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Take A Trip To The Island Of Crete
"Let's start today's show with a look at what you can find when you visit the largest of the greek islands crete. It's where the earliest advanced civilizations in europe were found more than four thousand years ago. We're joined by greek travel. Experts david and anastacia guy tanu. Our conversation was recorded prior to the covid. Pandemic closures david. How're cretans. The people who live on crete different from greeks and their outlook. I don't think there's a proud of person to be found in greece than creighton. Credence are extremely proud of their long history. There island and they're wonderful food. The people from crete really see themselves as being a little bit different to the people from the greek mainland anesthesia. When you think of the pride of crete people and the traditions. How does that survive in their dress. In the way the look when we travel there you can find that still worn by older people in the largest cities bad. You find it definitely in out in the country and in small villages and the further up you go on the mountains the more you find that and you have this. Very particular scoff. That they were on their head. It's black of course and usually there is also big moustache underneath definitely because that's Masculine thing and they have a black shirt in. They have brown trousers. That up. The very distinct and to create and usually black boots and i was struck when i went to crete that these traditions survive more there than elsewhere in europe. I mean everything's becoming modern in the same issue travel around more and more but increased. You do find those traditions alive David i was an increase just last june and having been there for a while i was wondering with ride. See some of these things like the old britches and the long boots and the the coach but to my great surprise they have not disappeared in fact they've now become trendy and symbols for the young symbols for the young. Would that be. Is that sort of an expression of independence. I think it's because they see themselves different and they wanted to let people know that they're proud of their traditions. There's lot of guns returned. There used to be synonymous with crate guns. But you see less of these days although when you go walking plenty of cartridges from the hunting season is that right what would they be hunting farm firm and anything that moves birds. Rabbits has if you're an athens. How easy is it to get down to create. It couldn't be more simple because there's Boats that do the trip overnight. And there's lots of lights with a gna so let's see you got five days crete. What would you do david. If you're helping me plan my very if going have five days. I would stick to the north and i would stick to iraq leo which is the capital and access point fo the famous minoan palace of knossos. And then i would go across honey. Which is the second city on crete. And it's just a beautiful Old venetian city from honey. Can't you go up to the top of the mountain in hike down the gorge of samaria. Have you ever had that. yes i have. what's it like. well you have a very long descend and the beginning. It's in kilometers about four kilometers to go down. You just go down a winding backing back inbound down and then you move through the gorge. But they're really beautiful spots at that gorge in you meet people. There are people there. There is once goal the gate in the result shepherd they who knows of course every guide and every person who goes often through that gorge unusually. He has cheese. And if you know you can well he can bring some other stuff out as well and you see. Also a lot of the very unique flora and fauna of crete and the. Raise your liking usually. You're uc wild ibex. That they have their only on crete and has a very funny name. Actually it's called click critically. Can i xe david. If i remember correctly the tourist generally catch a minibus or something up for the almost like at sunrise and then they walk switch backing down then. They have a long hike along the river with little places to swim along the way they reach a very very narrow part in the gorge where you can almost stretch your arms out and touch either of the sheer cliffs and then at the bottom you have a beautiful remote beach and boat waiting to take you to the next town from where you catch the shuttle bus back to your home. Base is still basically the routine that is still the routine la. They have come up with an alternative for the lazy person who does not want to do the whole walk. You can take a boat to. I think it's really the base of the gorge and you can do what they say. The gorge short way. When you simply walk up to the iron gates and walk back again undone to all the other stuff okay. So there is for the quick tourist and for the person wants to spend a little more
Rambling with the Great Jhae Pfenning
"J. finning. The host of heartbreaking podcast. I think i can consider you a friend like you've helped me out on quite a few things you haven't known each other for that long. I even a year. But i'm fairly new to the podcast. Seen anytime i've had a question you generally been and open on helping me out whether it be like this. This microphone or just general questions sponsor related or anything like that so i wanna i thank you for that and thank you for coming on the show but jay go ahead and introduce yourself to my viewers who don't know anything about. Yeah they probably don't know me. But i off. Yeah you're right. I mean just. I think i'm gonna blame twenty twenty because a lot of kinda came. And i've had my podcast not that long since two thousand nineteen like the second second half of nineteen. But i listen to. Are you supposed to do a lot national shows. That's all. I did all day at work. Is i put on my podcast. I listened to one on the way to work and listen to music but usually just other people talking and through last year. It's like able to connect with so many. we're all indie podcasters. Right grassroots podcast. Connect with so many of them. And then you find the ones within that group that you know you you gel with a little better. Not that you don't like other people but you know what i mean so it's been just as big of a treat for me to interact with someone like yourself you know. Then maybe it was for you just to get some advice. Because i don't know everything. But i don't hide stuff so i don't mind sharing what i know because there's so many of us it's ridiculous for someone to think well if i help you out. You're taking a piece of pie. Fuck on right now Other than that like you said shave finning. I have a podcast heartbreaking. Podcasts is the automotive non-automotive podcast cast and this guy right there we'll tell you that If you're expecting to hear nothing but cars that's not it. You're expecting to hear some stories of life. Some travels a little bit of cars for everyday people. It's my show i can do. Whatever the hell i want. Hey that's right band right. So i try to. I try to. I try to educate people try to share. What who it is. I am and i also try to share whom i guess. Are you know in fact you have a segment a recurring segment. Coming up on our parking podcast. The other side a will. Which is the shorter. Believe it or not or car centric episodes view you know other than that that's Some people know me from my car a lot of people actually from my car. But i'm more than just a car guy go he has. He has one of those miniature model. But that was that are watching. This is a replica of a car. That i mean it was his it is his. It's only gross. Yes in the garage. Not rap like he was saying before reset recording. But so that's a quick rundown on who you are and your show. I want to know and one of the reasons why i asked to. Have you want to know the the everyday j. right. Because i'll be up front when i i found out. I don't even know how i came across your show. Same little podcast group. If you say so. Remember remember. It's kind of hard to miss. That is true. See i've yeah you're right you're right But so in listening to your show. I thought well this is a car guy like he. His day job is something car related quickly. Found out has not the case. Your day job has nothing to do with cars. Can you can say what your day job is. I know you said it before. Some a professional cleaner and so what that really means is. Sometimes i'm asked to come take out the garbage. So i do a lot of flying around the world Clean up a lot of people's messes both financial and political. And usually i it without a trace and it's very lucrative as well but what okay you want you want to know what i tell everybody my cover story coming out saying okay. I tell everybody. I do healthcare. It the world health care isn't going anywhere right. there's a lot of us. We are overhead. So when there's a financial crisis were the first to go somewhere usually But other than that. That's what i do. Yeah i work on electronic medical records with a focus in radiology for one of the softwares out. There i've been doing that since two thousand eight and usually i'm traveling every week since two thousand twelve with occasion of a couple of years that i took a fulltime job or of course last year not allow travel is going on. So that's what i do is my day job. Yeah i remember rather cleaner. I think it was a subcommittee was a kevin smith. Movie like nicknamed code-named the cleaner. Whatever that movie was like some like dunce and like he was got picked assassinate people and whatnot. Starting something code name to cleaner so yeah. That's why bad latin like you. Seen grosse pointe link. now yeah so john cusack it's like It's a funny. I wanna say. It's a nineties movie but as a high school reunion and you know that's what he basically was doing after high school with cleaner. Yeah okay. i'll checked out john cusack. Yeah he was good back in a day. You don't hear about those during his heyday where he was in a bunch of movies and then he had some movie. My wife and i watched where he was. He was based on a true story up in canada when he was basically a mass murder serial murder. And that was pretty good to my wife. Poppy knows exactly what that is Yeah but so. You have this love of the automotive world. Why didn't you go that route careerwise. I think for a lot of because and you heard the episode. Are you a car person or not. I think a lot of us light cars. But we're not so far if you hear noise in the background my nieces over here. We're not so far in cars where it becomes our career now dream job for me. Coming out of high. School was to either work for nike design. Shoes and stuff okay or to design cars transportation of always like transportation. I still like transportation. I
