks so anna. How did you end up in sienna. I studied italian in college. Fell love with it. Decided to move to italy after college. Move to to rin then ended up doing graduate work in manchester became professor and then realized that i needed to get to sienna because i did my thesis on saint catherine of sienna and every summer i went every summer. Got harder to come back to the states. So i eventually just decided to move there. And that was a few years ago and You must like it. Because you're still there i do. I love it by the way big industrial city in the north. No nonsense fantastic city. Though the best food real interim people think about that but you ended up in sort of the fairytale medieval tower not an end lung. What's your story. I changed my major twice in university and so decided to take months break to go to italy to try to learn the language. Because i'd been there on vacation before and then after six months decided to stay in ended up marrying an italian and been thirty eight years living in sorrento thirty eight years in beautiful lemon cellos cream. Lemon cellos with those nothing. Better i can't think of a more dolce rental so now you've been there thirty eight years in a small town a small community in community above surrender. You always the foreigner You don't look italian. I'm a foreigner. I definitely have strange ways the way i do things It's foreign but i've been absorbed into the community. They think of me as a local. Because i've withstood thirty eight and you respect the do respect them and there's a lot of my friends that were foreigners that have left sense and they get no respect. I can respect accepted in the community. Are you taken seriously at community meetings or parent teacher meetings. Whatever you might be into you sit there at the table and and you're part of the community and they'll ask me about my opinion about local ideas and things and i'm raising family in the community as well so it touches my life. Now anna i always think of who settled in. Europe is experts. Yes but you're also just flat out. Immigrants immigrants exactly it which my friends in santa always remind me of ohio the immigrants. What's the difference between an ex pattern and immigrant. Well if we're going to be blunt the color of your skin. Isn't that something. I know in italy relationships seem to be really important to get things done personally and in your in your work life. Talk about the importance of relationships. In italy the hugely important and i think that had i not found myself in a contrada in sienna. I don't think i would have stayed because it's so important to be a part of a community. And i am the american in the she wolf so you really identify with the she wolf district. Yes loo- i know that because you guys won the palio two times in one year. Yes we did. And cnn has this passion for the neighborhood. yes. I mean famously. With these contrada. Yes and think that. Cnn is very much a walled city in in both senses of the word because it has the walls that are still there from medieval times. But there's this wall mentality as well where it's hard to enter and to become a part of the community. So i feel very lucky that i found myself in the contrada and they accepted me eventually but like and said it took awhile. Oh she's still coming back so she is she
Riding with Farm Animals in Columbia, Taxi Accident in Rome, and Traveling in a Converted Van
"I'm bob neat. And taraji and today's drivers are jewels and christine professional travelers content creators and podcasters. They've been on the road for over ten years exploring all the world has to offer and met while traveling impro- back in two thousand twelve working at a disaster relief nonprofit. They have been traveling together. Twenty four seven ever since along the way they started a travel blog called. Don't forget to move which over the years has become their fulltime job and now focuses on adventure travel and responsible tourism helping their audience. Experience the world in a more sustainable way. They also hosts a podcast nonstop bon voyage which is a comedic travel. Podcast where they talk about all things that can go wrong while on the road and today this shared with us some of those few things that went wrong while they were on the road such as having survived with farm animals in columbia and their adventures in their converted ban. Welcome deals and christine. Thanks so much for joining us today. Thank you so much for happiness having us so. I know you guys are big travelers. And i'm super excited to hear all your stories because i'm sure you have a really crazy ones from all the places you've been. Let's start with which one you think. Is the craziest driving story of them all. Oh we have definitely had a little crazy driving stories a lot of the time. It's not driving as self And the one that definitely comes to mind at the start would be al time. In northern colombia. Traveling at will play kabale. Bella which is pretty much a middle of norway pursuing. It's almost the northernmost point of south america and it's not a allowed to travelers go. They say it's kind of like the wild west of columbia so it's pretty far off the beaten track and even just to get it takes a bit of emission. He goes had couple of buses in a couple of different small mini vans. And then you finally get to a little place called arabia where you take you jump into a full and this is not your standard full by full. This is a four by four that has been so personally modified to have sate. Elise a dozen people in the back. Try like a pickup truck and the journey. There is four hours of bumping around in sloshing around in the mud depending on the season being crammed with about a dozen people into a full person seda and picking up a lot of livestock along the way like chickens and guards in all kinds of crazy things. So you are basically crammed in the back of this four by four with at least a dozen other people of course all locals. We were the only other travelers who went that far. I guess and then random animals start coming in so we had piglets on the floor. We had baby goats on the floor at a chicken on my lap at one stage. I think i had a baby on my lab. I wonder if we had a little baby. Sir whose baby was but there was a lot of south coming in and on our way back out was the same thing tons of livestock tons of animals just like feathers everywhere and we were leaving very early in the morning. It was maybe four. Am before it was even light out. And we were stopping at all of these farms in little houses along the way and we had some unexpected visitors strapped to the roof. We had three shoes. Desert tortoises will probably about six foot wide Honestly the biggest ever seen in my life and about five or six men were putting it on top of the roof. I don't know where it was going. The poll seeing but Yeah it was quite a wild ride. Yeah it was literally wild. Ride just filled with animals animal. The funny experience is that common for them to like four turtles or tortoise on the roof that he's definitely how i told us on the roof experienced but it is quite common for them to travel with livestock especially when you're traveling in rural areas in indigenous communities. Quite common for them to you. Know they got the coming from the local markets so they've got a chicken and it's tied up. They've got a guard or luke pig. Hug todd their fate name jumping the boss jump jumping the car and go back home. And that's fairly common. We they call it. Chicken buses in central america raisin. There's a lotta chickens on him. Where the animals with you for most of your trip or like how long were you with. The animals offset hotan. So this place. Here is is pretty oscillated. So this is a few rule. Sort of villages Affiliates little so to commune areas along the way but most of the people going from sort of point either point bay and they traveling with all that livestock eight a two they were bringing it back so yeah pretty much the whole four hours. We will sloshing around in the back of these full by four pickup truck with a whole bunch of animals and people just like one guy with a chicken. Walk it off but then one guy with tj can gets on so it's always balancing let made you choose to go there out of all the places since it's not a very typical worse destination executives and at that point we had spent probably Maybe a year in latin america. And we were just ready to get like pushed the boundaries. And get even far off the beaten track and just really wanted to go where we're not going to be surrounded by backpackers cause of knives and colombia and peru in those countries you kind of end up on the tourist trail and you just get stuck with me. No and it's great. You make a lot of friends that way. But you're kind of sick of just being surrounded by backpackers all the time. So we wanted to go somewhere where it's just all locals. We could really get to know the culture and just push boundaries basically and that seemed like the best option and it was an interesting experience. We're definitely the only travelers we saw their ended up sleeping in hammocks outside of this cabin thing in the wind and the rain and we just wayne in this hammocks is pretty intense but it was beautiful just super rugged pristine landscape out there right on the coast but still very desert and dry and yeah is really gorgeous and we'd heard that the junior was half the adventure and definitely was probably one of fiber journey stories that we tell because destination was out there. But you know we've been traveling for eight years ten years
Traveling To Snowdonia
"Let's start with a peak at the natural appeal of the largest national park. In wales snowdonia the highest peak and wales in fact the highest peak in england and wales is called snowden sits in the heart of the snowdonia region and in one of britain's first national parks these welsh islands offer outdoor adventures gorgeous backdrop and draw countless tourists each year. Well skied martin. The land of its is here to help us make the most of our time in snowdonia martin. Thanks for being here. Thank you for having me there. So i've been to your home. Snowden is right in the backyard you grew up there in northern wales snowden in snowdonia national park mean to you. It's a place. I tend to walk quite a lot. It's just a huge and beautiful area. When i say huge. It's massive eight hundred and twenty seven square miles but you don't see that many people in it feels massive because it's it's windy it stark. It's pristine yeah. Small road not allowed to crowds. How tall is mount snowden. It's the massive height of three thousand six hundred fifty feet above sea level at its peak but because it rises more or less out of the sea. Yeah it has the aspect of bigness about it. It's so interesting because here on the west coast of the united states. Three thousand five hundred feet. It's like this is sort of a medium mountain pass for britain. That's a big peak. That's you know. Ben davis is the highest one in britain and there are few mountains over four thousand of the snowdonia national park. You have all of wales peaks over three thousand feet high and on. I think there's only one pecan english over three thousand okay. And this is the north of wales in. I've traveled on wheels. A fair bid. I just if you got limited time. I would recommend north. The peaks only Less than four thousand feet but didn't The british Climbers have mount everest. Actually practice in the snowden area. They practiced in that. Nobody had ever used oxygen on a mountain before. And so they had a stroll round be had Two systems an open and closed. And they thought oh. The closed system is much better. But what they didn't realize goes onto everest the vows and clo- system froze so the luckily they had a couple of open systems with them but they had some rugged enough areas in north wales where thought they could have some practice there. And you do get to some mountain. they're not resorts alert. Sort of hiking centers or something there. There's some beautiful towns. There's town called. Beth goulart galaxy. Guess who described beth killer it's a mountainous area and therefore towns villages. They nestle in the valleys. They don't sit on tops of hills and bathe galax which means ballots grave is useful in a little bowl with rivers running through it stone building. Oh everything is built on. Everything is built stone bridges over the babbling drone bridges and of course slate roofs because wales used to be the slate production center of the world at one time that right so when we think about going to north wales as a visitor and we want to do some hikes. What advice would you give for enjoying the nature of snowden national park and bringing up some calories at the same time you can hike all levels. Mt snowden itself with acid in welsh is an attraction. And there's a railway that runs up if you don't wanna walk for three hours just take the train and this is kind of a cute little tourist steam train. Yeah it goes from some berries up to the top and that's a family out it is. It gets crowded. Some of what i was going to say is that snowden is like a magnet people have heard people know that so that eight hundred and twenty seven square. Miles will get away from snowden. You'll see fewer and fewer and people which is a lovely thing. It is very empty area. It is and if you wanted to have some rugged memory you could hike it without the steam train. Take what five hours or so three hundred. Well five hours up and down if you if you know. It's a nice day. It's a lovely day. Beware say this flat up. Beware of times of year like easter when it's considerably cooler the top dress. Well okay
