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Fresh "Travel" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Carnival cruise line stock dropped to its lowest level since 1992 today following 20% after quarterly results showed a slower than expected rebound in cruises Carnival is now about $7 a share before the pandemic, it was more than $50 a share. Wages in general are still rising, a government reports his personal incomes, rose three tenths of a percent in August, domestic air travel this month reached 95% of pre-pandemic levels, but the number of flights airlines are operating is down 14%. That means full flight, the percentage of seats filled on domestic flights has topped 2019 levels. Jeff claypool, WTO news. All right, thanks so much, Jeff. Coming up on WTO, our area braces for heavy rain and strong wind due to what was hurricane Ian more on the way. It's 5 56. Can I get the sales projections for the Springfield Bristol and fairview stores? Vows froyo palace is dishing out three more locations. Jodi, have you lined up interviews? They need three new store managers before they have a meltdown. And remember, they need at least 5 years experience
In this week's religion roundup, Jewish pilgrims gather in Ukraine despite the war, Brazil's president exhorts evangelicals to help keep him in office, and the Vatican imposes disciplinary sanctions on a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop.
"And this week's religion roundup Jewish pilgrims gather in Ukraine despite the war Brazil's president exhorts evangelicals to help keep him in office and the Vatican imposes disciplinary sanctions on a Nobel Peace Prize winning bishop Thousands of hasidic Jewish pilgrims ignore travel warnings and flock to central Ukraine to mark the Jewish new year The pilgrims travel from Israel and other countries to the small city of Oman The burial site of a respected hasidic rabbi who died in 1810 About 23,000 pilgrims were in Uman on Sunday Brazil's president Bolsonaro waged an all out campaign to shore up the crucial evangelical vote ahead of the October 2nd elections Evangelicals helped carry him to power in 2018 and he tapped members of their churches for important ministries and for a Supreme Court nomination Influential pastors and politicians are warning their followers that the race's FrontRunner leftist former president Lula would close Christian churches The Vatican says it imposed disciplinary sanctions on Nobel Peace Prize winning bishop Carlos Bello following allegations that he sexually abused boys in East Timor in the 1990s The Vatican spokesman says the office that handles sex abuse cases received allegations concerning the bishop's behavior in 2019 and within a year had imposed sanctions AP Vatican correspondent Nicole Winfield says many questions remained about the bishop's role in the church over the past two decades After 2002 though when he retired it seems like he almost fell off the map It's as if he disappeared If he was under some kind of Vatican sanction in those years that would explain this very low profile that he had The announced sanctions include limitations on bellows movements and ministry and prohibit him from having voluntary contact with minors or contact with East Timor I'm Walter ratliff
Do American Mayors Want More Migrants?
"There's a paragraph in your story. In some communities where jobs are going unfilled, people have welcomed the influx of migrants looking for work, which communities, Michael share. Well, I'll give you an example. I did a bunch of stories when the Afghan refugees came when the President Biden pulled out of Afghanistan pulled out of Kabul. I traveled to Fremont, California, which has a little community called little Afghan where lots of Afghan folks have resided for years. That's one place where everyone I talked to said, my God, we need these people because we can't hire restaurants or closing because they can't get enough workers to staff them. Fargo North Dakota is in other place where I almost went. I didn't have a chance to actually go, but talk to people in Fargo. This was last summer, so a year ago, but the look, the labor market is incredibly tight. That doesn't mean that it is the same everywhere across the country. But if you look at where the unemployment rate is and where help wanted ads are, I think it is fair to say that even in some Republican communities, even places with Republican mayors, they are desperate for workers.
N Korea test launches missile on eve of Harris trip to Seoul
"North Korea has test launched a missile on the eve of vice president Kamala Harris trip to Seoul South Korea The south's joint chiefs of staff says it detected the north's missile launch but has given no further details such as when and where the weapon was fired and how far it traveled The launch is the second by point Yang this week the nation's dialed up its testing activities to a record pace in 2022 testing more than 30 ballistic weapons including its first intercontinental ballistic missiles since 2017 Kamala Harris is arriving in South Korea on Thursday for talks with president yeun
UAE, home to global hub Dubai, to ease virus restrictions
"The United Arab Emirates Homer to global business and travel hub Dubai will ease masking requirements imposed over the coronavirus pandemic The UAE says as of Wednesday the wearing of face masks will no longer be required in public places except for medical facilities mosques and public transportation but food service workers and anyone confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19 are still required to wear one Dubai has not required proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to enter and does not require a negative virus test to enter most places this approach has not come without a cost The UAE was read listed as a do not travel country by some nations for much of last year I'm Charles De Ledesma
Adam Laxalt: We Are Living in a Red Wave
"Why I think we are still living in a red wave The media is trying to focus out of it We are living in a red wave I still feel it in my state No one is around regular people like I am in this whole state Republican or Democrat and I travel communities across Nevada I think people are silently waiting to make their voice heard on November 8th and that's we're going to see this big giant red wave pushed back against what these people are doing to our country Adam laxalt I hope you are correct
Doug Sits Down With Dr. Mike Burgess, Texas Congressman
"Next guest here on the podcast is doctor Michael Berg as congresswoman from Texas who we got to know each other serving on rules committee. We got to know each other in Congress, but we got to know each other the best because we're both early risers and we both would go to the gym in the mornings to get ready for the day and we'd see each other and it started my day off right if there's one thing that I miss about Congress, there's a meaning things that don't, but a lot of things that I do, one of those is being with Mike murders and having him greet me in the mornings as we travel this path together. For those out there, he wrote a book called a doctor in the House. He is a expert on healthcare. He's an expert on what has been going on. He came into this job and provides just a steady voice of reasons in many capacities. And I'm glad to have you on today, Doc. Well, Doug. First off, it is good to see you again. Even if virtually, and it's wonderful, thank you for letting me be on your podcast. And am I allowed to convention of people that you are a pastor? You remember the clergy. So you might pick my brain for medical questions early in the morning, but I certainly sought your help on the pastoral level on more than one occasion. So we sort of bolster each other between the two of us. We perhaps made up one normal individual. We worked on it. And also, and also we're probably some of the few members of Congress who still understood what a glow plug was. That was part of our discussion in the early morning hours. That's right for anyone unfamiliar with the diesel engine at Google. It's an interesting analogy. But especially to D.C. and you came in off camera, we were talking about the fact that, you know, the glow plug is finally lit under the Democrats who've realized now for ten almost 9 months that they had to do appropriations bills by September 30th. And now, you know, trying to panic to do everything. But
Hooker sparks No. 11 Tennessee over No. 20 Florida, 38-33
"Hand in hooker accounted for 460 yards of total offense and three touchdowns leading 11th ranked Tennessee to a 38 33 victory over number 20 Florida I really didn't feel any spotlight or any stage It's us out there playing football like we do every day So you know another day in the office and the outcome was how we wanted this to be Hooker threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for another 112 yards in a score helping the vols beat the Gators for the first time in their last 7 meetings Tennessee took control in the fourth quarter traveling 87 yards for a TD following a fumble by Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson Richardson had a career high 453 passing yards and two touchdowns I'm Dave fairy
Caller: Making the Flying Experience Better
"You do a lot of travel. And you have watched the transition of the airlines. I know you have. Almost pilot. Just left American Airlines. And third year over three years of flying and with the military also been around the world. And I've noticed that I'm working on a little project and so my question to you is what do you see are the changes that need to happen? And what if I told you there's actually a simple way to make that happen? What changes need to happen to make the flying experience better? Yeah, it should be like Disney. You know, it's an expensive appointment that you think about your shoes, your hat, your coat, your book. You know, I could spend an hour on that. It's a very actually not an insignificant subject. When I and you will certainly since you're flying 30 years and of course, you flew before that. And you certainly were a passenger before that. When I was a kid, it was very special to go on an airplane. And people dressed up accordingly. Exactly. Nobody went on a plane in shorts and sandals. And now people, there is no difference between a Greyhound bus ride and a cross country flight. And so it's not the answer you expected, but I know that society has declined in its overall impact because of the way people dress. But the airplane experience is reflective of that. I believe there needs to be more room in coach. I don't fly coach. I'm saying it on behalf of people and coach. The less room people have, the more likely you will have aggression
Roger Schulman: Pinellas Deputy Killed in Hit and Run
"Roger P shulman, who is the legendary newsman, not only here on AMH 60, the answer, but he's been hurt in the market for decades and decades, and I know roger you have a personal affinity for law enforcement as do I and this is a shocking heartbreaking story. Bring us the details of the manhunt that is currently underway here in Tampa Bay. Well, deputy and we do support law enforcement here and love our law enforcement and this deputy is only the second deputy to lose his life in the 110 year history of the pinellas county sheriff's office in the saint Pete Tampa area. His name is Michael hartwick, a 19 year veteran of the sheriff's office 51 years old, has a couple of kids, his mother's still alive. They've been notified. He was working a construction site this morning, guarding it when a vehicle came along, driven by Victor Vasquez, they think that's his name, a 35 year old man and killed him. Sheriff bob galtieri explains exactly what happened. He was standing on the shoulder of the road facing northbound. One of the construction crews that was going to pick up the concrete barriers to block off more permanent lane markings on the interstate was traveling northbound and it was a big, huge construction front loader with a big forklifts on it. To move these thousand pound concrete barriers. It's definitely hartwick was facing to the north, the loader driven by a Hispanic male by the name of Victor Vasquez struck deputy hartwick and killed him instantly and he died at the scene.
Why Did Alejandro Mayorkas Previously Visit San Antonio?