Experience Traveling By Train
"Start today's travel. With rick steves. With other. Eric wanner he recommends seeing the usa from a long distance train. Ride on amtrak. Our interview with eric was recorded just before the covid shutdowns kicked in when we travel. It's fun to see the world from a different perspective eric. Winer believes travel by train offers a rare combination of expansiveness and coziness. He spent a lot of time travelling by train while reading the work of great philosophers and for him. It goes together beautifully. He writes about that in his latest book. The socrates express eric. Thanks for joining us. Happy to be here so you actually took the train from washington dc to portland that sixty four hours. You could have flown in about five hours. There's just nothing rational about that. No it makes no sense. It makes no sense from a time point of view. Obviously it makes no sense from a financial point of view It really doesn't make sense from a mental health point of view. Either but i loved it. What can i say. I love every every minute of every hour of you know. It wasn't always. It's not the most glamorous way to travel but this just something to something awfully compelling about you made a very good case of that first of all you talked about the people you should the platform with. I mean okay. You're standing on the platform with surrounded by twenty or thirty people waiting to get onto that Train who are they okay. I'm going to do this quickly. Therefore determined therefore categories of long distance amtrak travelers. Okay number. One is retired people with lots of time on their hands. Number two is people who are afraid of flying. These are my compatriots to They take the train a number three or foam irs a fomer is a real enthusiasts. Who gets very excited about. Locomotives and other things like that means. They're so excited. They foam at the mouth. That's the idea okay You care to take a guess with the fourth category. As you'll never guess mennonites mennonites lots of minute nights a matter night. You mean like Lou dates are people that don't want modern. Well they apparently they They can fly but they can travel by train long distances. So these are the four categories and then there was me and i don't fit any of those categories. I was a category into myself for your kind of the opposite. Because you mentioned you have criminal phobia which is A fear of lack of time. And and you do just the opposite. It's that some kind of therapy. It was it was sort of this. What are you desensitize yourself to it. Well i always feel that your time is valuable. And i need to be making the best use of it and when you're on the train for some sixty plus hours you're just you're forced to slow down. I mean you're either go crazy or you slow down. Those two choices and i decided to slow down. The train is going to get the portland at its own pace. And there's nothing you can do about it. It will stop occasionally for an hour to for no apparent reason whatsoever and then start up again for no apparent reason and i would ask my fellow passengers if we stopped and they've just laugh at me like We got a new one. We gotta a rookie. Here in amtrak stan. You do not ask why. He thinks he's human. Beings are more important than freight right. We do we. We wait for free trains. Because amtrak does not own most of the tracks across the country the free traits everytime i go to portland derek from seattle and the train. I think i'm doing something nice for the environment. And so on. Or it's just kind of a cool thing to do and it's frustrating. Because i have chronic phobia also and i don't know beiber waiting here and somebody reminded me freight trains get priority over humans in the united states. That's not the case in europe but in the united states. That's the case but for those of us who like you and me have a fear of lack of time where where we schedule things. Its pedal to the metal. It's interesting how a long trip on a train you mentioned. It was like you hit a mother of time. Suddenly you had this big gift. That i guess you got more time just by slowing down right. And it's it's forced right because you can't go off and say we're going to go into into town and in fire up the laptop and get some work done. I mean you're on the train and you stay on the train and it's got through. I went through an interesting cycle. I i thought oh this is great. I've got this time. This is really good. I should do something. And then i just get antsy. And i started rearranging my little room at and moving things around and i started to go a little bonkers. I needed to do something. And eventually i came to acceptance that that he was gonna take a really long time to get to portland and i needed to just go with the flow and It took me a. I think somewhere around montana. I hit acceptance in there.
Portugal's Art and Architecture
"Let's start today's travel with rick. Steves in portugal. The architecture and the art of portugal to tell the story of that small country squeezed between spain and the atlantic ocean. You can wander through museums classical and romantic paintings to styles with the largest impact on portuguese painters or you can take in the beautiful. Blue azoulay zhou tiles. That ornament many of portugal's buildings to learn more about portugal's art and architecture. We're joined in our studio by two portuguese guides. Christina duarte and refco christina and raphael. Thanks for joining us. Average abuse here. Rick christina so often to understand the art of a country you need to understand its economy. There's money behind the art. How does money shape the art in the architecture of patrols. When you have money you want be surrounded by beautiful. Things actually is universal. Everybody wants to be surrounded by beautiful things. The thing is that you don't afford it many times and when you afford them you have them in portugal much money then because they have great art from five hundred years ago yes well. It is a combination of two major. Factors the fifteen hundreds with the discovery. Spirit that allowed us to have for the first time money enough for our trade with many places in the world so automatically the royalty had many the nobility had money and the church have many and the coincidence is that your have money and you have also religion behind it so which. She's being major catholic. Contrary in thinking that you want to give your best and you'll beauty to your your glorify gone exactly to glorify god so They were two kinds of ways of spending that money in art. Which was the private and that will be for palaces that nobody will see and to god in churches and i consider that public art so review. All you have this money coming in from the trade in fact the churches were actually nicknamed spice churches. How how does the space tie into the building of churches. Well when portugal arrived to places like india and china and we started to bring all of these new products. Back to portugal. They revolutionized portugal they revolutionized our economy and from there on the society started to change and that is one of the interesting aspect of art is that it reflects the other dimensions of society. So the spices. There were They were a major factor. For example the jeronimos monastery that began to be built precisely with the money that came from the spices. Which bases were these that were so valuable. So you had Pepper you had cinema And many others in christina. Why would people spend so much money for pepper and cinnamon app to preserve no sleaze to preserve refrigeration also to Pigments of any kind for linen. Or tying dying yes. it was something exotic. It was different. People never seen it before. So imagine the first time you are smelling coffee or you're tasting pepper or you're smelling cinema. Imagine the impact that you had imagined how it sparked your imagination so the wealthy people would want this. It would be titillating for them now. You mentioned the monastery at toronto's same just outside of lisbon b. l. e. m. I believe that was men. Welland style architecture. What is men whalen. What we're does that word come from so The men willing style is named after our kingman. Well actually the name was given only in the nineteenth century during the romantic period but kingman while he was one of the most important kings during our age of exploration so he ruled from the time of columbus until fifteen twenty began to rule in fourteen ninety five until the fifteen twenty s in the nineteenth century. They figured out that. We had a several monuments throughout portugal. That shared the same characteristics. So what are the characteristics. If you look at the front of a church what will you see and you go. Oh that's men welland from fifteen twenty so the manor line is late gothic style so you have the basic structure of the gothic and then over that basic structure of the gothic. You have a very specific declaration. You have for example. Maritime mothes you have the strong. Heraldic of manuel specially to miller rece- fear so that the coat of arms of the royal family and then themes from the sea because the money came from the see exactly like the rope the rope a rope with an art. He's a very very important symbol of maryland.
