62 The Gypsy—Belize, Where Saundra Hit 79 Countries

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62 The Gypsy—Belize, Where Saundra Hit 79 Countries

Saundra always used to get lost when she was a kid.  Now she's on a quest to get to 100 countries.  We spoke at Wish Willy's, a jerk chicken specialist's in Caye Caulker, Belize, which was her 79th country.  I asked how her quest has changed her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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There is nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
— John Lennon

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61 The Future You—Boston, Where Kenneth Asked Borges a Question

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61 The Future You—Boston, Where Kenneth Asked Borges a Question

Kenneth came to the Nobel Museum in Stockholm expecting more artifacts but ended up leaving one of his own.  I asked how in the world he met Jorge Luis Borges ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I deplore the fact that you have not yet received a Nobel Prize, especially when it was given to so many who deserved it less, like me, who am only an adventurer.
— Ernest Hemingway

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60 In the Way of Listening—Honduras, Where Jarrod Became a Citizen

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60 In the Way of Listening—Honduras, Where Jarrod Became a Citizen

Jarrod Brown recently became a citizen of Honduras, the culmination of a two-decade transformation that began with one fateful overseas trip.  He is the founder of Mission Lazarus, a non-profit organization that seeks to transform people’s lives through Jesus and through action.  Jarrod's led a life full of travel stories, so I hardly knew where to begin, except of course, to ask what happened to him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
— Mark Twain

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59 The Atitlán Connection—Tikal, Where Danny Lived Out a Childhood Dream

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59 The Atitlán Connection—Tikal, Where Danny Lived Out a Childhood Dream

Danny is from near my hometown, just outside Chicago, but we met sitting on top of a 125 foot stone temple that peeks out of thick jungle.  I asked what he'd take away from his trip to Guatemala ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Danny highly recommends that you visit El Remate, Guatemala.

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Did not Columbus himself set sail because he had read Marco Polo’s narrative?
— Tzvetan Todorov

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58 Coincidences—Lago de Atitlán, Where Sune Tends Mayan Altars

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58 Coincidences—Lago de Atitlán, Where Sune Tends Mayan Altars

Sune takes care of a Mayan ceremonial site on a tiny lake in Guatemala that's ringed by volcanoes.  A famed spiritual energy there attracts hippies, tourists, local faithful, and other seekers.  We spoke, by chance, in Copenhagen, where he summers.  Since I've been to those fire rings in Lago de Atitlán too, I asked what the coincidence of our meeting in Denmark could mean ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Amo el amor de los marineros que besan y se van ...
— Valparaíso, Chile

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56 A Chasing after the Wind—Pamplona, Where Patxi Ran with the Bulls

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56 A Chasing after the Wind—Pamplona, Where Patxi Ran with the Bulls

Patxi ran with the bulls, and I caught up with him near Iruña Cafe, where Hemingway used to write.  I asked a very special guest to translate his side of our conversation ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.
— Ernest Hemingway

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55 Melted Ego—Sri Lanka, Where Amin Quit Trance

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55 Melted Ego—Sri Lanka, Where Amin Quit Trance

Amin was a trance DJ from Singapore, until he traveled to Sri Lanka for his last show.  I asked how Austria brought him closer to his faith ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I hope the leaving is joyful, and I hope never to return.
— Frida Kahlo

Some links to music included in this episode:

112 beat masher by Bauchamp

Gating technique supersaw waveform by DJNebula

Alnitaque & Moon Shot - EURO (Extended Mix) by Moon Shot

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54 Kopfkino—Namibia, Where Janusz Saw the Moon Freed

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54 Kopfkino—Namibia, Where Janusz Saw the Moon Freed

Janusz made a movie in Namibia.  He claims to look like a neanderthal.  I asked how it felt to escape communist Poland ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The most unhappy eyes in the world are those that can not flow tears.
— Kornel Makuszyński

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53 I Came from the Wall—Romania, Where Michal Went for Ethnomusicology

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53 I Came from the Wall—Romania, Where Michal Went for Ethnomusicology

Michal needs funds to repair his time machine and get back to the 1960s.  I asked what we can do to help ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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So ... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places!
— Theodor Geisel

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52 Super Loneliness—Galápagos, Where Jaey Surfed

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52 Super Loneliness—Galápagos, Where Jaey Surfed

Jaey is in the process of moving from Seoul to Barcelona by way of South America.  We met in a blustery corner of Chile, where he told three beautiful stories from his trip.  I asked why he's not allowed into the most famous soccer stadium in Buenos Aires ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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We are for the most part lonely when we go abroad.
— Henry David Thoreau

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51 The Summing Up—Burma, Where Seph Met Mr. Book

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51 The Summing Up—Burma, Where Seph Met Mr. Book

Part 2 of our special 50th Episode celebration!  