"You see he recently did something That flew under the news radar That is outside of officials within San Antonio In August Mallorca's traveled to San Antonio for a round table In which he happened to praise the city's handling of migrants Now what is it that San Antonio just happens to be doing that is just so spectacular so worthy a bean price Oh look at this They opened a migrant resource center A migrant resource center oh and this is oh yeah It's federally funded Huh Okay so we have a federally funded migrant resource center in San Antonio Now what is the center do Citing the intended purpose from the San Antonio report Migrants are now brought directly directly from the U.S. Mexico border straight to that center And what does this center do once it gets them Oh look at that It feeds them And shelters them And it transports migrants seeking asylum
Matt Rosendale: Biden Has Allowed More Illegals Than Size of Montana
"Love it. And I love the letter that you and your fellow senator because I'm going to basically call you senator that your fellow senator sent to President Biden about not sending illegal immigrants to Montana. I'm sure this is not lost on you that my goodness. We're talking about two and a half million this year, 5 million by the end of the first two years of President Biden, illegals. We don't know who they are. Some of them with very bad intentions, as you know, and 50 go to Martha's Vineyard and you might think the world just ended the other day. Congressman? Give what? You would. And I will tell you something. I have traveled to the southern border three times since being sworn into office January of 2021. I hadn't been for a year, Harry, and I just went about 30 days ago to get updated. And oh my gosh, it has devolved even worse. And so yeah, we did. Myself and senator Dane sent a letter to the president to make sure that we were very clear on the record that we did not want him to begin trying to transfer some of this problem if you will into Montana so that we would have to use the limited tax dollars. We only have 1 million people in the state. Think about that. Think about that. Actually, he has brought more illegal immigrants into the country. Two and a half times more illegal immigrants into the country over the last 18, 20 months than the entire population of the state of Montana. And we just want to make sure that he does not try to do anything to increase our population any further by dropping people that that would require all the services have arrived here illegally and we don't know who they are or what their intentions are.
Charlie Pierce: DeSantis' Immigrant Flights Are Not Legitimate
"So this whole Martha Martha's Vineyard story. Of course, just gets worse and worse. So 50 migrants were from Texas to Martha's Vineyard. From Texas to Florida to Martin. Right. Right. Right. They were given a brochure about housing cash assistance and jobs for refugees. There's one problem with what the brochure was promoting the migrants aren't anywhere close to being classified as a refugees. It's very specific term under U.S. immigration law. The implicit promise of help, therefore, was misleading and potentially criminal. One prosecutor said, this is additional evidence that shows in writing that those false representations were made in order to induce our clients to travel. I mean, okay, so when we have one sheriff, that is investigating this. There are Salazar. I'm rooting for him. I'm telling you. Right. But I mean, Charlie, I don't know. I don't know in what way it's not, it is not illegal, but there's double down there. I'm in there somewhere. Right. Right. You know, I mean, you're going to have to dig for it a little bit. But somewhere in there, someone committed a crime. Right. Because there's no way this whole thing was legitimate.
Ali Velshi: America Dodged a Bullet but the Gun Is Still Loaded
"If you want the news, where do you go, Chris? Where'd he go, Travis? America's news, man. Ali belty. That's right. And here he is again. Good morning, Ali velshi. Good morning to you, my friend. It is great to see you again on this Friday morning. It's a Friday's always a great long day for me. And this is my, you know, this is getting my blood flowing in the morning stretches. Yeah, yeah. Right. This is your stretch for your weekend. And I have my your pillow. Yes. If my pillow, not anything relevant about my pillow, I just thought I'd bring my pillow. You know, I was going to read this tweet to you because this is where we find ourselves. You having to be a news reporter in this day and age. Patrick tweets, a pillow magnate, just had his phone seized by the FBI at a hardee's in connection to a fired reality TV host trying to steal The White House and I'm begging the writers of America season 246 to please stop drinking for even one day. Do you not feel like that when you're just like, who else was it? Oh, somebody, oh, Don said, it seems almost written that Trump will be picked up at a McDonald's. Who was the other guy in a clown wig at dairy? And dairy Queen. The guy that said Trump is going to be reinstated. But that's real. That's real. Ally. Where do we find ourselves at this juncture? The problem is, and as I've traveled around the world, it's all like this, right? It's all stuff that you could discount as not sufficient to make a movie plot. The type of lawyers Trump surrounded him with the four seasons landscaping thing after the election. It's all the Christina bob as his lawyer. It's all like that except two problems are occurring. One is they actually did real damage and continue to do real damage. They actually ruined real people's lives. So aside from people who were killed on January 6th, a lot of people were duped who are now going to jail. And Donald Trump continues to phone in to their rallies and things like that and encouraged. Not a bit of remorse. If I ever did anything that caused another human to spend a night in detention, I would be racked with remorse forever. But number three, which is the most important is that everybody looks at that stupid clown car and says, you know, they weren't going to succeed at this, which is not entirely true, right? But for Mike Pence making a decision at the last minute, our democracy could have been fully imperiled. There are a whole lot of smarter people out there who aren't part of the clown car. Who aren't Rudy Giuliani who want to buy who aren't, you know, all these lawyers that he's got who are looking at this thinking, um, I can figure out a way to get this right so that isn't a pillow guy and a McDonald's and all of this kind of stuff. That's actually what I worry about. The too many people look at this ridiculousness and write it off as, wow, that was stupid and ridiculous. But we didn't really Dodge a bullet. We actually really did Dodge a bullet and we better be careful because the guns got more in them. Yeah, this has caused one of America's premier newsman Ali velshi to bring an actual prop on a morning radio show. You actually brought a pillow because if I want to be really good, I'd have a pillow and a phone because the pillow magnet had his phone set. That's right. Now, you're going to cover that this weekend about by the way, it is not easy to see someone's phone, right? I mean, there have been a number of phones. Tell us about how you're covering that this weekend. Well, so I want to try to make sense of it, right? Because of the January 6th committee, there's the Department of Justice investigation in which Merrick Garland seems to have woken up to the idea that despite the possible damage and martyrdom of Donald Trump, if he's indicted for anything, the Department of Justice has to take this seriously and in a timely manner. So the DoJ has seized a bunch of phones. They put out a bunch of subpoenas. Now keep in mind, we got, we got Boris Epstein. He had his phone taken. And Mike Roman, who was a campaign strategist for Trump had a phone taken. The pillow man had his Jeffrey Clark had his phone taken back in June, Dan scavino, the social media director, had his and Bernie kerik. Former commissioner of the New York police, who was working with Rudy Giuliani in overturning the election, had his phone taken. It is very hard to take somebody's phone, by the way. The Department of Justice can't do it as a fishing expedition like Donald Trump likes to say. You can't take a phone for purely investigative investigatory purposes. You have to have probable cause of a crime and convince someone that you do. There's a high bar to getting someone's phone. Now, my confusion is that when it comes to pillow guy and guys like that, I feel like they've said all the quiet parts out loud on either fox or whatever crazy outlook will have them. So I'm curious as to what could possibly be on their phone, but they haven't already said they're being sued by dominion voting. They're being sued by all sorts of people. So I don't know, but I will say this that between the January 6th committee and the Department of Justice, they've all been very deliberative, more deliberative than many of your listeners are my viewers would like them to be. We took them to move faster in some cases. They've been very deliberative. So if they're getting the stuff, one of two things is happening. They know there's valuable information on those phones or it's information they already know and they are now calling these guys in or looking at their phones to say, we already know this. We just need further corroboration before we place charges or things like that. So those two things are happening and I don't know which. Right. So this special master ruling, we just talked to Glenn kirschner about it. I mean, it's just, it's getting harder and harder to sort of cover, first of all, I don't even know how you keep track of all of these stories of lawbreaking, and which crimes are being investigated by who. But you know, I mean, I guess Trump has succeeded once again in at least delaying. Yes, that's exactly what it is because the special master has to get through the documents now by November 30th. Which, you know, the Trump people had wanted three months. The Department of Justice and wanted less. November 30th, the one, the one thing about that, and I guess the Department of Justice doesn't care to get politics involved in this, but there's a sort of political thing happening between now and November 30th and it's November 8th, right? It's the actual midterm elections in which it does seem that some Republicans and conservatives are disgruntled by the degree of criminality that seems to surround the former Trump administration and Trump today. And so that's the frustration that why November 30. This is just a delay tactic. There may or may not be some documents that were seized that were inappropriate, but generally speaking, the FBI and what's called its filter team do a relatively good job of this. So this is just going to be a way to do what Donald Trump has always done. One day, perhaps Donald Trump will face the music. Yeah. He's very, very, very good at delay, and that's what the special master essentially. Yeah. Speaking of politics, our Republicans trying to lose the midterms. Let's talk about the Lindsey Graham's proposed. Right? That's exactly right. And now this stunt was desantis and Abbott, you know, illegally flying migrants in some cruel prank. So it's cruel. It's cruel and the cruelty seems to be the point. I'm not sure that moves the needle politically all that much other than gets Democrats who were thinking of not voting. To vote. But I think abortion may have done that anyway. So I think you're seeing a lot of energy amongst Democrats, which you wouldn't have seen in the midterm typically. But the Lindsey Graham thing just weird, right? The
Surprise is key part of migrant travel from Florida, Texas
"I Mike Gracia reporting migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard from Florida are moved to a military base Nearly 50 migrants who were flown to Martha's Vineyard this week on the orders of Florida governor Ron DeSantis were moved to housing on a military base on Cape Cod Friday Massachusetts governor Charlie baker said the move would be voluntary Baker said at joint base Cape Cod the migrants will be given dormitory style housing food and services and families will be given separate housing The Florida governor and fellow Republican governors of Texas and Arizona have sent thousands of migrants on buses to New York Chicago and Washington D.C. in recent months I'm Mike Gracia
Erick Stakelbeck Shares His Thoughts on the Iran Nuclear Deal