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
534a Crete; Alaska's Tip of the Iceberg; Darwin Comes to Town
"You could call it the first luxury cruise to alaska and it had an amazing guest list railroad. Edward herrmann invited john. Muir george bird. Grinnell william doll and other leading scientists artists and thinkers of his day to sail with him into the often. Uncharted waters of alaska and eighteen. Ninety nine he wanted it to be sort of floating university to explore the wilderness that america had purchased just a few decades earlier. It's passengers would provide the spark that got america's serious about conservation travel writer. Mark adams retraced their journey on the much humbler state ferry system to see what alaska's natural history and its people had to teach him today. He tells us what he found in just a bit on. Today's travel with rick steves and dutch scientist mental skill. Thousand explains how urban ecologists in cities around the world have been noticing evolutionary forces at work in local animals and plants rate before our eyes. He'll tell us where you can miss this to a little later in the hour. Let's start today's show with a look at what you can find when you visit the largest of the greek islands crete. It's where the earliest advanced civilizations in europe were found more than four thousand years ago. We're joined by greek travel. Experts david and anastacia guy tanu. Our conversation was recorded prior to the covid. Pandemic closures david. How're cretans. The people who live on crete different from greeks and their outlook. I don't think there's a proud of person to be found in greece than creighton. Credence are extremely proud of their long history. There island and they're wonderful food. The people from crete really see themselves as being a little bit different to the people from the greek mainland anesthesia. When you think of the pride of crete people and the traditions. How does that survive in their dress. In the way the look when we travel there you can find that still worn by older people in the largest cities bad. You find it definitely in out in the country and in small villages and the further up you go on the mountains the more you find that and you have this. Very particular scoff. That they were on their head. It's black of course and usually there is also big moustache underneath definitely because that's Masculine thing and they have a black shirt in. They have brown trousers. That up. The very distinct and to create and usually black boots and i was struck when i went to crete that these traditions survive more there than elsewhere in europe. I mean everything's becoming modern in the same issue travel around more and more but increased. You do find those traditions alive David i was an increase just last june and having been there for a while i was wondering with ride. See some of these things like the old britches and the long boots and the the coach but to my great surprise they have not disappeared in fact they've now become trendy and symbols for the young symbols for the young. Would that be. Is that sort of an expression of independence. I think it's because they see themselves different and they wanted to let people know that they're proud of their traditions. There's lot of guns returned. There used to be synonymous with crate guns. But you see less of these days although when you go walking plenty of cartridges from the hunting season is that right what would they be hunting farm firm and anything that moves birds. Rabbits has if you're an athens. How easy is it to get down to create. It couldn't be more simple because there's Boats that do the trip overnight. And there's lots of lights with a gna so let's see you got five days crete. What would you do david. If you're helping me plan my very if going have five days. I would stick to the north and i would stick to iraq leo which is the capital and access point fo the famous minoan palace of knossos. And then i would go across honey. Which is the second city on crete. And it's just a beautiful Old venetian city from honey. Can't you go up to the top of the mountain in hike down the gorge of samaria. Have you ever had that. yes i have. what's it like. well you have a very long descend and the beginning. It's in kilometers about four kilometers to go down. You just go down a winding backing back inbound down and then you move through the gorge. But they're really beautiful spots at that gorge in you meet people. There are people there. There is once goal the gate in the result shepherd they who knows of course every guide and every person who goes often through that gorge unusually. He has cheese. And if you know you can well he can bring some other stuff out as well and you see. Also a lot of the very unique flora and fauna of crete and the. Raise your liking usually. You're uc wild ibex. That they have their only on crete and has a very funny name. Actually it's called click critically. Can i xe david. If i remember correctly the tourist generally catch a minibus or something up for the almost like at sunrise and then they walk switch backing down then. They have a long hike along the river with little places to swim along the way they reach a very very narrow part in the gorge where you can almost stretch your arms out and touch either of the sheer cliffs and then at the bottom you have a beautiful remote beach and boat waiting to take you to the next town from where you catch the shuttle bus back to your home. Base is still basically the routine that is still the routine la. They have come up with an alternative for the lazy person who does not want to do the whole walk. You can take a boat to. I think it's really the base of the gorge and you can do what they say. The gorge short way. When you simply walk up to the iron gates and walk back again undone to all the other stuff okay. So there is for the quick tourist and for the person wants to spend a little more exercise tour guides ns schick. I tanu from thessaloniki and australian. David wilson experts on ancient greece and the mediterranean world. Telling us about the island of crete right now on travel with rick. Sti david you mentioned Palace canosa's anesthesia. Tell us about the the civilization that left us with this amazing palace prehistoric civilization on crete and some of the classic islands. But most of the things we have preserved our crete and they're called the minorities or amino ones. The name derives from the mythological. I king of them who was munis or minus and They have left some amazing remains of palaces and crete we have three big palaces malia commercials festers four and zackhras and there are also some ruins of villas the most known one the most famous one because it was excavated by the english archaeologist off the time arthur evans and it was reconstructed to an extent is the palace of classes which is outside of iraq in about half an hour's drive curriculum. And you can then probably the number one site that visitors are looking for is this palace of noces is sort of rebuilt in a little bit over ambitious style by this archaeologist because he couldn't really know how a dispute about that but when we think of the minoan my images. Okay you have the three thousand bc civilization in egypt and then the next real civilization to emerge was on crete. The minoan and that was a thousand years before the golden
JUMP 147: Chilo: A Patagonia Story
"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. Hey guys welcome back. This is episode one. Forty-seven of jump high high-caste and something exciting has come up. So i'm interrupting our backyard adventure series with today's episode so that we can talk about this exciting thing. Some of you may recall or know about this but two years ago in two thousand and nine thousand nine i went to patagonia with a film crew from osprey packs not to lead a trip for you guys like i normally do but this time to create a film based on my story as a solo female backpacker and while we were there. I invited dan holz to come on the show to talk photography and travel which you guys may remember from back in episode one fifteen but we couldn't really talk about the film because it was still very much on the deal that time and i never really came back around to talking about it except mentioning when it released that september of two thousand and nineteen so the something exciting. Is that our film that we created which is called chile has been selected for an all female adventure film festival called no-man's-land and it is virtual this year the film festival. And it's coming right up. It's actually march fourth through seventh twenty twenty one and you can find everything you need to know and get tickets for it at no-man's-land film festival dot org tickets. Start at twenty dollars and our film is screening. The first day of the festival so thursday march fourth. So i just found out about this. And i wanted to pull the trigger on inviting dan back on the show to let you guys know that this is happening and to actually