We look back at some of the stories that resonated this year and what their sum could mean.  At the end I tell the story of the man in Burma who made me hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.  And a very special thanks to Dave for stepping in to host again this week.

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Where we are is who we are.
— Fernando Pessoa

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Episode 50: An Empathy Machine

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Episode 50: An Empathy Machine

Part 1 of our special 50th Episode mile marker!  

A friend helped me lift the hood to look into the engine of this podcast.  Inside we found a Yeats poem, the story of the coin Primo Levi brought back from Auschwitz, and why his is the path I most want to follow.  And of course, as always, I hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.  And to Allison for taking this photo.  And a very special thanks to Dave for stepping in to host this week and share W.B. Yeats's fitting "The Song of Wandering Aengus."

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Any careful word may suggest a route, may begin a strand of metaphor or event out of which much, or all, will develop.
— Annie Dillard

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Episode 48: The Visa Situation—Germany, Where Andes Hoped to Become a Minority

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Episode 48: The Visa Situation—Germany, Where Andes Hoped to Become a Minority

Andes has to get a letter from the office of labor in Bonn, so that he can extend his stay in Berlin, before returning to Sweden to continue his studies, before ultimately, maybe, one day returning to Indonesia.  I went with him to the post office ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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What I hear most often as I travel the country are five words that never, ever fail to touch my heart, that’s ‘I am praying for you.’
— Donald Trump

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Episode 47: It All Stems from Naivety—Damascus, Where Binta Met an Old Man

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Episode 47: It All Stems from Naivety—Damascus, Where Binta Met an Old Man

Binta took her very first trip alone at a very young age.  Looking back, she wonders if maybe she might have been too trusting.  We asked why she's traveling alone still ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.
— Sigrid Undset

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Episode 46: The Other Kaveesh—Quintana Roo, Where Kaveesh Spent His Last Pesos

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Episode 46: The Other Kaveesh—Quintana Roo, Where Kaveesh Spent His Last Pesos

Kaveesh grew up in Toronto and wonders what he might have been had he only ever stayed there rather than study in London.  We asked who's on the other path that diverged from the one he chose ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I know you must hold secrets, such a long way from home. Some day you won’t be so alone. Some day you’ll be where you should go.
— Britt Daniel

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Episode 45: A Matter of Circumstance—Egypt, Where Silas Started to Wonder

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Episode 45: A Matter of Circumstance—Egypt, Where Silas Started to Wonder

Silas works at Harding University in Greece, an overseas program where students spend a semester just outside Athens.  A former attendee himself, he now leads the trips around the Mediterranean that made such a big impact on his life.  I asked whether he could put into words what this kind of experience does to a young person ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The mere exercise of attention—eyes wide, ears pricked, heart open—is not a bad way to move through the world.
— Mary Karr

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Episode 44: Everyone—Chicago, Where Helkin Came Out

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Episode 44: Everyone—Chicago, Where Helkin Came Out

Helkin moved to Chicago from Venezuela to study English, with dreams of big city life and plans to return to the company that gave him time off.  He ended up falling in love and getting married.  I asked why he came out ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Trembling knees and an unrelenting sense of failure is one way forward.
— Terri Kapsalis

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Episode 43: The Tattoo—Australia, Where Bertrand Was Cured of Travel

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Episode 43: The Tattoo—Australia, Where Bertrand Was Cured of Travel

Bertrand shared a traditional Italian drink with us from a wooden, six-spouted pot—called La Grolla—one evening in his home in Bordeaux with his girlfriend Anna.  We had no idea how rich a story he would tell when we asked what his tattoo means ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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It seemed to me beyond the realms of possibility that I should travel so far.
— Sigmund Freud

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