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Pastor Greg Locke's Popularity Has Exploded Because He Speaks Bold Truths
"Pastor greg tell us first of all what. What is the website for your church. Quick before i forget it. Globovision bc bible church dot com global vision. Bbc dot com. How long have you been pastoring. where did you grow up. I grew up here in hometown. A profit not without honor but in his own country led jesus said but it was a tiny little five thousand person town and then it's just exploded. We're kind of like the last bedroom community here in nashville came back home in two thousand and six so fifteen years ago. I started the church from from scratch. And now we're in a three thousand seat tenant and people just keep showing up because somebody saying something. And god's given us a voice to the nation so thank god for it well. This is what. I have noticed that. Those pastors who've been particularly heroic and bold their churches have exploded. Because there's a there's a hunger for this out there even among nonbelievers or among people that they don't believe it. But i don't really go to church. People are really hungry for this. So i find it kind of funny that the free market sometimes does really wonderful things I mean it you know if you have a virtuous population they will choose virtuous and good things and that seems to be what's happening. We know that our friends in california jack hibs and others their churches have gone up. The numbers have gone up speaking a cornerstone chapel in virginia. In a few days they've experienced a similar thing. When did you decide to kinda get bold on. This stuff was there. It was there a moment for you. Was it During the last few years when did you decide to be outspoken. And become a target of people who just don't like bold people the damn kind of broke for me in two thousand fifteen when the supreme court made their ridiculous decision for same sex marriage and so i did a video called. I'm coming out of the closet and that was it. I mean we went from five thousand followers fifty thousand followers to the blue checkmark and pretty soon two hundred and fifty five hundred million and then of i started fighting target over the transgender bathroom nonsense and planned parenthood just back and forth with them and so it just seemed like controversy began to build the ministry and jumped on the trump train literally because i did a couple of bus tours for mike lyndale and some others and so it just seems like every time i would just i would say something people would resonate and they would say you are saying what we are pastors would
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New wildfire prompts evacuations in Northern California
"Crews are working to protect giant sequoia trees from wildfires in California's Sierra Nevada governor Gavin Newsom says one big wildfires in the K. and P. complex zero percent percent contained thirty three thousand acres just this complex over the years the area around the big trees had controlled fires to burn away vegetation Christy Brigham with sequoia and kings national parks says the bases are also wrapped in fire resistant material these are all fired up well this is very what if there's air in here so far only one big tree has been damaged giant forest has two thousand sequoias and includes the general Sherman the largest tree in the world by volume I'm a Donahue
Nerves on edge on Spanish island as quakes, lava threaten
"Moves all room age on a Spanish island a small quake tremors and lava flows threaten several small earthquakes have shaken the Spanish island of La Palma as rivers of lava continued to flow toward the sea and a new vent blows open on the mountainside this one at three thousand feet is north of the ridge with the volcano first erupted on Sunday after a week of thousands of small earthquakes that's so cool earth quake swarm was a warning a big of option was likely allowing more than five thousand people to be evacuated critically avoiding casualties on the stoppable rivers of lava have rolled down the hillsides bending and crushing everything ahead I'm Charles there this month
Stocks Drop the Most Since May on Worries Over China, Fed
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting stocks dropped the most since may on worries over China and the fed worries about a potential collapse by Evergrande one of China's largest real estate developers and the potential ripple effects across markets sent stocks tumbling on Wall Street Monday the markets are also worried the federal reserve may pull back its support for the economy the S. and P. five hundred suffered its biggest drop in four months falling over seventy five points or one point seven percent to four thousand three fifty seven seventy three after two weeks of losses the S. and P. five hundred is on track for its first monthly decline since January the Dow Jones industrial average briefly dial nine hundred seventy one point fell six fourteen to thirty three thousand nine seventy the nasdaq fell three hundred thirty points or two point two percent losses mirrored drops in overseas markets hi Mike Rossio
US FDA Recommends Booster Jabs for Over 65s
"Few days before the official start of fall. What was billed as the summer of freedom has come and gone on the national mall more than six hundred thousand flags one for each life loss to covert the sea of white representing unfathomable and devastating toll. Just three months ago the. Us daily case average was nearing a record low about eleven thousand new cases. Now we're averaging about one hundred forty three thousand cases per day reporting roughly one million cases over the last week and while president biden hoped an fda advisory panel would recommend boosters for all vaccinated americans on friday. The panel voted to recommend boosters only for those sixty five and older or at high risk of severe disease. Dr anthony found. She is standing by joins us in just a moment. But we begin with the latest on that fda recommendation and what it all means for some of the most vulnerable as the school year gets underway. It was just last month at president biden. Laid out his plan for booster shots. These booster program is start here. September twentieth pending approval. Fda cdc committee outside experts that approval did not come for everyone and while the handled did not officially vote on it they do support including vulnerable populations like teachers healthcare and other frontline workers in this first round but when it comes to ending the pandemic the message remains clear to vaccinate the unvaccinated. While seventy six percent of adults have received. at least one dose the millions of unvaccinated americans are fueling hospitalizations and directly impacting. Some of the most vulnerable children
Use of OxyContin Profits to Fight Opioids Formally Approved
"The judge has formally approved a plan to turn oxycontin maker Purdue pharma into a new company no longer owned by members of the Sackler family and with his profits going to fight the opioid epidemic bankruptcy judge Robert drain officially has confirmed the reorganization more than two weeks after he announced he would do so pending to launching technical changes however several states among all the parties have already appealed the decision the deal resolves some three thousand lawsuits filed by state and local governments native American tribes unions hospitals and others who claimed the company's marketing of prescription opioids help Spock and continue overdose epidemic linked to more than five hundred thousand deaths in the U. S. in the last two decades I'm Charles there that's my
Religious Exemption Requests Grow as Vaccine Mandates Rise
"Religious exemption requests grow as vaccine mandates rise religious objections are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the covert nineteen shot this includes about three thousand Los Angeles police department employees and hundreds of Washington state workers seeking religious exemptions to the vaccine exemptions often involved a long time role that cell lines derived from fetal tissue have played in the research and development of various vaccines Roman Catholic leaders in New Orleans in Saint Louis called cove in nineteen shots morally compromised but the Vatican has said it is acceptable for Catholics to receive Colvin nineteen vaccines I'm Walter Ratliff
Rival Koreas Test Missiles Hours Apart, Raising Tensions
"South and North Korea both test launched ballistic missiles hours apart from each other North Korea first tested two soulmates ballistic missiles days off to the nation said it find a needy developed cruise missile it's best weapons tests in six months South Korea announced hours later they too had conducted a ballistic missiles tests underwater five from the three thousand tonne class submarine experts say the north Korean launches all evidence it's continuing to build up palm swells putting pressure on the US to resume talks Japan's prime minister Yossi he this who got condemned north Korea's launch this is threatening to the peace and safety of Japan in the region absolutely outrageous south Korea's public disclosure of weapons tests isn't unusual needs many believe president moon jae-in's government may be responding to criticism that it's too soft on the north I'm Karen Thomas
Are The Changes Princess Cruises Made Any Good?
"Princess cruises has made so many changes to the way they do things but are they all for the good and more importantly will they satisfy people like me and perhaps you who've cruised on princess and actually like the way they were doing things so have they actually make things better or perhaps a little bit worse so i decided to put the five things that they've changed to the test by booking myself on a series of princess cruises to put those to the tests. I'm here one of those right now. I'm on regal princess and join me as you see how some of those changes actually have changed the way that i think about princess cruises by the way if you knew my name is gary benbridge. My goal is to make it easy and fun to discover plant and enjoy unforgettable cruise vacations. The first change is one that a lot of diehard princess fans are probably disappointed about which is the focus on only bigger ships in their fleet really so during the pandemic got rid of four ships. The much loved pacific princess star. Princess see princess and sun princess and then i'll focusing on bigger ships like the Insist that a mom. Which is three thousand five hundred fifty passengers. Will the new ships like the sky. Princess in china process discovery process which is three thousand six hundred sixty passengers. So that's a little bit on the sad side. The focus on bigger ships however for me. Personally i'm actually quite happy about that trend because it means that these ships. They're all pretty much familiar footprint. They are very similar because it's world class ship and they have the things that i realized then stripped out any of the big popular facilities and venues. That certainly are like as they've gone through this whole change so they still have the magnificent glitzy kind of gold ancient which is the real heart of the ship. And it's real throbbing center probably more so than many other cruise lines. you've got the international cafe. You've got bars you've got shops. You've got the photography center. Quick access into the casino and it really is a great throbbing kind of heart of the ship and during cruises. I've found that a really exciting place to
Nearly 3,000 in LAPD To Seek Vaccination Exemptions
"Thousands of first responders in Los Angeles and Washington state are seeking religious exemptions to avoid mandatory covert vaccinations authorities in Los Angeles a nearly three thousand sworn officers and civilian employees in the city police department are seeking exemptions to avoid being vaccinated against Kobe eight nineteen on the basis of religion and three hundred more are seeking medical exemptions police chief Michael Moore says he won't comment on the sincerity level of people who are claiming a religious exemption in Washington state nearly five thousand state workers or eight percent are asking to opt out of the mandatory shots dozens of Washington state patrol troopers and other state and local government workers have sued the governor Jay Inslee contending the vaccine mandate violates their constitutional rights and exceeds his legal authority I'm Jackie Quinn
Sean Feucht on Saturating Washington DC in Prayer
"Us more about the prayers. The next day the white house all that kind of stuff. Yeah so this is our second year in a row doing this and one of the things we really try to do is is really saturate. The city of dc. It's a. I would call it. It's almost like a pilgrimage. For for believers you know going to the capital city of place of significance that affects every area of our life. And then going to to to to the places in that city that really need prayer so we went to the supreme court and last year we had the largest prayer meeting in ever in american history in front of the supreme court over three thousand people showed up in the rain and it was significant because it was on the eve of amy coney baron getting confirm two supreme court and actually since that prayer meeting every single religious liberties case. It's been brought against the church has been overturned in the supreme court. So that's amazing. Were undefeated since our last prayer so we gathered there on sunday morning and then we went to the white house after the after that and prayed and worshipped at the white house. Eric you're with me together. There and then we moved to the lincoln memorial and we did a prayer meeting there and then we convene for the grand finale on the national mall so we really we hit all areas of dc. We just saturate the city. I mean you could see lettuce worship dear. You know shirts and everything was everywhere. And it's just something that we really like to do. We're going to go and take over the city for a day. Fill it with prayer. Fill it with worship shift the narrative of what people think about that
You Cannot Compare September 11th to the January 6th 'Insurrection'
"Nine eleven attacks killed. Roughly three thousand people brought down. New york's tallest skyscrapers destroyed part of the pentagon crashed. Four passenger jetliners resulted in two wars and changed. Us foreign policy for decades. The january six riot led to the natural causes death of one capital police officer the shooting death of one rioter at the hands of police. The acute amphetamine intoxication death of another rider and the natural causes deaths of two more had the nine eleven attackers survived. They would've been charged with mass murderer. Most of the january six rioters have been charged with quote parading demonstrating or picketing in a capital bill in the capitol building thinking. You understand not one person on january. Six has faced insurrection charges. How do you have an insurrection without anybody in selecting. How does that work. Can you charge somebody with insurrection before you called. an
Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Scherzer Reaches 3,000-Strikeout Milestone
"The dodgers and padres yesterday. Max scherzer going for three thousand career strikeouts. Here's the pitch clock brings three thousand strikeouts for max scherzer becoming the nineteenth pitcher in major league to enter that very exclusive club a standing ovation inside dodger. Stadium max back into the history. The great charley steiner. An five seventy la sports. We're going to be talking with tim court about whether max scherzer needs to be anonymous selection for the hall of fame. Yesterday you a perfect game into the eighth inning this happened. There's a looper in the right field. Long-run pets he can't get it. There goes the perfect game. There goes the no hitter to out. Make that a one out. Double four hosmer at a standing ovation for mac jersey. The dodgers win game eight to nothing over. San diego swept that series Jay singler the padres manager talked after the series about. How is the worst baseball. The padres played all
Dodgers' Scherzer Gets 3,000th K, Near Perfect vs Padres
"Mixtures are carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and recorded his three thousandth career strikeout as the Dodgers clobbered the Padres eight nothing sure is a retired his first twenty two batters before Eric Hosmer doubled to deep right the Dodgers ace is the nineteenth pitcher in major league history to fan three thousand it's a awesome thing to accomplish you know I love strikeouts and to me this is a testament to their ability to being going out there every single yeah it make him my thirty plus starts a year you're in you're out Corey Seager Mookie Betts hit solo homers and Justin Turner added a three run blast in the seventh the Padres finished with that Blake Snell who left after eleven pitches with a left abductor injury the Dodgers remain two and a half games of the NL west lead I'm Dave Ferrie
Biden Visits All Three Attack Sites on 20th Anniversary of 9/11
"Been a day of remembrance as the nation and the world mark the twentieth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks in their wake nearly three thousand dead on that day many more related illnesses and deaths in the months and years that followed at adjust ended twenty year war with all its associated national divisions and challenges. Npr's amy held reports for the twentieth year families remembered loved ones lost alongside countless moments in your city. My brother tj hargrave who. We continue to miss an love every day. The world is the lesser place without him in shanksville pennsylvania. My cousin debbie jacobs welsh and at the pentagon defense secretary lloyd austin guardians of our ideals as well as our security because we cannot have one without the other president biden visiting all three sites of the attacks. That's burke. The warriors recently seem to an end in afghanistan where the taliban who gave shelter to the terrorists rule. Again amy held. Npr news president biden and president harris concluded their day with a wreath links ceremony at the pentagon where one hundred eighty four people were killed. Many more injured twenty years ago. The president also visited new york city and shanksville today to honor the nine eleven victims. He told reporters at the memorial for victims of flight. Ninety three moreover ruin. they're also incredibly difficult. People were affected is a breeze back. You got the phone. Call the president plans to spend the rest of the weekend in wilmington
America Marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
"Us is marking the twentieth anniversary of the september eleven terror attacks that left nearly three thousand people dead sparked a just ended twenty year war and change the nation npr's. Amy held reports for the twentieth year. Families remembered loved ones lost alongside moments in your city. My brother tj hargrave who. We continue to miss an love every day. The world is the lesser place without him in shanksville pennsylvania. My cousin debbie jacobs welsh and at the pentagon defense secretary lloyd austin guardians of our ideals as well as our security because we cannot have one without the other president biden visiting all three sites of the attacks. That's burke. The warriors recently seen to an end in afghanistan where the taliban who gave shelter to the terrorists rule. Again
US Marks 20 Years Since 9/11, in Shadow of Afghan War's End
"Twenty years after the September eleventh attacks the US commemorates with a ceremony at ground zero that included family members of those killed three presidents and Bruce Springsteen among the performers why didn't Obama and Clinton stood side by side somberly at the national September eleventh memorial the president left the speaking to family members like Michael Lowe who lost his daughter Sarah a flight attendant on one of the hijacked planes that hit the towers are fine sustenance and a continuing appreciation all of those Bruce rose to be more than ordinary people at a father's pride in his daughter's selfless acts in the last moments of her life another speaker Springsteen who performed I'll see you in my dreams regardless of phone brother and sister most of the almost three thousand people that died on nine eleven were in New York at ground zero I'm Julie Walker
The U.S. Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
"That sound was abell in new york city to mark the moment. The first plane hit the north tower of the world trade center. It was the beginning of events around the country today marking the twentieth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks. Shortly after the reading of the names of the nearly three thousand victims began and it would continue for hours lawrence. Christopher abell along abraham william abraham's and at the pentagon and in shanksville pennsylvania at the crash site of flight ninety three were crew and passengers wrestled with the hijackers were likely trying to target the us capitol house. We scott. you're joining us now from shanksville where you've been covering the memorial ceremony today. Describe what you have been hearing what you've been watching. Yeah yeah. The ceremony was at the flight. Ninety three national memorial in shanksville. You know if you've listened to the podcast you've heard a lot about the space over the past weeks There was a stage. Set up right next to the wall of names. The forty names of the passengers and crew that that looks out over the field where the plane crashed with the hemlock trees behind The the wildflowers. That that really are kind of the calling card of the site this iconic look when you get to the side. It's just these beautiful rolling fields of flowers. They're a little faded. Because we're getting to fall but you could still see the the yellow in the field and and it was a beautiful day here so it was just a really quiet somber reflective mood to begin the ceremony
"three thousand" Discussed on Start Here
"Especially families family. Movie night at home is now a thing against the wall. Being broken down between those art houses and the popcorn any predictions before we go any predictions on. What's going to win. here. I would love to see judith. Win best film. But i think i think they're couple of foregone conclusions that we can we can say i think chadwick boseman wins best actor and i think that's going to be very emotional berry Important moment to kind of witness and that puts him in a very unique category. They're only been now. James dean category on ledger category. And that's going to be important. I think daniel columbia. I think daniel kinda competently walks away with that win. An olympic coleman anything. She's nominated for she wins. So.
"three thousand" Discussed on Start Here
"Oscars. So kelly can. We just talk about this list of movies. I was this the list you were expecting and if it was these movies are good. What should i check out later tonight. You know what. It's funny that you say that i guess i picked a favorite so early. I think in this awards season that it was hard for me to really think about the totality of my expectations of what would get what would get announce as best picture in that film for me was due to from the black guy just obsessed with it and loved it so much the blade dating yourself to home mr michael shallow koidu hermit warriors. Call me man. Make is the kind of film that we typically see a thing every year you know. This industry loves movies about itself. That's the real magic of the movies citizen. Kane is considered to be the greatest of all time so a film about the man who wrote citizen kane obviously is going to be nominated bennett. Curly andrew. Nari been getting a lot of steam is hands down. One of the best films cycle. All pretty tipple roy. Pretty boy pretty demanding. Lucky no madeleine. You were one of those lucky people who can travel in the front runner right now. You know for best director certainly dorm exactly dormant people are loving this film. Voters of lebanon's film. It's cleaning up after award show. Every week i go to a club. I act too drunk to stand and promising. Young woman is very resonant. I think to a lot of the headlines that we've been experiencing these last few years with regards to me too movement. Worst nightmare getting accuse like that. Can you guess what every woman's worst nightmares it feels about right in the bills about like what we expected to see from best picture nominees. Okay so that's like the basic rundown the kelley l carter picked got it great as far as like the actual award selections themselves. Were there trends here that you saw emerged. Like was there an oscarssowhite kind of vibe with an oscar. So dude kind of vibe what what stuck out to you. I would like to call it oscar so progressive question mark. You know. I think that question. Mark because i think that we saw a lot of A lot of successes in the aftermath of having these conversations tablet for like the last five years a about how whitewashed the voting body felt in in certainly the the output of nominees work. We've got the first asian-american number for lease lead actor. The first muslim nominated for lead actor the end this year. Feels like there's been a shift you know we've seen some history happen by all day is officially the most nominated black actress of all time daniel columbia in judas and the black messiah in the best supporting male actor category. You you have three black men appointed word. That's never happened before. And we have our first black producing team with judaism. Black messiah also very significant to talk about this year is closure sal in emerald. It'll be nominated for the best direction categories the first time that two women have been nominated well. The time has come kathryn. Bigelow one woman has one that that that category in the history of the academy awards. So that's a very special moment to see that. Said i think one major snub that people you know are talking about the orlando. You for defy. Blood's a dose as see this man. Are you seeing them to spike lee film. That came out on netflix earlier. In the summer it was the first time that you saw blackmail soldier. Vietnam experience term soldiers. And i don't know what happened. I don't know if that was one of those things that because it came out in the summer people kind of forgot about it and got a little bit loss. But i think people definitely have been talking this week about delray. Lindos named not being called for that particular category the academy awards announcing that because of the pandemic streamed films that never make it into theaters will be eligible for oscars this year michael. That's kind of interesting though that you mentioned like this. Move us on netflix. And maybe it was too early like you got lost. In the avalanche of netflix's films. This year seems to so different in terms of how you access movies in the first place that play into what we're seeing now. Yeah i definitely believe so. This is probably the first year in the history of the oscars that real actual movie watchers. Get a chance or had a chance to see films before they heard about them. Everybody's second home board. Wanting to watch things so people are consuming films. Everyone signed up for every streaming service. Don't man is so you can watch films on hulu amazon. Disney plus netflix. Hulu puts it in front of your face on like sure. I got nothing better literally. You finish watching like you know. I don't know like a punky brewster marathon and then it's like hey up next. Do you wanna watch this one film. It sure why not. You're suggesting it. I i will watch it because perhaps that's something else that will keep me from driving myself crazy while i'm stuck inside of my home so i think you had a lot of a lot of viewers who feel like they're in for the first time they're in on this now. You often hear that. Hollywood is out of touch with the rest of the country. There's this really great. That happened years ago. Probably remember this. When chris rock hosted the academy awards went out in too. Like magic johnson service and talk to real cinemagoers. What was your favorite movie this year. alien versus predator. Run down the list of all the best picture. Nominee is an ass if they'd seen any of those movies. Did you see sideways northern. I did did you see finding neverland. No no did you see more than hapless. People hadn't even heard of movies before no one had seen that movie but the one movie consistently that everyone is seeing that year was white chicks whitefish. Did you see white chicks. Yes i love that movie and it was hilarious because it really showed this disconnect between what people are watching bursts. Kind of the the may be Snootiness think of of the awards voters in. Certainly the suggestion. Wasn't that a film white. Chicks should be oscar consideration. But it really was a chance to talk about how we're not paying attention to what real people are actually entertained by arnold films. Indie films are amongst the most entertaining films. But usually they. It just feels very much inside of a bubble not accessible fry. If you're saying like everyone finally knows these films against that would also suggest like the mainstream crowd will watch art house films. The arthouse crowd watches mainstream films. If they're all being served on the same menu. But i guess i wonder then kelly does that go away. Then once people get to go back into theaters. And there's going to be blockbusters next year right. They leave their who behind that. Go back in the world and they watch the avengers. Great like this year was a one off. I don't know. I think i'm in the camp that everything has changed now moving forward. I mean you know out in. I live in la and one of the things. That's happening this week. Movie theaters are about to open back up this week. I don't know if people are going to be rushing to movie theaters. But what i do know. Is that during this last year. Plus you know of being at home. People have been taken advantage if they are able to home depot and best buy sales to make screening rooms in their in their homes. You know get the sound bars for sound quality projections for backyard. People are.