"We're all glad to have survived. Thousand twenty the change in the us administration suggests it may be time for a different tone in how americans work on the issues our country needs to tack. But are we up. For an essay on the unraveling of america an anthropologist. Wade davis wrote for rolling stone last august. Got people talking. He joins us now from his home near vancouver. Bc to explore. America's changing role in global politics is essay is sort of like a letter to a neighbor who needs a little tough love and that neighbor happens to be a canadian anthropologist. Wade thanks for joining us. My pleasure could be with you so you wrote an article. That apparently is the most widely read thing. Rolling stone has ever published. Will it hit a real nerve. Million people read it on the site. It trended number one for five weeks three hundred and sixty two million social media impressions within two months and my visitations to my wikipedia. Site soared from a modest one hundred fifty a day to over four thousand. Just hit this nerve wrecking a none of us expected that nervous like that Little quip that's going around on the internet suggesting that to live in candidate today is like owning an apartment above a meth lab. Robin williams. Actually your essays. You say. it's a love letter. But it's a love letter called the unraveling of your neighbor america. How is it a love letter. Well i think when you have someone you love and you do. A family intervention. The most important in the first thing have to do is hold a mirror chisholm to show how far they've fallen. Because that's the first step in the path of rehabilitation and. I think that things have happened so fast. In america that in a way people look in the mirror and they still see the myth of their on exceptionalism and they don't necessarily see how far things have changed and i think kovic revealed that you know it didn't cost the country to fall but revealed to what extent the country had fallen. And i think a lot of that's just about the nature of community and i think where canada's not perfect place but it is interesting to compare the consequences of covid in the two countries way. It's it's interesting because americans. I think we take up a little bit offence when somebody from country critiques us. But we're more likely to listen to canadians. And it's so helpful for somebody to remind us that the global view of america has changed a little bit. I mean people used to look at us differently than they do now well as a great reporter for the irish times you know. They've been many motions expressed about america's since world war two but one that has never been there is there now that was pity. And that was how the world saw america's frontline healthcare workers were waiting. The arrival of emergency supplies on air lists from china. It was almost like the hinge of history opened the asian century. Pity that's something new. Another thought that. I've had is. When i if i ever refer to america's as an empire people take offense to it but we're an empire to me and empires rise and empires fall. I'm a historian and and it's frustrating to me. How unable or unwilling americans are to realize. History may be speaking to us in your essay. You reminded us how empires come and empires go. Well no kingdom expects to fall and they all do you know historically if you think in european tradition. The fifteenth century belonged to the portuguese the sixteenth to the spanish to seventeen to the dutch. The eighteenth to the french and the the nineteenth to the british. The british empire actually reached its greatest geographical extent in nineteen thirty five. But we know of course that by the end of world war two empire was bankrupt and bled white in the torch had in fact passed to america. What clearly yeah. I mean if you look at the numbers after world war two we were so dominant and comfortable thinking. We're the last great superpower. But of course as you said look at what the past has taught us and i think pretty clearly right now. There's a changing of the the torch ever further westward in it and china is emerging as the next great superpower I mean i don't necessarily look forward to that moment with any kind of The light and i think if if and when we find out that this is the fading of the american era. I think we'll be very nostalgic for the best years of that era.
550a Expats in Italy; Maeve in America
"Life for themselves in europe. Every summer i went in every summer it got harder to come back to the states. So i eventually just decided to move their. You'd feel relaxed more downtime more. They're not so serious. About everything. in life may higgins. Hometown was the last place. Many irish emigrants saw of their native land. So she says it's only natural to find herself drawn to fellow immigrants from around the world. I always find that. Immigrants have a story because they've literally left one life behind and started a new life. The born stand up comedian explains why. She chose new york city when she moved to america a few years ago. Forty five percent of new yorkers. I born outside of the country. They're not even born in america so kind of unique sushi. i think. Stay with us for the stories of immigrants to end from america
Want To Cruise In 2021? Why You May Be Going About It The Wrong Way! (Podcast)
"So you want to make sure you go cruising in twenty twenty one. It's not to be as simple or straightforward as you thought it would be and you may be approaching it the wrong way. I'm gary bambridge and in this episode of my tips travelers. i'm going to share my tips. On the very best way to ensure that you will cruise in twenty twenty one and what. I'm doing to make sure i can be on some of the early cruises but crews that are actually going to sell all while breaking out of that endless booking cancel re book and refund spiral trap. My very first tip is if you're planning a cruise for twenty two anyone right now. Only in october november or december. If you want to be pretty secure and certain that you will actually be going do not put cruises before then at the moment especially if it's a bucket list trip. There are very specific portal places. You absolutely want to visit or sydney. In the case of the united states you want to go on a cruise. that's longer than seven nights because those are banned until at least the end of november. Now come onto what you need to do before those months in a bit. But let me explain why. I think you should only make new bookings for the end of the year at this particular point in time now in various travel agent sessions. Which i've reported on. In a couple of episodes the cruise lines them cells are actively encouraging agents to steer their clients towards booking from quarter four. Because this is the earliest that they feel confident they are going to be able to run attorneys as advertised by then the expectation is that the the vaccine rollouts gathered nothing mental. they'll be the level where countries are going to be more open to letting cruises operate closer to normal. This means things like being able to call on all most of the ports that are in to advertise a ten and that restrictions on the ship mosques and so on and also underhand have been eased to a greater degree lines also expect by then they will have been able to return most of their fleet back into service and so they will be able to run almost all of the advertise attorneys which they're not certain of until then all the lines of course are also saying that they will face ships back into service and you'll notice is each round of cancellations and made their now listing returns. Bhai date by ship often spread across multiple months and some lines have already confirmed. Some of the ships will only return in twenty twenty two separate for example carnival cruise line. They have carnival fascination and carnival radiance only returning twenty twenty two fed olsen have taken out of service until then to and more likely to follow now talking to various contexts. Have within the cruise lines before making this episode. They have all told me that many many cruises have already cotton onto this. And most of the bookings they're getting so far. This year are only from quarter for onward. So i recommend you follow. What the lines are saying and focused any new bookings four hundred twenty one on the final months of the year if you want any high degree of certainty of them happening but if you want to cruise before saratoga what should you be doing and planning many many passionate cruises of which i am seeing one of those are really keen to support the lines and be sailing on the early cruises. Awesome as soon as possible after that actually physically return however up in my view. The best way of doing that is to stop looking at what the cruise lines are advertising. And telling you and taking a very different approach now this may sound crazy and counter intuitive. So let me explain as i passionately. Believe this will mean that you can get on early crews and escape that cycle of booking revoking paying final balances and fighting to get refunds. Start off by not focusing on what the lions have as return dates. If you up the lines they will tell you. All the advertise cruises will be going now.
AT#739 - Travel to Vancouver, British Columbia
"Bags bags and read. It's real good. Pass board amateur traveler episode seven hundred thirty nine today. The amateur traveler talks about skiing and hiking will watching and kayaking totem poles and steam clock. As we go to vancouver british columbia amateur traveler. I'm your host chris christensen. Let's talk about vancouver. I'd like to welcome back to the show. David brody from travel in ten podcast at travel inten dot com. Who's come to talk to us about vancouver british columbia david. Welcome back to the show. Thanks very much. Chris and i say welcome back to the show. I think this is david's fourth appearance. Going way back to a show we did in the hundreds on cambodia and show we did in fiji's at four forty five anna show. We did on bali just about a year ago and then we have talked about vancouver in the show. But i checked it was episode sixty so i believe it would be in the fall of two thousand and six which i'm pretty sure vancouver's exactly the same as that correct. That's right that's right shades. change the little. We've had a winter olympics since then we've had a pandemic now since then so it's it's definitely changed it a little bit okay. Well and why should someone go to vancouver a. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You've got mountains you've got rainforest you've got ocean all side by side and you can do everything from gulf to skiing to whale-watching today it's got sort of everything in particular somebody who loves nature and love seeing the outdoors a lot compacted in a very small area but then also a ton to do from a cultural perspective. Great restaurants mix of different cultures around the world. Excellent well what i ten or are you gonna recommend for us. That's a good question. I mean it depends how many days you've got. I mean if you're if you're here on a short visit i would focus on bakuvahe itself because there is no shortage of things to see you right in the city itself one. We usually target about one week trip. And so i think that is going to include some side trips that we're gonna do while. We're there for sure that i would say if you're here for a week. Then there is a ton of places that are within an hour and a half two hour drive or boat ride from vancouver. Give you a ton do everywhere from whistler on one of the whistler blackcomb probably one of the best ski resorts in north america. That that you've got about a two hour drive down the cd sky highway here. You've got all the gulf islands and vancouver island that are just a short ferry ride away and tends to see and do their a cool little driving trips that you can do just out of the city as well excellent. Well let's start in the city first of all. Is there a place that you would recommend. We stay in terms of a particular neighborhood in vancouver. Yeah a bunch of great hotels right in. The downtown core really depends on sort of budget. Wise where you wanna go if money is no object. You're just looking for the best sort of anc hoover experience one of the places i've i gravitate towards is the fairmont fairmont suffolk rim. You're right down on the waterfront right in the center of the city. You're across from candidate place. Which if you've seen any pitchers of vancouver you've probably seen the sort of iconic sales. It's sort of. What are the two main iconic buildings vancouver that you're directly across the street from great views great spa and stuff there as well. If you're on a bit more of a budget. Some nice sort of tico tells probably one of my favorites someplace. Place called the opus in yale town. Which is a really cool district town where used to be a lot of old warehouses and things at thirty forty years ago were converted into boutiques restaurants galleries all around there. Lots of great shopping and restaurants school boutique hotel as well. Excellent and the town. I don't know so we're going to have to get back to. And then what am i going to do. Let's say my first day in vancouver. I say something everybody's gotta do. When you're here is go to her granville island. It's a market. That's been here. Since the seventies was an industrial area that was redeveloped into a public market. Where they've got fresh seafood a lot of cool vendors and booths and stuff there. But the other thing you're gonna find granville. Island is a lot from a cultural perspective as well. There's a few different galleries there. A lot of artisans sort of making things of some great restaurants some of the best restaurants in town on grand island. There's place called edible canada which is like a collection of everything i would say on. The menu is probably. You would find within one hundred miles or two hundred dollars vancouver. It's all great local dishes a constantly. Changing menu agree place for canada's nettie really specific canadian cuisine but a lot of great regional dishes from across the country and edible candidate sort of brings altogether and all made with with local ingredients. So that's that's a great spots checkout on granville island. Well now when you say that canada doesn't have any cuisine. I'm thinking more vancouver may not live on the east coast of canada. There are some dishes. That are uniquely canadian. I think of putin for instance. There is a few for tales. That's right that's right that's right and here.