"To us about the Iran nuclear deal because I mean, most people know that it was a nightmare that Obama, I mean, I have to say, if you don't know what to think and you're just looking at the optics as they say, it looks like the radical left in America is anti semitic, is anti Israel, at least anti Israel, and they seem to almost want to help the enemies of Israel. Maybe I'm wrong, but when I look at it, that's what it looks like to me. When you make a deal like president Obama made and you give a 150 $1 billion, it's astonishing. I can't even believe that's true. But it's like, you know, Trump said this is the worst deal in history. And he, to his amazing credit, undid that deal, ended it. And here we are now, two years into Biden and he is talking to the mullahs talking to he wants to put this back on saying, how can this be? I mean, what am I missing? Why would somebody want to go back to that? What do they think they're doing? Eric, there is no rhyme or reason to it. The only thing I can think of is that they want to take this off the list of problems. We don't want the Iran menace looming over us constantly. And if we just give them what we want, then they'll go away and they'll play nice. This echoes obviously Neville Chamberlain, Chamberlain, days of appeasement in the run up to World War II, the rise of Hitler. We have a gathering storm and clearly the leadership not only in the United States, but the west wants no parts of it. They just want it to go away, but it's not going to go away. And I have a hard time Eric figuring out what exactly the United States gets out of this Iran nuclear deal. As you mentioned, hundreds of billions of dollars into the hands of the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism, which by the way, has blood on its hands, American blood on its hands, not only that, Eric, when we talk about this deal, Iran's ballistic missile program, which is the largest in the entire Middle East, it's not even on the table. It's not even mentioned in that deal. And lastly, Iran's sponsorship for terror, Hamas, Hezbollah, around the region, also not even mentioned. By the way, last thing Eric, when we talk about those Iranian ballistic missiles, Iran right now is developing intercontinental or at least trying to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs for short. They do exactly what their name says. They're designed to travel across continents across oceans. Those ICBMs are not for Israel, they're not even for Europe, therefore us, therefore
Retail Sales Rose 0.3% in August
"The government says retail sales rose unexpectedly in August after being down in July The report from the commerce department shows that even as prices at grocery stores restaurants and clothing stores rise people are still spending Retail sales rose 0.3% last month boosted by higher prices for food but with inflation taking a bite out of budgets there was also some weakening in discretionary spending including furniture stores Ecommerce sales fell 0.7% in August following the July boost from Amazon's prime day with high inflation and the threat of the pandemic fading in recent months Americans have been shifting away from consumer goods and spending more on rent and services not covered in the report like travel movie tickets and doctor visits Analyst Ted rossman with bad great dot com says it's not clear retailers can realistically hope for much more right now
Ukrainian flag raised in retaken city after Russian retreat
"Ukraine's president made a rare foray outside the capital Kyiv Wednesday highlighting Russia's retreat in the face of a Ukrainian counteroffensive Vladimir zelensky greeting soldiers in the city of balaclava who responded Laurie to Ukraine Zelensky handed out awards declaring the soldiers heroic He then traveled on to izium where hand on heart he watched the Ukrainian flag rise above the recaptured city and sang the national anthem Russian forces fled last week as Ukrainian soldiers advanced through the northeastern Hakeem region Prosecutors have found 6 bodies that traces of torture in recently retaken villages zelensky telling reporters The view is very shocking but it's not shock for me because we began to see the same pictures from bucha I'm Ben Thomas
Democrat Mayor Insists First Class Airfare Necessary for Her 'Safety'
"Here in New Orleans. The Democrat mayor in New Orleans is refusing, refusing saying she's not going to reimburse the city. The 29,000 in change dollars that she spent upgrading her flights to first or business class because it's all for her safety. Apparently, as a black woman, she can't fly coach because that would not be safe. I kid do not. This is actually what she said. Which is why I say we're at that tipping point, right? Evan entitlement. But let me back up. So her name is latoya. Cantrell, and she's the mayor there in New Orleans, and she told reporters last week she was just not going to pay it back. She's not paying a lot of money, right? There was some $18,000 first class trip to France over the summer, which was just for some sort of ceremony to design some renew min of an agreement that they had with some little seaside tongue. Am I supposed to go right in the summer, especially when you book an $18,000 ticket on taxpayers dime? Anyway, she's not paying it back and she's telling the local media this, according to the New Orleans advocate and times paper down there, I'm going to quote now from WWL, one of the stations, all expenses incurred doing business on behalf of the city of New Orleans will not be reimbursed to the city of New Orleans. That may be seen as kind of a problem, especially given that the city of New Orleans actually has a policy for this. Employees are required to purchase, I'm going to quote here the lowest airfare available. This is according to the policy, which WWL dug up, employees who choose an upgrade from code to economy or business class flights are solely responsible to policy says for the difference in cost. Any reconciliation of travel expenses that result in overpayment by the city would require that the employee reimbursed the city within 20 business days, but she can't do it because
"travel" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves
"Hey, I'm Rick Steves. One of the delights I've found in hosting this program is in meeting fellow writers who guide us into new places and experiences around the world, and even back in time. On today's travel with Rick Steves, Julian sancton investigates the horrors that the crew of a pioneering expedition to Antarctica had to endure when they were grounded in ice for the winter, and we'll talk with novelist some and rushdie to hear how he explored the first contacts between the worlds of renaissance Florence and mogul, India. PKR has long been one of our favorite writers to talk with. He has a real knack for getting at the heart of what motivates us to travel. Here's a conversation we had with pico just prior to the pandemic, which is airing here for the first time. For me, a travel writer goes places, learns and then shares his experiences in a way that inspires us to venture to that destination ourselves in a more thoughtful way. Good travel writing celebrates our world and inspires us to engage with it. And for me, pico iyer is the model of a great travel writer. Pico joins us now to get us up to date on his work and to talk about his craft. Pico, thanks for joining us. Thank you, Rick. So pico, did that make sense to you or what would you is that kind of to you what a travel writer is? Yes, I will ask flatted by your introduction. I think travel writers somebody who longs to put a face and a voice to what is otherwise an abstraction, so that we're not just talking about Iran or Cuba and thinking about the governments and their policies, which is seeing the breathing human complicated lives in those places. And I sometimes tell myself as you know better than anybody that no generation in history before mine has had the chance to travel the world as some other fortunate among us too now. So it would be a crime to waste or not make the best use of that opportunity. So now you endeavor to raise the bar and do that, where a lot of travel writers, how do you spend 48 hours in Budapest or something like that? Fast and Internet style. What is your thought about the whole reality of travel writing these days? It seems like it's different than we started 2030 years ago. I worry, it's more about consumerism and less about curiosity, and it's more about restaurants and shops and hotels as you were saying, and less about getting to know the other. And I think I travel in order to be unsettled and surprised and confused and faced with things I don't know what to do with. So I don't necessarily want to go to the most expensive restaurant when I arrive in Paris. I want to get lost in a back street in Paris and absorb a frenchness I could never taste when I'm in Japan or California. That's pretty fundamental, you know, are you hoping people be settled or are you helping them be unsettled? I think these days a conventional travel writer might be helping people be settled and maybe that's part of our culture these days is we're afraid to be unsettled. Yes, and I think, you know, I'm lucky enough to spend some of my time in California and some of my time in Japan. And so there's a very comfortable protected affluent places. So when I choose a destination, I want something is different as possible. Sometimes a very difficult place or sometimes I'll go to a place like Jerusalem, which is charged in tents and difficult, but endlessly fascinating. And I sometimes tell myself that a madman on the street shouting out things can sometimes be more interesting than a supermodel. In other words, it's a place like Jerusalem where there's a lot going on and you can't really get your mind around it may be more interesting than a beautiful beach where you just lying down and enjoying tequilas. By the Turquoise waters. And I think I feel that I come back from a place like that, really transformed in a way that I don't always from a beach vacation. And I think the other thing I noticed and you know this world too is that wherever I go if I'm in to bear to a Burma or Cuba the people I meet the long to visit the United States, but they'll never have the chance to do so and so I feel it's up to us who are lucky enough to have the freedom and the means to travel to go and visit them to take the initiative to start the dialog because they can't do that. Um, that's a beautiful idea. You know, I like to come home and help people who don't want to travel or who can't travel, enjoy the value of travel through my reporting. At the same time, when we travel, we I always feel like when we go to a distant country that might be at odds with our country politically, when we go there, it makes it tougher for their propaganda to dehumanize us because they've actually met somebody from our culture, and when I go home and makes it tougher for our country to dehumanize them with our propaganda. Word for word what I felt, I feel that so keenly and I sometimes worry that in the age of information were actually we know less about the rest of the world than ever before and were at a greater distance and I know some of my friends talk about safety and I point out to them that I'm in this extremely privileged, beautiful town of Santa Barbara, my husband down, I was stuck in the middle of a forest fire for three hours, and every now and then there were terrible acts of violence in Santa Barbara that make it for a few days one of the murderous most murderous places on earth. And so many of the places I visit a much safer probably than the United States. Yeah, that's why I say Bon voyage instead of have a safe trip. Pico IR is the author of a dozen books and his ted-talks have been viewed by millions. He'll often see his articles in The New York Times and lately, pico's written two books about Japan, where he lives part of the year. One book is called beginner's guide to Japan and the other is autumn light, season of fire and firewalls, his website is pico iron journeys dot com. Journeys dot com. Tell us about your two latest books and what impact you hope they would have on the readers. Will I deliberately over the last 16 years or two completely opposite books about my adopted home in Japan and one of them is called autumn light, and it's meant to almost give you the sense of a Japanese neighborhood speaking directly to you. I'm quite invisible, I hope, and it's just about my life in a completely typical suburban neighborhood in Japan. The second book which is called a beginner's guide to Japan is the kind of thing a newcomer might say, or think about Japan, the day after she arrived in Tokyo. In other words, it's lots of wild judgments and generalities and provocations which not necessarily right, but are starting points for inquiry and conversation. But it's very much the outsider looking back at Japan. And I think everybody knows that when you feel deeply about somebody whether it's a place or a person, you have lots of different feelings, and sometimes you're in your heart and your right next to them and sometimes in your head and you're thinking about them. And so I tried to do justice to both those sides of my relationship Japan because part of me is inside this neighborhood for 26 years now, another part will always be a foreigner, and I wanted each of those sides of me to have a voice to give to open up very different aspects of Japan. Japan is your adopted home. Do you see yourself as kind of just squatting there or you a cultural chameleon? Is it a springboard for your work and your travels or are you embracing the culture? Because you haven't learned the language in 30 years. No, not much. I know enough to get myself in trouble. I never speak English there, but my Japanese is quite rudimentary. I think it's both. For many years, it's been a perfect place to go and just write for months on end and disappear into a parallel universe in my imagination and write about Tibet and Iran and Cuba and other places. But I think now more and more I'm fascinated by Japan itself it's the neighbor that I have been living next to for 32 years, and I want to find out who she is. So it's both a springboard and an end in itself, and I never feel I'm going to get to the bottom of it, which is I think the main thing I would ask of any personal or any place to be bottomless and fathomless. In Japan certainly is that way. Just very briefly for a visitor contemplating a trip to Japan. What's your advice on connecting with the culture experientially? Because you know, you're going to have a list of bucket list kind of sites, but you've got to go beyond that in Japan. Yes, go to.