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"Legacy that your kids and grandkids will hear about some day. But if there's one thing we've been doing comparatively well it's vaccination nearly seventy million people in the. Us have now received at least one vaccine dose. That's twenty seven percent of the adult population at this point now. Us has three vaccines that were given emergency. Use authorization by the fda visor madonna johnson and johnson but every conceivable measure so far. Those vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and effective the u. k. Has approved another vaccine. This one from oxford and astra zeneca four. That we thought would be on the way by now from astra zeneca. It's paperwork has not been formally submitted for authorization in the us but several other countries have already approved it. I'm all supply of the other vaccines ramps up. It's really been some of these countries only options based on reports of blood clots in san people who received doses of the vaccine but in the last few days several countries actually temporarily halted its use. Let's bring abc's foreign correspondent. James longman in london james. What are these governments seeing. Well the has apparently been some new evidence. They say come to light which suggests that there have been blood clots in some of the people who have been administered the astrazeneca vaccine and as a result. The latest figure is ten nations in europe have decided to pause the astra zeneca vaccine roll out among them. The biggest nation so talking. Germany france italy spain the netherlands smaller ones. Who want to continue going but fundamentally astra zeneca is on pause but britain is scratching. Its head about this because this country has been rolling out astra zeneca for months. Health officials are calling this new vaccine from oxford astrazeneca. They're calling it a pivotal moment. In the fight against corona virus. Millions upon millions of people have already had it where actually ahead of even the united states in all vaccination rolled out in britain and they have not been any major side effects reported cases of serious illness around the trauma vaccination. That's different from saying the vaccines causes things. If you actually look at the numbers of this blood cotton's specifically the e. You study suggests one in one hundred sixty seven thousand people seem to be getting the blood clot. Astrazeneca says it's one in five hundred thousand. Whatever you believe that to be it is still fewer than the number of people who get caught in the general population and it is definitely fewer than people who die of covid so there is a lot of outrage really in britain especially about this happening so is it safe or are people just not sure that it's safe like what is the line from these governments that are stopping the distribution. There's a little history hip rod. It goes back a few months because astra zeneca and the european union have been going back and forth on late orders on cancelled orders or not fulfilling promises. There was a big rush oviously to get the first vaccines that we're going to be approved fiso moderna and now i know johnson and johnson is one of the ones that european countries want but the astra zeneca one was the one they ordered most of and it was always going to be. The one destined for europe is also being broadly manufactured in europe. Unlike fis an all those who are mostly manufactured in the united states so astra zeneca was always going to be the vaccine which was going to help europe and so there is bad blood between astrazeneca and the european union but at the same time Astrazeneca will say there is no proof that are vaccines are not working properly. Backseat doesn't cause now what we do know. Who's not consequence calibrated sal. And if you look at the real world test case which is the united kingdom at the moment. Then you'll see there is no evidence now. I'm not a doctor. But i can tell you that. In britain have not been any reports of major side effects to the astrazeneca vaccine the european union. They ordered lots of different vaccines from a lot of different manufacturers and they wanted to spread the risk because they weren't sure which vaccines were going to work. Britain and the united states to some extent rolled the dice on a smaller number vaccine manufacturers and their gamble paid off and this is all about risk and the comparative capacity that europe is willing to take on risk brackets very much and the uk and the us who are willing to take more risks when it comes to these things all risks paying off. Europe's did not and now that critics will say that trying to hide their botched vaccination roll out by blaming astrazeneca. And so this is really a mess as it stands. If you're in your twenties or thirties now and you're on the continent you may not be getting any kind of vaccine until well past the summer. They're actually italy. They're talking about the possibility of national lockdown or potentially weakened lockdowns. What happens in italy was happening in slovakia and hungary in germany It's going in the wrong direction and there is a really important adamant tool this. The astrazeneca vaccine is the three dollar vaccine. It's the vaccine which is going to help the developing world. They badly needed. There are pulse. The world calling out for this vaccine and if the european union continues to pull school and on the efficacy the parent the alleged inefficacy of this particular vaccine. They're not really imperils. The vaccination programs for developing countries and the entire planet. But say if you approved something you said it did work. And then you're saying now we're not approving then it doesn't just affect that one vaccine affects the whole idea of vaccines because you're like wait. Wait wait doesn't approval really mean an approval at this point. Well that's right. It's about vaccine confidence more. Broadly and europe has had a long problem with getting people on board with all kinds of vaccinations as a layperson. Someone who is not a doctor but has an. She's also out in my case had to the that doesn't seem to have been any real world data in britain to suggest any negative side effects to take the vaccine right and the blood clot blood clots. They're no joke. The question will be how many people you're protecting as your cova crisis sexually growing a lot. Worse are james long in london. Thank you thank you next year. The nominees are out. But what happens when you can watch every one of them from your couch. Oskar sneak peek. After the break. Okay you're staring at the wall. The wall in your home. It's look kinda sad you know the one. Maybe you're getting tired of new apartment white paint but what are the twenty colors does read work with wood. Flooring is blue to bold with. This couch will beige. Feel to blah even choose a color anyway. Luckily color experts at dow spar have heard all these problems and they are here to help find the perfect color for any room by working with your vision and answering all your questions. 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"And need more more than that on this guy. Erode Vaga bonding. Ralph yeah pots. Yeah thanks so you know I. I kind of like his way of analyzing things and and he's got some insight. I think Gary Aren't he has set off to look for. I think all the national parks in America or something like that. So He's you know he's folk like about Gary is that he didn't know Jack Shit about taking photographs when he started and now he's won awards for his photography. So I kind of self taught and I respect him for having done that There as far as blogs are concerned. It's not travel blog but I always enjoyed weight but y dot com. I don't know that one. What is that about? It's not a travel blog. It's it's a guy who writes really long blog posts there. Some of them are very funny anyway. He's one of the few bloggers actually kind of fall. Tim Ferriss Has Some useful ideas I think for people like us who WanNa travel extensively you know how to build a business on the side that gives you some sort of passive income Tim Ferriss and setting goals. He's good at that that kind of stuff. A lot of people think he's a little bit of a weasel maybe is but overall. I think he's got his got some good tips. I think overall so. I sometimes pay attention to his block. It if you're interacting with people on social media or someone that you're just meeting random way you have like a golden rule piece of advice for travelers like some wisdom that you would impart on them just a regular people. Why don't we do on for a two categories so average person and then more the senior traveller? Okay just advice. The average person is kind of what I need to way back at the conversation where I was just saying. A lot of people have an excuse that they can't travel because they think they don't have enough money or time but I encourage people to just explore their own area wherever you may live. Draw a big circle radius of one hundred kilometers two-under kilometers or maybe even five climbers and just explore that area around. You wherever you happen to live and you'll be surprised and when you export don't just like see the sights doc. People Get Stories. Meet PEOPLE. And that can be fulfilling for the advanced traveller. I don't know if I could teach anything or adviser anything to the advanced travel. They usually a lot So I'm not sure if I could but I I would say that I get ready for West and middle Africa. I think they're tough looking at your website. I it looks like you have one unique philosophy that you employed successfully and you drove thousands of kilometers across Africa in your own truck in my understanding. Is You picked up hundreds and hundreds of hitchhikers across Africa on your journey that might seem a little counter intuitive in terms of safety and security. What's Your Fos iffy on this? Why did you do this as a great question? Rick so I actually gave Ted talks about this. It said seven lessons. I learned seven surprising lessons. Learned from picking up three thousand African hitchhikers and the lessons. I mean I guess you gotTa Listen To Tech Stock It'll be published soon. Probably by the time this airs. summarizes the seven lessons and some of the anecdotes from that thing. But part of the reason is that one of things. I dislike about driving in a car when you're traveling is that it's a bubble and a lot of times when we go to quote unquote dangerous places like Afghanistan or Somalia. Whatever we're in a car and says protective little bubble that we're in and we just get shuttled from place to place. We don't ride public transportation and and we don't walk from place to place and I was afraid of doing that with Africa because I didn't want to be isolated from the Africans. The whole point of my books is a try to understand the cultures of the places that I'm traveling and so my way to combat. That was to pick up bunch of hitchhikers. 'cause I figured this way I'll learn about the Africans themselves by just meeting them hanging out with them. They often invited me to their home after I dropped him off. Whatever and it was a wonderful way to do it. The other thing is that it gives you security There's safety in numbers. And obviously if you pick up the wrong hitchhiker. Then it's not secure but let's say pick up one person and then I pick up a another woman and then I pick up another guy so now Olson. Let's say the third person is like a thief or jerk or whatever You know criminal well Olsen. He's in a car with three other Africans with him. He's not GonNa do anything to me. So you're just playing the numbers game that maybe. I won't get assaulted by because most people are and as a result if I pick up a bunch of checkers when that one bad apple shows up he's probably going to be surrounded by a bunch of good apples. A love. This theory so people are inherently good. So as you're saying if ninety five percent of people are inherently good and five percent of the bad apples you've in essence increased your safety and security by having more random strangers in your car at the same time so again. If you're using those statistics what are the odds. That the three people you randomly pick up all happen to be bad actors right right and the network for me. That's awesome. I I really find that pretty fascinating and and it seems like a very sound theory. I don't I I know. This is near impossible with three thousand hitchhikers. Go back in time in. Bring us into your car. Where you've picked up two or three or four random guys or woman Bring into that scene. Would I mean tell us a story or anecdote of random car ride with a couple strangers? That was funny or memorable or interesting. quite a few of them to to think about. I do remember one time. It was one of those in Guinea I guess the I was just regular Guinea and I picked up. It was near the end of the day and they would ask me where I would stay out. I'm just going to camp somewhere. He's okay. Why don't you come stay with my family? And I stayed with the man who was a bigamist so he had two wives and had two houses and they're facing each other. It was just such a fascinating experience because he was he had. Maybe about twenty children. Arnold seemed that way Just relatives I would say. Twenty relatives may be ten children running around in his two wives And they would serve me dinner. It was all dark no electricity. We're just by candlelight or our flashlight and they treat me like royalty they give me. Everybody eats off of one plate. But because I was the guest gave me my own personal plate to eat out of and I got to see them play checkers or something. Similar game two checkers Outta is such a simple thing but I was just blessed that Y I couldn't have this experience anywhere else and in my Ted Talk I tell about the one really bad experience I won't share the whole thing but it's basically happened in the DRC. Were where somebody did actually tried to steal from me. But the two people who stole from me was in Rwanda one was in the Congo. Those two individuals. I caught them and they eventually got the money. Back in both cases so I never really and that was only because rejoice