Olivia's Having a Baby!
"At sierra nevada dot com joining me today is katrina schwarz. She will be hosting and editing. The show while i'm out on maternity leave. Hey katrina so one thing that i bet most listeners. Probably don't remember but you were part of the first ever bay curious story that we did back in twenty fifteen. This is before we were a podcast. What do you remember about that episode. It was really fun. It was not the one about the car off the side of the marin hill. There's this old wrecked car out on mount. Tam and it seems obvious that the car came down from the road which is above us. But i want to know. Is that actually the case. And how long ago. And we thought it was going to be like so easy to solve. It just felt like we kept striking out like everything i thought would work did not work. We were like well okay. The park doesn't but some local historian probably has dug through all the records. They know for sure. I've talked to a bunch of my friends. None of us have any idea how that got there. I wish i knew i. I'm not sure any radio story ever has ended on such a. Like sorry shrug disappointed that we couldn't find the real answer. You know. the real answers probably disappointing. Anyway as you can tell he kind of let me off the hook there. Yeah it's true. We weren't able to fully solve this mystery and it was our very first one so that doesn't look great for us. It's like hey we're this cool new. That answers your questions. Here's us not answering a question. Yeah not our best look. Well we learned a lot though. And i think that really taught me like. Be careful about the questions that we decided to take on. And let's make sure that we're going to be able to have an answer before we produce a story. Yeah although i'm proud of for owning the fact that we did not find the answer. Did we definitely tried to save at the end katrina. I wanna talk a little bit about you. You're about to be hosting the show and one thing that's really different about the two of us is. I am relatively new transplant. I moved here seven or eight years ago. now. I've already lost track but you grew up here. What was lifelike for you growing up here. Yeah you know. I moved here when i was eleven so just starting seventh grade and it was actually pretty rough for me. I had moved from the east coast from washington. Dc and my dad got a new job here so our family moved and you know seventh grade. I don't know if you guys remember but like it was a rough time. And i missed home. I missed my friends and people were and you know that did not set me off on a good foot with san francisco. Although i will say that overtime i came to appreciate how beautiful it is outdoors. Have some good friends from high school here but the first like three or four years. We're rough. I gotta say yeah i mean in talking to you about this over the years we've worked together. I think you have this complex view of the bay area that a lot of people who've lived here a long time share. Yeah i mean. I love it i love it like in the way that i think a lot of people do or maybe even more for its complexity but at the same time i find some things about the bay area to become hypocritical if anyone heard The story we did a couple of months ago. About why the bay area is so liberal like learning that history and how even pretty recently it was not a very liberal place. It's more complicated than it looks. And i feel like oftentimes the bay area gets kind of painted with this brush but there's tons of different communities here they all have different histories. It's just there's a lot going on beyond sort of what we like to message out about who we are as journalists. That's one of the things that i like about covering the bay area's because it is as complex place that has a pretty rich history that doesn't always match up with the stories we tell about ourselves or the image that the bay area has portrayed to the rest of the world. There's just so much more. I think once you scratch beneath the surface a little bit now a lot of what we do at bay curious. It's it's certainly critiquing and looking at the bay area and trying to understand its history and and how we got where we are. But it's celebrating the place that i personally think has some special sauce to it was their moment that you remember that you felt that this was a special place. Maybe after all after you had kind of grown out of this early distaste you had for it The ocean basically became like a real thing in my life. I like for so long I lived close to it. I grew up in the richmond district of san francisco so You know the oceans only two miles away but it was like this big cold foggy place that we didn't really go And then a friend of mine in high school her. Her dad was a surfer so she had access to wetsuits boogie boards and one time we went boogie boarding and the ocean and it was finally like palatable to be in the ocean because i had a wet suit on and i had so much fun. I don't know it was like one of those turning points where i was like. Oh this thing. That was kind of cold and foggy. And not that exciting with suddenly the most amazing thing ever and i was like okay. This place and stuff going for it okay. So last question over the reigns the show. What are you hoping to kind of. Get out of it over the next few months and are you planning to shake it up in any way who. That's a hard question. Well i can't say that. I'm expecting to really shake it up because you've done such a good job and i just want to like make it as good as you've made it although i will say I'm excited to get questions from corners of the bay area that we haven't covered you know i. I hope to actually do some really proactive work to reach out to some communities that we haven't really featured or haven't visited and get questions from those areas because You know. I think it can be kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. We have an awesome audience. Who lives in certain places. And so then we get questions from those places. And i'd love to kind of expand out and see if we can show more of what the bay area is to to our current listeners and also hopefully to new listeners. I love that. I cannot
Best Drinks: 2020 In Review
"Five years later because he believed that it helped stave off this pepsi. Sia in digestion. Half you buy in that town. Sure i think it causes indigestion. The more soda. I drink the more indigestion. I have so maybe rebels help. I think okay one of the things that has changed so much since we went to university How long ago was that now. Have so fifteen sixteen eighteen years. What is the fact that back then the only way you could really spread your ring wings and experience. The world going to school was by studying abroad. And that was usually you know first semester. Some people went for a whole year but that was about it but now with amazing online learning programs like oregon state's e campus. You're able to earn your degree while doing things you love. Which if you're listening to this podcast means traveling including daniel robertson's this a pretty cool story played pro baseball in the majors hopping coast to coast while earning his bachelor degree along the way so oregon state e campus are consistently ranked in the top ten and us news and world report. They've got over eighty different programs that you can earn your degree. Some of them even advanced degrees like master's degrees. I'm while getting to be out in the world and getting the travel you can check that out by heading to e campus dot oregon state dot edu slash peanuts. But if you do check it out. Remember us are link. We get a little love from people. Do you know oregon state university's mascot. I don't think it's not the duck that into oregon that's oriented university oregon the beavers so we get some luck from the from the beavers over there for us. Our link e campus dot org state dot edu slash peanuts. Go check it out. Lions can an open playing. And we've forgotten this old cities name. Ceo breath on window pane. Lets us tom phillips. Tra- sir i saw you a. I feel like the new. Interim music really hits home entering a new year right. Yeah i love it so much. Just kind of makes me nostalgic for travel. So maybe it's because we've come off a year of very little travel. But we love our new intro song by our good friend. Kaelin bore he recorded just us special hip hop exclusive exclusive. Thank you very kalem. Yeah we've got some new music. We love if you want to check it out. Check more of his stuff out. Kalem k. a. I l. e. m. last name bore b. o. e. r. You can find it on spotify and today guys. We've got a double header. If you're watching on instagram live where recording two in a row. Back to back. We're starting with best drinks. Strength of two thousand eight hundred twenty watching us. It's going to say. I cheered during the intro and then i saw you double. Think if you were going to actually take a sip. I think it's bad luck to not sip. After you cheers. I was just making sure dribble down my shirt because now we're on video for people on instagram. Live or if you're watching later on instagram you can watch somebody if you listen podcast. You won't see it all but we've got a mosa in our hand. Both of us have most is in our hand. We're gonna take a little sip here because we're talking best drinks and this is part of our six part year in review. So we've done our travel stats. We've done our travel superlatives and now we were gonna do best meals but we decided all right. Sometimes you get drinks before your meal. You know pre dinner drinks. We're going to do best drinks now. Then go into the best meal of everyday desserts and then we'll go back to the best meals and cap off with best experiences. So if you're watch on instagram live. You can watch us daily. Do that you're listening to podcasts. These will come out after each other each week so you can check them out as they come out as well however you're listening thank you thank you thank you. Thank you for supporting us. And if you are on instagram live. Please let us know we've had. There's got the ipad here. She's watching your comments and if you're listening in the podcast we're going to ask you to play along at a later date. Reach out to us at extra packing peanuts on instagram. That's the fun part. One of the fun parts of doing this podcast. Yeah it's a hearing from everybody who's listening. Andrew are watching because we love connecting with you and especially in a year now a new year where we haven't been able to socialize out in the world as much as we would like so it's nice to kind of get online and and i reach out to people and i guess i'm calling a podcast but now we should call a show. Yeah we're on multiple forms so on the extra packing peanuts show. So we're talking best drinks heather's list a lot more extensive than my list. We'll get into a little bit of why that is so you have. Did you get to ten or at nine ten. You have ten best things. I have five. So i'm just going to let you start rattling off rather than call them honorable mentions now. We're going to let you go ten to five. And then i will. I'll jump in at five and we'll go from there as always when we do our lists. I have no idea what's on heather's list. She has no idea what's on my list unless she's p can't my computer unless i'm peaking at her computer which not. I don't have eyesight. That's good enough to see that far So i mean anything to say about drinks in general or the topic of best friends in twenty twenty before we actually get to the well. You said that there was a reason why i had more drinks than you. But then you didn't say at the reason was well. Okay put it out there. I just did not drink very much. I was attempting to get more attempting. Lose weight. actually do program. Why wasn't allowed. Well not allowed self-imposed not drinking any alcohol for one hundred and five straight days which is about a third of the year and i wasn't drinking much before they're drinking much after that anyway. The reason we didn't do as we normally do a best special ones for best coffee and then we usually do best wine and then we do best beer so we
54 RVers Share the Most Important RV features they Expect in their Next RV
"Now a lot of fun today with the results of a survey we ran through our followers on social media. About what real. Rv ears want in their next rv. And i think it's a pretty interesting Interesting results of that that. we'll have fun because clearly. There's there's some kind of a disconnect here the industry is not giving people what they want and people are very well informed and we'll share a lot of responses and i think you'll find this This very interesting coming up in a little bit. We also have a lot of our news this week. A quick recap of the tampa. Rv super show look lament about the court sites. Show this on what the next show that we know about. We got some Rv resources for those of you. Who are out on the road and of course a great off the beaten path report from our friends the birkett but before we get started my lifelong traveling companion and my bride jennifer. Hello my dear. How long michael. It's been a busy day. It's been a very busy day like every day. We start today with a about a two mile hike. The we do every day with bowen boy. He is had a ball but he doesn't know what's what's going
Episode 59, Nairobi: Muthoni Drummer Queen