tell the story of the film and host our own little. Qna about too in a way. Bring the festival right to you and invite you to join us there along with all the other amazing films that are going to be involved this year so i definitely encourage you to get a ticket and check it out. The link is in the show notes for you so down holtz and cory everson where the guys with the cameras for our shoot and i invited both of them to come on the show today. Unfortunately corey couldn't make it. But dan is here to dig into this experience with me. Yes we went to patagonia. Shoot a film yes. We had a shot list and an idea of what we wanted to accomplish. But this is patagonia. We're talking about and this is a place that has a mind of its own and it will tell the story that it wants to tell and so we get into what that ended up looking like and what happened behind the scenes and what the objective for the film was in the first place. And why i chose to take them to patagonia out of anywhere in the world so strap on your travel dreaming goggles again. Because we're going far away for this one. And i really hope that it inspires you to join us at the film festival so here. We go with dan. Okay guys i am back with. Dan holds whom you guys have actually heard before he has been on this show It was actually back in episode one fifteen and we were side by side last time sitting in a hotel room in patagonia actually When which is why we're here today because we're gonna come full circle and go back and talk about that experience so dan welcome back to the show. Thanks great to be here jackie. Yeah it's so great. It's what i'm really excited about is why we're here like the excuse to have you back on. And we're missing corey right now if he jumps on he's going to jump on and we're gonna welcome him with open arms in this episode but he missed that he missed the time. I don't know where he hit time. Right now yeah. But so. If cory johnson we'll just we'll just roll with it. How about that And and everybody out there. Listening understands the zoom world these days and people come and go and so we'll see if he shows up he shows up but So dan you and corey were sort of the magicians behind this This film that we're gonna talk about and I'm i'm really. I guess i'm just honored. I'm excited that we're even having this conversation because our film that we created two years ago. patagonia called chile is getting entered into a film festival. Isn't it that's right. It is and So i just wanted to kind of bring you back on and like real relive that experience and actually talk about it on the show because we never did the last time that you came on and we talked about photography and travel and We couldn't really talk about what we were doing yet. It's kind of a secret. Yeah we had some product that wasn't out yet because we're shooting thumper prospera on their behalf rape out of under the radar. Yeah so let's start with the the the question is Do you want to introduce yourself and just let everybody know who you are and what you do and what. Your role is here My name is dan holtz. And i'm the senior photo video manager for osprey packs which means I go out and shoot stuff. A lot and bruce stuff correct stuff and people to direct stuff than previous step of. He needs a lot of products. Yeah so question for you because this is sort of like the main. Why are we even here. Sort of thing is why does osprey create films. Because i know that some people have been like they made. They made a film like what's it for. what is it about. you know like what. It's they're confused a backpacking company. Well i mean it's a it's a so much more than backpacking but The company that makes packs is producing films. So can you shine a little light on that for us. Oh man look to you. There is now i mean. Obviously there's more than one reason right We want to. But i think the biggest reason is really really wanna just relate to our clientele. Kinda show him the places they could do to inspire them. He traveled themselves. Really you know So we we
Episode 65, Montral: Johnny Zatylny
"Going to have my love or real good ha and the what's sad. Look around in ecstasy suit. So don't stop me now. I won't do that one because the falsetto not ready to settle. We'll do something like and we think something that's just like Maybe just point. You know what i mean like i did in the. We'll just do my work. Okay mama juice would regard against his who match reagan. he's mama speak gun and now thrown it all away mama. Ooh big accra back again. This time tomorrow. Carry on carry on as if nothing really mad sometimes you have to cross oceans just to make connections big closer to home. This week's case in point janis. Tillman a canadian singer. I want helped land a job and faraway germany. Some friends of mine over there had a very successful theme cover band back in the day. This is europe. We're talking about and clean his big business and they needed a new singer so they had some old video of this guy johnny. He had ridiculous vocal range. He stalks the stage. Bit like freddie and even had touch that famous over. By i was the only north american in that crew so they had me call him and basically johnny well. I liked what i heard twenty years later. Johnny and i are running that conversation back again for this episode this time over. Tito's and soda. Johnny is now one of the world's top freddie mercury cover singers and he was back in his hometown of
AT#744 - Travel to Central Oregon
"Hundred forty four today. The amateur traveler talks about hikes and hops lava tubes and lakes lava lands and painted hills as we bend and central oregon may come to the amateur traveler. I'm your host. Chris christopherson. let's talk about central oregon. I'd like to welcome to the show. Catherine ryan gregory from to and fro fam- dot com. Who's come to talk to us about central oregon catherine welcome to the show. Thanks so much chris. I'm kind of people didn't get it. To and fro fam- is a family centered. Travel blogging site. Yep that's right so it's mostly family travel but i am of the firm belief that parents it also travel by themselves or with friends and so it has a little bit for everybody. We'll talk more about that and a couple other projects that catherine's doing later on. But first we're gonna have you fall in love with her as we talk about. Central oregon. Now catherine. what's your connection to central oregon. Well i grew up in oregon and eugene hours from central oregon and my family traveled around the state and the pacific northwest. Quite a bit. So i grip going to central oregon on family vacations and so forth and then when i was and moved back to oregon and now pretty much whenever i need. A dose of sun have since i live in portland. I try to get over to central oregon because it's sunny almost all of the time there and there's just so much to see and so much to do like all describe so i think you'll you'll kind of understand with so much happening. In central oregon. I just always been there in the past month. I took i took my kids. They're the last two weekends. It's been a little cloudy and gray here in the portland area. So i've been craving Well and we've already told you something that is different about central oregon than probably better known. Portions of oregon. But why should someone go. To central oregon. The way i see it central oregon Is really unique for a couple of different reasons. First of all it is like an outdoors paradise for people who love to spend time outside is sort of the place in the area to go except without some of the pretension that other places get with. The reputation of the skiing shall as an all of that. Ben has the best of all of those areas but without any pinkies in the air if you will and then sort of along those lines it's also a beer central so if any of your listeners as i imagine enjoy themselves craft brew or two or more bent has some of the most breweries per capita there. Actually something like one craft brewery in the city for every four thousand residents. So that's that's quite a density of beer and then third. It has like a volcano hotspot. It's one of only four. Us cities that has volcano within city limits. and christmas. You'll hear me talk about central. Oregon is shaped by ball. Canada activity from eons ago up until just two thousand years ago or so so it's just has incredible landscape and so many things to do that relate to balkan oh so as a pretty get into the wisdom of whether one wants to go to a city that has a volcano in the middle of town. But i kind of itinerary. Are you gonna recommend for us. Well limited myself to a week itinerary. In central oregon. And i know you'll have to shut me up here. Sometimes it gets so excited about it. But i know walk. Us through seven day itinerary. That's centered and bend. So you spend as a hub and take some day trips from there. But i recommend staying benders because it has the best in terms of facilities and food and is really accessible to a lot of the places in the surrounding central oregon area excellent. So we'll start at. Ben what are we gonna do in bend before we leave town or run. Fleeing a volcano. Hopefully not that. It's been safe for the past fifteen hundred years or so so. I think you're safer now. But we're going to start in bend which is about two hours or two and a half hours drive from portland and ditto eugene with are the nearest main airports and i recommend starting in the city to get your bearings and actually the best way to do that is to go atop of a volcanic mountain which is called pilot. Butte it's within city limits and you can either drive to the top or you can hike to the top. It's about an easy two miles and get a three hundred sixty degree view of