was putting your person the back seat which was really stupid and when we before rejoice came into my life nobody had ever stolen from me at all period and it was only because she is starting to put her person in the backseat. Which was of course tempting to an African just sitting there next to purse so eventually she stopped doing that So the thefts went away. Okay so that can be your another piece of advice Besides exploring the near community where you live. Don't put the person in the backseat. There you go. It's funny I I would always say like why do you do that? She's like well. I feel like it's my house. This car is my house at like. Why would somebody come into my house and steal for me? I'm helping them out. I'm like you know we're helping them out and giving the Murad anyway. Whatever it Francis. I know you're whether it's the beginning or the middle of your continued journey but looking back whether it's South America or Europe or Africa. What are you most proud about? If you're if you're looking at your travel is a career. Would you going to point to? Which would you most proud of that? You've done and the Travel World I. I'm pretty happy overall about my trip to Africa. This one that we've been talking about you know to me. That's kind of unusual accomplishment because there's been many people I'm sure you've interviewed many of the people who have been all the African countries but there's very few who kind of systematically go through them. Climb the tallest peak and that kind of stuff and just do that without leaving the continent at any point. That was pretty unusual. So in that sense I feel happy about Vata Collision Francis. I listened to your podcast. I believe you recently had a a recap twenty nineteen episode also a forecasting episode and in that forecast. You said at some point. I'm going to finish one ninety three. So let's talk about your next goal your next bucket list. You're at one hundred twenty. Un countries. What's your future? Hold in the world of travel so as we talked about before like a big regions and so my next big region is kind of West and Central Asia which includes all the stunts as well as the Middle East and the Gulf states. So that will be my next big chunk and I hope to do that. Next year and there's about twenty five countries there and then after that so is that twelve months twenty five months. It's I I I would like to do it. In twelve months. I would like to do twelve months Because frankly I don't really like societies that segregate men and women and a lot of the Middle East. Does that from my understanding? Maybe I'm wrong. But it seems that they don't intermingle as much as they do. In other societies. So that's one thing that makes me want to just go through relatively quickly. But maybe I'm sure I'll find something that I really like and enjoy about the place all I if if I have to make one prediction once you hit there. It's not going to end up being twelve months. The that's going to be twenty four months. Yeah well my Africa trip was supposed to be three years five years And My Eastern Europe was supposed to be one year turned into so yes. I have a bad record of doing this. But this time I'm married and my wife doesn't want me to be away for that long she's.
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"You know. We went back to that reunion. Where a couple of guys whispered in your ear that they're envious and the possibly wish. They made different choices. And you're doing something unique. Which not a lot of people have done whether chasing fifty four Either summit wise or spending five years there. This slow travel where you're really able to explore and discover it's unique. It's amazing I mean it's hard to argue. You've had experiences that no one will get to experience but there's always a flipside. Her usually the flip side. Is there something that you're missing out? Is there a sacrifice? Are you looking back at what you've done and said Oh? I've damaged this relationship where I've missed out on this. What how do you evaluate things so far? I know you got a lot more travel often. You but how do you evaluate the cons more than the pros? I would be lying if I didn't admit that part of me wonders in a parallel universe. Had I just stuck with a more or less traditional career in an MBA as an MBA? I could've worked Silicon Valley. I could wear that worked for. Let's say facebook when it was just getting going or whether I worked with a startup that may be when IPO There's a lot of ways I could have ended up making ton of money and success. I you know I sometimes wonder like had done that. And then I could have made a ton of money. Let's say by him forty five and then did all my travel stuff. The problem is that you just don't know Rick if you'RE GONNA make it to forty five or thirty five twenty five or whatever age so any moment you could die and so I figured okay. Well do the best you can. And obviously there's not an easily accessible parallel universe and we can always think about all the things we could have done should have done. But overall. I don't think I have a whole lot of regrets I don't I'm I'm pretty happy. I sometimes wonder about had. I done. Silicon Valley stuff. What how life would have been different for me but I think still I would be happier doing what I'm doing now will add a former guest while known traveler. Charles Vealy who's the founder of Moose travel people he also went to Harvard and these involve method startup and pre Internet bubble. The company he was emily co-founder of on paper was worth over. Two hundred million dollars has stock and When the budget bubble burst he he lost the vast vast majority. Yeah Yeah let's talk about work for a moment and you made a giant transition when it comes to work again reference the corporate life and now you're a content creator so you have your own podcast. You write books. You're involved with video. Explain a little bit about how the business side of your content. Chretien works in other words. How do you earn your money? I guess at this point. I have a patriotic on account That gives me about five hundred dollars a month which not whole lot but if you how to live simply does help and I appreciate all my persons who do help out. Sometimes it's gone up as much as a thousand dollars a month. Which is Great? It just fluctuate sometimes depending on what I have a big sponsor or not and You too I'm actually kind of bad. I think overall at doing all this kind of social media stuff because it requires a lot of time looking in front of the screen and I just just don't like spending. I do like I do spend a lot of time looking at screen. Rather be writing a book rather than looking at instagram or posting. More things on facebook. I have nothing against people who do that. I think that they serve a purpose to inspire people to get out of their get. Get off their asses and do something. But it's I often regret speaking about regrets. I think to myself got. I should be doing a lot more you know. I should be doing a lot more youtube videos lot more content. But you know it's it's it's tough. It's tough I don't I don't you have to be really super crazy dedicated and just keep going and pushing continent. It's very frustrating. Because most of it is for free you know. And that's I think you're doing this podcast. Reckon I don't think you're getting a whole ton of money out of it. You're just doing it because you're passionate. That is correct. Yes I mean what you're reflecting on and I think Many content you know the eighty twenty rule eighty percent of the content creators Yet it's really tough to monetize your content because most of it is consumed for free in the expectation from the consumer is. It should be free to I. Guess touch on the buck and you can give yourself alone plug here. I mean itself published. It's on Amazon hours. The book working on two books of Hidden Europe and hike. Your own hike. Those are out. I sell publish them a while ago. and you should be able to get. The money was on all my website. Now I'm working on the hidden Europe. Which is about my overland journey through those countries in Africa and that. I don't know if I'll be able to self publish it or if I'm going to go with a traditional publisher yet. Traditional publishers are surprisingly hard to get. And I don't even know if it's actually worth getting because they don't really give you much to give you like maybe a ten thousand dollar advance if you're lucky. Maybe more than that. But they don't and they don't do much promotion so it's not a very lucrative thing So sometimes it's you're actually better off the reason. Is that the traditional publisher unless you get Random House to publish your book. How's it will not lift a marketing finger for you? They really want they'll do less gave you like a six figure advance. They're not gonNA do much so as they're gonNA look to you. The reason by the way random house picks you is that you already have. Let's say ten thousand people a hundred thousand people on instagram. You already have a big fan base and I don't have that huge of a fan base so I look at these people. Sometimes who have? I don't know one hundred thousand followers on instagram or twitter. Whatever like wow I guess and the and so the publisher will be more attracted to that person than to me even though I might have a more interesting story but the fact of the matter is that that person has more fans and fans will then by the book or at least more likely to buy so the publishers like an get his return on their investment more easily. So that's the challenge it Francis I'm a little curious. I'm sure listeners are curious. I'm we don't have to get into very specific. Granular detail But you shared with us how you were working in Silicon Valley. You were stockpiling your money away for a number of years to get you to the point you spoke a little bit of how you're monitoring your business right now but how did you pull this off so I mean you buy a truck You're you know you mentioned things like you know you need to pay this guy. One hundred bucks this guy. Two Hundred Bucks. This ferry three hundred. How are you budgeting in pointing this off on a five year journey like this? It's not as expensive as you might think. Especially if you're willing to camp along the way and and the most expensive things were like and fuel that would cost money And of course car repairs and that kind of stuff. The whole journey probably cost like one hundred. Ten thousand dollars is high that approximately for five years in Africa. And if you think about it some people spend that much money on a tesla or they'll spend a hundred thousand dollars as a down payment for a house while instead of buying a house you could buy yourself a fighter. Traffica and in the end just rent So these are some of the trade offset all of people who have a passionate about traveling. We have to make and I've made that decision. I'd rather take my savings and spend it on travel rather than buying property or other big purchases. I think you have a lot of supporters in that philosophy who are listening in to our conversation We spoke about chasing fifty four for the mountains for the country's Jason. One Ninety three a lot of US travelers like making lists and for some of US. It turns competitive so we touched on. Who's the youngest in the fastest? What's your thoughts personally as a traveler for this competitive side of the community? And what do you think about all these others who are trying to set records one way or the other well? I don't I have no problem with it. I remember. There's a black woman. I don't remember her name. She just she has a shaved head. she just became the first black woman to travel to all fifty all hundred ninety three countries. You know talking about Jessica the Bongo. You're so good at the ship mazing. Yes so that woman. That's right that's her name and so. I have no problem with it. I just if anybody gets out of the house. Great you know if you want a drink a different can of beer at every country you go to or whatever you know. Just I have no problem with any of these things. I'm not sought to Sam not competitive. I mean I would like to be the first to travel. I mean climb the fifty four African beats but you know what can I do? I mean I know I was the first person to do a round trip on the Gong. All divide trail Before but so how much I mean. Obviously you are passionate about travel for the sake of travel the sake of experience but when we look specifically at the request of chasing fifty four peaks how much is driven by the pure excitement in beauty of travel. And how much is driven to be able to say that you've done something so exceedingly difficult. I suppose it's a bit of both. I mean there's there's gotta be a side of me that's narcissistic or ego maniac. That bit drives me to do this stuff. I have no problem. Admitting that But in the end I am hedonist in other words. I'm doing it for the pleasure. I mean yes. There's tough moments during the doing. All these activities but overall the feeling is is wonderful hiking. The Appalachian trail is not easy All the time but overall the experiences is wonderful and so a lot of things that we do in life you know Kinda like John F. Kennedy said you know we don't do these things 'cause they're easy we do these things because they're hard and it's the hard that if you think about your life and all the things you've accomplished oftentimes we say. Wow I graduated with my engineering degree. Great and you're proud of that because it was so hard to get that engineering yet to work for it or whatever accomplishment you did or so I think If you're not making an effort if you're not pushing yourself in one way or another you probably not going to get that sense of satisfaction reward potentially but you know again. That's just me. I'm not expecting anybody to to agree with. You are a inspiration for many in terms of what you've done in in the travel world But for you. Is there any travelers or role models for you that you look up to that you converse with that you read their blogs any travelers that you respect or appreciate living travelers I like What's his name Got It remember his name now guy from Kansas.