"Diamond clauses finace liquor store. It is says unbelievable world beers fine wines and superior spirits all right hey open Boom boom boom boom of ninety. Glenn gic moving now now said instead street in ten. Okay okay thank you. The mr mysterious How about the show. Yeah okay. I do have this number no-boom around is there another liquor shops in here. Besides those guys yeah we just did. Yeah we went to come to. These says kenyan. Kenyan liquor no indian. This room is actually very by looking. But it's very tasty mendome express. Okay rarely failed so completely so quickly. Just have no time to the great boom search. So joshua obama and i struck out at diamond plaza in nairobi looking for the boom boom room. That this week's guest had asked me to bring over but muth owning donga better known as phony drummer. Clean is not the type to leave things chance. She smartly was in possession of her own remnant stash of boom boo. We're just gonna plow through that that we are drinking it and talking in her apartment just before she heads off to shoot yet another music video is well just a sign of the hustle who tony is not just an entertainer and entrepreneur but also as she puts it cultural alchemist who takes various parts of the african global cool zeitgeist and repackages it into a song were show or concert series or video whatever the moment calls for as long as it is in her words grounded in dope nece. We recorded all of this here in the before coping. Times but i remember distinctly. How in the middle of my nearly nonstop three years of travel. What a world that was. I remembered that nairobi stood out. It moved me the people the food the will mark marquette tremendous vibrational energy of the streets. And that thing that who tony calls a bias ford doing nairobi gifted dawn. I was won over. When we all have gotten a jab and are ready to move around this planet again. Come and get some iro for yourself. You came this is nathan tornberg and from rotin kingdoms. You're listening to the trip drinking with exceptional people around the world. Hey there we are right and you sound good and it's quiet and beautiful and it's sunday and you've poured me this amazing rome which i want you to tell me. A little bit about but cheers. Thanks thank you know my goodness spice flavored. What is happening here. Yeah it's like spicy and sweet young. Also it's the best ever drank that you could drink without like mix Just straight yesterday with some ice. Which is what we're doing here. I said it'd be. And this is a kenyan ron insana. Kenan shit was actually thing. Boom boy is american. Oh yeah we should ask google google. Should we ask where we're allowed to do that on the show bumble be embu. I mean i saw. I could just say it again and again it makes it good. Feels good on the tongue. you know. Boom boom boom room. It sounds it sounds like Like afro-caribbean word or something. i'll right it is made from sugarcane such as byproducts like molasses. We talk about. This took the wikipedia page for rome. Which is like as very basic. Come on now come on. I got to be better at google. it is an exquisite all natural. Yeah is what we're talking about Five gold medals in two years from the la international spirits competition right. Yes we we're here. We're drinking we know it's good. Tell me where it's from. Blue moon barbados gala. This is beijing rome. I'm liking that all right. We were just talking about how i'm from the islands and you are serving me smile and rome all right good. No it's super good. Yeah well that explains my utter failure to find in stores. A special import and special import. That there's a company that brings it into narrow. My friend runs some marketing experiential stuff. So he's the one who gave it to me site actually bite off of him and and you know what. The terrible thing is of courses failure at two different liquor stores to get a bottle of mama means that we are killing. You're bottle which. I just feel like a party powell on on a sunday. Come into this woman's home and drink. Her last boot run can get some more over eight. I wish you luck in that. This is this is an excellent room so so we have you here i. It's funny because i've been talking to people about who you know everybody's like all right well who you talking to nairobi. And no matter who. I'm talking to whether it's the lgbt activists or the cook or the writer. Everybody's fired up that i'm talking to you. Thank thought so. Let's start there like what what. What are you doing to these people. Why what's explain what i've been experiencing when when using your name around town. Maybe that's funny. I wonder maybe it's because Mark this the work but with the festival over the music it intersects. It's an intersection point for so many different people groups of creators and just humans at large. So i'm not necessarily surprised.
AT#738 - Travel to Slovakia
"The amateur traveler talks about a mining museum and a reggae festival the danube love bank castles. And the carpathians as we go to slovakia. Welcome the traveler. I'm your host chris christopherson. Let's talk about slovakia. I'd like to walkman show. Peter and anna from the slovak spectator and the spectacular slovakia. Podcast and his last name is fe and peter. I'm gonna let you say your last name yourself because we have erased. All of my terrible efforts pronouncing it on my last name is lola bullets. There you go. Excellent peter and anna. Welcome to the show. We're talking today. Oddly enough about slovakia censor you're coming from the spectacular slovakia podcast. I suspect you may know something about the country. Why should someone well first of all. Let's put it on a map because last time we did an episode on slovakia which has been something like seven years. We talked to someone who moved to the country and said all of their friends had no idea where this country was. So where are we talking about. When we're talking about slovakia so slovakia is i would say dead center europe so it borders austria the czech republic ukraine and poland. Correct view from poland to slovakia. So i will test was excellent. And why should someone go to slovakia so far foreigners perspective before i moved to slovakia. I didn't know much about it. I would say i actually funnily enough. I lived in the country when i was a toddler but it has changed a lot since then and i think in general slovakia unfortunately is a very underrated country. I like to think of it as the little engine. That could country that a lot of people overlook but there's so much to see outside of the capital of bratislava's for example gorgeous castles majestic mountains and a lot of unique unesco sites for example. So yet definitely worth a visit to that. Well i would say many people and foreigners especially if they would say you we've got the beautiful women and like cheap stuff and that's not. That's not everything i mean. Some people into going with that alone. I would agree with analog. We have beautiful mountains Plenty of castles and many people come to brought east london eight and they continue to be an hour budapest. They think it's definitely worth checking out other parts of the country. Well excellent well and two things. I would say that i know with little about slovakia. One is we as americans people in the west have tended to say that anything that used to be east of the iron curtain in eastern europe. And and that. I think is something that slovakians might bristle because it is central. If you look at a map it is central europe. So that's one thing don't say and also the country czechoslovakia doesn't exist anymore and it hasn't existed for years so this used to be part of it but that's a term not to use anymore because that is obsolete. Is that fair enough yet that it's trust and all also many people think that we are slovenia which is not. You'll see that's okay. They can't put slovenia on a map. Either excellent which is another beautiful country but not this in different in so many ways excellent. Well what kind of. I ten or are you going to recommend for us for slovakia. Well of course you have to start in radislav and most people will likely be flying in from vienna and from the airport. You can take a quick bus or train. It's about an hour sometimes less. I just would warn tourists if you take the train. Yeah when you see the train station and bratislav. It's probably not the best first impression. It has not changed much since the nineties. I could definitely needs a facelift. But in a weird way i find it strangely comforting. That no matter. How much bratislav develops the train station will always stay the same were in you. See they're flying in from vienna. He meant there flowing into to vienna. And then taking the train to two brothers because bratislav in vienna like an hour apart so it's not great for us excellent. Yeah when you get to brought his slava of course and you have to explore the old town. Very beautiful has the typical cobblestone streets. A lot of really gorgeous buildings from different architectural eras and they have lovely cafes sometimes musical performances on the streets. And yeah it's small enough that you won't get lost. But i would say big enough that there is plenty to do especially if you wanna spend the whole day there. You won't be bored in my opinion and then outside of the old town. Yeah there's a lot to do. I think peter could probably add to that before we get to the outside the hotel. Let's fill in a little more on the old town. You mentioned lots of cafes so we're talking about a city that was also part of the austria hungary empire and so it's not gonna look that different to me from vienna. Is that fair to say they're definitely a lot smaller. Probably not as clean cut. If that's a good way to describe it. I think bratislav away has a lot more character and yeah outside the old town. You will see a lot of communists era architecture but i think it sort of adds to the appeal in a way. The one thing we didn't see is you're right here on the danube. Yes yes absolutely. Okay and in the old town before we leave the old town. Is there particular place. I would start. If i'm going to explore the old town and particularly things that i ought to see before leaving the old tim. Yes so you'd wanna start at saint michael's gate that is very much like the main entrance to old town and they also have an interesting museum at the top and you can also go to tower and get an overall view of the town. You see at the top at the top of the gate. Yes and yet they have this. I believe it's like the city arms museum within. The tower is closed right now due to reconstruction and i believe it will be closed for a while navy into. Yeah well into the next year the next year this is being recorded in twenty twenty so maybe
DLD 324: Fraud, Funding, and Settlements
"I'm steven seagraves joined. Today by seth miller. Yes you are miller. I'm doing all right. How are you recovering. I think we'll go. Yeah i mean i'm looking. I'm looking forward to the for show the new year next next show the other day we should switch to the lunar new year and try again. Sounds good we tried. We need a good run at the first seven days. Just start over coa mulligan. The pg can't you can't do that when the pga tour soviet that's true that's true. I bet i'm sure you couldn't trump course so most joke making the pga. Only did i tell you. I guess you had heard. Dave said now that they won't host any tournaments at any trump courses including the twenty twenty two pj championships. Missed that reference. I was making sorry. No no i like intentionally off the internet for the last day and a half. So you're smarter than i am. I just you know anyway. Yeah so it's been a crazy crazy. Start to the year. I think between the insurrection and the crash of the sri jaya air line in indonesia. It's things are not i think. The hopes twenty twenty one have been dashed already into a little pin. I think we might have to adjust our expectations. Yes i think you're right. I saw from follow from last week. Volcano issues. yeah. I am embarrassed by this when we were talking about. the The street food. And i was like it was manhattan. All right and you guys both agreed with me prevented f inclu. it's suva's at was pompeii. And so i apologize for that Thank you to ed for being very polite in his calling me out on that. That dick thrive it would have been joe moron twitter publicly. Did it privately. He's nice guy. But i'm just giving a hard time. He did in the fact that he's visited both of them. And that's obviously like he knows the difference with his family southland cooling. I've only visited the one which one aside went to pompeii. And you didn't know in one thousand nine. What makes even worse flown over mount etna. I have a great picture of it actually on a flight from munich to munich tumult altering forever obstruction. We're going on. I got the shot interesting. Maybe we can pull up at image that brings a question. What did you think of malta. I really enjoy it Visiting i don't think it's a long-term placed day i will also caveat it When i went in it wasn't ninety nine it would have been two thousand one when i went in two thousand one. It was right after nine. Eleven was october It was the first vacation really like international big trip. I took with my then girlfriend. Now wife And we stayed on points as a hilton diamond at the what was then literally brand new hilton. Sort of just outside of downtown valetta. Which is the capital and it was at the time just spectacular property. I don't know if it still is biting back then and especially at the diamond benefits and whatnot. It was unbelievable. Nice place to stay We spent a week there Which is in retrospect was too long in some ways not long enough and others. We have dieting The scuba diving wasn't great. The water just wasn't as clear not not as much see life but there's an interesting stuff. We went to gozo which is a little island off the north and when we did it there was still a air. Malta was still flying a helicopter back and forth between the two. Oh nice so. It was like a russian mil eight or something like that. Some giant like russian but passenger airline or aircraft helicopter so and the other options like a long drive to a ferry to a very long drive back on the main island so It was like a four hour trip to get from the hotel. We are at back to the airport or a relatively reasonably priced helicopter ride. I don't think the helicopter operates anymore so that was a lot of fun really enjoyed. All those things stopover in rome on the way back used some delta points for all the delta business class and then alitalia i think to the mall for the uninitiated with an older one. Walk out the tail at malta. So some fun things Flew home the day that As an american airlines plane crash in jamaica bay airborne when that happens so that was interesting when we landed. Obviously