Episode #24 - Laura Itzkowitz, Freelancer, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Departures, Travel + Leisure, AFAR and more
"Hi hannah it's so good to see you too and you also michael. Thanks for inviting me. Thank you for coming on board said laura. You've been living in rome for a while and have experienced to lockdowns already. So how you handling the situation and how he's doing. yeah. I mean it's a. It's been a wild ride here. Italy was the first country in europe to institute a nationwide lockdown. It was. I think really shocking for everyone here at first Just the fact that a country like italy could institute a nationwide lockdown and all of the implications that came from that and obviously we saw what happened a lot of other countries throughout europe followed and it was nerve racking for sure to be the first and to be constantly just watching the news and listening to the stories coming out of the hospitals and northern italy especially And then you know. I kind of adjusted just like everyone does and just tried to sort of keep calm and carry on. And i've actually written about the experience of lockdown down here in italy a few times for different publications Chronicling what was happening. You know the very first lock down. I wrote about for voters travel and then when things eased up last spring i wrote a story for departures about how italians were coping here and then did another story for travel and leisure about the second lockdown and how. It's different from the first one so it's definitely been interesting to see how things have changed. Yeah so many people used to travel to italy house to hospitality. Industry doing overall. I mean i can't sugar. Industry is suffering for sure. The italian government has put forth a number of different measures to mitigate the damage so for example a freeze on layoffs Has been in place for months now. So a lot of workers in the hospitality industry has been put on furlough and are receiving some sort of government funds This sort of equivalent of unemployment. That sort of thing and they're trying to relaunch but you know it's really tough especially right now. Italy actually is going to political crisis right now and it looks like a government is about to collapse because there's so much opposition to the way that this government has handled the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. So were going to have to wait and see what happens. It's definitely a situation to contend with. Were very familiar on the side of the pond as well But you know given that. You're based in rome. Which is a very enviable position From the point of view of many of our listeners. I'm sure they're quite jealous. What would you say are the advantages of being based in the us but on the flip side. What are some of the challenges yemen as a freelance writer in a being away from here. Yeah i mean there are definitely pros and cons. I think i lived in new york for eight years prior to moving to rome. And what i loved about being there in addition to just being in the city which i still love very much was the being part of amazing community of journalists and media and hospitality industry professionals in new york. So i certainly missed that but Being based in rome has some pretty amazing advantages. I mean this is a also beautiful city that i loved to spend time in and In terms of my work and professional advantages. I think you know i have been trying to position myself as an italy expert for a number of years in a row expert in particular so i always trying to stay on top of the latest news and updates. So whether that's you know. Hotels opening in rome and in italy trends in restaurants and bars. Hospitality architects designers. All of that stuff It definitely helps to be here on the ground. Especially now when americans actually can't enter italy. So i'm in a pretty unique position at the moment in in terms of being here on the ground being able to report on what's happening in rome and beyond that's great so you write for many publications as you mentioned Like you know. Departures architectural digest vogue and many others. So can you tell our listeners. How you approach writing for this. Various outlets for example the difference between departures and volk. Yeah i mean. I think that i tailor my approach to each publication as most freelance writers. I'm sure we'll tell you that they do And that sort of a necessary part of the job and that comes from experience and just comes from reading a ton so Definitely try in. Read all the latest stories on the the websites of the publications that i write for as much as possible and i would say in terms of these publications i also i think about their audience. So for example. Departures is geared toward high net worth individuals. And so you know luxurious kind of the name of the game there Vogue is i would say geared to a slightly a slightly broader audience especially In terms of their web content but for me personally i think even writing for the same publication the stories on the approach that i take can vary depending on what type of article. I'm writing so. I personally really loved to write stories that take a more narrative approach. When i'm able to write from the first person so for example. I did a story for departures last fall about the island of east so i went to east asia last fall when the kobe restrictions were eased up here and got to write this story about what it was like visiting this island in the aftermath of the pandemic or
How to avoid outrageous fees for a Medical Emergency on an RV Trip
"This show is for you because here we talk about getting out there. Enjoying god's amazing creation meeting interesting people boone docking covering fun places and always used them the right gear in technology to enhance the rv lifestyle so welcome. We're very honored that you chose to put us in your ears this week and we have a lot to talk about. Lots of news. things Well showing that. It's going to be very busy camping season. Coming up in our news of the week and are featured interview is about The outrageous cost. I had no idea that you can incur if you need emergency transportation while you are a hurt out there on the road actually anywhere You've heard of air ambulances and lances. Sometimes you need both of them to get you to An emergency facility when you are injured or experiencing a medical emergency. Wait till you hear how much that costs and why You need to think about that before you set out on your next trip. And we've got your questions and report from the burkitt's off the beaten path coming up and of course much much more so we always do in the rv podcasts. First of all my lifelong traveling companion and my bride jennifer idea. Hello my michael. Well it's been a busy week as they all are all our just fat. You are suffering from a sore jaw. Today i had a sore tooth or to a root canal dreaded root canal this morning. It wasn't bad at the time. It was just a by cusp it. So that wasn't bad but her trait now. Just thought of it so you are a trooper and we appreciate it and you're also getting. I can't believe all of the positive feedback from our latest video on the rb lifestyle channel on youtube. Your cooking video about the make ahead meals
Why Cruising Is Not Being Unfairly Treated (Podcast)