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"Maybe a still a few arson summit I hoping I di- Plateau to get water. And there was no water so we stop rejoices brother and I decide to hike down into a valley to look for water and I told rejoice to conserve her. She had very little water herself. I told her just continue forward to the summit. And we'll meet you at that point. I pointed to an area and I thought she knew are pointed. Obviously we didn't communicate because after it was tough and I did not find water. We went up to where we thought we'd meet each other and she was there yelling and screaming and she's no longer there. I go all the way to the top of the mountain. She's not there now. Stafa was exhausted and he collapsed at one point as we're near the like ten minutes away from the summit and I told him I said just sit here. I'm GPS seeing your location. So I can find you again on the way down. I'm going to go up to the top. Just rest here. Don't move. When I came back down he was no longer there he was. He never been in the mountains before. You've grown up in Nigeria. Where it's kind of flat. At least that part of the reason and he I yelled out his name and there was nothing I. He wasn't responding and so now all of a sudden rejoice was out in one place was Dafa was in another place and I was. I was the only one who actually knew how to get back to the camp. I thought they might be able to get their camping. I got back to the camp I used to. They were not there. It was dark now. I put a flashlight to blink. You know so that they could see the flashing light And maybe go walk to it but I used to my sleeping bags rick too because they were not there and I was shivering with two sleeping bags. That's how cold it was 'cause you're at high altitude. The desert and I realized these people who are very little mountaineering experience will are exposed out there and and I can use my. Gps BEACON -mergency alarm. Saying what? I used in Mauritania and the guys I knew what it's kind of useless because I knew we were so remote. It would take days for anybody to come there and they wouldn't have to come on camels. They're not GONNA go on a helicopter. There's no helicopter nearby the helicopters in the capital. No way it's going to get all the way to. It's like Chad is the size of east of the east coast of America. So it's like I was sitting in New York and the helicopter is in Atlanta Georgia. Just the way it's GonNa make it there so there was no way to save the. It'd be take two three days and I know they had no water so I was very scared The next morning I woke up and I found Mustofa after about an hour or two of searching and fortunately about Our after that or half an hour I found rejoice Who's their physical condition? When you found them there were fucked up especially when Stafa Just exhausted sleep-deprived Luckily I had given worst-off oh my jacket and Joyce how to jacket and rejoice with smart. She's dating a kind of like a semi cave. She was smart to get out of the wind. Mustafa was a fucking idiot because he just didn't have an experience you know he's just not a mountain near so he would just go and he found water. Believe it or not. He found water in the middle of the night he drank and then he left the place just staying put next to the water and wait till sunrise to like what a and he slept out in the open not under any protective cover because he was afraid of animals though would attack him. Like you're the fucking desert what animals are GONNA ATTACK YEAR? But you know he decided no experience. I can't blame him but he so he says later in the night. I tried to find the water again. I couldn't find it was like fucking you left your water. You're right there to stay by the water until sunrise. Then you start moving when with a full tank of water. Hydrate yourself anyway. But there's all obvious to me because I have experienced but I can't blame him he just doesn't know but fortunately so he was pretty screwed up. Rejoice hadn't drunken anything since two PM of the previous day And she was but she has. I taught her to breathe through your nose when you're dehydrated 'cause you use a lot less water and vapor water vapor when you breathe through your nose keep your mouth shut. Don't talk so what you find when you wake up that next morning in your double bagged in your sleeping bag. They're still not with you There's a feeling of fear is there. Are you feeling guilty like you brought these? Two people who at some level should not be climbing this mountain. Yeah I felt guilty especially I mean what would really I mean? They broke break break my heart but I wasn't terribly worried about rejoice because at that point she had already been about twenty five mountain peaks with me. She had gone through Madagascar so she was pretty. Tough at that point So I kind of had this good feeling that you'd be able to hold her own but it was off. I just knew that he was just inexperienced him he would and that would break my heart. If he died out there out of exposure and I thought there was a significant risk that that would happen and then yes I would've felt guilty. I felt guilty already. Like this is all my doing. You know glad everybody made it through that through that kind of hierarchy night ordeal I wanNA talk about Madagascar. We've spoken about it a couple of times you've been on a number of pretty amazing tracks in journeys via foot in. I understand that you walked across Madagascar which sounds pretty fantastic of gotta trip later. This year will not be his eventful as that. Tell me about walking across Madagascar know. It was a bit surprising. I expected to see a lot of wildlife and inspected to see a ton of lemurs and just exotic creatures because it's a com not continent. But it's they call it the eighth continent it's got such unique flora and fauna. And so I thought I was really gonNA see a lot of fascinating flora and fauna but the Mallaig Essy's have reproduced so much and cut down ninety percent of the rainforest that it's not as wild as I expect it to be. We were mugged a couple of times And that was disappointing. And the only time I saw. Lemurs were in the national parks so and there was only a couple so that was the only thing that I would say is surprising. But it's a fascinating country for sure and I just didn't expect to see kind of an Asian look to some of the allegations especially those the highlands in how. How long did that walk? Take for months. In how many miles or kilometers was that three thousand kilometers? Two thousand miles. Oh Wow man. That's that's impressive. Francis attended like a great journey across Madagascar. A pretty amazing. You also inferred that you got mugged a couple of times which sounds Very unpleasant and I also know from doing some reading about you have an interesting perspective on getting mugged in. You believe in trickle down economics what do you mean by that? Yeah basically it's always upsetting to be ripped off when you're traveling or anytime actually and we can get all upset and worked up about it or you can look at it this way. For example I was burglarized when I was in Cape Verde burglarized in Tanzania. I was strangled in Cameroon They took my wallet there too That can happen. And then there's more subtle forms of theft. Which is the tomato vendor giving you double the price or the you know the hotel that's charging you unfairly. Whatever it is but in the end one way I at least I deal with it is that I realized that this money is going into this economy. That generally speaking. He's a lot more than my economy or me personally so give an example with the Cape Vert. He stole a laptop stole. A bunch of stuff told like two thousand dollars. What's HE GONNA do that? Cape Verde thief is going to burn that two thousand dollars. He stole from me. No He's going to spend it on something. Maybe you'll spend on alcohol but even if he has been on alcohol that whoever's selling him the alcohol helps support that liquor store and his family said his kids to school whatever it is so whatever value and let's say he takes my laptop and he sells it once again. He's going to sell it probably for a low price. Somebody's going to benefit from laptop and he's GonNa take that money again he's not gonNA burn it. He's going to invest in economy. The Cape Verdean is not GONNA go run off to Senegal or to France to spend that money he's GonNa spend it in the local economy so in that sense it trickles down so I just tell myself that so that I can deal more. I feel like it's a contribution of forced charity. If you will okay so to two questions here is this. Is Your theory. Rule apply only the Africa. Or if you get mugged in an impoverished neighborhood in Chicago do feel the same way. Good question I suppose if it's as long as impoverished place I feel fine so in Chicago once again. They'll probably use it that money to help themselves one way or another. Yes you can tell yourself that he's GonNa spend that money on drugs or some other useless thing but in general people are going to spend the money a little bit more wisely. I believe so. Yeah anywhere in to be devil's advocate. I understand The theorem here about contributing to the local economy. But maybe I think I would still be very angry and then some meaning if I wanNA make a contribution to the local economy. I want to make that decision on my own. So devil's advocate. You were being You're having a forced contribution to the local economy that you might not appreciate. Of course that makes total sense. I'm just saying that if it helps you get through the day Just tell yourself that. At least it's not like sometimes we behave when somebody steals from us but that money just vanishes or that thing just disappears in thin air. It's like somebody just burnt the money. That's not burnt. So you just have to remember. Somebody's GONNA benefit from this and that person most likely is poorer than you and most likely needs the money more desperately than you 'cause lot these they don't really want to these their first choice of a profession. They do it out of desperation often. So you know it's it's I agree with you. I was upset every time somebody stole from me in Africa but or anywhere. But at least that way you can at least digest it a little bit more. This is a question to ponder for minute..
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"Certainly a lot better than nothing but the second thing I had going for me is I have a law mountaineer experiences. I had walked across America four times in the mountains. I walked across Spain twice art across. Bhaskar all these experiences and all these African peaks. I'm a pretty good in the mountains so I knew how to get through even though these way points helped me certainly no question but if I didn't have it I could read the terrain. The maps thank God for Google because Google is. What's called the STI maps? I think it's called STI. These are maps that the NASA takes of the topography. So even though nobody's actually there's no surveyor out there through satellites. They've been able to catch and map.