you had to that. Stop here that. Have any impact on you way. We did a loop to loop just off of ireland and that's where we were when it happened. And they were trying to decide if airspace was gonna be open or not and so actually mildly interesting story and this is like all the trips. I've taken actually have a fedex envelope with all the paper menus and random other crap from that trip and nothing else but i saved that one for some reason. I still have it somewhere. But we were in business class It's right at the front. And i had to go to dc. The day. when i landed. I was going to run home. Drop off my one suitcase home from jfk. Back to chelsea where. I was living dumped. My suitcase grabbed my other suitcase. Put some dress for work and go back to laguardia fly out on the shuttle and fortunately work travel shuttle whatever. The tickets were flexible because we were late and then when we landed it was a hard stand and the way they set us because the airport was like overcrowded. At this point in that me plays left. There's all sorts of issues going on and because the way they set us up too hard stand we deplaned from back doors not the front so business we were the last people off the plane And when we got off the plane with the people mover thing we were actually with the crew because we were literally the last people often they you know. There's nothing on the bus to take them. Also and i guess i call. My sister tested her. Because my blackberry. I don't even know any martha's point but like i must have called her. She was freaking out. Like oh my god thank goodness you're safe blah blah blah. Mike okay. what are you talking about like a plane crash seth. Mike oh okay gotta go man's head up the phone and looked at the pilots who are who are like standing next to us on the bus mike so that did off ireland The pilot just looked at me and shrugged. I'm like no you're right. You should have said anything like it's online but yeah you don't wanna keep flipping out. Yeah yeah it was. It was just sort of sort of nodded smiled acknowledged. Everybody did it right. And it's fine but there's an explanation for everything and that's why that happens so Interesting little moment. But i like malta. The old town is really cool. There's like a fort and stuff that's neat to visit. I went back one. I was talking about the photos. We took the munich confirmed for trip. I went back with lufthansa technik trip To there's a big Maintenance base in malta where they do a lot of different repair work on airplanes including a wifi installation so they took us there to show tallied two violations for some of the lufthansa fleet and even then partly. Because i've been the ones before. So i sort of knew where i was going to do but were trip. We stayed a little out of town And a bunch of us because we had like four hours between where we got to. The hotel can take three others with me in the taxi. Let's go and we ran back downtown again and just like walk to town for a couple of hours and it was great. Hilly you're like sort of on cliffs overlooking the harbour and what not to deep water harbour. That's well protected in sort of Protected high wall Knocks very strong military fortifications and whatnot. So it's a neat Historically like forever has been that way so yeah the culture there is.
Calling For Time: Whatever Happened to POP-CORN?
"Inside the wonderful world of popcorn afternoon day lifetime will be telephone service began in this country in eighteen seventy eight. That's peter am stein. The president of the board of directors of the telecommunications history group in the years following alexander. Graham bell's invention phone service starts to spread across the country and those earliest phones connected by operators. If you wanted to make a call you would pick up. A handset and talked to a human would manually connect you. This is information. May i help you yes. I'd like the new number of wilson's meat market. Eleven ninety-one sycamore street. Plays one moment please. The phone company wanted to be friendly and helpful. And certainly if the operator's weren't too busy in at times they would answer all sorts of questions will people including about what the weather was and the current time in those days. Unless you had a good wristwatch or a clock that you actually remembered to wine you may not have had completely accurate time on you like we do today. That's where the operator came in starting in eighteen. Seventy already western union was the telegraph company. Offered a nationwide highly accurate. Time service where they would install a clock in business that was controlled centrally by their master clock in new york city and represented super accurate. Time for the day. You might find this type of clock in a railroad station and the phone company would have had one as well so this wasn't an official service but if you call the operator and said hey what time you she would tell you and that was pretty much the norm until nineteen eighteen when our planet's last great pandemic made its way through the population. The spanish flu killed hundreds of thousands of americans. The country was at war with an invisible force in communication was a really important weapon. Those early operators became you might say essential workers. The phone company started putting notices the newspapers telling people the operators would no longer answer questions like what time it was because they needed them to concentrate fully on connecting people from calls by the time. The spanish flu ran. Its course and the early twenty s. some cities were experimenting with a semi automated. Live time of day service and this was a doozy dial a number and be added to a very brief queue. This machine would play a beep every seven and a half seconds. You would hear the beep and be connected along with all the other callers in the queue and then a human being was a woman would be sitting at a desk looking at a clock and reading out the time live and then waiting for the beep and then reading about live again. Can you imagine this being your job. At the tone it will be nine fifty five and forty five seconds at the tone it will be nine fifty six and i'm already bored in addition to being boring. This just wasn't a feasible. Long term answer to the need for the world was changing. Rapidly and completely automated. Solution was needed. The good news is the phone company. Already had some useful technology just laying around. I'm sorry your call this this. I'll hold a drum recorder. These machines were used to play. Back repetitive messages on the phone. Like if you'd like to make a call please hang up and try again. I mean we're talking about early tape deck technology but that tech in a man named john. Franklin who is the proprietor of something called tiktok ginger ale to create his own ad supported time in date. Phone service the first of its kind. He used one of the phone companies drum recorders and modified it so that it would always announced the current time john. Franklin's invention would help him found the audi- chron company in the nineteen thirties in the technology that they created was installed in cities big and small across the country audie krahn would hire actresses to read the times and dates and even sponsors in some cases. Our money comes your way when you celebrate the alone and then that modified drummer quarter technology would handle the playback in each region. The time service would have its own dedicated line or in the case of northern california and popcorn. Thirty thousand dedicated lines on that in a second. The announcer in northern california's recordings lovingly referred to as the time lady from the nineteen sixties to the very end was miss joanne daniels afternoon at the tone pacific daylight time will be. I think this is so cool as the time lady. Joanne had a sort of a general american accent but in real life she has a southern accent that she can turn on and off. We having a friendly conversation. I'm just being myself. Joanne talked to steve rubenstein of the san francisco chronicle from her home in atlanta in august of two thousand seven. At and t. Is announced here in northern california that it is cancelling the time service recording as of september nineteenth. Which is more or less the end of an era and Miss daniels does this distressing day out here in california is a distressing for you in atlanta to hear the. It's certainly is distressing. I feel like i'm fading away. There are likely to main reasons why popcorn was abandoned. The first has to do with the way the number is dialed. You would start with your area code. Five one hour one five at cetera. Dial seven six seven. This was the pop popcorn. And it worked all over northern california any four digits that you dial after seven six seven would get you the time of day service and we're not talking about just one phone number in each area code here about tens of thousands of phone numbers directed at popcorn so i was a technical shortcut for them. By eliminating that shortcut and popcorn they were able to get thirty thousand new phone numbers. The other main reason popcorn and similar services across the country began to go away the prevalence of new technologies like our cellphones. Which always have the correct time but are also always listening to us in a nod at all creepy sorta. Hey i heard that you can do multi finger gestures on it in two thousand seven. Steve jobs announced the first
JUMP 145: A Southern Florida Road Trip Experience and Guide
"I was grateful to be able to have some regional parks. That i could still go to that. Were still open in. It was like places. I wouldn't ordinarily never gone before that. I got to see exploring. Then as things started to open up more allowed smaller destinations that you don't really think about a metre just passed that exit on the interstate on they all. They've turned out to be some really dull places. Like i'm so glad i discovered so many of these adventures. Welcome to jump podcast. I'm your host traveling. Jackie and i'm here to explore travel adventure and lifestyle in ways. Meant to motivate you to move and get out and see the world let this show via source of travel advice and inspiration but remember that in the end. It's you who takes the leap happy. Twenty twenty one. Everybody welcome back to jump high caste. I hope you are doing okay. You're has gotten off to kind of a rocky start here in the. Us is an understatement. so today i'm going to invite you to escape with me and my guest and friend. Lauren gay also known as outdoorsy. Diva on instagram. And all over the interwebs because we are going to take you. Actually she is going to take us on. A virtual sort of. I suppose road trip through southern florida. I have never been to florida. I mean i suppose i have. You'll hear her. Where i have been in florida but i don't really count that as florida so this is what i did and i recommend that you do the same if you are able if you are in a place where you were able to. Obviously not if you're driving or like running on a treadmill or something but if you can open up your google maps and follow along with us. Because and i'll mentioned this at some point in the conversation but with google maps with most maps you can hover over sites and a little picture little picture windows will pop up and you can follow along visually with what we're talking about with what we're hearing here today and when learn and i this together it was so nice. We both felt like we had been on a little vacation with out ever leaving our seats. So that's our invitation for you today. Let's make that our intention a little vacation without leaving our seats or wherever you are listening from. Lauren does a fabulous job. Guiding us on our road trip today. And i'm not surprised because she's also travel blogger and podcast host so make sure to check her out everywhere. She is outdoorsy diva and she's super inspiring. So we just had a couple of special episodes on this podcast but with this episode we are getting back to our backyard adventure theme that we started mid two thousand twenty to celebrate exploring our own backyards in a time when we don't want to travel too far from home for all the reasons but we still need those little escapes so i hope that this is encouraging too many of you. You'll notice that. Lauren lives in tampa. But even having this conversation made her feel super grateful for her own backyard and made her wanna go explore even more of it. So even if you are nowhere near florida right now listen be inspired to explore what you can access right now. Remember of course to be safe and kovic smart. This episode is sponsored by obama's today. We have a little story from an avid oba's. Where named andy. My name is. Andy austin of bozen based adventure. Travel tire originally bought the elbows bridge or mids about three years ago to be my you know hiking around montana shoe but i found myself using them every single day because i love them so much. I wear them to the grocery store. I hike mountains in them. I wear them traveling the world. These boots are probably been on five continents and dozens of countries with me. I really just never wanna take them off. It's nice to have a boot that i can trust when i wouldn't opportunity hits me and i need a group of mountain or run their puddle. The chase some light. I know that these things got my back. Try to pick a favorite memories really tough because pretty much. Every memory in the last three years is wearing these boots. But i think climbing grand teton which was on my bucket list for a long time last summer that really stands out for me because that was a highlight of my life. So that's probably one of my favorites for sure. Thank you to andy for sharing his story about bose checkout elbows. ob z. Elbows footwear dot com to shop for your next adventure shoe. This episode is also sponsored by the dude ranchers association when i was visiting a dude ranch back in november. I was surprised to see that there was a couple there that week about my age. And they were on their honeymoon so i asked them why they chose a dude. Ranch is such an awesome