"Why is quizzing being treated differently to other travel and is being treated unfairly or not. I'm gary bambridge. And i have been thinking about and looking at these questions for many many months now as a major major cruise fan where ended up may though actually come as a surprise to some of you first off. Let's be really clear. And i want to discard one of myth and make a point that i do believe in very strongly that does set all of this up people flying around the world with few restrictions and little controls other than i guess in australia and new zealand were undoubtedly the main culprits spreading this really infectious virus. All around the world it's not cruising and cruises the real big issue in my view is that the restrictions the precautions on flying driving train to cross borders between countries they were too lax so while cruising was shuttered to stop transmission and stop spread other travel forms. Of course we're not getting drunk on flying and the other forms of travel and letting people go on land based vacations does not necessarily mean that the approach on cruising has been totally wrong now. As i discuss during this episode. I think you're gonna find the money to believe that wasn't necessarily wrong. But i believe it's actually gonna benefit cruising in the short medium and the long term a first of all the reality is that the majority of cruise passengers of those who've been shown to be the most vulnerable getting seriously ill ending up in hospital and dine from cova that is just kind of effect. So although the average age of cruisers according to clear anyway is forty. Six point seven years it actually hides the actual split who's really cruising and hides reality that most cruises an old spectrum way over half of passengers who go cruising are over fifty years and then cover about a third of the population in countries like the us the uk and so on so over half of the fifty thirty. Three percents of third of passengers are actually sixty years or older and the biggest passenger age group in total is the age of sixty to sixty nine now eight out of ten deaths from covert whereby people over the age of fifty today. That's according to the us cdc. Why don't you get under that age. The risk of hospitalization and dying force really really dramatically. Even early on before the shutdown. They were proposals. Put forward by clear for example to kind of put restrictions on his seventy cruising and even people like me and my sixties. There was lots of talk about having to get medical certificates and santa cruz. The us and uk should advise against other people cruising because of the risk of what happens if all the people contract covert. The age of travels on flights lambaste. Vacations is going to be much broader than his own cruising probably also even younger and he's an average and overall now. We don't all necessarily outcome. And implication. I guess but i guess we can see if we think about it logically. Why governments have taken a conservative you on cruising with that older profile of rule because they have a duty felt they needed to protect people over fifty sixty seventy eighty and so on and they've done it on land as the pandemic emerged. Many of those age had to shields completely and they are the priority for having vaccines. Ironically this approach this protection could also be away of aiding an accelerated opening for cruising as we head through this year. Because there's very same people that they are trying to protect are also the ones that are going to be vaccinated early and by some pretty much. Everyone in those age groups everywhere would have been vaccinated. We've seen vaccination of this age group helping lines that cater for travels like saga american steamboat. Victory their aucoin vaccines because they can open with an older age group. Exciting the european river cruise people secondly the next major factor for taking a strict approach which i think is probably understandable on some levels is cruises are a social experience where people mix in numbers. They go dining. We've got a bars. We go to the theater. We got godly. We've got a debt. Parties going to nightclubs gone group excursions. All of those social things that we have learned are perfect for spreading the virus. Whether it's at land or at sea they are an issue. It's not just see related thing. Social contact is the big risk and social contact is exactly what cruising is we go on vacation go on cruises to engage onto interact to go to meet people bearing in mind most of those activities that we do in the day and the night on a cruise are the very same ones that have been shut down on land but they are integral to the cruise experience.
AT#743 - Travel to the Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
"Talks about castles and water polls samurai and sushi gates and temples as we go to the yamaguchi prefecture in japan. Welcome to the mature traveler. I'm your host chris christensen. Let's talk about yamaguchi. I'd like to welcome the show. Corinne devon who has come to us to talk to about the yamaguchi prefecture in japan crin. Welcome to the shell alter for having me crazy. I am delighted to be here when we should say i. What is your connection with the area of japan. We're talking about so. I am actually a united states naval officer and this is actually my second tour in japan. My first tour brought me to the kanazawa prefecture at the naval station. Yokosuka and this time. I of come down to kuni which is located in the yamaguchi picture with the marine corps station. It will kuni and so these are my views. Not the views of the department offense. But i simply want to share with your listeners. A part of japan. That i feel most people don't know much about that has a lot of beauty and hidden gems that i cannot wait to share with your audience on the show. We don't know that the marine corps even has views on what you should see as a tourist. I think people are willing to take your word for that and can you put us on a map. We that we've gone down to so we've given some indication that you're in more southern japan than we were two weeks ago for instance when we talked about the to hukou premature at the top of the main island so if you look at the country japan. The country itself is probably the size of about california with a third of the population of the united states. Just to give you an idea. And so it. Though it's very densely populated the country of japan is very well organized. And if you look at the map it's made four major islands. Hokkaido honshu kyushu and honshu is the largest of the four islands. And if you look on a map and go to the very southern most western most of main island japan boring here shema in shimagami and they're also east of fukuoka issue that is where you'll find the prefecture and what's unique about it. Being at the southern end most western most part of main island. Japan is actually surrounded by the japan. See the co inland sea and the bookie and it's a very long coastline. That just shows you've got emerald green ocean you've got lots of sandy beaches very incredible views of cliffs and there is also a collection they've even smaller islands surrounded so for your people who love the national parks in the us who love being connected with nature. This is the prefecture for you. And i'll continue telling here in a moment. I think you just answered my question of. Why should you go. Is there anything you want to add to that. Well i guess. Japan is very spread out and even though it is a dense country. This area you're going to feel like you're getting away from the urban so in the yamaguchi prefecture. It's actually broke it up into four areas. And you've got the iwo kuni yanni which is on the easternmost side you've got the szumowski that is on the most western of the side and then the center. It's split into of where you have haji nagato and below at google and hofu any my listeners. Who are japanese or japanese american. I apologize if i butchered any of those names. I am learning japanese. But it is squishy. So i am doing my best with reading the kangxi or the hana ghana or kacha. Cada if you are flying and you are coming from tokyo which is most common entry into mainland japan. You can actually fly from the airport into either yamaguchi airport which is kind of in the center or into the kuni report which is on the most eastern side of yamaguchi which again borders very closely to the hiroshima prefecture. Now one thing to your listeners may not know is that coming into a with kuni is much more easier for americans because there is a very large marine corps station here in fact the runway the military has actually shares with the city of iwo kuni airport so if language is a concern barrier. I would definitely say you. Kuni is much more american friendly in the sense that you have a very large population here of americans about fourteen thousand to be exact. And because of the large population of americans here there is been a lot of changes and growth in the town because the language is very different and reading japanese. The three different alphabets. When it's not a shutters can be quite daunting. There is a lot of a lot of english speakers that you'll meet in this area more so than other regions of the yamaguchi prefecture. And then the only thing i wanted to add to that as you mentioned flying from haneda and just if people are not aware that's the domestic port in tokyo and so sometimes people won't fly into that airport because that airport has predominantly domestic flights. You may need to transfer from if you fly into narita. Excellent someone who on quite a bit out of her neda and arita anita has opened more international place right now during the pandemic it is challenging to say but if you were flying from los angeles new york washington c honolulu some of the major. Ken fly directly into haneda. But you are correct narita as the other airport and they do operate shuttle between the two airports. And i know that to be true because i made the mistake of being at the airport the last time i was in japan. I've actually done that.