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"While i'm losing track of time. I moved in nineteen ninety from singapore. I i was in hong kong for six months. Then i was stationed in beijing. For like three and a half years and guangzhou for a year and a half had a short time back and forth in vietnam and then i was in shanghai so i lived in all three of the cities and then i moved back to singapore ninety seven so i was in effect in china for seven years but i was in the three key big cities beijing shanghai guangzhou and then i had my six months since stint rather in hong kong. But i got to visit you know. Many parts of china was into bed. I was in. I can give you a whole laundry list of places to visit. It's just such a vast country. Is you know it's like going to the united states. I mean where do you even start. So but we stephen. Where did you learn mandarin undergrad. I went to washington university in saint louis. So that's where. I did my undergraduate. I did my junior year abroad at the school of oriental and african studies at the university of london and then went back to wash to graduate. And then my masters was in international relations focusing on economics and china studies. And i did that at johns hopkins school of advanced international studies known as size in for that we had to take chinese as well How many how many years did you study it in the us before you went to china. Seemed like about twelve thousand years actually. I think let's see it was. I had three formal years in college and then to formal years in grad school so that was five years. Then i had another year in singapore's so that's six years because i had a rotary foundation scholarship to go to singapore. That's what brought me there to begin with so few master. Then how did you master the accent and when did you feel actually fluent. That's a great question. I it's a really. I'm stumbling to answer the question because When gary came on my show we started talking about this about the study of language in chinese is just such a humbling language to learn. Is i think probably most languages are at least many. Because the more you learn the more you realize. You don't know so. But having said that i would say that after two years of university i'll say i was pretty. I felt comfortable. Let's say and then i would say after grad school. I felt really comfortable because for our degree we were required to read a newspaper. We were required to sit down for an exam written exam. That took something like six hours. I mean so we really. We had to pass what was called a proficiency exam which isn't a fluency exam. They make the distinction by saying that fluency is sort of going to the united nations right now and doing simultaneous translation or being born fluent one parent is one language one parents and other that's fluency proficiency is basically being able to do your day to day life in that particular language so i would say after graduate school. I was and then of course in china. I lived my life in chinese. I dreamt in chinese. Sometimes i still dream in chinese. But but there i would say when you're living at on a day-to-day basis. You really have to you. Know you learn words that you don't learn in school. I mean graduate school because of the nature of of what the degree was in. I had to learn military terms and economic terms in government and political terms but working for advertising agency. They didn't teach me the words like for printing press or color separation or something like that right and graduates. We had to learn all those words but the really really funny thing is and i have to tell us to both you and i'm looking at my bookshelf right now. I have my first chinese books. That i i had when i was a student in college. And at that time we're talking about nineteen eighty two so china was just just in its infancy. And when i mean infancy its infancy. It wasn't even crawling yet of even thinking about because deng xiaoping had ascended to power. They were thinking about reform and my books still the words that we used still talked about people's commune. They use the word comrade machine factory. You know all these very industrial terms. Because that's what china was all about. Now you look at book books. And they'll have everything under the sun about the internet. Mister and miss. I mean because back in the day you wouldn't call someone spouse a husband or wife. The word translates actually to love her. So there you go. Because men and women were in that society in that socialist dream that socialist utopia were considered all equal so even the books have changed considerably. I'm thinking back to like the early eighties or late seventies. You'd very seldom ever get you know. Video footage from china because it was still of closed off. But when i saw something would always be people. You know riding bicycles. Everyone had the same clothes. Everything was kind of drab and talk about singapore changing man forty years of china. That's gotta be doesn't even probably look the same. Gary especially place like shanghai gary. You're a thousand percent correct. Because i can't even tell you the swarms of bicycles that one would see. It was rare that there were cars out in the streets. And just as an aside. When i moved to beijing up in one thousand nine hundred ninety one i bought a fifty five dollar phoenix brand black bicycle which i still have. It's in my storage room downstairs. It's all rusted out right now. But i can't. i can't get rid of it. It has so many memories attached to it which you are a thousand percent right. The china then was just not the china of of today and i can give you example shanghai. You absolutely said it the whole area. There's there's what's called pusey in pudong. Poodle means east of the huangpu river in pusey means west of the huangpu river so who she is that area that you would see in a typical photos. Right of the bund. The famous bonds the peace hotel and other iconic buildings that was always the shot. The other side was flat. There was nothing there there were some warehouses. Some people live there but there was basically nothing. Now you look at it. And that is just a mega-city unto itself so you're absolutely right. The amount of bicycles The amount of traffic The way that people dressed differently You it's completely different. I mean when. I was living there and i used to ride my bike around. I used to in beijing. I used to pass through a who tones which are the traditional alleyways in beijing. Which go back to. I think the ming dynasty and very sadly while they've kept some but they've made some of them into tourist traps. Dare i say but back. Then that's where people lived and people congregated and people shopped in the little tiny shops there. And when i was last in beijing in twenty twelve i remember going in being in a taxi and driving in a particular area in. I felt something a little bit strange. And i asked the driver i said where are we and like. What was this before. Any explain that this was a whole network of these who tones these alleyways but they had all been torn down and built up where these rather shoddy apartment buildings and i say shoddy because you know the tiles were already falling off and already in disrepair and i felt so dislocated because those alleyways that i used to navigate just in exist anymore so so much of that has changed. You're absolutely right. The city's just beijing has transformed itself completely. And you know used to be. You're able to walk from the tiananmen the gate of heavenly peace at tenement square. Where the famous moll portrait is where mao declared the establishment of the people's republic. October first nineteen forty nine. There those iconic shots there that was that rostrum. He used to sit with the other officials and indeed after mother officials would sit there and review. Military parades used to be able to walk from there just directly into tiananmen square no barriers. No gates nothing. Now it's all gated up and you gotta go underneath. And it's a whole big production so all of those cities have just transformed themselves. Indeed stephen when was your most recent trip to china and did you see many american tourists. Yeah my most recent trip. My most recent trip wasn't so recent..
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"travel" Discussed on Black Women Travel Podcast
"Worked for me like i'm gonna say acarid travel articles stories all day like i literally retrial stories articles about. That's just what about the craft of writing for anybody that's like trying to cause Often were released self critical in. Don't believe that we have the chops to be able to be published in a major publication like that. So what would you say to someone who is trying to get their work out there. Or maybe they haven't even started you know. Sometimes that's often the hardest part too is even starting because it's like alder so many writers out there. There's so many writers writing about travel out. There like would possibly have to say like a lot of people talk themselves out of it. I mean you definitely have to start. I mean whether you're afraid or not if you don't start you'll never you'll never know like you just won't and i think for me personally. Writing was essentially therapy. Release for me Because even prior to the travel blog. I would write about my weight loss issues with my mom back in the day so it was a release for me and then it just kind of carried over into. I wanna talk about what i do when i travelled around world so And just kinda seeing the response in as to the point of with their tons of travel writers out there. You know but nobody has your stories. Nobody has had your experience. ensure there's gonna be overlapping content stories lists you know that are going to be a mill a million times over so when it comes to your content. It's exactly that your content so you're sharing a perspective of view a narrative that ultimately comes from you so nobody else has that same that same viewpoint that same binge point so why not share it. Why not put it out there. And i mean i can't tell you as far as overcoming fear of letting the public read your work. I don't really have an answer. That dash is going to kinda take your own. You know internal working but as far as anyone who is afraid to put it out there for the simple fact that they feel like you're one in a million or that there would be overlooked. You never know you would be surprised of the stories that ultimately go viral get picked up. You know that are the most read that are the most impactful you just never know like in even if your story doesn't go viral so if you touched or impact one person you've done your job you've done your job and i think you know again going back to social media because i love it but i also hate it I think it's given this perception that laid it. We'd all go viral daily. Even make it light. But that's not true like you don't have to go by road to make your mark your point or your you know voice in this world you just. Don't you know forget all that you know..
"travel" Discussed on Black Women Travel Podcast
"Thanks so much for joining us today. Can you please tell us your name where you're from your current location and the name of your business. Hi everyone this is. I am from baltimore. Maryland but spent the last seven years living in new york city. I am currently into mexico. And i am the owner of finance. Llc so talk to us about all the things so you are twenty six. Now you have another birthday coming up this summer but you have just been like tearing through the world literally and figuratively so. You had a goal of traveling twenty five countries by the time. You're twenty five and also you started this brand financed where you wanted to share about all the good stuff that you're learning as you're traveling and then also like from your formal education so just tell us about where you came from like what. Your background is pleased. Yes so finance. Like you said is truly a labor of love that was birthed out of really my own challenges with personal finance and and how travel was at one point in my life actually causing me to take on financial debt that i didn't need so i'm from baltimore like i said so. I grew up understanding. What it what it means to struggle right. I i know what it's like to Really never feel like you have enough money to do the things that you wanna do But at the same time. I had a very cherished childhood. I am forever grateful for my family for doing what they needed doing. What they had to do to provide me with a safe cherish shot hood and honestly it's through my family that i even developed this. Like wonder less but right. They took on vacations. They encouraged me to apply for youth programs. Right so really. My love for travel and adventure was birthed in in my parents. Home when i got to college and attending a predominantly white institution and ivy league institution. I quickly saw that. Even though i had had one reality growing up in baltimore i was quickly reminded that i was not in the haves pot. Pot right You know being in college and being surrounded by folks who literally had so much wealth fat their families names were on the buildings that we were having classes in right and an understanding what it meant to have legacy and just understanding the ways that some of my peers were just able to effortlessly league guide through
"travel" Discussed on Black Women Travel Podcast
"Every time in my adult life that i'm just thinking about our negative things i just have to remind myself that i was given an opportunity to life that i didn't necessarily have based on like my birth situation in that definitely helps me continue on the ambition track because like i don use the life that i've just given doom that That the from somewhere around the world. Welcome to the black. Women travel podcast. Hi my name is wanted dunkin. And i'm so glad you're joining me as we explore the paths of black women who've made.
"travel" Discussed on Zero To Travel Podcast
"Like I said, well let oxygen stories. Let African communities be complicated and be rich and be diverse in our histories. We are not Africans not just the anti Europe. It's actually dead. A really fascinating and complicated place on its own terms for Better or For Worse and and my hope is that those chapters show people that God. It's that that complexity that it's not always cut-and-dry. Yeah, and this is part of that right like your willingness to share stories to put the time and effort you put into your work and for us or those are you listening? Hey pick up wage this book. I hate traveling while black or like, you know, like I know you mentioned somewhere. I can't remember where I read it that you spent maybe it was maybe it was in the book a game that you spent a year not reading any books written by white white men for one year. I think this is a wonderful idea so you can all start with this book. Yes, I like it. But I know the authors how is travel changed your relationship with fear if it has completely I what people who see me today nice people who've known me my whole life. They don't recognize me. I was always the person who Checked everything checked it twice tested the third time and then ended up not doing it. Anyway, I I was always coloring within the lines, you know do the right thing but hyper cautious because we live in a very tenuous a very risk of our society. This is one of the things that comes from from living wage and being growing up working class Millennial in Africa meant that you grew up at a time when everything was shrinking so we had economic collapse in the eighties and then everything started to shrink the maturities got smaller and this space basically for for a middle-class working-class life got so much smaller. And so this constant fear that you might lose anything is one of the thing everything and and especially, you know in the shadow of the HIV aids pandemic. This conscious precarity is what defines the African Millennium experience and a lot of African countries. And so we thought We are a lot of us are raised to be hyper cautious because you don't know if you might just lose everything on on a heartbeat. And when I started to travel I started back to contend with a lot of the things limits that I had put on myself that didn't necessarily reflect the reality of the world and a great example is up at the end of that when I started that Cape to Nairobi trip, I was terrified. I was like, I don't know what I'm going to find. I don't know how I literally I had no plans. This is the first time I had I had done across country. It was the second time. I've done this multi-country trip, but it was it was like I didn't all I knew was that I had to be in Nairobi certain date with everything else is being fully improvised and I got there and I started to take the first bus then the second bus then the third bus and it's slowly starts you realize that people are doing this every month or taking buses from, Tony to well-versed 8 every day thousands of people and they get you just one of them that day right off that day and I was like, this is a revolution..