RV Podcast 327: RV News and Helpful Travel Tips during the Pandemic
"You knowing that some of you are working out at the health club and other people are taken hikes with their dogs and speaking of which. That's what my lifelong travelling companion in my bride. And i are going to talk about right now. Are hike with bodes morning to well. It was an adventure hike. It will never seen both so happy on a hike before but it was a dirty i- because We were walking through. Actually the ball mountain recreation area in southeast michigan beautiful area woods and paths and snow and a frozen lake. we thought are both on. He ran down to the edge of the laken. What happened he got caught in mock. He broke through the ice and got caught in about a foot and a half of muck covered him. I mean well. I covered them pretty good. He was an absolute mess dripping with thick sticky muck and loved. It
Superlatives: 2020 in Review
"Oh city's name sia breath on window praying lets us. Tom phillips stri. Were you more of a ruber. Ruben stuttered girl or clay aitken. I was more kelly. Clarkson girl okay. Og 'cause to me my american idol fandom by peaked at clay can ruben stuttered. And i was like what season out was that season one. It wasn't it was season two right. So did kelly clarkson win the i. I didn't go that far down the american. It was the first one but i. I don't remember it's been a lot of years since that. Clay aitken also ran for the us house of representatives in north carolina in a district near where our beach houses and might actually run again. Klay aken wow who knew all these north carolina intro facs. I mean dan today. Is it a theme for all six episodes. It may be interesting. You'll have to watch or listen. If you're listening to podcast you'll be getting these weekly over the next six weeks if you're listening on instagram and you're on live. Hello we are doing these six days in a row. Come to at eleven. Am eastern six days in a row as we close out. Twenty twenty and lean into twenty twenty one and as recording today. This is new year's eve so this is this is it. This is the last day of a crazy crazy year. But we've got a lot to unpack from twenty twenty and this is our six year in review so yesterday or last podcast episode depending on how. You're listening we dare twenty twenty travel stats. That's for all the people who love the numbers and today we're going for all the people who loved the stories. I actually i like both. Yeah i love doing the spreadsheets. But for me you know. Travel is about the stories and the me. And so we're giving out our superlatives those awards that you'd get at the end of the year book you know it was. What was. Did you win in a superlative in highschool best hair. I one craziest their best. There you go. I want crazy as teheran. Class clown which. I think k. I guess personalities. Don't change that much as you get older. We still fit those. We're going to be coming at you and giving you are superlatives. And then we're going to ask you to ping us on instagram. Whether you're listening to podcasts later or whether you're watching live maybe maybe even give it to us. Live heather has an ipad right here. We're still working on our setup. Guy patchy is monitoring instagram. Because we're going to ask you to chime in as well and give us some of your twenty twenty travel superlatives an interesting year not won't happened to you whether you traveled more. That's probably not that many people. But i'm sure there are people travel more or whether you traveled less like us. Certainly the word we could use is interesting. The word we could use is unexpected. And we're going to get into some of that now. Yes and i have to say that with my answers. There's a common theme throughout all of them. Especially when we're talking about places we went to or accommodations because we didn't have so many. There's there is less to pick from which making this list a lot quicker. So let's get into it right before you guys know what's coming up. We just did. Our travel stats today. We're doing travel. Superlatives next podcast. Or the next. I g live depending on how you're listening is going to be best drinks. And then we're going to do one best dessert so a new year's day we're actually giving you a two shorter ones best drinks and best desert them running on the best meals. And lastly we're gonna end with best experiences. Which will unpack a little bit of some of the stuff that we might hit on here in this relative. So that's what's coming up. And we always start with our accommodations and again usually we have you know whatever you. We have thirteen places we this year right are. Typical average is fifty so when it comes to accommodations. We have a lot more options. Which made these lists. Maybe a little repetitive. but it was still fun to do and the first accommodation. Superlative that we're going to give is our most expensive accommodations so fat. I'm going to give us a drum roll here because we got the same working. If you're on ide gee just give us a thumbs up. Say yes you can hear us When i hit the drum roll to make sure that it is working
German Christmas Markets
"Let's start with the festive atmosphere. You'll normally find at the outdoor christmas markets in germany berliners. Iris andre and abby and reiger. Join us now. So having fabio. What is unique about a german christmas market. They're they're so popular with american travelers. These days i think is the spirit of german community code. Usually communicate is associated with the with the bar or but germans feel very smoothly on christmas market. Imagine you can do your christmas shopping without the stress because you will walk over the christmas market in between shops and you get a hot spicy wine standing next to your neighbors who've just doing the same thing you have a little chat and then you just keep on doing what you're doing and it sounds by the way referring to this is not a touristy thing i mean it's to make it a popular but it's also enjoyed by the local people iris. Fob and just talked about communicate. What is community. Could say a unique service word. It's stands for coziness coziness. Yes warms quietness time off with your friends. So there's a conviviality and as fabulous said this hot spiced wine might add a little bit. It's a time where it's hard time to leave and go home because you don't want to leave that atmosphere and you find that at christmas market. When are the christmas. I'm not celebrated at christmas time. But how early do they start in the season. And when do they close down for most parts of. There should be starting on the first weekend of advent for sundays before. Christmas for sunday's before christmas exactly but also some chris markets. Now they're start towards the end of november because they want to have more of a season stretch the shopping season. Yes the united states is a big kind of discussion. Should we be decorating for christmas before. Thanksgiving same dynamic germany fabien. There's christmas markets everywhere in germany. These days in austria switzerland also in other countries The most famous i think in germany is in nurnberg wise. The nurnberg christmas market so beloved. There are several things that come together to make the number christmas market special festival because he in the heart of the really ancient city. Beautiful costlo at the center. You feel like you're in a medieval city. They take great pride in that christmas market. So the lighting. Is i very special. And then there are a few christmas. Sort of sweet specialties. That are typical for number like particularly on the gingerbread gingerbread which is an essential part of christmas to me. It's so essential. That no matter where i am on earth at any moment around christmas time i need have german gingerbread for christmas or it's not christmas for me. Whoa what other sort of this special traditions would you find. When you go to nurnberg their Which are small gingerbread river. Literally it means pepper cookies pancakes. I know those. Those are delightful delightful. Iris in nurnberg. There's this delightful kris kin. Can you described krisztian. The chris is a young girl or young woman who was dressed up almost angel looking like and she stands above the christmas market and she gives a christmas market opening speech to the crowd. And it's a big event for the number christmas market which they wanna see. So she's like the queen of christmas kicks off the festival. She has said drop for two years and then moved on to another young lady and they take big prides to be the cou- skinned
Interview With Devorah Lev-Tov
"I'd ever welcome to the show so great to see you. Hi thank you for having me our pleasure. So let's get started. You've been freelance writing for more than fifteen years to start. Can you tell our listeners. What specific topics you normally cover So i through those fifteen years have covered quite a few things. But these days. I'm focusing on mostly Food drink and travel a few other lifestyle topics thrown in sometimes. So will you be adding any additional topics to your coverage in addition to travel drinks and chaps. That is a really good question. I if you would've asked me last year. I would have said no. You know my my those are my beats. And i love them but we all have to more open so i have actually expanded a little bit. I started writing for a website that that does business coverage business stories and their focus is about how we're all working at home now and what are the best practices for that so i would have never at would write something like that. I also i have always dabbled a little bit in the parenting and family space. So i'm doing a little bit more of that these days. Let's let's joan more into the actual publications that you write for him and there are many from the new york times thrill conde nast traveler travel and leisure and quite a few more than that. So could you explain to our listeners. How you taylor Each of your stories for each of the outlets so for example house the story that you're right from the new york times different than a would write for say thrill list it can be a balancing act at times for sure. And sometimes a story that i think is perfect for a civic outlet. Doesn't take it ends up going to a different one so this is not coated anyway. But of course once i start writing. It's always tailoring to that publications audience in boys so of course the audience for Versus new york times is fairly different. Obviously there's some crossover but drill has. Has you know a very specific boys. It's young. it's fun. It's like talking to your best friend. The insider information that you know all the People are doing these days which i should say his. I'm not that hip. But somehow i meet the people whereas the new york times obviously is more serious a bit more state not to say that there is no place for a little bit of humor in the new york. Times that it's definitely a different audience than a different voice. So i think what. I received pitches for stories from publicists. Sometimes they asked me about a specific publication. Which is fine. And sometimes it's a great idea but i would say most of the time they might wreck suggest publication and isles comeback with well. I'm not sure it's right or the new york times. Which of course everyone wants. You hit the new york times. So i definitely don't blame anyone for requesting that but obviously that's quite hard to do and they're very picky so a lot of times i'll get requests for the new york times and i might come back and say i'm happy to try it but i think it might actually be a better fit for publication. Are you willing to let me try that You know it's always a conversation and during what what works fast. And of course if i pitch it somewhere and they and that doesn't take it. You know that i'm free to pitch it somewhere else. At a lot of times. I will catch the same story to ten different publications before it gets picked up and i just keep refining the pitch each of those publications
Christmas in Holland
"Let's start with what the holidays were like growing up in the netherlands. That's where lisbeth enhanced was born and raised. Thank you said. I should go on radio. Yeah i think so. I'd love to hear what. Christmas is like in your memory. Let's pretend your five year old girl in small town in the netherlands and christmas eve what do you what did you just do. What's happening tonight. And what happens tomorrow. Oh well you see for us. Christmas was really a family. Feast because probably you know in the netherlands. Originally we never had gifts at christmas. It was the real religious holiday and a family holiday. In my case. I remember my mother started. Prepare the house to decorate it and she had little planks and we put mawson eat with a wire and then we put all kind of green leaves like hawley and other little objects to decorate the house and we fixed it on the wall and we put it on the table and then of course we made the wreath for the front door and then you were hoping it would be snowing on the right day. Because i remember the connie fear the big tree in our garden when there was snow on each and my father would put lights that was magic and then just before christmas. My mother came up with the real christmas tree. And you know when. I was really very young. We had real candles but the clip ons real candidates under the tree inside the house yes and there was a white sheet on the floor to protect the four and then there was a basket with water in case the tree would be set on fire so it was only allowed to light the candles when daddy nami were there and we hardly moved of course because there could be a fire but it was magic to see all these flames burning and then we got it a beautiful dog and it was too dangerous so we had to put electric lights but it was still very nice now for a little child. Who is there a santa claus figure that brings the gifts that seat because christmas without presents because our santa claus is called sinter glass and he has his birthday on the sixth of december. So that is the real exciting. Feast for gifts. And i really. I would be willing to set up an association to save that son abrasion. Because i think it's the most beautiful feast in the world. Why well first of all as a child. You believe in santa claus. He is bishop coming from spain on the big ship with his assistance. Who are black pitas. They are funny dressed and are doing funny things at croats. They are little bit naughty. And you're scared of him because he is the one who could eventually put you in the sack if you hadn't been a nice job but year cintas class is keeping book and he's writing in the book if you were good or bad sell. It is very well organized into netherlands because about three weeks before the six of december which is his birthday. He officially arrived on the big ship in amsterdam and this is transmitted on television. So you are looking at it because you know once. He's in the country. Your parents will allow you to put your old shoe at the chimney. Of course many people had central heating of a problem. But you find a solution you put your shoe in front of the door or whatever anyway. Some problems for a child to believe in san nikolas because one hour later after yet seen him arriving on television in amsterdam. He's arriving in your village as well and so you say to mother. How is that possible. So then she usually explains you while there is the real warm and he has assistance because there are so many children like you. The real one cannot cope with all that