The True History of Irish Coffee and Its San Francisco Origins
"From keady you're listening to bay curious. I'm katrina schwarz. Before we get to the show. This week i have a little favor to ask. Were pulling together an episode to mark the one year anniversary of the bay area's first shelter in place order and we want to teach your your stories about this past year. Maybe you learned that you love to dance or when through a break-up did living under cova bring your family together or make you feel further apart. Or maybe you've overcome a challenge. Bay curious producer susie rancho and. I have been asking ourselves the same questions suzy. How has your life changed this past year. A well for me. i think The big change was that i started to really appreciate living in san francisco. Unlike a lot of people who wanted to move out as soon as they could for me my world got very small like a lot of other people and I live near golden gate park. But i really took it for granted. And they're just so many spots in golden gate park that i never been to even though i lived on both sides of the park for a lot of years and i just learned how to appreciate the city in a way that i you know. Basically didn't have time for before. So what about you katrina. You know honestly. I feel like i've gotten old in the past year. I used to be really busy. I had something. Every night of the week. I was out. I almost never home until nine pm. Either at the gym or meeting up with a friend or doing things frisbee team and you know all of those things have been kind of stripped away and so now. I'm home all the time i like. You know go for a walk after work. I watch jeopardy. i like. Don't go out. And i feel like just in a very short time. I went from believing of like that. I would never become an adult. You know never really settled down and wanna do adult things to really embodying that lifestyle. And it's been kind of a weird experience for me because i was slow to let go of all of that other social stuff that i had going on. So we've both have really different experiences of this but we want to hear from you all our listeners. About what you're going through this year record or cova story on your smartphone and send it to us at bay curious at k. Q. e. d. dot. Org or call and leave us a message at four one five five three three three three four. I'm excited to hear from you. Okay onto the show. This week. We are revisiting. A baker is classic that first aired in two thousand seventeen. It was recorded before anyone had heard of the pandemic time when people could sit snugly elbow to elbow at a bar knowing all that coming up support for bay curious comes from sierra nevada brewing company family owned operated and argued over since nineteen eighty proud supporter of independent thought whether that's online over the air or in a bottle at sierra nevada dot com. It's been a chilly winter and with saint patrick's day just around the corner. We thought it would be a good time to snuggle. Up with a san francisco classic. Olivia is going to take it from here. Today of vista cafe the famous purveyor of irish coffee in san francisco. I'm here with reporter. Kelly o'meara high and our question asker hi. I'm sarah russell from speech. Irish coffee is the drink to get here and sarah. I know you've got a question about it but before we get to that. Shall we get around steam hot last with water poured out putting two surgeries in there and their brass crabby stirred up my bob marley stirred up and then he put your hours risky in their. Hello nice cold cream heavy cream and they you gotta fall to drink these in the name of research reporting. Righty sarah tell us. How would you describe that first. Taste of irish coffee creamy yami silky. Good you know Confession i've never had an irish coffee before. This is my first one. It's amazing but we didn't just come here to drinks. You actually had some questions you want answered to. I know that my mom used to come. Here she She worked for city of paris which longer exist. but it was the macy's it was the department store on union square and so she and her friends would come down here. I was always told that the irish coffee was invented. Here and this place in san francisco. So it's curious if that's true this week on curious. Irish coffee possibly been invented in san francisco. We headed into the back room at the point vista to learn how irish coffee ended up here. It was not originated in san francisco. It was introduced in san francisco to america. So my name is leah. And i've been a waitress at the winner mr for fourteen years. The buena vista doesn't actually claim that irish coffee was invented. Here they say that. It was introduced to america. Here leah set the seat. It was nineteen fifty two and it was e a dark and stormy night november tenth to be exact and the owner of one of staff. The time has name was jack kepler and he was behind the bar and sitting at the bar was a fellow named stanton. Della plane stanton belva plain. It's very well known in the san francisco bay area. He was a travel writer. We'll look who. It is stanton della playing deadline time at the chronicle another day and other deadline. I've travelled far old jack. Pour me a martini. Will you not one of them. I risk drinks. You keep writing about gaelic coffee If only no one makes like the irish. I could tell you just coffee. Whiskey and green simple. No no i cannot speak any higher of the irish coffee smooth as nectar and how. The steam rises through the collar of cream. The real trick is to make the cream float if the irish can do it. Let me put on a fresh pot of coffee and give it a go. They tried it. Try different glasses. They tried different whiskies. They tried everything they could think of. The cream kept falling down to the bottom. Don't know how many more of these i can drink. Jack never heard a newspaper man complain about too much drink. But this cream keep sinking. What are we doing wrong. Damn divino guess. You'll have to fly to that airport in ireland. Ask the cook joe. Sheridan just might keppler got so obsessed with this. He actually flew to ireland. Met joe sheridan. Who was the fellow who was not the bartender at phones at the time but i worked in the kitchen you job sheridan the joe sheridan who invented. I wish coffee while yes all yelm. It wasn't ten years ago back. During the war pan arab passengers cayman chevron late one night fit to die with shirley. I taught we must event a stirrup corp for the poor soames have what is more warming than oil-rich whiskey. Smooth is a maiden skews. Nothing i can think of to take the chia. We feel the glass with coffee. Black as cromwell's heart topped off with a flow turning chinmoy rich cream but the cream. How does it float octavia child. The weapon so
Episode #23 - Sandrae Lawrence and Gary Sharpen, Founders, The Cocktail Lovers Magazine (U.K.)