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"In the Pacific Ocean and it took them weeks to climb to like a two thousand meter peak. Nothing but anyway. It's it's it's it's amazing story but the short answer to your question is yes. There is a very tiny community of nut heads who liked to go to tallest peak by the way. It happens a lot in the states. You'll have people who wanNA do the forty nine summits of that are over. Four thousand meters in New Hampshire or whatever it is and then there's the in Colorado there's a bunch of peaks so they're they're called peak baggers and peak baggers are common in America. There's people want to climb the mountain every US state. That's a relatively common goal. That comment but anyway. So yeah. They're out there. These crazy creatures in Francis as an individual who liked to create lists and then of course. accomplish your goals. How do you define your? Is there a frustration that at this time we weren't successful? Does that mean you're going to go back and try and get these last four peaks or it was a fun goal and I tried and I was close enough. What would how do you kind of look at this Like as if I have regrets maybe or like is this killing you that you didn't get those last four. Are you making plans as we speak to go back to those four countries and no matter what you're going to get up the summit's Yeah Probably? I mean life has long or maybe long I have no idea. Maybe I'll die tomorrow but the point is that I these countries go under change and irritated already has loosened a little bit so that could potentially open up to an era. The other one was Tunisia. Maybe things will calm down in Tunisia and the third one was Sudan so those four countries were the four countries. I couldn't get into and it's all because of military issues terrorist or problems or whatever are in in one case the the government of Iria was blocking all those so I think with time if your patient maybe they'll take five years maybe take ten years eventually. Those countries will loosen up and get more stable allow tourist on those countries and yeah and of the fifty piece. You did summit best story of summit in one of these mountains whether most dangerous finest well I would say probably the best one that I enjoyed was going up the tallest mountain of. Drc and Uganda. It's the same mountain. It's the resort. He's it's Margarita peak it's right by Mount Stanley. It's a lot of people. Go to Kilimanjaro. This is the third tallest mountain so second tallest mountain is the Mount Kenya which is hard. Probably the hardest technically to do in Africa. The third tallest is Margaret Peak. It's a spectacular to go up and they're still glaciers up. They're they've received quite a bit to be near about forty kilometers away from the equator. And yet you are welcome. Glaciers is a surreal experience. And it's a such a transformative journey when you start off low and you're in the jungle it's hot and humid and then you kind of work your way up and you see the layers of transformation ecosystem. It's amazing the other one. That was quite memorable was Libya but I know you have questions about Libya saw. We'll I guess we'll talk about that then. I was going to get there before we do get to Libya though you've referred to your journey through Sudan or Darfur as it sounds like one of the more challenging so share with us. What happened when you're driving your truck through that area? So I was in Chad in engineering and again a lot of getting visas. A lot of is just about relationships and my ability to speak fluent. French really helped me. Connect with the Council of Sudan Who is there in Jamaica Or No I guess. He spoke English but for some reason. Anyway I connected well with him and he then pave the road. He wrote a note and sent me off to share which is a town in the east of Sudan to beat with another diplomat there. That diplomat wrote me a letter so that when it was all in Arabic I couldn't read it but he just said when you get to the border of Sudan of Darfur just show this to the authorities there. I said okay no idea what I was giving them this letter. Maybe I'll say kidnapping this guy but I give this letter and awesome. That could see their eyes light up when they read it. They're like Oh okay. Come this way Sir. Da You know like roll out the red carpet. They that letter said something great. You know like probably treat this American. Like gold protect them. Don't let anything bad happened to them. As I imagine. That's what it said so and I was there with rejoice who is from Cameroon and we entered in Sudan Darfur at that point and we had three military vehicles escorting us. Then we got to another town. The governor of that province which was in central Sudan. Then we drove down to southern Sudan. Sorry Southern Darfur then we went to eastern Darfur and the north are for at one point. We had well. You want to guess how many people we had protecting us. I'M GONNA go with thirty fifty and we had eight military vehicles fifty men. We had rocket launchers. We were ready for a fight. And you know when you're with this kind of police escort or a military escort you one time. We actually got stuck in the sand. At when you're with you think to yourself like one and you feel really safe because. Gosh I've got all these people protecting me on the other hand like. Why do all these people need to be here? Maybe there's something I don't know if it's really dangerous. Maybe I'm really stupid. So these feelings go through your head in the end. It's very strange because like when I've got to one of the town's not Yala I think it is not Leland on yellow in central Darfur. They they escorted me all the way there and then they were like okay. Here's your hotel. Go about the town so I'm just walking through the town. Having a pizza there they put like catch-up and tomatoes on the pizza. And and we're just on the street my wife and I just hanging out in as if it was nothing and at that point I had no military escort I just thought it was just a strange strategy like I guess they thought it was high risk that somebody would hijacked me or capture me in between the towns but they thought that nothing would happen me when I'm in the town which to me doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I think it's just as likely that they'll burst into my hotel room or find me on the street and get not me there. So seems like in fact maybe that's even more likely. Daven but that was their strategy I guess and offend me all the way to almost heart almost to the Capitol when I was about one hundred kilometers away. This okay you've left are four visit all five sectors of Darfur. You're free to go and go to the capital on your own. And so that's why did so question number one on the mechanics. How does this work? Do you have to pay them? The tip them are the provided gratis. Yeah there were provided gratis and I felt bad and guilty. That they're spending all this money on me. And it was even worse I got to Alpha acid which is in northern Darfur. And I met one of the military commander and he said you're going to be staying in the so tell us like Almac and we find someplace cheaper because it's places like eighty dollars a night or something like that was like he said No. Don't worry we'll pay for it like really was like just I've been. I've heard about the incredible hospitality. And friendliness of the People Sudan in another. You're driving around Darfur with your contingent of fifty soldiers. It same thing here as in Somalia are you talking to any of them. Are you joking around with them? Building any relationships and again I'm I'm sure they are seeing aid workers and whatnot in the region. But what are they thinking about this? One small truck traversing the desert. And then it's being surrounded by fifty soldiers in multiple military vehicles. Yeah I don't know I did talk to several soldiers still in contact with some of them even today casually I would get a message on what's up or whatever. Yeah they are Public curious they don't really understand imagined some people think I'm just a spy for the CIA or something like that because to them. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Why would an American livas comfortable home and go drive around this dangerous desert? Which has very little in there is to see. Of course I find it very fascinating but there is they think. What's the big deal? So they imagined that the only reason you hear it must be because you're the CIA. Some of them wouldn't tell me that but you're right about what the the Sudanese most Africans will ask you for things you know. Give me money. He gave me this that but the Sudanese was the only country where I found often that they would give me things and do things are paid the meal or by the drink or whatever and that was astounding. I just couldn't believe it. That never happened to me anywhere else in in Africa as often as it didn't suit him. I don't know what it is about Sudanese culture. But they got that down the hospitality thing looking forward to my eventual. Visit there and yeah. I do WanNa talk about Libya because again. That's just in the eyes of people chasing one ninety three that is one of the more challenging ones and most people are doing the one two three nine tripping triple a. a fly in fly out You drove your truck again over the border in quest of a chasing the fifty four weeks. I believe you didn't do an extensive drive over there but you went over the southern border from Chad and Poke your head over there to climb a mountain so tell me about that. Yeah that was definitely the most challenging mountain in many respects. Although I almost lost my brother in law and my wife on the tallest mountain of Chad Almost both died. But that's another story. It was about a week after the almost died in Chad that we were going for the tallest mountain of Libya. Which as you said correctly. It's by the Chad. Libya border in the middle of the Sarah Desert. I mean it's really in the middle of nowhere. It's about as remote as you can possibly be the reason people don't do. Trans Sahara routes very often. It's pretty much everybody does it? Through Egypt Sudan which is a paved road. Or you do it in Mauritania. That's it nobody else crosses anywhere else usually but it's possible to cross anywhere else and that place. The Chad Libya border is definitely probably the most remote place in whole Sahara and unfortunately or fortunately. That's where the tallest mountain is. It's not a big mountain it's called Biko bt meters about.
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"Just like beat the wrong place at the wrong time in Mogadishu and you get kidnapped blown up or whatever they attack your hotel and it just it. Just luck of the dice. Now you could say the same thing about being in the wrong place in Chicago at the wrong time. They had seven hundred murders last year in Chicago so he could. Something bad can happen to you there. So part of travel involves a little bit of risk but Somaliland is not as risky as people might imagine it nonetheless? I been too hard. Guess you know. I did law skill and went out with my Armed Security Soldier. I'm guessing you've got to hard guess Arranged all this Got Your military escorts to the mountain. One what's it? Bureaucracy wise to go to las race straightforward. I just arranged it with my hotel To do the journey that you're talking about I mean requires a little bit more in the logistics. So one how difficult or expensive or timely time intensive was arranging this escort to go to the mountain. And you weren't just driving with them for an hour for you. I'm guessing you're with them for a couple days. What's it like hanging around with your own personal military convoy? Right wasn't a convoys. Just one police officer in the backseat of my car with his AK47 and that was it and he Would stay I guess. I can't remember where we say we must have stayed hotels along the way That was that was good and what I would say is that I don't know it wasn't it wasn't so so bad. I mean as far as the bureaucracy was actually surprisingly easy. I just remember being stunned. When I was in Hargeisa that there were actually was a ministry of Tourism. Not only that but that they were so thrilled and enthusiastic. They're like oh welcome to Somaliland..
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"Nearly half of the African continent And some visas are really hard to get. You have to get them from your home country. Officially and for example Congo had that policy Nigeria that policy and by five countries policy and a Algieria that policy so I would tell them. I don't WanNa go to let's say pariser Washington DC or you know to get my visa. I'm here on a five year journey and they would struggle to understand that and sometimes I would get rejected so I'd have to go to the next countries and go to the same countries embassy at the next country in hope. I could get a sympathetic voice. So when you're doing an overland trip through Africa the visas can really cause a lot of challenges for you and that's number one number two. Obviously I like to do is camp right around sunset so that you drive and right before sunset you pull aside on the road. Go to a field. Because by the way the density of Africa's relatively low and so there's almost always an easy place to camp and so you just pull the side of the road that way you don't draw too much attention to yourself if you pull aside. Let's say at three. Pm then you're going to draw attention to yourself as people are walking around during the daylight they all there's white guy just camping here That could invite trouble so I never did that. I always would G- wait and get out dawn to so those are an nerd tecnique which you can do is if you stole a campsite or you're afraid of it. Another good strategy go to the village and asked to speak with the chief and then tell the chief hi. I'm traveling on a long journey. Do you mind if I parked my car. Next to your And Camp there and ninety nine percent of the time he's GonNa say yes no problem. You're welcome and then by being with the chief he's going to kind of protect you in a sense. Nobody in the village is going to try to rob or steal from your cause problems. Because they know the chief is they're welcoming you in the village so that's another strategy. Can you recall the most memorable local chief that you met on your journey? How trying to think For some reason the first thing that popped into my mind. Was this guy now. Bena US so. Oftentimes I would climb is trying to climb the tallest mountain of every African country. And so what I would do. I would leave my car next with the chief so that I could go to the mountain and I would want him to be looking after the car. Nobody broke into cause problems. And I just remember the Albanian. He was just so chill. He's like yeah. Sure go anytime no problem so many times chief. Sometimes we'll say oh no. We need to have a guide or you need to pay me this much money. This guy he's just like completely relaxed and no complications whatever. It was such a pleasant surprise because oftentimes things can get a complicated. Although money solves a lot of problems when you're in Africa okay. So this is a giant cat skin. I mean the journey is definitively incredibly epic so I want to touch on some of the highlights of your trapper polices. I guess personally or of curiosity or interest to me and actually. Let's start with Mauritania. I spent a little bit of time there last year. Beautiful Country Saharan Deserts Nomadic people some Berbers What's it like? I mean as you said Morocco's a nice gentle intro to Africa but things change quickly. I think when you get to Mauritania. What's it like driving in the Sahara of that country it was quite challenging From the get go. I entered in the northern border and then I decided to go to I think it's called and I went by myself because it's a national park right on the sea on the on the Atlantic Ocean and it was not there was no road there so is going for San constantly and I'd never had much experience in Sandy. Just a little bit more Dania and on my way back so I got to the Ocean did a few footage filmed in that kind of stuff. Now's by myself and then on my way back. I got stuck in the sand and I couldn't at that point I hadn't had very little experience knowing how to get out of sand so I spent two nights there. I had an so SOS beacon that. I called in the end the. Us Embassy in Mauritania contacted the wartyng military and they sent out after two nights. These two V.'s..