Interview With Wanuri Kahiu
"Why is that such common question. What is that breakfast question. i would have for breakfast. Had part ahead Sarah millet porridge with spice were Cattleman cinnamon brown sugar and Yeah and but the. The partridge flowers made from millet mood for millet. Which gives it and then they and then they sour it somehow so it's like sour millet porridge and then i like to put coconut milk and spice in that sounds like porridge is usually this just bland. That's what it's supposed to be. Sounds like you're going to opposite direction. Gosh no. I discovered porridge of been discovering parche. All my life. I think it's a process of continual rediscovery honestly like my grandmother's purchase. The best part in the whole world was a best best best best best partridge and then i lived in mombasa for awhile in the night i tasted the part in mombasa and that was the best and i started feeling guilty about liking another party. More than my grandmother's really. Did you have a chance. you're still with us. I'm sorry you can even taste it. You couldn't even get her on board. You can do and also a little bit like mombasa. You're still living out in mombasa or you're you're here full-time based was what was that dalliance with the coast. I've always wanted to live at the coast. Feel like the coast is just a super magical wonderful. Can't i can't even explain mombasa's just it's beautiful. It's one of my. It's like going to the coast dismal. The ken coast is my happy place. All is has been in the indian ocean and the beaches and the coast on on the south coast of the northern. The most beautiful beaches anywhere. I've ever seen Right let's go. Yeah we're gonna so we have mambas where it's at. This deanne is where. It's at. So i just i try and spend as much time as possible so for a while. I thought i could live there. I was just like you know. I can live anywhere. Move bats while you can live anywhere. I mean you can in theory but you but but you can't is super small. It's like It's it was small. It was small for what i needed to do. So i was constantly like jumping on like an extra flight to just to get out of mombassa into opportunity into life and work. Yeah i'm going to pull a thomas friedman on your i i was talking to my cabdriver right from us saying the same thing everybody. He grew up with those living in nairobi. Now it's nice and there's no jobs. But that's i mean. La maybe is an exception. I don't know like a all of the people. There are trying to make it not nice but they. You know beautiful places. Great beach never have good jobs. There's never enough you're to go back to some godforsaken place like new york to get your work done okay. So attlee whenever people say where you from like visiting la and people say where he from. Mo's like the east coast the true your coaster. No because no because yeah kenya's the other east coast and you from the great lakes. That work no i was. I don't know isn't this Right so you're an east coaster kenya being on the east coast in but not like a proper east coast would still be mombassa again. The default how far back to your born raised in nairobi. Yep But then became hopping on a flight to get into life you. You hopped out pretty young young university even before that the last two years of high school i did them in the uk was there. Like that's when. I realized i was black. Hard thing to figure out here. I didn't know i didn't know it. I am like now i hadn't heard of it. I wasn't having race conversations with my parents. I'm having race conversations with my children now I just it was just it. Wasn't it wasn't a thing. Tribe was a thing. And we're trying to get over that and you know but race wasn't a thing i remember i had a white auntie and jews lake. You know like different. It's just like the odd person out. Wow you know. That's just because she was different.
"Kings and queens with real power are a relic of the past in europe. Most of them today play ceremonial figurehead roles limited by their constitutions in britain pulls tell us most people are more or less supportive of the role. The windsors play as their royal family. Their lives are a regular beat for the british press and there are many elegance stops in british tourism connected to the queen and her family. Paul guest was an electrician on her majesty's royal yacht britannia when he was in the royal navy today. He works as a tour. Guide based in belfast. He's joined by. Elizabeth boardman a tour guide from bath not far from london. They're here to help us. Americans better understand the royals. In britain by the way our interviews recorded just prior to the global pandemic shutdowns liz. Paul thanks for joining us. Thank you very much right because if it's an interesting thing for us there's still kings and queens and in belgium and the netherlands spain over scandinavia. But they really have little power. But what's the purpose. Why do you. Brits willingly tax money to have kings and queens and princes printing around your country. I know that's a question that we always get asked his guides when we're doing our tours and yet one of the questions i always ask for members is put your hands up if you came on this tour just because we have a royal family. No one ever does that. We've got so much more to offer but the royal family are a big attraction for us as well because immediately. I'm sure if we just said prince charles prince william prince harry. Everyone has a visual of who they are because of the world media but for us as british citizens. It's a lot more than that. We're very personal about them. If we were to believe the Recent opinion polls approximately eighty eight percents of the british public are in favor of royal family which is quite surprising considering everyone still coming out of a depression and financial difficulties a hard but we like having the royals whether something actually practical about it and heavy responsibility to be a royal. Because do all the ceremonial stuff. I mean it's almost a fulltime job to be cutting edge hospitals and in the united states. We don't have anybody to do the ceremonial stuff except our politicians and in britain you can kind of divide. It threw the ceremonial stuff and politicians do the legislating. Yeah it's shared out between the royals. It's judy the of a sheduled which Follow i just want to reiterate what elizabeth sand and what what i think is It's a low for the royal family. I think we actually do love having a royal family On top of the huge amount of interest abroad and and brings in tourism and an income for the country to your heritage is sort of a celebration of england. Yeah goosebumps jurist. It's it's very interesting. So they are limited by the constitution so Do they have any political power at all. If a if a royal had a strong feeling about something what would they do. The house been royals of mid their feelings known especially prince charles on certain subjects. But as far as i'm aware they are told to sort of rain in a little bit on. Keep their opinions to themselves. So let's have a quick review of the royal family these days. Of course we've got queen elizabeth. She's getting old but she seems to be Still the metal name is did you of edinburgh also known as prince philip prince philip in their children so the eldest is prince charles who will be on next monarch followed by his sister. Princess own followed by his brother prince andrew. I'm also also a further brother. Who is prince edward. So all of these people are healthy and still in public Very match very much in the next generation. There's probably a lot of nieces and nephews. There is many nieces. And as we're speaking at the moment we've got three kings and one queen in waiting to go on the throne. What does that mean well. Basically what it means the next person in line for the throne when the queen dies will be prince. Charles right that will then be followed. By prince william his eldest son then prince william's eldest son prince george. Okay then we have his prince william's daughter princess charlotte. So i said that makes sense when the eldest son know if charles had an older daughter would she be next in line or is it still the old fashioned. Still be william. But when william and kate. Kate middleton who is william's wife when they were expecting prince george the eldest son. The law was changed if owner. So they couldn't grandfathered in but yeah grandfathered in so to speak the before the child was born. They changed the law. So they how that's historic it's historic. Donner gets the same rights in the lineage jackson. As it turned out they had prince george. But if prince george's had been girl it would have been a queen. Wow
Italian Wine and Music
"To start. I thought we could all use a touch of the simple pleasures of life has enjoyed in italy. Aband- from or veto has fun with the popular songs. People like to request in italy. And just a bit. Let's warm up with virtual sip of the great types of wine. They've been producing for centuries. Our guides are francesco clunky. He's a licensed so may from tuscany. and alberto. Batak specializes in farm and food tours in the companion region around naples francesco. Alfredo benvenuti run journal. Nice to have you guys hear clearly. Alfredo italian wine and vineyards earn an important part of the tradition of italy. And you're making your own wine now and you've got tour groups that come in and and experienced the wine. How do you teach an appreciation of italian wine. Well actually i'm just implanted my vineyard only two years ago so we are not yet at the stage of producing and also having groups arriving back in the future i plan to do so and i am not the only one who's Starting a new vineyard region which is compound yeah and Precisely maybe near is in the area of europeana which is close to a sexually between avellino benevento and It's a process that many young people in companion starting to do again like going back to the land. That families said abandoned for many years when they moved to the cities to work there now. Many people are thinking it's a good idea to restart producing implanting nervion yards but being not a professional of this sector economic implant to limit it a quantity which is called italy personal use quantity. I know this sounds something. How many bottles is personal use. It's not in terms of bottles in surface you can you can. It's like actually One thousand square meters maximum. That quite small. It's all it's like nine thousand square feet and how many bottles you produce in a you can produce out of that probably Seven hundred hundred bottles sending like that depending on the year and the quick enough for you and your friends exactly. That's the idea. There's a blended personal use. That's a lot of energy. You're putting into y. You must really love wine. I love wine and does so actually starting in the same plot which is bigger. I started with the olive trees and planted to one hundred twenty seven years ago and then i told that wine and olive oil is a good commission. That's nice but you work all of this. Put all this energy all this money into that. You make seven hundred bottles. What if the winds not good and you love wine i. It'd be a pity to to drink mediocre wine when you've got great wine all around new well that's said it's a little bit of a challenge and also i'm not making my note may own and i'm gonna get people didn't make really expert help i. I'd love to hear how that goes in. When will you pop up your first bottle. I'm gonna start probably really producing in a couple of years from now all right and when we think of italian wine what makes it talion special compared to french or spanish wine. Well i i will say a french. And italian can be comparable in terms of the variety and quality and is actually what happens every year. This fighting between italy and france to be the best one for the year and in terms of production quality and varieties. The spanish winds are getting better and better. I used to live close to spin for a while in the nineties. I was into will go often over the border and drink some good spanish winds. They're improving. But i will not say that varies as much variety and as much quality. They'll be having these two countries italy and france and as Talking from the point of view Really a lot of variety like everything else in italy. One is regional specific varieties which are with aversive personality. Exactly and also in each region you can go through the different levels of quality and for example in my region panya we have five top winds which audio cg once and most of them are white but we also tout out to one name to you before.