"travel" Discussed on Zero To Travel Podcast
"It's it's possible if you if you want it. Prioritises commit to it. Yeah yeah unless it's zero travel. Thank you shameless. Plug their that. I didn't i didn't at the sweet. Why do become through europe. I don't know if you wanna keep that cushion. You might not come up to the scandinavian countries. Because they're so expensive but if you do come through here for sure let me now be great. Sit down and person and just have another chat and I appreciate that we were able that you were able to follow up and we were able to keep getting in touch in kind of making this thing happen. Even though it's a year and a half later that's kind of a magical thing right to like. Get on call your and a half later and be like. Hey what what's happens and have that time capsule. I was thinking a super cool thing. Something you'll have to that you can be like. Oh here's here's this time mind. This is crazy. Well be safe down there and take care of yourself. Yeah just keep tony share and let me know if there's anything i can do to Help and that goes for anybody. Listening as well so You're part of this community. All and none of us are alone here. We might be in our individual. Wherever's in australia or wherever that's kind of a nice thing to to think about so yeah awesome. Talk you jason. Thanks becca there. You have it. What a show and becca an.
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"Thank you so much for joining us today. Can you please tell us your name where you're from your current location and the name of your business. Hello i'm sarah greaves. Scabbard on a lot of people. Know me as jets it. Sarah that is enabled my business. Barry dot com. I was born in england. But i have coming to you from miami florida today where i live. So that makes for quite the accent being refractoriness mid atlantic thirty right directly in the sky <hes>. So you're people are from jamaica. My father is from jamaica and moved to england when he was a teenager and my mother is from our betas and she moved to england when she was in her early twenty s. And that's where they met. That's where i was born. But i sort of ping pong back and forwards between england and jamaica my whole life before moving to the states in two thousand. And what was that experience like being so young and being so so coastal bicoastal. Oh i think. That's that is the reason why i do what i do today. You know my earliest my actual earliest memory. That i have is the first time being on a plane. I would have been about three. And we were flying from england to jamaica for the first time and i remember looking out the window and seeing a movie the clouds are because as you can imagine for a child who's always used to looking up and seeing the clouds it was just mind blowing to me that i looked out the winner david beneath eights so yeah it started mine of travel i think and just made me me feel at home in the world wherever in the world and i would say that you have absolutely taken that in run literally run runner with it <hes>. I was taking a look at your instagram <hes>. Do you remember your very first instagram photo. I do want way back. Wonder i do. It's a photo of me taking on hollywood beach and i am lying on the ground. I was just finished ron. I'm lying on the ground. I have my feet two legs in the air. My running shoes silhouetted against the sky. That was my first instagram coach. So that was august twenty thirteen. How in the world do you remember that. Listen only because it was my first. Because i really can't remember anything. I have the world's worst memory. Although i was a child i can remember those clearly but asking what i had for breakfast yesterday. I can't tell you. But no. I just remember that because occasionally since i started on instagram. And let me be clear. That was my first coast in two thousand thirteen. But i posted again for months or maybe a year someone. I've been on pressure when someone had suggested to me. Oh you take a lot of photos. You should put them up on instagram and just rolled my eyes and thought. Oh my god another platform. I'm already to onto dr maury on facebook. I already have a website. But i take this photo. Took that one photo <unk>. Forgot about instagram for awhile. But see i forgot. What question was that you just asked me. I was asking how you re how you remember that photo. So that's really interesting. You you've certainly like showed up <hes>. Wherever you've been online. I just see like so much color and so much color like so much color. So scholar and your sunglasses are always really fun. <hes> the art that you take photos his really fun in your shopping addiction. I like i like the chronicles of your shopping. Shopping addiction as adventure showers burned. Although yes trust me. I could if i could just get a dollar back for every dollar i have spent you know i would be independently wealthy but yes i love. I love shopping. Worse discerning collection of i think <hes>. I suppose that would mean not having spent the dollar in the first place though right more of the creative verbal type of not not the numbers
"travel" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves
"Let's open today's travel with Rick Steves travel writer Dave Seminar. . He took his whole family to many in Columbia which used to have a reputation as the headquarters for a dangerous drug cartel. . Our interview was recorded just before the global lockdowns kicked in. . Hey. . Thanks for having me on the show wreck. . So you went to Medigene I, mean , the image of Medina's like scariest a generation ago is one of the most dangerous cities on the planet. . That's right. . But but it certainly isn't any longer. . I mean these days the murder rate in Medellin is lower than New Orleans Saint, Louis , Chicago and several other cities as well. . It's an amazing turnaround and. . Tourism. . Is a booming part of the economy I was just there. . My son loves it so much. . He bought a condo there and I was there for years <hes> this last year with him and we were standing on his balcony and and everybody was blown up fireworks and <hes>. . My son had a Colombian friend there with him and and we were talking about. It . and when the Colombians see those fireworks, , they remember in the days of Pablo. Escobar. . . That's what they would explode when they made a deal in the United States with the <hes> with the drug trade they're not making deals with the drug trade anymore with the Pablo Escobar <hes> outfit that's just celebrating. . So they've gone from supplying America's cocaine habit to actually building A. . City on live biting entrepreneurs. . That's true. They . I Columbia is still does produce eighty percent of the cocaine I mean to be frank. . However look I went there with my ten and twelve year old sons and my wife, and , I would never take them to a place that I thought was too dangerous. . So I really consulted with a lot of different people <hes> before. . Going, there, , , however, , my parents and several other people said, , Columbia. . You're taking your sons to Columbia you nuts but I did my research and I talked to enough people who had had great experiences there that I felt comfortable doing it and we spent two weeks traveling all around the country and I felt very safe. . The whole time tell us about the <hes> public tour. . It was interesting. . You know my wife said Pablo Escobar to are you sure that that's appropriate for our sons who are ten and twelve years old side I called one of the tour companies that had good reviews on trip advisor and he said Oh yes our tour is good for children aged six and up said really okay. . Well, let's , do it. . We thought <hes> maybe we can teach them. . Okay. . He's a bad guy you know here's the. . Evils of drugs and teach them a little bit about why the drug violence in and I thought maybe they a lot of it might go over their head but I thought well, they'll , learn something. . Let's do it but you go through a you goes through your neighborhood community thirteen, , which is now trendy. . It's filled with street art and is just a festival of good living not good living. . It's still a poor area but a festival of happiness. . Community Thirteen is sort of an interesting area I've I've found it to be one of the more disappointing stops to be honest with you on the tour I mean, , it doesn't really have much to do with Pablo Escobar although it was a neighborhood that was wracked by gang violence, , and then in two thousand eleven, , the government installed a series of escalators there the idea was. . Allowing people to be able to move safely through the community, , get from their hilltop neighborhoods down to where jobs and transportation and things of that are. . But when I was there in July about the experience maybe if you traveled at a different time of year, you , might have an off more authentic experience, , but it was absolutely full of tourists which really shocked me because here is. . Sort of an impoverished neighborhood that has all credit to them. . I. . Think it's wonderful. . They found a way to turn the violence of the neighborhood into a marketable commodity, but , it was absolutely crawling with tourists and I sort of felt like, , wow I really don't like going to places that are too full of tourists. . So for me, , it fell a little bit flat to be. . Quite honest. . But maybe if I visited another time of year, , I would have I would have liked more. . No, , I don't think. . So I mean I was there in the winter but to me, , it was a former <hes> violence ridden gang ridden community that now is a kind of a tourist trap and it just like an amusement pier in San Francisco, , almost or something like that. . And what was really fun was the street art I mean, , the street art was like it's like going through an art gallery and it's all this edgy colorful tropical kind of street art and you've got it all together by escalators I can imagine before those escalators came you know ten years ago you would have <hes> desperately poor people and <hes>. . You'd have the intimidation of the gangs and all of that and and the high murder rate and today there's there's not a hint of that and the escalators let people connect and I think you know the way Columbia has invested in its infrastructure has given poor. . Barrios the confidence and the feeling that this is progress and changes possible and and one thing great about going to Medine is you write these cable cars because the city is in a very mountainous area and the poorest communities are pushed way up the mountain sides. . But these cable cars, , they're just like <hes> cable cars had a ski resort. . They connect the people in the poor neighborhoods with the good jobs and the good shopping and the good entertainment down in the valley floor and writing these cable cars was just a kind of a celebration of community to me what was your experience on those cable cars? ? Well I love the cable cars just like you know I took the cable cars up to the park. . RV. . which is it's a long ride as interesting things that you take two different sets of cable cars. . You can take one set of cable cars, , which sort of goes through some of the rough hillside neighborhoods, , and that one is actually fairly quite cheap to go through and actually when you're. . On that first cable car, , you're actually getting ordinary people who live in those <hes> neighborhoods coming on and off of your Gondola but then to go on the second. . Gondola. . which takes all the way up the mountain up to the park RV, , which is just fantastic and I do recommend that that significantly more expensive so that that second cable you know Gondola is more for tourists in it's it. . Would be too expensive for people who live in the humble neighborhoods. . But as a traveler, , it's worth it's worth it to do both at the lower part words the transportation for the community you you get a sense of the community and you get to talk to people. . It's Kinda cool because you're floating above all of these barriers and then after the top city, , stop you sort of plateauing you. . Go across this amazing lush forest in a giant National Park and they're the only people still on the cable cars are tourists who can afford that but you get to the terminal point way in the middle of the park and I think the locals will come in there by bus, , which would be much cheaper because it is a a wonderful jumping off point for for hikes in this nature reserve. . Yeah. . So the neighborhood that <hes> Pablo built I mean now it's called Barrio Pablo Escobar, , Pablo Escobar's. . But it was originally called million sin to a jury US medicine without shantytowns and the idea was he was really trying to improve his image in the country and he built about three hundred and sixty six humble homes in this neighborhood for people who are down on their locker many of them were homeless and actually living in a garbage dump area and in that region and you talk about street art they're. . So there's a number of <hes> murals celebrating Pablo. . Escobar would say that most Colombians despised Pablo, Escobar , and everything he stood for. . However in this little neighborhood and I met some of them. . There are people who still revere him as quite a small minority of Colombians I would say, but , you see mural several murals right in this borrow Pablo Escobar. . Depicting. . El Patron the hero, , the Robin Hood that you're talking about in and some of those people, , and there are some young hustlers there who are very interesting entrepreneurs. . One of them has created, , which you'll find in in the middle of this neighborhood is a Pablo Escobar memories. . Museum now there was another Pablo Escobar Museum that was run by Pablo's brother, , which was actually shut down and it wasn't in this neighborhood with the government closed that one down. . This one is sort of a homemade sort of museum that some young hustlers in the neighborhood of made, , and they also sell visits to the US through some of the homes where you can tour the homes and. . It's kind of it's bizarre but yeah. .