"Spotlight my name is hannah league and president of honey communications an award winning public relations agency in new york city. And i'm michael an stanbic editor in chief handley communications and a food beverage writer as journalists myself and hanner is a pr professional. We understand the power of media coverage in its impact on someone's career and business that's why we launched our podcast. Help our industry rebuild and rebound by interviewing top journalists share their insights and tips for gaining the media's attention in this episode. We are so excited to chat. With our first international journalists guest sandra lawrence and gary chapman the founders of the cocktail lovers magazine in the uk. Charming married couple together. Share the cocktail love through their economist. Magazine and website events and consumer workshops noted for being the first to know who's moving and shaking and the cocteau world. The cocktail lovers magazine was voted. Best spirits cocktail publication details of the cocktail spirit. Awards and shortlisted for best food and drinks publications in the british society of magazine editors awards. The duo have also been listed on the london evening. Standard of progress. One thousand london's most influential people. Hi guys hi. Sandra and gary how are you hiring michael and hannah how you doing great. Welcome to the show hassle. Great to see you thank you. This is so exciting. You guys are first overseas guests with privilege. We've listen to a lot of your apart constant. They absolutely brilliant. Keep up the good work and we fail so on the to be politicians shock. You serve hot thank you. The feeling is very mutual and up. You know have you guys been and what's it like for the hospitality industry in the uk right now. It's we've been fine. Luckily we've been healthy and we've kept well but it's it's sad because we can't get out and say the and support our friends. I'm but that's the tough because we know that a lot of people are suffering right now. So that's that's the hard thing. Yeah and i guess it's the same in london is is in new york and other big cities where he. You thrive on the energy in that buzz and to walk around those streets and they're quiet on the vase applies it. It's hauled it as a same here in new york city. I mean we used to get sixty million people visiting new york city but now is a complete difference in our situation so very sad but we we know. We have been seeing a lot of innovations as a result of this crisis. What do you guys seeing on. Your side of the pond at the good thing is with this industry. Everyone is so created and they've been so quick to pivots because you know it's a matter of having to survive so people have been thinking very quickly but it's been the launch. I think also in the in the states not so takeaway and delivery services which is amazing. Because i think that before people used to think that from as not the greatest of drinks but actually the quality of them has been absolutely amazing. We've had we've had auto cocktails from from the conal to swiss to all sorts of bows and everyone's doing a great job yeah bartenders. Far by nature they ultra knows so they get no these lemons thrown them and making beautiful lemonade. You know so with with in all away nets in making this intra positive much as possible and the other thing is it's been really good from a consumer point of view to see how much the people want based drink so it's not just a case of for bonds creating these they're actually being snapped up and the here In the first month of the very first lockdown kotel delivery services. Google three hundred fifty cents more than they have been before so that just goes to show the first that people have all cows indeed especially the pandemic think made people even thirstier drove muscle to drink drink so speaking of invasion You guys have done amazing work with the cocktail lovers which now celebrating ten anniversary this year. I think right your congratulations. That's amazing so tell us about the cocktail lovers. How did it come about your inspiration to you know fool. Your audience is so tennis. Everything about your magazine roy. How long were you got. We'll give you the condensed version as you say with the guy for about ten years and it started very much as labor love and the and it still is An came about. Because on. John i we looked into vase. When we've stating own trump repress laundrup. I've taken a great hotel baas. Luckily it what you know. I think it was a key. Part of our relationship was going tonight. Spas and dressing up from getting to know the buffet. We always love sitting at the bar. A big thing barnes offenders they kind of like the fact that we were more than a liberal entrusted. And then you know this was a few years with us and then we start talked to friends and they roy's asking us wish we go and what's houghton are going to be in this part of london. Where should we drink so we decided writing a longer time very much about the vas in london and that's how it started of we the Lovers goes we were love us. We were married then But also we a key part of what we wanted to do was to celebrate great falls. We didn't want to do negative reviews. We didn't we might that thing in a restaurant. Whoa where people put down restaurants and give them baths. We said celebrate what we love about. This industry We wrote the blog that evolved from baas threaten about drinks personalities And also we always take a lifestyle So we will equally writing about what people were wearing of traveling then holds into the magazine and it became a very vessel. We wanted the magazine to be a lifestyle. I could say about coq. Towels was equally important about sued and travel and close postal. She's old from a Perspective yeah and then after the bloke and it transitioned we want to do a little bit more and people can also today mall. I was already a journalist at this time. But i was writing about fashion and food so i was interviewing chefs But it was so much lovelier to interview baltin. That's because they had so much passion bayden with theatrical autistic own lives this wonderful infused the essence. I had full what i would do it. And i want to translate that to let people know that bolton in wasn't this deadly jobs that people just did in between correa's this older career and because i was very much maligned style background in what advertising. So he had that mindset as well. We wanted to translate our passion to other people that we knew that was starting their journey as well so we were asking the questions that they wanted to ask and to knowledge and we brought the towel to lie in the how lovers lifestyle was here. I mean are fans and i know. There's a lot of fans around the globe loving your magazine sale. That's talk about being a couple so you are married and you are working caputo. Just like michael and me not as Challenges and and rewarding part as well. So what do each of you do
11 Crucial Emergency Winterization Tips for Campers Caught in Sudden Cold
"The rb lifestyle so welcome. We are very honored that you chose to put us in your ears this week. And this week We are gonna talk about the great freeze up of twenty twenty one unprecedented cold and snow and ice hitting every place from the gulf coast of texas. All the way to the panhandle of florida rate in the path of a lot of rv snowbirds. Who had no idea it could get that cold down south cold it got and we're going to hear from some viewers who've been caught in that cold and we are also going to share some tips about how to make sure that that doesn't happen to you but i my lifelong traveling companion and my bride jennifer hamm a deer. Hello michael we are pretty much snowbound ourselves today. I know several things that we had planned were cancelled because we got about what nine inches of snow. Up here in michigan We are coming to you from our sticks and bricks studio But we just got back from a camp out last week up in northern michigan. We were up along. The lake michigan shoreline and enjoy winter camping at its best but got home in a big snowstorm. Hit the one that kind of caught all those other viewers by surprise. We're snugglers the bug in a rug. He i wish we could share what we have with those. That don't have worth yes
Guanajuato And Quertaro
"Moon guidebook author. Julia joins us now in an interview. We recorded prior to the kobe outbreak. One reason i haven't explored mexico as much as i'd like to. Maybe because i have a hard time pronouncing the pounds. But i think three towns near mexico city that really are like household words for anybody who loves exploring. Mexico are what those three towns. There's semi i n de guanajuato and kenneth at all and you could rent a car and being these towns. What a couple of hours. Yeah it's probably about two and a half to three hours to cut it that. Oh that's the closest san miguel. You're looking at probably about four hours to get there from mexico. City you can hop in a bus doesn't really nice comfortable bus lines or you could rent a car to. Would you do it. If you're flying into mexico city to get to these towns you know. I would take the bus. There are actually buses that come right out of the airport in mexico city to get at that oh and for their. It's you know striking distance to san miguel. So it's it's pretty easy to get around by bus. There's lots of great bus lines. They make it convenient so julie just so we can kind of get our bearings. Give me a quick thumbnail. Sketch of the three towns. Well going to what those starting with. That is a university town with a beautiful colonial central. San miguel day in day is a very laid-back. Small town that also has a very rich history and at the is a medium sized city where you'll get a mix of a lot of different things some business and a beautiful centro also plays really worth visiting julia. If you had to do your sightseeing before you started your actual bake ation. We'll be on your list. What are the top two or three things you gotta see in this town. Well i would start by wandering around the plazas and looking at all of the churches and baroque mansions throughout the central. One place worth visiting. Is the candidate that oh art museum. It's housed in an augustinian convent from the seventeenth century. So the building itself makes it worth a visit but they also have very interesting contemporary work by mexican artists other local artists. So i would definitely put that on my list in between to the market. The makoto crews would you find Artisanal things that come in from the countryside is at a farmers market. What would you be wondering through there. It's mostly a food marquette. And i really recommend visiting it because it gives you a very unique opportunity to wander through a really big bustling city market that again is not touristy at all so you're really getting a glimpse in mexican culture but you're not You know there's other people with their cameras out you feel like you're really getting an authentic experience there but it's also very clean and friendly and easy to navigate. It's not as overwhelming some of the big markets in mexico city say but it has a very similar atmosphere so i think it's a really cool place. I love visiting that. I mean in get at the dell in when you're there wandering through that market and just a little bit hungry. What are some of the regional. Specialties you look forward to trying well. One thing that is very typical of kenneth at o. Are gore dita's which is a big round. Corn cake flattened by hand. And then it's cooked on a griddle and it's usually stuffed with something like pork or she's no prickly pear cactus which is very popular to eat in whole area because the grow everywhere negro really the cactus pear do you call it Yeah and it's called the in mexico tuna. Yes and when you see tune on the menu. It's does not. Tuna fish actually refers to prickly pear fruit. Which is very popular especially in this region because these Cactuses grow everywhere. Wild
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
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
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.