A Bulgarian Feast
"Let's start today's culinary edition of travel. With rick steves for the sampling of bulgaria's lively food traditions. That's one country where you definitely want to be invited over when he was going to be a feast as a crossroads of dynasties for centuries gary is one of the oldest tenure in it is a proud cuisine based on all of these cultures that have come and gone it. Mir's it's complex demographic makeup end it's fascinating history. You can learn about people through their museums and art and you can also learn about a culture through its kitchen and right. now we're going to is. We're joined by stefan motza jeff and we're gonna talk about book garin cuisine seven. Thanks for joining us. Thank you for having me here. Ick stephan how does bulgaria's history and it's complex ethnic makeup show itself in your cuisine. It's interesting question because we have always been. At across of civilizations turks greeks mediterranean culture slavic culture and all of these different cultures they reflect in our cuisine. And this is the reason why. Our cuisines has many specifics. Okay so you're gonna take me out to dinner and we're going to demonstrate that. What are some dishes that would illustrate the many different invasions that bulgaria has endured the first and most traditional dishes actually liquid. It's our alcoholic beverage. Here rakiya we start every meal with rakiya typically made of grapes or other fruits while we're waiting for ourselves to come. We hear foley. Our first sakir finished your drink the rookie through the meal. Exactly okay. So the first course would be solid kind of salad may have the most traditional one East coat subsc. Sarut literally means a solid from subscribe region this region our capital cities software. So around sophea. But i find that every meal all across bulgaria the beloved chops ca salad. Yes it's like our traditional south in every single restaurant from the obscure the most upscale restaurants to those in the remote villages. This is a must on the menu. If you are familiar with the greek salads. It'll be something close tomatoes cucumbers onions peppers. The best peppers are not the robust but roasted peppers roasted peppers s and on the top. You put some cheese. Typically countries couches. Yes and increase it a slab cheese. Yes is a slab of jason here. We grated cheese. Stefan when you eat the very best shops ca salad. You've been eating at all your life in connecticut. This is really good. Why is it really good. really good. What distinguishes a chops salad. I this is the cheese. The cheese chase is important and the other thing the peppers. they must be roasted in some restaurants. They don't want to work quite much in the kitchen. So they're all but roasted peppers and cheese. I've catcher this is travel with rick steves. You're talking stephan. Both jeb about garin cuisine. Okay you've had your salad. What comes next after salad. It came to the main course. Our main course. Of course a lot of grilled and barbecued meats kickboxing or give up is means meet crooked and meet bo grilled meat balls so these are minced meat or meat balls stuck on long stick. No no no long six. No no. they're just like pure meet. Maha put on the grill and then put on your plate. What kind of spices. Oh all kinds of spices. Actually the spices that we use of course a lot of parsley a lot of do savory. These are very traditional spices and on top of that. We have one very traditional shot in a soul this mixture of different herbs. This is a sauce. It's not a sauce. It is sort salt. Yeah it's okay. Bold colorful sought and different herbs. So red paprika sage savory everything put together and we dip our breath insight and we just enjoy. That sounds very good. Do you have an influence of greece. Greece's a big culture and and a lot of ways. You have the similar environment in your cuisine. What sort of greek flavor would you find for sure. One of the most traditional meals that bulgarians belief. It is bulgarian. It is the moussaka sexually coming from our southern neighbours from from the greeks but here in our version we add just minced meat and potatoes. We don't at zucchini or eggplant inside. No potatoes mainly towards the potatoes and and the minced meat in greece. Of course they have a lot of these appetizers. You have this way of serving people family style plates yes. It is also very popular in bulgaria. The missouri style intellectually is the same word that we use for that. We have different. Appetizers some Cheese some dry sausages and also different dips. Now i'm remembering some beautiful cold soup kind of a vegetable called supporters that this is called the the atar. It is very traditional bulgarian soup during the summer. It consists of yogurt chopped cucumbers garlic. Do walnuts and a few drops of olive oil on the top sound just beautiful. Yes and it saves us during the hot summer days because it can be quite hot in the summer. Yes that's very possible. You talked about the Grilled peppers in the shop salad. But also i remember when i go to a restaurant. There's a lot of stuffed peppers as part of the main course. Yes stuffed peppers. This could be on the menu of every bulgarian family very traditional one. The most traditional one is to have stuffed pepper with rice and minced meat but also on the other hand we have a stuffed peppers with what which is of course and these are very delicious. Choose sca buick
"Let's start the our in one of germany's power cities frankfurt in an interview recorded just before the global pandemic lockdown typically berlin. Munich can steal the show at the german city of frankfurt shines on its own as a modern city that also offers a great look. Today's germany devastated in world war two bombings and rebuilt with a new design. Today it's a gleaming city of towering skyscrapers and powerful straddling the mine river and the mine river is find riverside park lined with museums and taverns that are popular for their apple. Wine to learn more. We're joined in our studio by two german guys. Caroliina marburg and barbara ship kofsky barbara and carolina. Thanks for joining us. Thank you having us. Currently know when people think frankfurt in germany. What do they think. What's the reputation of frankfurt. The reputation is of. I think in english it's referred to as banquet but we more often call it mine. Hatton mind being the river that runs through it and mine. Hatton the reference to manhattan so skyscrapers banks and all that which however implies a certain lack of soul and therefore a lot of germans like well frankford so it's it seems to be just bank money trade however if you actually get to know it. Compared to at first sight frankford is a love at second side because it is it has a lot of local. Beauty has a lot of local charm. But it's something you need to discover. Yeah and it does have a shiny skyline. It's a city of skyscrapers. I think mine. Hutton is a good name because in germany. There's nothing so close to new york as frankfurt and it's a beautiful sky and they take care of how it is assembled so even though it keeps growing it's nicely assembled. There's a pedestrian bridge across the mine. River the irony. The irony is energy and when you stand in the iron bridge. You've got these beautiful parks on both sides of the mine river and then you've got this skyline and it just feels like a kind of a german new york. It's actually the recommendation for some a night is to go to the other side of the mine river and sit down on the green get. Maybe a fish sooner and napa valley and then marvel at. That's gallon i you know. Most americans they go to to old stuff. I love to see modern skylines also. I like modern architecture. London is great for that and in germany. You wouldn't find that in munich that's for sure to find it in frankfurt and the the big skyscraper that's open for the tourist as i understand is the tower named after the river and it's fifty four floors tall six hundred and fifty feet up there and the terrace on top is just an amazing view at the city. Now barbara one. We're thinking about frankfurt. It also has obviously a lot of history. And i know there was a big struggle in the nineteenth century when germany was being united. There's a small states that spoke german and there was prussia and there was and those were of the leading contenders to be the force behind which germany was united but apart from prussia and bavaria. You had a bunch of little states than looked to frankfurt talk about frankfurt in eighteen. Forty eight and how that was part of this german unification while you have in frankfurt. The famous poet skier it used to be an actual protestant church and if somebody gets the german medal of honor. I'm gonna macos going to give that to that person. In that church it goes back to that assembly in eighteen forty eight. The first national assembly democrats were getting together and saying this is what we want. We don't want the monarchy. Let's be democratic country so it was sort of the home of the german Feeling for democracy rather than autocracy. Yeah you mentioned pulse church. i think. The englishman repulsed. And that's a museum for that today. Essentially can go and see paintings and etchings that period. Our german tour guides to frankfurt on travel. With rick steves barbara schakowsky and carolina marburger.