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"It yeah. I believe I mean we. We might need to pass along information because we've always been really into supplements and trying to eat as. Possible we have a garage jim set out a whole rig and everything got. So we've been you know supplements and all that good stuff just on continual backwater but I'm telling you at the beginning the immunity like the the vitamin. C. Drink than all my gosh everything was sold out all of the ginger. About out though I believe it but he's up Kirk down don't make a of sense. Yeah and most of his retailers I Costco Walmart CVs, Walgreens have all stayed open. So they were never shut down so and then his online sales he said is just skyrocketing. That's even with like my day job. People I can tell you for fact, my my to Internet accounts that are. Already over doubled, but they didn't twenty nine hundred. People are so shopping's to still spending money. It's just. Not Not, your traditional brick and mortar, which is going to hurt brick and mortar stores. It will never but I believe that. would. You. What do you see as the endgame for for Exploring Amanda? What did you like? Yeah I don't as long as they continue to travel and explore new places. I think I'll always be happy in terms of the end game it would be fantastic for me. I've been really ferreting lot in video production. Media Production and I love to be able to. Work with them some network about having a show just to get it on a larger scale because I really do find a lot of joy. And showing all these places and I'm only in Texas right so the game I think for me would be. I, WANNA I wanNA take it domestically I. Think this country specifically there so many. overrated and underrated blazes and all of the places between I'd love to be able to showcase that to my followers audience. So right now that's I that's the game as long as they can continue doing it. There's really no no stopping and site I. Just I really WanNa be able to broaden that audience showcase it on a different scale network if we can get something rolling here, Um four sort of A. Witty Banter filled TV show I'm very blunt with some of my opinions and a lot of people end up appreciating out a lot and it saves me. A lot of headaches so. I. Got You. Yeah. That's true. But I'm not everybody I know that. The yeah that's that's That's what I'm focusing on right now at least to save. So. So having a travel show. Yeah, yeah I'm just I'm just trying to think. Because I interviewed trump travels with Darley, and it's kind of what she does but she does international travel that's all on Macau China and Taiwan. Crazy places. But I've just talking to her sporting actually. It's definitely. Definitely possible. I mean, if you were told me, I'd have. been listening to an eighty seven countries I would have laughed at you. I know it possible. It's just you know how are we going to execute and do it smartly not rest in bed and yeah, it's crazy because even if you told me, I've been doing this. even six months ago I'd be like, oh. Okay we'll see. For calling. I think we're I. THINK WE'RE GONNA see a lot of that coming out of this pandemic. Hundred percent. I. Guess I've been this on a lot of the podcast lately is. I don't think the company's going into it that were are healthy are out of business I you know the pier one imports. The JC Penney's and some of the other ones that were already not doing well are the reason now they filed bankruptcy but. I think. Some. Companies you know like I said that the vitamin does something supplement company. Going gangbusters. So who knows I know for a backwards way to look at it but New, York. Wreck means. Unexpected companies coming out on off right now. Right I take the positive for you. This is just my stupid opinion. Is. Is. The travel industry is going to be hurting. I mean nobody met my neighbors are flight attendants for Delta. Worked since March. But you know the traveling like you were saying, hospitality. Hotel, they're GONNA THEY'RE GONNA. Need. Help. And if you're providing if you're providing that exposure thome, that's. something. They may have to look into the thing I've heard his Micro influencers are going to be the more go to. A lot of these companies are going to be looking for like we're talking big before we got on is is actual engagement versus just exposure. Whether. It's a you know maybe not a Marriott but. Amid line chain or like you're saying you're you're being be locations might want. US You for that. Right. I mean, definitely a lot of value there and I want to be able to show as and shed some light on these really really.
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"`bout don't be afraid to travel. Good one nailed it. Yes there's like a lot like skeptical in cautious people. You know who are scared you go to like developing your undeveloped countries like people who have been left the state. Yeah that's for sure. Yeah I mean Blake. You're kind of scared to travel at first. I think I've opened your eyes. Would you say well? The first trip that opened my eyes was going with errol to Turkey. I think two thousand seven And I was very apprehensive at the time. Thanks mark hold on thanks. Well we'll talk to you later. Brow to terrorism almost out of lifelines. Here top three places. You'd like to visit when this is. Aw settled down well like. I am going back to capo soon as possible Or to loom and then I really want to go to Morocco. We were actually planning trip to go to Italy of all places so that might be a long time coming but Croatia. It might actually the best time to go to Italy wants. It is actually safe to travel and stuff. It's probably going to be very cheap and yeah well. Sicily's offering I heard from a friend That Sicily's willing to pay for a percentage of your flight as well as hotel or lodging. If you visit Sicily in the fall so book those tickets. I don't believe we'll be done with this in the fall but you know even next year. I think we're you know we're in store for probably years of difference so it will be very interesting to see how traveling changes just the airport process you know on the planes. I mean especially at long like transatlantic type of flight. Yeah I imagine a lot of discounts as soon as people are able to travel air baggage fees Yada Yada. Do you have a favorite trip? We've done together. We've done a number of trips over the years. No because they're all different. I mean I think that question of like your favorite trip or your favorite country or I just. It's really hard for me to answer that question. Because I think it's just dependent on where you are in your life your mood or you know the time of year. I have so many different favorite trips. It's it's really hard which ones pop into mind. I mean obviously. The first time we went to Kenya was incredible. I mean that was an eye opening experience then I would wish for everybody to experience a safari and see experience the animals in their natural habitats like one of the most beautiful experiences I know for my mom's sixtieth birthday. We WanNa to take her to See the gorillas in person in the wild so I'm looking forward to that and then I remember we went to Costa Rica. That was an epic trip That was really the first sort of international trip. We did together other than meeting abroad. Yes I think so I mean. The last one was Bali and that was incredible as well in the Philippines. Oh how can it yeah? Philippines one of my favorite trips one of my favourite countries down for so many different reasons. Good ones split good memories so ridiculous. I can't she gets embarrassed. Does get embarrassed. This is what people want. They want the loving side of a relation man Have you been surprised? We've gotten along relatively well. Yeah enter present price. There have been moments. But you know you like having me or a travel companion Yeah I've never really gone solo completely solo. No I've only travelled by myself to get to a location where I would be meeting either family or friends but I typically don't travel by myself. That would be a challenge. Something I'm interested in doing at some point but I do like a companion and typically someone. Just take the photo right. Obviously I need this money shots. Yeah that's what it comes down to is the fear of alone who's GonNa take note of me. I mean I need content for the blog what can I say but among other things but I mean it's usually you or mark and usually my mom bridget joints. It's a family affair because we're a big fan of the road trip. We Love Road Trips G of a particular road trip. You've done together. That stands out for you wall AT BIRTHDAY ROAD TRIP TO UTAH. Just amazing we went to. We went to Zaylon Bryce Canyon Shoe or shoe been banned. We've done and we did Antelope Canyon. It was just beautiful. And then we also Glam put Which was awesome with the arches as our backdrop. So that's definitely one of our or one of my favorite road trips. And then just are you know annual road trip to big Sur. I mean the one of my favorite places in the world to which is kind of like in the backyard of our home. Yeah it's definitely the forest and stuff are beautiful. That's one thing. I definitely miss in Southern California. Sometimes I love the beaches. A I think it's the juxtaposition of having the forest and the ocean just so close to each other beautiful absolutely. There's a bug on our wall talking your wig. He'll be fine. Get rid of King. I.
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"Tourist TRAVEL TIPS DOT COM. Tell me about the blog. Thank you thank you for asking. Thanks that plug What inspired you to make the blog. And what can people find on the blog? All of my travel tips. I started the blog. Factoring a pretty tough point in my life where. I didn't feel inspired. I lost my job. There were family issues going on and I just wanted an outlet to remember trips that I've taken that have brought joy and Working in hospitality and in the destination services industry. I've always offered tips and become like a local expert and so I thought why not have like a website or a blog right to send to my clients and to my colleagues who kept on asking me like what to do in Kabo or what to do in Italy or where to go for a road trip or whatever so I just started documenting my trips and then when a colleague or Kleiner friend had questions about a place I've been to I would reference them to the block is. Does that help you remember as well? 'cause you referenced your bad memory so does the blog have you sort of remember those details that sort of make it special. Well not special. It's really more of like a list of either restaurants to go to or activities to try so for me. I reference my own blog all the time because you have the worst memory ever and I am able to share proper tips. Zoll positives or do you do do not list as well. I would say most of its positive. There may be some tips in regards to when not to travel or don't try that he know restaurant. It wasn't the best but most of the time it's positive and it's everything that I've actually personally experienced. How's the response to your blog? Been during the pandemic are more people visiting well. They haven't really posted anything in regards to travel. But I did post differently tips and experiences that you can have at home to calm cove Ed and it's actually my most popular post. So there you go. Why do you think that is you think people are just at their wits end and they need something kind of release or you think? They're bored her. They have nothing else better to do. Actually visit my block for the first time. I I think some people are probably interested in figuring out. Different things to do at home Instead of them having to do the research of figuring out like the different links of the different activities for themselves or for kids. It's easier just to look at a well curated list on someone's blog post. Your blog is called terrorist travel tips. What are your top travel tips? Let me throw a front going to go ahead and And see what mark thinks of Tars travel tips. If he ignores my call for connected on Blake Blake okay. Well we're on the PODCAST NOW. Blake. Let's ask the question to my brother as well. I asked her. Her blog is called. Taurus travel tips. What are the top travel tips? You would give in general. Well we traveler. What which you say. My top travel tips are I would say to don't over plan your trip know. My Virgo event. Planning sister likes schedule on a plan..