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"Quarter. Montenegro is in my opinion. The most beautiful place in all of these in Europe and yet it surprising I would say about eighty percent of the people go to Dubrovnik. Don't go to quarter even though it's a short bus ride away to our must right. So that's where I would go. And of course. Saint Petersburg in Russia is also another fabulous site in Poland. In general has a lot of beautiful beautiful spectacular towns. I didn't expect I just thought of Bolan like eastern bloc. It's going to have some shitty places. Nothing pretty Poland. Really has a lot of quaint beautiful towns however the most beautiful town if you WANNA call it eastern Europe I call Eastern Europe. Check Ya the Czech Republic check. You has just they rule that is just you cannot find anything ugly and check yet so it's one after another. It's just amazing. So those are a few suggestions aid. A quick promotion would is the name of that book. The Europe eastern Europeans can teach us. Okay everybody take a look on Amazon Hidden Europe and Francis. I WANNA go back to two thousand and one because you did note during that Epiphany of tracking the Appalachian you at one point said. I'm going to travel to every country in the world and going back to two thousand and one traveling to every country in the world was not a thing so to speak as it is today because of course if you Google Twenty Twenty New Google travel to every country in the world. Dozens or scores of people are gonNA come up tons of articles are gonNA come up So when you said you're going to travel to every country in the world. Was that like a pie in the sky or was that like in a real definitive plan or was it not until you got to. Eastern Europe so to speak. And you're like okay now in the spend my life of slow travel literally visiting every country in the world. Talk to me a little bit about when became pie in the sky to a real plan on paper so to speak. I think I knew that even on the Appalachian trail was doable goal. You're right that it wasn't a very popular goal back in two thousand one but I knew it was a doable goal so yes eastern Europe was the first manifestation where I actually systematically went through and one thing I did. I guess learn from Eastern Europe experience. Is I like to one of the things that distinguishes Mike travel is the way that I pick a region and I sink my teeth into it for many years. And that's different than most people who are trying to go travel all wondering night three countries in the world most people they have a bit more. Haphazard travel except there's about one percent of the people I think out there who are seeking his dream who go about it all in. They like systematically. There's a guy named store do you know him He's been on counting countries twice. Actually Yeah Yeah so I just missed him like getting hosted by couch surfer in Djibouti and he had just been there a few days before hosted by the say most And that's how I learned about him when he was going through Djibouti. But there's another guy named Graham Hughes. Have you heard of them? Yup Grandma British traveller who traveled to every country in the world without using an point correct so so I would say those are one percent of the people who just do it. That Way. Just kind of like a pay. But they're down. They just go for many years systematically one by one white one by one. I think there's a woman I don't know her name she's blonde. She's I think she's American and she. She was trying to be the youngest person youngest female to do all the countries and her was do as fast as possible. I can't remember how many days she didn't may be also referring to your to Cassie Cole an American woman the other year who traveled to every country in the world and got the Guinness World. Record at that time for being the fastest that I know. When I'm talking to you I knew you would know all the answers about these these these record people but anyway so all I'm saying is that may one percent or less of the people who are on this quest. Lifelong quest put their head down like these three individuals we just mentioned and go about systematically oh I would say most people like kind of pick and choose. My style is just a big a continent or region and just I'm going to sink my teeth into it so might might after Eastern Europe. That's when I realized I like to do it. That way. The reason I like to pick a region and focus on that region is simply that it's a bit easier to find the nuances and the differences between let's say Slovenian Slovakia when you're there versus you go to Slovenian next year in Thailand and then the next day you're an Australia and then you go to Slovakia and then also you've lost some of the you're not in the element if you right ear. You're not you're you're able to see the granularity in the minor differences between countries when you're just focused on non region so that's when I realized that technique I like again. It's not something I think is better or worse than any other. Tiffany but just the one that I kind of gravitate to and I enjoy doing so. That's why that's what I learned from the Eastern European experience inside. That's when I set my sights for Africa said okay. I've never been to the African continent. I'm just going to go all in and just do Africa only on. I'm not gonNA leave the continent for five years. Okay in that makes an excellent segue so the template the template was perfected in appreciated for Eastern Europe. And now you're really raising the bar. I mean at the end the Day Eastern Europe is an extension of Western Europe which might be an extension of the. Us where you grew up. Things are familiar and there's infrastructure now. You're doing unbelievably incredible deep dive for five years in Africa. In what you're also sharing is you'd never been there before so my understanding. Is You got a truck in kitted out in. I think you started in. Morocco is literally drove to every country on the continent Basically at some level making a giant circle around the country for about five years. Yup up a around the continent yet. So talk to me. I think you took the ferry to Morocco. Yes I I bought the truck in Spain. Madrid nine drove it across the ferry. The strategy Baltar. And then I in it. My first question is nerves and I mean obviously you're seasoned traveler at this point your trilingual. You're you're not new to the world but nonetheless I mean. Is there any nerves or questioning when you're on that ferry near but to land in Morocco? You're like what am I doing? This is five years of an amazing journey. But there's also going to be definitely some some hardship. Are you going in there? Guns blazing or is there part of you saying like I really am. I'm past my skis on this one. No I definitely had confidence. I didn't really worry although I will say that first night when I crossed the Moroccan border. Because actually when you take. The ferry across to fail failed as a small piece of Spain. That's actually on the African continent so you go from Spain to Spain and then you cross over to Morocco. Proper through the drive and the sun had set. It was raining and pouring rain and we decided to.
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"Real for your audience for your readers and so that's the one benefit of doing. A book is that you can really or doing a blog. Is that it forces you to pay attention which sometimes can be annoying because sometimes you just WANNA zone out and not care but anyway but that was one of the consequences Touch for moment on slow travel. So you're in eastern Europe. You're there for a couple of years. I think you said you're doing a month in each country. Give or take yeah. It was in were twenty five countries and I spent three and a half years there. So that's about forty months so it's a little bit more than two two months pregnant. There's always there's always a debate on with the right way to travel right. I mean some people are happy enough with one night or two nights in the country other people want to spend a year or two years. You're you're taking your time. It's slow travel. Had Is that inform you? How does that impact you in? Compare that to other times where maybe you didn't spend as much time in a country definitely. Don't have an elitist view that sometimes people may have when they say that. Hey I take months traveling someplace in. You just went there for a weekend. I think it's great for anybody to get out for any reason. I talked to this guy the other day and he went to Yemen for just a few hours and I was a great you know. He went across the border in Oman to Yemen. Just a few hours. I'm like fantastic. You know you got to see something. That's outside of your cubicle. Outside your home town and that even though a short as it is so. I. I don't think there's a right way to travel. The right way to travel is just travel in other words just to get out if you can and I know a lot of people can't afford or think they can't afford and I think that's what you have to go ahead and set other goals. Were you travel just in your neighborhood? I was just listening to somebody who is just walking around Manhattan and going to all the boroughs on foot for his name. I think his name is Matt. But that's another. It's not that expensive and yet we can all do it. Every were people live. They often don't even explore their own neighborhood or suburbs for surrounding environment. That much and I think just getting out in any capacity is a great idea and as a note you were referring to Randy Williams who made the trip to Yemen who is a former guest on counting countries. Going back here to the the slower travel the deeper dives. I don't know if there's an anecdote or an example something you can point to. What's the benefit of taking your time in spending a month in Albania compared to two nights in Tirana? Obviously it's that you get this opportunity to have a more profound experience generally speaking. That's assuming you're not like just staying in your hotel or Airbnb and just isolated from the whole planet. Like for example. I was in Croatia for about a year but I spent most of my time in Croatia. Just writing my book on Eastern Europe and so I didn't have that much interaction with the Croatians considering that I was therefore year but any any any case. That's the key thing is when you get to travel for extended period of time in one place. You generally have this ability to learn. The language learned the culture to a more profound level in theory but I think also some people when they travel. They haven't innate ability to have to ask the right questions to have profound conversations even though they're only there for a couple of weeks or sorry couple of days and they can really get a lot out of their experience and understand the other cultures than somebody who let's say spent several weeks so part of it is the time but the other part of it is the way you travel and how much interaction you do with the local population and that that is different do employ any mechanisms or trick so to speak to act as a catalyst to have better interactions to meet more people to have better conversations. Yeah one of the tricks I do is that I sometimes will ask for directions. Even though I know worms going so I just go someplace and say. Hey where's at the drill? Another data that might lead the conversation while on a bus or train. I'll look to the person who's next to me. I just start up a conversation. And sometimes they'll say hey. So where are you staying tonight? And I'm like I have no idea could use usually never have any idea and then they will say oh great. Don't you come over to my house? And then you also get into their home and you get to see a side of the culture that most tourists don't get to see and to me that's rewarding. It may not be rewarding for everybody. That's one of the tricks I employ to just try to Get people talking and I think it's another trick is simply talking about letting them explain their country to you and asking them what I love to do. For example as let's in Thailand I'll say what's the difference between you guys in Thailand versus the people of Laos Vietnam and in so doing it.