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"While I definitely I didn't have any friends at first and that was really challenging but it meant that I dug into school and I did really well in school in high school in Switzerland and I. I think it allowed me to have the educational opportunities that I got when I came back to the states because they focus so much on academics. Because I didn't have any friends but I did have wonderful friends in California who I stayed in touch with kept in touch with you fully kept in touch with my friends from high school actually from growing up from starting in first grade I stayed in touch with all of them and I'm still good friends with them to this day including Tara Never heard of her. But even you know I'm at Tara through Whitney and Whitney and her mom Lee came and visited me in Switzerland. Wow when I was when I was there and it was really special to be able to maintain those friendships. I'm sure I mean I'm the same. I have friends from Grade School and high school in kindergarten. And but I think generally speaking. That's a very rare thing to have especially now. So how long were you there? And when did you come back? I moved my sophomore half way through my sophomore year of high school and then was there throughout high school graduated high school there And then when I was in college my mom stayed there so you know when I was freshman. Sophomore Junior senior in college my all of my breaks would be such a night fighter. Europe for Christmas or summer so even though I was only there for three years like in total it was more like seven great. So I'm an account of leap off of that and we're GONNA get off of the deep personal staff but based on experience. How do you think being in a place like Europe a place where you can go to multiple different countries very easily? Where in America you know. It's a struggle to go to a different state but when you're in Switzerland you're in central Europe. You can go to so many different cultures very quickly. You know on a train on a bus. Whatever how did you think that impacted your life well? First of all living in Geneva is incredible for many many different reasons like the music and art. Scene is amazing. It's just a beautiful place to live. I could talk about that in response to different question but one of the things about being engineer such an international city and the kids that I went to school with at the International School of Geneva were from all over the world from North Africa from Southeast Asia. From this Becca Stan from South America and I got exposure to a ton of different cultures. Early right away like from all over the world. I was in my thirties when I met you know really felt like I had a culture world. You Yeah I think that that really shaped me meeting people from all different places from all different cultures and religions but still having enough Americans to feel at home at the same time and aside from experience like being exposed to all the hat in Geneva. My mom is a huge proponent of travel. Maybe she should be on the PODCASTS. At some point absolutely here but she really even before we were in Europe when we were in California as kids. She took us to India. She took US Japan like she. She took us around and Single mom with three kids like she but she still took us around but when we were in Geneva sh we. Would you know go on a weekend trip to Croatia we drive? You know. It's I don't know I think it was? We would drive through northern Italy Croatia for a long weekend or we would go to Leon in France or Paris for the weekend or we would go to the south of France for spring break. You know it was incredible to be so close to so many different places. We went to Germany with docker. I mean there's just so. In retrospect looking back is it frustrating looking at America Americans and just kind of our lack of cultural understanding where you know in Europe. You're literally you know thirty minutes at times from a different country and a different culture in a different understanding. Where for US in California? We look at people in Texas. And we're like you don't get it. You know yeah it it does seem like there are a lot of divides in our country right now but I also think that if we really made an effort there's so many things to do right outsider back door in the US to like. I just bought a national parks pass this year for the season for the National Parks and I mean Zion. Bryce the Grand Canyon like there's so many places to go in our own backyard that many Americans don't experience and the level of effort that it takes to get to Yosemite is really similar as to the level of effort. It would have taken us to get to Paris when I lived in Geneva. And it's you know. I wish people took advantage of that more and I wish I took advantage of that more. What are your thoughts on sort of the over saturation of that now though with instagram and just just exposure where I mean I grew up going to yosemite all the time but now literally to stay in Yosemite. You got a book that a year in advance because there are that many people worldwide that want to go to Yosemite. Well they want that money shot you know. Hey we all want the money show really do. There's no denying that opportunities opportunities for so and we went to the Philippines. My girlfriend Tara. Who's quietly fly on the wall and Claire and her Her partner at the time Patrick's husband ex husband. I don't know for me. That was a really great trip because I had never done a trip with other people really like definitely not another couple that if obligated to be friends with it was amazing. We didn't get tired of each other very this one time. I have to say I have to say I wasn't no it's not. This wasn't a segue. It wasn't that I was tired of you. It was an incredible experience. Oh my gosh okay. So this one. I CAN'T REMEMBER. It was like this when you sent for bottles of wine back. Oh it was a night in Barak high which is like the party already island we all went out and Tarin. I decided to turn in early. Which was like not even that. I mean I mean not even that early it was like Lebanon and we just. We were staying this beautiful like Shangri La Hotel. I think I don't. It's five star. It's gorgeous five. Sternness very quickly agree on Pat. I want to say that to people who shall remain nameless. Stayed out all night. There's like legends of that night that I've heard about about bottle service and like at some random mice. I don't even know what happened. All I know is that I woke up. Patrick was in the bathtub with water running. I turn it off more. About where pastor? Okay go go get Tara for breakfast because the buffet was delicious. And forget my mom. My you know verbal diarrhea. Well this is what this whole story is about so for some reason I go get Tara in the room next door for breakfast. And she's getting ready and she's like opening the door and she's like Blake wants to come. You did and you were wasted at breakfast. Judicious way of putting not coherent in any kind of way at like ten in the morning it was amazing it was a full night of drinking. Yagan Mazda. Yeah it was it was. I wish I had a video or quotes from that experience. It was amazing that was an amazing trip and we were friends and had fun. It was a fun trip. We had a good time. It was it was an amazing trip. There's no denying it that being said. Where do you like to go? What what type of trips to do. Oh Daddy yeah come on I. I like a luxury hotel. I like a good to park trip. I like to do a little bit of luxury and Bhai a little bit. I mean a lot. Yes five star need to and then. I like to have a little adventure. I actually like it in the flipped order. Though I like the adventure I I like to go on a hiking. Slash camping travel. Yeah you don't WanNa down no and then I like to end it off. With Creme de la creme luxury to the MAX now. Is that just wanting to feel pampered or is that I want to go somewhere and see the best they have to offer? Well it's not when you say they like. It's not like a local people go whether it's but it's like. I like to see the local side of things in adventure part of the trip and then for the second part of the trip. I like to see the best in industry has to offer Shan. I love beautiful hotels. I Love Boutique. Hotels AS DO I. I I stayed in this beautiful hotel. In San Antonio called the Saint Anthony's I mean who would think that San Antonio Texas would have like a stunning hotel but I have to say it was one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever student. It was so gorgeous and everybody was so nice and they really care about service. I don't like big hotels that are just machines. Be like charismatic. And like have little touches and to spe- unique you sure and that's important to to references. We're not talking about international. All the time like there are so many places to go within the states. And God I really feel like every state you go to has just such a wildly different atmosphere to offer. But do you ever feel like you go somewhere like Texas? And you stay in these fancy places and people that are judging you for for living five-star life. I mean I guess sometimes but in San Antonio wasn't like it was that expensive where anybody can judge me. It's not that nice run tonio well. This hotel was beautiful and what I really liked about. It was that it was classic. It was the architecture. Was you know it was just so beautiful? Old World Texas. It was just stunning but I do not love like if I go to someplace like them all which I've been to before and stated a Beautiful Hotel. There part of me wants to share the experience but part of me feels like. Oh Yeah I kind of feel like an asshole but I also just showed you because well because many people don't have the opportunity and luxury that I have to go on a trip like that and I like I've had many. It's not like I've been on that many trips like that but I do really enjoy them and I. There's something about staying in a nice hotel. That feels good to me. And I'm sure it feels good to everyone and feels good too. Many people know I agree. Look if anyone doesn't know me on this. I'm all about that five-star life as well. I don't have to do it every time. I'm not like the I need the five star to survive but God I love it. I mean bring on not GonNa love the best of the best. Bring it on wherever you are like. It's not like I by myself. Nice closer nice purses or anything. Like I don't have any clothes. I wear sweatpants. Ninety five percents of the time but I do. I love a nice hotel. I can appreciate the details. You know I do love it and you know. I'm sorry I don't think there's an apology needed for that. I think any liked to train people to like. Nice hotels to like okay. Speaking of Patrick he about the Nice. Oh to do you really enjoy. I like the breakfast buffet. Okay I like the Nice restaurants. I like spacious room. I like a nice spaw. A Nice Pool area with cocktails I like water sports. I sitting on the beach. I mean these are just basic things that I very much enjoy. Well you know. Basic is relative. These are sitting on. The beach is pretty. I mean so. You're a beach gal over a pool Gal. Well it's debatable. I like I like some get pool time to but on a hot day. I like the beach. Both I'd like to spend the morning at the pool in the afternoon at the beach or vice versa. Like I like to split might as I'm always going to lean to the beach but you're not gonNa have all that service at the beach the pool sometimes. Yeah you might get good service on the beach you might. I don't get shit on the beach member in the Philippines where they had ladies that would come massage on the beach. That was that the pool snow. No it was also on the beach but at the pool to member that massage they. Yes yes yes. That was with her name. Who Cares well? I don't know I had a whole all nighter with a bodily yet. Your meister your ex husband and my adoring life partner. I feel like we really haven't captured my love for hotels. Okay so that being said what's most important in just I think he kind of experience decor and ambiance sure so walking in the wild factor while factor in the lobby in the rooms. Being you know having the lows the sheets the little the little soaps put up in your I mean I like a good south by like a good lotion and like a good mouthwash but multiple lotion. Like yeah I have. Lotions like yeah. the option. Yeah of Lotions. The view I think is important but look you can stay. The Best Satele ever get the shittiest room and be disappointed right. That's true like I'm spending seven fifty and night on this mountain view like nothing. Why do you like looking onto the air conditioner to be honest? I stayed at the Parker and Palm Springs over new years. And I'm specifically putting this in there because it.