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"So the they they facilitate that. I wasn't a terrible employee and that's how it started. So what strategic and part of the reason is I knew later down the pipe after two three years. I WANNA go to business school and business school at that time this again. The nineteen ninety s They there weren't that many applicants who had international experience like that. And so I knew I'd be able to set myself apart in that way. So that was kind of a strategic. Not just 'cause I like it but also because it would make my application more enticing to anybody who was reading. I would agree. That sounds like a very astute strategy. So let's jump ahead. You end up in Boston. One of the world's finest cities you graduate from business school there you go back into the corporate role. I think A bit of High Tech You're working and then you also go on an epic hike in epoch. Track in two thousand and one talk to me a little bit about that. That was a seminal journey. It was the Appalachian trail so at that time I was dating a lady. She and I had just gone into backpacking. I was about twenty nine thirty years old. When I was just getting into backpacking say backpacking that means wilderness. Backpacking like traveling backpacking and so going out carrying all the stuff sleeping outside of the woods and we really got into it and we kept looking for longer longer trails and then that's when the Appalachian trail came out radar and we did it and it took about just under four months and it was. That was the Epiphany. Because when you're out there you have a lot of time to think and this is back in two thousand one in fact. September eleventh happened while we're on the trail and back.
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"Francis veered left at the fork on the road. Going left was the life of freedom. Independence Passion Going Right. Meant continuing down the path of the startup. Silicon Valley rat race with this Harvard. Mba Francis is truck the Appalachian trail the continental divide the El Camino. He spent months exploring eastern Europe and he really spread his wings as he drove overland in Africa for five years. Besides chasing one ninety three. He's even chasing a more exclusive list which you'll hear about during our conversation. I encourage you to subscribe And feel free to write a review Francis and I met online with Francis and San Fran while I was in the Bangkok studio of counting countries. Please listen then and enjoy Francis. Welcome to counting countries excited to be speaking with you today. And I'm looking for you to introduce yourself. Well on my name is John. And I have been a born in San Francisco California and my mom is from Chile. My father's French and my wife is from Africa from Cameroon. So got a foot in four continents. I like your style. I love that. Mix Up and growing up in California with two parents from two different continental. Living in the third was travel. Part of your life growing up where you guys hanging around in San Fran all the time or were your parents bringing around a young Francis around the US or overseas is overseas so Before I could even remember I was going. We would A couple of trips to France and then we went several trips to Chile as much closer to my to lay inside of my family. And so as a result I was getting on a plane in the nineteen seventies when it was kind of a exotic thing to do then semi exotic I suppose and I remember one thing that that was so fascinating and something that I guess. We can sound like old grumpy man when we say this but there was a lot more difference in the world. I remember when I was going to When my Chilean people came to America and they would see all sorts of things they would never see and yet nowadays you go to Santiago Chile and it looks more or less like America so there's not as much yet to really struggle hard and dig deep to find places that are radically different from your own. I mean I agree with you. One hundred percent as as a lot of us have seen the globalization around the world make so many cities and countries have so many more similarities than differences. And I think you know. Fortunately there's still some places in the world where you're going to see a vast dichotomy like in Africa like you spend so much time which will get to waiter interrupt but you live in in Bangkok. I'm living here in Thailand. Yeah so I mean I'm magic. I've never been to Thailand but I just got imagine that fifty years ago Thailand Bunk Bangkok was completely different than today imagined. I mean I've been I've been here coming here for fifteen years but yeah fifty years ago it was what you would imagine Southeast Asia exotic in different and unique and now Coming from Boston. Originally I go down to the lobby of my building. There's a Dunkin donuts. Which makes me Giggle and laugh. Every time I see that that is run by the way for your listeners. I do have a flu right now. So if I sound kind of by cough or whatever apologize. Luckily I'm not contagious. During the broadcast excellent. What will all keep safe on this end? Francis? I'm curious why you're going down to Chile in the nineteen seventies as a kid. Are these like your spending like your school vacations or summer. Vacations down there. What type of visits are there? Yeah and one of the things that I regret is that because we're always going to see family and Chileans. You know the extended family like a typical. American family is kind of a big extended family so we spent all our time in Santiago sometimes Valparaiso being mad but nowadays. I talked to so many of my friends who've gone to Chile and they've seen even though I went about at least ten times maybe a dozen times to Chile. Most of my friends have seen far more of the country than I have. They've gone to accommodate desert. They've gone to Dera Wiggle. They've started buying. They go to the Tallest Mountain of the Americas CAGUA so I feel like such a loser because I'm like God. I think in like ten trips there and all I've seen this Santiago basically okay. We'll always a reason to go back. But what am Woodham curious about? Were you able to slip on different clothing so to speak? So were you able to transition easily and quickly between life and San and life unseen IAGO like. You're there for summer break and you're hanging around with your cousins in your speaking Spanish and you slip right into this troy and culture. Were you able to do this or what were? Yeah it helps a lot the fact that my both of my parents spoke to me in Spanish and so I was fluent in Spanish and so I felt very comfortable. Had that not been the case. I think I would have felt a little bit like a fish out of barter there but because of that it made it a lot easier in also looking back to that time just out of curiosity as a younger kid in. We're talking about the differences or globalization. Today I mean were you picking out a lot of differences from San Fran. Upbringing in in comparing to how life was in Chile. And if so what were the differences that you notice back then well I guess. The pace of life of about time was much slower. The Chilean Economic Miracle That transformed the country in the eighties had not really set for set foot yet and so as a result things were a little bit more low key. But I do remember that. Pinochet was still in power and he would. There were songs that they play for me. That were illegal. They were banned. And so you could go into Jalen. They would play these songs and they're like don't turn up the volume Francis. Don't turn I remember that. Part of the Chilean dictatorship though is still there and cheese. A fast and Pinochet is an interesting character just because two lanes have such mixed feelings emotions about him because on the one hand he definitely did transform the economy in the country on the other end he did commit several human rights abuses so It's it's double edged in case. Oh a unique upbringing splitting time in the US Visiting Europe visiting South America So obviously travel was now in your DNA specially with your parents coming from two different continents as well. When did you s start spreading your wings on your own. So was there kind of a first soul trip. You took a trip with friends when you've got a little bit older by the way I wouldn't say that I was you know it's not like I was going to school in either France or Chile. During the time I was always going to school in San Francisco but I did go to a bilingual school and all the classes were taught in French so history math physics. Everything was taught in French. And then I'd come home and we'd speak Spanish around the dinner table. And then of course I was in America. I spoke English so that that kind of international background already there my first trip though to answer your question. I would say that I didn't really set off on my own until I got into my twenties but I suppose the the big piff Unie the I suppose the the first major trip was right after graduate from college. My best friend at the time He was going to university and he and I both graduated. And we both decided to go to Europe for about seventy five days and we went to all of West most of western Europe and we saw the and we also saw the Turkey and Hungary. Which at that time was fascinating because I was nineteen ninety-two so the wall the the German Wall. I just come down in nineteen eighty nine so only three years. Since that part of the world the communist part of your Europe had opened up and that was fast in time so that nine thousand nine hundred and I was twenty. Two years old was my first big trip. Okay and that is the awesome trip after college graduation that some people are fortunate enough to go on and other people do that and Western. Europe in first big trip not with your parents Seventy five days of exploring Europe which is pretty awesome. When you're twenty two years old. What were some of your takeaways? Your impressions beyond seeing you know the other side of the Iron Curtain. I just just enjoyed going and seeing all these new cultures impose. That's what kind of set me off on is the first seed that goes into journey and so that was transformative. I suppose but I put it in the back of my mind because immediately after that I started working in Latin America dodgy and so as a result I didn't become a nomad but I realize just how much I love to travel. I still remember that Eric and I my friend we got first class. You rail pass and so because our logic was will use the rail system as our hotel and so we'll sleep and it's great to have since Roy at the peak time summer will always be guaranteed. I seat in First Class and that was a a wonderful time. Europe's change so much back then. There were border borders and there were different currencies and all that's changed with the euro and the Schengen zone did that strategy pay off of buying a first class ticket so you can sleep in their did. That was that effective. Yeah because back then I can't remember. Don't quote me on the numbers but let's just say was thousand dollars to buy two months of you rail pass for first class so that was like great. We'll pay this. And then we always travel in Francis. You had such an advantage going to Europe in my eyes. You're a fluent in French French and Spanish speaker to how did that? How did that change your trip? Do you think I don't know if your friend was bi or trilingual lose fees and he was semi fluent in German. So that was great. I mean he had his last name is cotton a big hello to him. So how do you think that changed or affected your trip having this great advantage of being trilingual and which covered such a area of Western Europe? Where you're able to employ your second third language. I mean it always always helps me think of it when you meet a foreigner in the United States. And let's say they're from Thailand and they can't speak a word of English. They're going to struggle and they're going to struggle to connect and understand the American culture. I can't speak anything in English. So the same thing is that it opens up so many doors so many windows and but obviously I was blessed. And what can you do if you don't have that? Bless background that I had. Well you can still learn a few words. I always no matter where I go. I try to learn..
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"Popped up on my radar but a year ago when former guest. Fabio cow brought him to my attention. I hit Google up and quickly realized Francis was in the -CCOMPLISH traveler including a five-year continuous journey across every country. In Africa. He seems like a natural fit for counting countries but then a recent email from listener. Xavier suggested that I have Francis on the podcast the email served as a catalyst for me the finally reach out to Francis and we promptly agreed upon a time to speak and I am really glad I did not go to reach out to him. We recorded this episode back in February and obviously has changed since then. I've been self sheltering in Bangkok since my trip.
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"And it's the difference between standing in front of a Bank teller and having the conversation about why you're count is three thousand dollars overdrawn versus just speaking to somebody over the phone about it. It's so much easier to just go off on the person you're talking to over the phone because there's not you're not seeing the look in there. You're not seeing the the softness of their expression or the tension in their expression. The, you know, you're not having to read that body language when you're communicating across the screen, and you lose that humanity and pretty soon, you're just shouting into the void. And all you're doing is putting out negatively, and maybe you started with a good, pure heart. But now you just look like ravine. Right and an angry one at that. And and that's a real it's hard, man. I've got some friends that on Facebook that that you know. I mean, obviously, I know them in real life, but their post sometimes are so negative lyrically. And then every now, and again, they'll turn around, and they'll write something that's like really nice or funny or artsy or whatever. And and it's hard sometimes to turn that off because it's like you kind of feel a little jecklin hide their right? You know, are you at a hateful political person? Or are you just like a nice funny person? I know you as a nice funny person. But what I see online is different. Yeah. So the anonymity that the internet provides is definitely driving some of that divisiveness. I think in nother piece of it is the failure in the breakdown of our education system. Mm-hmm. Honest, gosh. Yes. Be out to be fair. We live in Oregon, right, Oregon. Apparently, I just learned this like our education system is among the worst in the nation in the state of Oregon..