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"Welcome Hi Blake. Thank you so much for having me. Today I'm thrilled to have you because you're genuinely one of the smartest women I know and and someone who's really doing good work which I can't say about everybody. Now you've been around the world You work with stuff domestically but world issues and you've lived a life. I've been around the block a few times all right. Well let's let's start with. You're the only person I physically done a couple strip with how was that? It was a great couples trip. Honestly it was the best couples trip of my life. I know another one no but it was so fun. Because do your viewers know about Tara. Talk about her periodically. Well I've been friends with Blake's lady Tara for many many years and the best thing about a couple's trip is that when you don't want to hang out with your escrow anymore you can hang out with your girlfriend and that can be the whole trip if you want it to be really and that was great. Agreed agreed but beyond that. What about the couple's trip? I mean it was an amazing trip. It was amazing. It was incredible. We went to four different locations in the Philippines and most of them were island locations. Actually all of them were island locations. We stayed at some beautiful hotels in. I am a hotel AFICIONADO. I like my hotels. Did I like them to be a luxury? Yeah and do. We stayed in some beautiful places and also had a lot of fun. We did some hiking some adventuring. We did some snorkeling and diving regarding. It was really really fun trap. Not your favorite activity. You mean okay I get cold. It's cold down there. I'd never done it so enlighten me and the listeners. I need a double suit. I usually. I've found that when I put on a double to wetsuits. It's better I get less cold just because of the depth it just. I think it's just it's just cold down there and I. I don't like that and I also feel a little claustrophobic. It's I don't like it. I always think that I'm GonNa like it and then when I'm down there I'd like maybe I should just be snorkeling. How many times have you gone diving? Maybe ten okay so enough. I mean you've done the safety checks in this and that it's not being in a strange place and you don't trust the equipment. It's well that too because every time I've gone diving it's been like you know the Philippines where I don't really know what these people are doing. Yeah Yeah we're on now. What kind of the British Virgin Islands? Where I learned how to dive I. I don't know what they're doing. I don't know but ultimately you being cold it's mainly just me being called and feeling link if you go snorkeling in a really awesome place you see so much marine life and it's so beautiful just to go snorkeling like the benefits of diving. Aren't that great compared to snorkeling. Look I'm with you? I've never gone scuba. I'd like to and honestly you guys were pitching it pretty hard at the time and I felt like I might have been missing something but just given the world climate. You have to imagine ten twenty years like there's not gonna be snorkeling and Scuba. Even I go to Hawaii every year. It's it's done there is you know they'll still bring out on the boat and be like. Hey come here you might see now. There's they're just trying to milk the tourism. So it's pretty devastating. It is it is and as an environmental lawyer is. Is that a part of why you do what you do or is that just something you did before all this devastation. And now that just something that keeps you going. Most of my work is to protect people from things that other people have done to them by the organization that I worked for does plenty of oceans work and marine life preservation and endangered species work. And I've had those cases to some extent but the cases that I really care about are the cases to protect people and cases that have to do with toxics in our air or toxic. Send our drinking water or chemicals that are that communities are being exposed to those are the types of cases that I mainly focus on so. I don't feel that motivated by the bleached coral. Although I do think it's really sad and I hope that other people are working on it. I mean I agree in that. People are shit up people on people like we're screwed. Yeah people aren't loving people enough. Would you agree with that? I mean he s affirmative. So how do you effectively do your job when you you feel one thing emotionally but you have to maintain like a cool and just be very? I need to present a case I need to legally. It's really hard like sometimes I have clients that I really deeply care about and that I'm really invested in and I'm not always able to be as successful as I want to be. On their behalf and that is really challenging. A tweet. The Mike you're doing this. Oh wow coming in from up top here we go. I'm not dismissing that. You just said I agree with that. That's difficult it's difficult to balance people versus the planet. Right it is. I mean because every time we you know make a decision to turn on the lights for most of us though that's in the past at least has been generated by coal fired power plants and that is terrible for the environment thankfully people are trying are starting to turn to renewable sources. So that's great. Is there something that got you into being an environmental lawyer like wh? Why'd you go that route? I took a class on environmental justice in college and I was really struck by the fact that communities of Color And Low income communities bear the the most intense burdens from environmental harm so chemical companies and other manufacturing facilities industrial facilities are often cited in a communities of color and low income communities. And that's kind of why I got interested why applied to law school why. I started working and doing environmental work so as a woman of color yourself does that inspire you more to achieve towards people of color one hundred percent great. I mean I think. That's that's something we hear. And see from a lot of the media and lot of people but we don't necessarily hear real advocates working and doing that all the time. So that's encouraging You're from kind of a mixed background and mix death necessity. Can you talk a little bit about like? How do you identify as a person of color? It's something that is a constant source of introspection for me? I have two sisters. There's three of us. We all look very different. We all have different skin colors and its identity is complicated. It's complicated to figure out like where you fit in especially when people in my family all look so different and when I was in college I had the experience of being involved in the black community and that was incredible for me. I Made Amazing Friends in college and we were raised as black. My mom instilled in us that we were black and but it was hard we grew up in Palo Alto pretty much surrounded by white families and most of my friends were white and so it was. College was the first time that I really was identified. And that sort of identified in that way. And it's been interesting exploring that throughout my adult life trying to figure out like who? I am a racially and who I am culturally. And it's an ongoing expedition. Yeah I appreciate the honesty for that because you know I think it's so cut and dry all the time so I know one thing I know very little from what terrace told me but I know at some point in high school you move to Europe and lived in Switzerland if you're willing to open up about that. What made that happen? That's not a normal sort of thing you hear about but also more importantly how did that sort of define your life and how you view the world so my mom was raised by a woman and a black man and when she was forty her mom told her that the man that raised her was not her real father and that her real father was Iraqi. That's where the she was forty when she was forty so I was. I don't know like eight or something at the time. So is this a or call it. We look even at eight years old. You understood that yes. I remember like I have this scene in my mind. My Mom and my and my parents were just getting a divorce at this time but I remember seeing my mom crying like with a letter in her hand and my dad like comforting her. I think maybe I made up that memory but I have that. I have this thought of that happening. And my mom went on a mission to try to her real father or her biological father and she hired private investigator and it took no way. Yeah she found him. She was looking in Iraq but he was actually a professor at the University of Illinois Springfield and she found him. We met him. We met his kids is he had four other kids know he got married after the relationship with my grandmother which was like a Quick Affair. I think and he had beautiful family and grandkids. Who I'm close with now and part of going to Switzerland was meeting family members that we had never met before so the Switzerland trip was a. It was a vacation. At first we were going to Tunisia. I think anyway we were going somewhere in the Middle East. We stopped off in like our layover was in Geneva. My mom had cousins Geneva. We had never met before and the her cousin worked at the World Health Organization so we stayed with them for a few days in. My mom does intellectual property work and he arranged for my mom to do like a tour of the World Intellectual Property Organization which is part the UN and They offered her a job and so when she didn't tell us. I'm not sure when the job offer came in but Eventually we were back in California and she said what do you guys think about moving to Switzerland and you high school age. I was halfway through my sophomore year of high school when we moved very vulnerable. Time in anybody's life So how was that making that decision as a Sophomore? To just say forget my friends. I'M GONNA move to Switzerland well. My mom framed as if we would only be gone for one or two years or one or one and I thought I was going to be coming back pretty soon. It felt like a summer vacation. Yeah and then also I think I was. I think I was nervous about my future. I think I had some anxiety about whether I was going to be a successful where I was in California at the high school that I was going to with highly competitive and I think I was worried that I wasn't GonNa do well. There and Switzerland was Geneva. Going to Geneva was a way to start over to kind of reinvent myself. And that's actually what it allowed me to do. Do you think going there and going to. I'm in a place like Switzerland that as a teenager. How did that define you and kind of the path.
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"Society concluded the frequency of the annual vacations by Middle Age. Men at the high risk for coronary heart disease is associated with risk and a reduced risk of all caused mortality and more specifically mortality attributed to heart disease. occasioning may be good for your health conclude. This remains reminds me of an email I received many long years ago. It was titled a Thousand Marbles. The older I get the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's a quiet solitude that comes with being the first arise or maybe it's this unbound joy of not having to be at work either way. The first few hours of Saturday mornings are the most enjoyable a few weeks ago. I was shuffling towards the kitchen with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand in the morning paper in the the other what began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons. That life seems to hand to you from time to time it'd be explained and tell you about it. I turn volume bond Radio to listen to the Saturday morning talk show. I heard an older older sounding chat with the golden voice. You know the kind he sounded like he should be in broadcasting business himself. It was talking about a thousand marbles to someone named Tom. I was intrigued. I sat down to listen to what he had to say. Well Tom Sater sure sounds like you're busy with your job and I'm sure you pay they pay you well. That's a shame. It must be away from your home and family so watch our believe a young family fellow should have to work sixty to seventy hours a week to to make ends meet too bad. You missed your daughter's dance recital. He continued. Let me tell you something Tom something. Ah Help me keep a good perspective on my own priorities. And that's when he began to explain his theory of a thousand marbles levels you see he said. I sat down one day and did little more arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy five years. I we know some live more and some live less about an average folks live about seventy five years. Now then if I multiply seventy five years I'm fifty to come up with three thousand nine hundred which is number of Saturday's the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom. I'm getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty five years old to think about all of this us in any detail he went on. And by the time I had lived through my seventy eight hundred birr Saturdays. Today's I got thinking at. If I live to seventy five. I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy so I went the toy store and bought a single every single marble. They had I ended up having to visit three toy stars to round up to one thousand marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large clear. Plastic Container Right here on my workshop next to the radio every Saturday since I've been taking one marble out and thrown it away I found that watching the marbles diminished caused me. You just spoke with more on the really important things in life. There's nothing like watching your time here on earth. Run out to help you. Get your priorities straight. Now let me tell you this one last thing before I sign off you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast breakfast. This morning. I take my took my last marvel out of the container. I figured that if I can make it until next Saturday then God has blessed blessed me with a little extra time to be with my loved. Ones was nice talking to you Tom. I hope you spend more time with your loved ones and I hope to meet you someday. Have a good morning. Well you could have heard a pin drop hung up the phone. Even the show's moderator later didn't have a thing to say for a few moments I guess he gave us a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that day and that morning then I go to the gym instead I went upstairs and woke up on life with a kiss. Come on honey. I'm taking you when the kids to breakfast. A practice on she smile all nothing special. I said it has just been a long time since we spent Saturday morning together with the kids and while we're attic and we stop at toys r while we're out MM-HMM I need to buy some marbles have a great weekend and May all Saturdays be special and may your a happy years. Continue long after you lose all of your marbles for citations and more information about this walk in this talk please please refer to the notes attached to this. Thanks for coming on board today and stay tuned until next time when we're going to be talking about going to Branson Missouri on vacation. It's a wonderful.
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